Saturday, September 19, 2020

Watercolors + Collages from My Travels - Part 3


For me, writing, painting and taking photographs are a way to still the mind and remain present centered, even when the world is in turmoil. My art work - whether watercolors or collage - reflects the creative process, my travels and, especially, my love affair with nature. 

Sometimes creative ideas rush into my mind like a gust of wind.


2020 has conjured up a mix of extreme emotions.


Eyeing the world and loving all its differences.


Inspired by my many trips to Portugal where I visited medieval hilltop villages.


When the night is the darkest is when some of my most creative ideas bloom.


 

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Watercolors - Scenes from New Mexico

As a travel writer and a photographer, I’m particularly fond of the American Southwest. The colors in the nature scape as well as in the man made structures and art galleries are what I gravitate to.

Below are two of my watercolors.

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A Santa Fe scene from an original by Bill Sortino.



Journeys on the road from Chama, New Mexico - from an original by Kay Harvey.


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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Photos - Travels in Rhinebeck, NY


Originally settled in the 17th century, the historic village of Rhinebeck in New York’s Hudson Valley is a beauty. Wander its streets to explore the various architectural styles, from Gothic Revival to Queen Anne, while shopping, browsing or sampling the farm-to-table cuisine.




Named for the many authors, including Washington Irving, who are said to have strolled this scenic property set along the Hudson River in Rhinebeck, NY, Poets’ Walk Park (including this grand gazebo) can’t help but engender inspiration for all who walk the trails through field and forest.





Though Ferncliff Forest in Rhinebeck, NY often attracts those whose sole desire is to climb the 80-foot-high fire tower for its panoramic Hudson Valley views, I prefer exploring the network of trails that course pass ponds and through dense woodland.




In Ferncliff Forest, the 80-foot-high fire tower attracts those who desire dramatic views of the Hudson Valley. But, for me, ambling through the woodlands offers the intimacy with nature that I crave.




Expansive Ferncliff Forest offers several idyllic picnic spots like this one beside a small pond.



Along the network of trails lacing idyllic Poets’ Walk Park in Rhinebeck, NY, shady expanses deep in woodland quickly turn to sun-splashed fields and meadows.


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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Why Visit the Azores in Portugal

I have a thing for archipelagos and the Azores in Portugal is one of my favorites. Each of the nine islands is quite distinctive in terms of landscape, geography, culture and product it’s noted for. I’ve visited eight of the nine, hoping to visit the hardest to reach and the tiniest, Corvo, in late 2021. This is my latest for Forbes on the Azores.





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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Watercolors - Iceland’s Westman Islands

The only inhabited isle of the idyllic Westman Islands, Heimaey is just off Iceland’s southern coast. I had spent almost a week exploring this walkable island, including the verdant cliff tops where puffin birds waddle as well as the lava flow that in the 1970s swallowed up houses on the east side. Taking the ferry gives you the best perspective of the island’s precipitous cliffs crowded with sea birds.


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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Photos - Travels in Niantic, Connecticut

Scenic Niantic, Connecticut radiates a chill vibe no matter where you wander.



A mere two-hour drive from New York City, the village of Niantic on Connecticut’s shore front offers cool breezes, scenic waterfront views, placid green spaces, and a calming vibe.



hi It’s easy to practice mindfulness in the early morning when walking the beaches in scenic Niantic, Connecticut.


On the Niantic River that opens to the bay, Connecticut’s Port Niantic marina couldn’t be more picturesque.



The village of Niantic on the Connecticut shore offers myriad opportunities to be enwrapped with nature.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Land + Sea Watercolors - Abstracts from My Travels Part 2



My round-the-world travels provide endless inspiration for all my creative works, including my art, whether collage, pastels or watercolors. I tend to gravitate to landscapes, especially parks, gardens and woodland, as well as coastal venues. And these pieces below reflect that sensibility.


The birth of plants, with all their colors, textures, and dynamic energy.




Creativity born from the pandemic.





In my world, the brilliant colors of the sun drip through verdant forests.




For me, inspiration springs from a very colorful blank slate.



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Sunday, July 26, 2020

World Chaos - My Collages

Unlike with my watercolors, when I’m working in collage, I prefer the surreal.
Though some of these were completed pre-pandemic, the symbolism feels particularly relevant now.



My surreal musings on the chaos of the world.


A balm for those weary of chaos.



My yin-yang of the state of the world: out of balance —the natural + the man-made.



More surreal musings on the chaos of the world.


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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sky + Sea Watercolors - Abstracts from My Travels


Even my abstracts are nature based. Here the sun penetrates the sea.




I see marine life in curious ways: with all their myriad shapes and colorful splendor.



I see the world in all its delightful mix of colors, shapes, and textures.



Many times I take my inspiration from the forms I see in the sky and sea.



In my sky, even the clouds have brilliant hues


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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Watercolors - Travels in Spain

These are some of my watercolors from my many travels in Spain.

While Ronda, one of Spain’s Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) has always been a tourist focal point, I found plenty of serenity by hiking down to the bottom of the narrow gorge that defines the city’s geography.




Another of my daydreams: a village in Spain as seen through a rain-streaked window. Though I always prefer sun streaming through glass, in Spain even dreary weather is atmospheric and fills me with wonder and optimism.



Another pastoral village in Spain that gives me joy and instills me with a sense of tranquility and calm.


I spent many summers in this petite, isolated hamlet that’s snuggled in a deep, verdant valley three hours north of Madrid. Being enveloped by nature as I was there is what I crave right now.


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Sunday, July 5, 2020

A Luxe, Activity-Laden Resort in Rhode Island

After months of sheltering at home, most people in the Northeast are craving a getaway that safe. Ideally — at least for me — that means staying at a resort with myriad outdoor activities where it’s easy to socially distance with your partner, family or by yourself; where you don’t have to forsake delectable cuisine and fine wines; where you can order a multi-course picnic served on your private deck overlooking a pond; where you can put your pandemic worries on hold as you luxuriate in a jacuzzi tub in your two-story contemporary villa. The 3,500-acre Preserve Sporting Club and Residences in Rhode Island is just a short drive from New York City. This is my latest for Forbes on The Preserve Sporting Club and Residences.





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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Watercolors Part 3 - Landscapes

Until it’s safe to travel widely, I’m spending time painting. This is part 3 of my landscape watercolor series based on my domestic and international travels. Each image reflects a scene inspired by one or more of my journeys. (All of my paintings are available as prints.)


Sometimes forests have colors that only I can see.



For me, the sky and sea are one.



Even though the only forests I see now are in my dreams, they still snuggle me with comfort.



In my dreams, the colors of the sky, clouds, and trees can be unusual but no less beautiful and inspiring.



Entering each and every forest is a magical and transformative experience for me.




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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Watercolors Part 2 - Landscapes

With my round-the-world travels on pause for now, I’m finding great comfort in the myriad creative endeavors I’m involved with, and that includes my artistic pursuits. This is Part 2 of my watercolor series. Each image reflects a scene inspired by one or more of my journeys. (All of my paintings are available as prints.)


When I walk through forests, especially those that have existed for centuries, I feel a great sense of hope, peace, wonder and vitality.



The sun rising above natural landscapes gives me hope that the day holds promise and opportunities.




It seems like nowadays even the trees are now crying.




I never tire of the varieties of colors, shapes, sizes and textures in nature.


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