Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Torres del Paine National Park- Patagonia, Chile

This national park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It has inspired many works and has influenced my sensibilities. The colors, majesty and natural beauty remain in m y mind's eye.

Here I am showing you some of the photographs I took and then some of the mixed media art I created after the trip. The top image is titled Icy Andes and the next photograph if from the park so the mountains are not the Andes but the Torres del Paines. The next image is Blue Shadow, reflecting the glacial water and the vast mountains as does the photgraph belw. As an artist, I am not interested in recreating a replica of the actual scene. I use it as a reference point and then create from my mind's eye the feeling or memory I have.

Central Market

The Central Market in Santiago is of British design with wrought-iron ceiling parts that were imported from England in the mid 19th century. The colorful fruits and vegetables are a feast for the eye.

Santiago, Chile

Resting on an inland plain, with the Andes glimmering in the distance, Santiago, the capital of Chile, is the 5th largest city in South America. It was founded in 1541 and destroyed six months later. But soon the Spanish returned and build it up again. Today it is one of the most modern cities on the continent, home to 5 million inhabitants, over a third of all Chileans.

These photographs show the charm of Old Santiago and the combination of old and modern in the architecture of downtown Santiago.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Torres del Paine National Park- Patagonia, Chile

Chile is a thin ribbon of land (2610 miles long) along the eastern coast of South America. Because of its unusual geography, it has a hugely varied climate- desert in the north, Mediterranean in the center and snow-prone Alpine in the south.

Patagonia is a vast region in the southernmost tip of South America. Torres del Paine Park is considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978.

The park is filled with lakes of glacier water and impressive mountains, part of the Paine range (Cordillera del Paine.)

The photograph is one of hundreds of pictures I took on this trip to the park. The top image is a mixed media entitled Reflection and conveys the stillness, magnitude and awe this scene inspired.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

South Pacific Paradise

The quiet and pristine nature of the island make it a perfect spot to chill and relax. This is about as far away as you can go to get away from it all.

The photograph on the bottom shows the rolling waves and calm Pacific waters. Pink Sand, mixed media, (top) is an interpretation of the scene.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Easter/Passover Island

Wishing you and yours a happy spring holiday of your heritage!!

Easter Island Mysterious Figures

Easter Island, known as Rapa Nui to its inhabitants, is filled with hundreds of mysterious, giant stone-carved "moai" figures facing inland or gazing out at the sea, unexplained but bearing testimony to the glory of the island's ancient chiefs and ancestors.

Here are two photographs of these figures which pay homage to the island's ancestors.

Easter Island Beaches

Few places on earth has gripped the world's imagination as has lonely Easter Island, a tiny speck of land 2300 miles west of Chile in the Pacific Ocean. Chilean in nationality and Polynesian in character, the island is beautiful and charming. The Rapa Nui people are warm and welcoming, making it a perfect vacation spot.

Here the pink sand and inviting blue Pacific Ocean are appealing. From the Beach, mixed media, captures the essence of a beautiful tropical beach.