Getting Ready, 7 x10 in., Oil on Museum Board
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New London Plein Air Competition

July 7 and 8th, 2012, I participated in my first outdoor painting competition, this one to coincide with New London, Ct.’s Op-Sail event; an annual tall ship and street festival. I was pleased to win one of the prizes for one of the paintings…
Getting Ready, 7 x10 in., Oil on Museum Board
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David Hockney's Camera Obscura Hypothesis

A few months ago I had a discussion about David Hockney's hypothesis that many  classical painters  ( such as Ingres or Carravagio) had used a Camera Obscura. I think these were used somewhat, but not as much as Hockney stipulates.Here is…
Getting Ready, 7 x10 in., Oil on Museum Board
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Marc Dalessio's Learning Curve

I was recently looking at a blog by an artist/teacher I really admire, Marc Dalessio. He has some wonderful work and ratchets up his envy factor by where he lives which is Florence, Italy. Take a look at his wonderful landscapes and portraits. He…
Getting Ready, 7 x10 in., Oil on Museum Board
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Edgewater Historical Society - Plein Aire Painters Of Chicago Show, Oct. 8 - 16

I will have four small, nicely framed,  and inexpensive works at the Edgewater Historical Society space (5358 North Ashland, Chicago, IL) that  is part of Andersonville Arts Weekend. There are many receptions in the area on Friday, October…
Getting Ready, 7 x10 in., Oil on Museum Board
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Back to Bangkok and Chicago

After Malacca I took a sleeper train up to Thailand. These Asian sleeper trains are quite comfortable, as long as you get a bottom berth. First I went back to Chumpon and visited my uncle. We had some nice talks and spent time  snorkeling and…
Getting Ready, 7 x10 in., Oil on Museum Board
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Malaysia Visa Run

       Georgetown, Malaysia  My 15-day Thai visa ran out again so I have decided to go to Malaysia for a few days to leave the country and therefore renew my visa. I took a bus and train to Georgetown on Penang Island. Georgetown…
Getting Ready, 7 x10 in., Oil on Museum Board
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Ko Pha Ngan and Thai Water Festival

      Thais armed with water-pistols for Songkran Thai New Year and Water Festival on Ko Pha Ngan Island   I spent a few more days in Ko Pha Ngan island where I did some snorkeling for the first time. It was a wonderful experience…
Getting Ready, 7 x10 in., Oil on Museum Board
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Landmines in Laos

During my painting trip  through  the  otherwise very pleasant country of Laos, one unhappy but important thing I learned about was the amount of UXO (or unexploded ordnance) and the de-mining activities.   Although Laos was neutral…