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South Africa letter 3, Cape Town art & family

South Africa letter 3, Cape Town art & family

South Africa letter 3 Yesterday weather was a bit iffy so we drove into Cape Town to do the galleries. All over South Africa young black men in bright green traffic control vests offer a service of “parking advisers”. They wave you into a spot, vaguely keep an eye on your car while you’re gone,…

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South Africa letter 2, from the beach to the race track

South Africa letter 2, from the beach to the race track

South Africa Letter 2 We arrived in Hout Bay from Knysna at around 7 o’clock in the evening after a lovely day’s travel. We stayed with old friends Dick and Carla at their large house for several nights before eventually moving into their beach condo about a week later. Sketching in Dick’s garden. Among other…

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South Africa, Cape Town to Knysna

South Africa, Cape Town to Knysna

South Africa letter 1 We left home on the 4:30 pm ferry on Monday and arrived in South Africa Wednesday morning at seven in the morning. Quite shagged. We had three hours stopover in London Heathrow and just had time to have a nice breakfast for getting back on the next plane to South Africa….

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The tiny paint box that inspired me to make my own

The tiny paint box that inspired me to make my own

February 25, 2015 | ART, life drawing, watercolor | 2 Comments

Here’s the tiny travel paintbox that inspired me to make my own tiny boxes. Catherine Youngren sat beside me at a Dr. Sketchy life drawing session and added nice little bits of colour to her poses with paints from this tiny box. What a treat! Here’s her story: Even as a very little girl, I…

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Puerto Vallarta contemporary & figurative art

Puerto Vallarta contemporary & figurative art

February 7, 2015 | ART, figurative painting, Mexico, travel | No Comments

South Side Art Shuffle in Puerto Vallarta Old Town On our recent trip to Puerto Vallarta, the South Side Shuffle took us on a wonderful evening stroll through the art galleries. Galeria Danté We wandered into the large meandering Galleria Danté and say hello to owner Claire Guarniere again. We feature three of her artists on…

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Robert Masla art workshops in Mexico

Robert Masla art workshops in Mexico

February 7, 2015 | ART, Mexico, travel, watercolor | No Comments

On our recent trip to Puerto Vallarta,  we were able to take a one day workshop at Casa de los Artistas with Robert Masla and guest teacher Donna Esterbrooks. Robert’s students come and spend one week with accommodation and instruction and even some cultural outings planned in, a very nice set up for the art…

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