Tamboril

Tamboril, 8×8″, watercolor on 140# HP paper The tamboil tree goes by many names, most of which are associated with its ear shaped seed pods. Scientifically it belongs to the Fabaceae family and is named Enterolobium contortisiliquum. They’re native to Brasil. They can reach 20-40 meters in height giving welcome shade. The wood is usedContinue reading “Tamboril”

Philodendron 

Philodendron, 12×9″, watercolor  on 140# HP paper  If you are a philodendron, the Tropic of Capricorn is where you want to live, not in the upper latitudes clinging to life in an office planter, overwatered, underfed, starved for daylight. Here the size and variety of this species is vast. Plants which are scrawny potted slipsContinue reading “Philodendron “

Tropical Depression

Tropical Depression, 20 x 14″, pastel in Arches 140# CP Being American, being of a nature that celebrates variety and a se la vie attitude towards  most  matters, I must admit that I had a real sense of depression and loss with regard to the  US election  results. I’ve been painting this since the day of theContinue reading “Tropical Depression”

Edwardo’s Patio

Edwardo’s Patio, 12×9″, watercolor, 2016 Edwardo invited us to dinner last weekend. He has a highrise apartment in downtown Campinas, Brasil. The view’s great from the seventeenth floor and his deck is​ enormous and totally private. I was caught by the combination of geometry and airy openess and painted it in tribute to built spaces.Continue reading “Edwardo’s Patio”

7° North of the Tropic of Capricorn

We moved closer to the Equator last weekend, landing in Brasilia, 7° north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Ted had some business at the University of Brasilia. His colleagues, our friends, Adson and Diana, showed us  around several of the campuses spread far and wide throughout the city. Brasil is going through political and monetaryContinue reading “7° North of the Tropic of Capricorn”

Jardim Botanica

Jardim Botanica, 2016, 8 x 8″, watercolor on 140# CP paper  Ted and I have toured a few major highlights in Brasilia proper the past few days, places honoring the founders of this latest Brazilian  state, monuments which commemorate, venerate  and relegate these men who once held power to eternal memory. Ashes to ashes and dust toContinue reading “Jardim Botanica”

Tropical Sun and Shade

Tropical  Sun and Shade, 140# h0t press watercolor paper A couple years ago when I decided to paint with watercolors I found a book by Tom Hoffaman, Watercolor Painting, 2012, http://hoffmannwatercolors.com. I got a digital copy of it and refer to it frequently. Tom put out a post today about his upcoming teaching schedule for this andContinue reading “Tropical Sun and Shade”