Monday, May 25, 2009

Argentina and Chile

The special charms of Argentina and Chile drew us back to visit a second time. The cities we visited once, we wanted to see again. Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina are worth exploring over and over. We also visited El Calafate, Bariloche, Ushuaia, and Iguassu Falls in Argentina and Punta Arenas, Valparaisa and Vina del Mar in Chile. Patagonia is the southern part of South America and includes both countries. The glaciers, forests, lakes, animals and flora are incredible.

These two images express all the exitement, charm, life, scenery, smells and tastes of Argentina and Chile. Mountain Sparkle (bottom) and Green and Yellow (top) capture the zest, movement and verve which I feel in the area. Both are archival pigment prints.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche is reminiscent of Switzerland but it is located in the Argentine Lake District. We stayed at the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is one of the most beautiful hotels I ever stayed in. It is surrounded by majestic peaks, crystal blue lakes, snow-covered mountains, rivers and colorful forests. The colors are saturated by the clear sky and light.

The mixed media image (bottom) is entitled Verdure and tries to capture the lush foliage, saturated color, snow-capped mountains and overall energy of this magical place. The photograph (above) shows the hotel's magnificent location in the national park.

Strait of Magellan

Cruising through the Strait of Magellan, we headed for the "uttermost part of the earth." Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego offer native forest and glaciers, fjords and channels. This unique and mysterious place at the end of the earth is one of my favorite places. It intrigues me, capturing my imagination and stimulating my creative process.

This series of mixed media work includes from the top: Exploring the Edge 2, Revisiting the Edge 1 and Reaching the Edge 1.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Beagle Channel

Discovered in 1830 by Captain Fitz Roy, the Beagle Channel is a major thoroughfare from Ushuaia to points south, especially Antarctica. It is named after his brig called "Beagle." We are traveling on it to get to Cape Horn.

The bottom photograph is of the Beagle Channel taken from the embarkation point in Ushuaia, Argentina on our cruise to Cape Horn. The top image is a mixed media work entitled Turquoise Water, depicting the cold, sometimes tumultuous water so close to the south pole.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Edge of the World

Traveling to Patagonia, the southern most section of Chile and Argentina, is a thrilling adventure. The landscape is amazing- glaciers, the Andes, lakes galore, the Beagle Channel, Cape Horn. Remote and dramatic, the vistas calls to me. Just a hop. skip and a jump away is Antarctica. These three abstract mixed media works, created using monotype and collage techniques, capture the colors, textures and emotions of being at the edge of the world.

Bottom titled Edge of Space; middle, Travel to the Edge; and top Winter Travel.