Saturday, September 17, 2022

Biking in Denmark - Part 2

 


On the island of Aero in Denmark, every summer, established artists and art students put on an exhibition around the scenic Soby Harbor. This delightful seahorse was created by Christian Aagaard Ovesen.



As an artist who’s in love with nature, I was delighted to explore Tickon - Tranekaer International Center for Art and Nature on Langeland, Denmark. Trails weave through the 200-acre forested grounds of the Tranekaer Castle. Like all the naturalist installations here, this one - by artist Alfio Bonanno - was created from materials found in the park itself.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Art and Artists in St. Croix



When I met artist Barbara Gelardi in St. Croix, I fell in love with her vibrant paintings. So, I was thrilled to see she was commissioned to do most if not all the art at the lovely Grape Tree Bay Hotel on the island’s East End. Next time I visit, I intend to stay at this contemporary, low-key accommodation.



Whether driving, walking or biking, you’re bound to discovery myriad examples of St. Croix’s vibrant street art.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

More Street Art In St. Croix



Among the many street murals on St. Croix, “Change the Cycle” by Taj Francis depicts how the goddess of the seas protects sharks, which are sadly killed for their fins. This dramatic work of art embellishes an apartment complex in Frederiksted.



This striking mural by artist Kelly Spencer is aptly named “A Beautiful Death.” Though the coral displays vibrant purple hues, it’s their last gasp. Already bleached, the fragile coral produces these vivid pigment as a desperate attempt to protect themselves from the sun.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Biking in Denmark - Part 1

 


Biking around Denmark’s scenic Fyn (Funen) Island, I made many art discoveries, including in the town of Faaborg. This creative mural by Els Cools references the city’s bell tower. (In the foreground are mini bell tower sculptures in flowerpots, an art installation by Bruno MacDonald.)



As I bicycled along serene country roads on Tasinge Island in Denmark, I found a delightful abundance of nature around each and every turn. (This is the estate of the 17th century Valdemar’s Castle.)

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Botanical Gardens and Monuments on St. Croix

 This Millennium Monument — a sundial of sorts — designed to celebrate the new millennium in the U.S. is sited on Point Udall, the easternmost part of St. Croix, my favorite part of this island, and it’s also the easternmost part of the U.S. territories. With waves crashing below, coral reefs visible, and a nearby hiking trail down to a peaceful cove, it’s worth driving out here and staying a while, especially if you have the place all to yourself.



It’s easy to spend hours soaking up the bucolic vibe at the St. George Village Botanical Garden in St. Croix. I didn’t run into a soul as I explored the myriad specimens, including the Egyptian lotus floating in this lovely pond.



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Friday, August 19, 2022

St. Croix’s Street Art

 On St. Croix, I found the vibrant street art, whether murals or sculptures, captivating. These pepper building facades, sea walls and even garbage receptacles, especially in Frederiksted and also Christensted.





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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Visiting St. Croix - Fort Frederik

 Strolling through 18th century Fort Frederik (including the art gallery) first thing in the morning is an atmospheric experience when you have the place all to yourself. This fort is located on the waterfront of Frederiksted in St. Croix. 


The Fort Frederik Museum is hosting an art exhibition until mid September. “The Revolution Is Not A One Time Act” honors Emancipation Day on St. Croix.




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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Some of my fave cafes/restaurants on St. Croix in the Caribbean

 On St. Croix, USVI, by far, my favorite place to hang out in Frederiksted was Polly’s At The Pier. I could linger for hours at their atmospheric courtyard in the rear with a slice of lemon cake and an iced latte.



With twinkling lights strung about, tiki torches flickering, and carved walls dripping with foliage and inset with lighted niches, the outdoor courtyard at Savant, a St. Croix restaurant that has a romantic vibe.




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Friday, July 29, 2022

More Wanderings In A New Jersey-Based Sculpture Garden

 With its Giverny-inspired landscaping, this fine-dining restaurant at Grounds for Sculpture is also perfect for sipping a chilled Pinot Grigio or an iced coffee on the shaded terrace.



As I walked through a particular grassy expanse at this sculpture garden in Hamilton, New Jersey, I was captivated by this giant that appears buried in the lawn. (I took a separate photo of his foot.) This striking sculpture by Seward Johnson was cast in aluminum.




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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

An Expansive Sculpture Garden In New Jersey

 It’s easy to spend the whole day at Grounds for Sculpture, an expansive and ultra creative sculpture garden in Hamilton, New Jersey. After all, there are surprises aplenty in niches, alcoves, beside bodies of water or snuggled in the woodlands. This is “Birth of the Messenger” that was carved from granite by the American sculptor, Viktor who was born in Odessa.



Surprises galore await as you roam the trails networking this 40-some-acre property. This bronze set in a mist-laden venue is “Redon’s Fantasy of Venus” by Seward Johnson.



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Monday, July 25, 2022

Portugal’s Alentejo Region - Part 5

 For an oenophile like me, being able to sample wines produced in clay vessels called amphora was a delight for my palate. In Portugal’s Alentejo region, this method of wine production is thousands of years old, thanks to the Romans and maybe even the Phoenicians before that.



You can’t beat the infinity pool where a table and chairs are set in the shallow end at the Montimerso Skyscape Country House. Whether sitting in one of the poolside lounge chairs or the handful of ultra comfy daybeds nearby, I soaked up the stellar views of the Alqueva, Europe’s largest man-made lake.




While roaming all around the Alentejo, I found the old, gnarled olive trees captivating. Each had a distinctive, stunning personality.



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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Visiting the Alentejo Region of Portugal - Part 4

 At Quinta do Quetzal in Portugal’s Alentejo region, vineyards climb the slopes where a cluster of pines crowns the summit. What I most love about this estate is that it combines so many of my interests. Here you’ll find fine wines, a creative restaurant (with this view), and a contemporary gallery featuring work by Portuguese artists.



At Herdade do Sobroso, a family-owned property, guests head for the hills of this expansive property, and enjoy a sumptuous picnic spread under the shade of oak trees.




A stay at the Montimerso Skyscape Country House is a joy to behold. I found myself especially infatuated with its ultra minimalist aesthetic, vast landscape threaded with walking trails, locally-sourced menu items, and its eco sensibility, including protecting the night sky from light pollution.






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Thursday, June 30, 2022

St. Martin - A Pair of Atmospheric Accommodations

 When I travel, I prefer hotels and resorts that have a chill vibe — as opposed to being a scene — and that are nature-infused. On the Caribbean island of St. Martin, I spent almost a week staying at two different accommodations that I fell in love with because of their vibrancy. Find out the details of these two hotels in my latest article for ForbesLife.







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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Staying in Portugal’s Alentejo Region - Part 3

 In Portugal’s Alentejo region, a stay at the treasured boutique property, Herdade da Matinha, brings lessons in a love of nature, life, family and the vibrancy that unites it all. Behind the surfboard is one of the myriad vivid paintings of the man at the helm: Alfredo Moreira da Silva.


At this accommodation, there’s a pervasive sense of joy — of life, art, creativity and nature.




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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Portugal’s Alentejo Region - Where to Stay - Part 2

 With so many activities at Herdade da Malhadinha Nova in Portugal’s Alentejo region, from painting to horseback riding, sometimes you just want to endlessly lounge on the private terrace at Casa do Ancoradouro (Home of Terracotta) and soak up the placid vibe.



Sit down to a sumptuous breakfast at Herdade da Malhadinha Nova in Portugal’s Alentejo region and you’ll also be treated to these stellar views of the bucolic landscape past the infinity pool (in the foreground).




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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Staying in Portugal’s Scenic, Sustainable Alentejo Region - Part 1

 


The luxe, sustainable Herdade da Malhadinha Nova property in Portugal’s Alentejo region is stellar for oh, so many reasons. And that includes their varied experiences and activities available to guests. I took a painting class with Suzana Henriqueta, a delightful and versatile artist who radiates creativity. She couldn’t have been more flexible, fun and encouraging. Here you see my acrylic reflecting the peaceful landscape on this expansive estate that’s blanketed with vineyards, holm (acorn) oaks and olive trees.



A lone lemon tree stands sentinel in the courtyard of the Casa do Ancoradouro (Home of Terracotta), one of several luxe accommodations at Herdade da Malhadinha Nova. The terracotta colors carry through to the casa’s design palette, and the ubiquitous terracotta tiles were locally made.

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Austin Comedy Film Festival

 I couldn’t be happier with the success of “Such A Deal,” the short comedy film that I co-wrote with director, Dionna McMillian. It was the official selection of 12 film festivals, and won Best Comedy Short at the Florida Shorts and Phoenix Short film festivals.


Such A Deal is finishing out its festival circuit run at the Austin Comedy Film Festival.





It was such an honor and a pleasure working with everyone on Such A Deal. Thanks to all who worked on this film, supported it, and who came along for the fun ride. Thank you Dionna for believing in this wacky story and for, well, everything. I couldn’t have asked for a better director and co-writer. 


✍️ Story by: @jcreaturetravel

🎬 Written by: @jcreaturetravel/@dionnafilm

Directed by: @dionnafilm


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DP: @barbieleungdp


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Starring: @ebonyobsidian

Co-starring: @damianemcee

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Roadside Murals in St. Martin

St. Martin is peppered with colorful murals, including those by artist Jimmy Sheik. As you drive the roads on the French side, it’s worth doing so slowly and pulling over to check out the many pieces of vibrant art that celebrates the island’s energy and creativity.







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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Two Recommended Accommodations on St. Martin’s French Side

 On the French side of St. Martin, the Karibuni Boutique Hotel with its half dozen stylish rooms offers this to-die-for view of Cul-de-Sac Bay.



Also on St. Martin’s French side, the Palm Court Residence in Orient Bay is a colorful, boutique property with lush gardens and numerous stylish objects from Morocco.




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Sunday, May 8, 2022

My Comedy Screenplays - Festivals, Competitions, Awards and Lots of Laurels

 Many of you know that I’m a comedy screenwriter. My body of work is quite large: I’ve written 19 shorts and 3 features. Over the past many months, two of these are doing quite well: they’ve been accepted into several well respected festivals and screenplay competitions. Here are just a few — more are forthcoming.








One of my comedy features, “By the Hour,” was accepted into the Chicago Indie Film Awards as well as the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards.





My comedy short, “Welcome To the Star Fleet,” was selected for the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards. This script was also the one that had advanced to the Second Round at the ultra competitive Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Fewer than 20% of the more than 14,600 scripts submitted earn this distinction.



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Friday, April 29, 2022

A Resort In The Caribbean Thats Bursting With Botanicals and Romance

On the wee island of Nevis in the Caribbean, that’s just a short water taxi away from buzzing St. Kitts, you’ll find a resort that’s blanketed with blossoms as well as historical reminders of its past, including a 300-year-old, conical sugar mill that’s been transformed into a romantic upscale restaurant. Find out more of what’s the Montpelier Plantation and Beach a perfect spot not just for couples but also singles who want a serene getaway in my latest for ForbesLife









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