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Trebuchet at Caerlaverock Castle

Trebuchet at Caerlaverock Castle

Dumfriesshire, Scotland, 2011

 

Home of the Maxwell Clan for generations, this red sandstone castle of innovative triangular design is a moat-rimmed ruin that remains formidable despite the beauty of the soft green berms of its surroundings…can’t help but feel some connection to this place and to history…

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Balcony, Boats and Paints, Riomaggiore,

Balcony, Boats and Paints, Riomaggiore,

Cinque Terre, Italia

 

… a palette of brilliant colors in my chair as well as in the fishing boats below… is there such a thing as too much color? I don’t think so… it was beautiful.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Into the Gathering Storm: Angel Quadriga

Into the Gathering Storm: Angel Quadriga

Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II

 

…Rome is one of those cities that seems to overflow with visual stimuli and simply cannot be labeled, as tourists often do, as having been fully seen.  Its history, grandeur and artistic tradition is such that wherever one looks there seems to appear an unexpected treasure... thus, this angel and horses high above the city is but one.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain

Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain

This rugged coastline, warmed by bright sunlight and cooled by the crystal azure waters, soothes my soul unlike any other place … this day’s last light shines like gold upon the stone edges before being gently erased away by the night ahead…  

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2008
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Storm Approaching Over Chiesa Di San Martino Alla Palma

Storm Approaching Over Chiesa Di San Martino Alla Palma

Chiesa Di San Martino Alla Palma, Italy

 

…spent the warm afternoon with our watercolors in the hills and the olive tree groves, but the cold winds came up and a downpour soon followed. However, sheltering the storm under the colonnade became its own sweet memory…

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2008
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Rochester Cathedral (13th c) and Castle

Rochester Cathedral (13th c) and Castle

Rochester, UK

 

… framed by the glass of the fast moving train to Dover,  history flashes by as the clouds open a window to the sun… Moments like this are never forgotten. I need to return to this place some day.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Blue Scooter

Blue Scooter

Volterra, Toscano, Italia

…a splash of azure among the warm stones of Volterra… can’t help but be struck once more by the sheer loveliness of these old streets and their constant surprises..


Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Red Umbrella and Rocks

Red Umbrella and Rocks

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

 

…these timeless stones stand silent and uninterested in the swarming activities and momentary trivia of these colorful tourists out on a rainy day… I painted until my paints were dripping from their palette… a truly incredible day “playing” in the rain.  

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Summer Shade and Blenheim Sheep

Summer Shade and Blenheim Sheep

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, 2011

 

… the pink-eared youngster sought the comfort of his mother as we approached … the huge waxy leafed trees seemed to provide the flock with a sense of security and myself a wonderful peace at the sight…



Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Firenze Evening Vista from Below San Miniato al Monte

Firenze Evening Vista from Below San Miniato al Monte

Firenze, Italia

 

…exquisite Always beguiling, this Tuscan delight of a city is at its most beautiful just before dark when the skies rival the architecture for sheer beauty… from the hills above on the steps of San Miniato al Monte I can think of no view of any city that that can rival it.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Castle Take-Away

Castle Take-Away

Dover, England

 

…Leaning out the small pub hotel’s second story window and enjoying the cool Channel air and the aromas of fresh fish and chips, the dark town streets rest under the guardianship of the old castle as they have for centuries.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Minster Lovell Horses and Parish Church of St Kenhelm (14th c.)

Minster Lovell Horses and Parish Church of St Kenhelm (14th c.)

Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, UK

 

…the gentle lumbering giants greeted us along the field path to the ruins of Minster Lovell.  So beautiful and so powerful, yet wanting nothing more than a pat on the flanks or a scratch of the muzzle…

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Red Saint

Red Saint

Firenze, Italia

 

… silently perched above the street, the saint’s visage seems to be reflecting without comment upon the business of the city below… 

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Early Evening Stroll

Early Evening Stroll

Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK


…pastel painted structures welcome us to this gracious seaside village with a naturally Welsh friendliness…. What exquisite light is found here… absolutely breathtaking.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Brick and Stone

Brick and Stone

York Minster Cathedral, York, UK

 

…washed fresh and clean by a recent shower and now bathed in warm sunlight, the ancient cathedral peeks through the red bricked old town of York like an old mentor overseeing his young students.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Meadow Flowers at Whitby Abbey

Meadow Flowers at Whitby Abbey

North Yorkshire, England

 

…the ancient stone wall, upon which I sat drawing, seemed to separate the security of our hostel from the wildness of imagination... as the twilight unfolded, this place appeared increasingly well suited to Bram Stoker’s dark creature of the night.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Along the River Thames

Along the River Thames

Port Meadow, Oxford


… While sitting on the river bank and painting the a distant church spire across the meadow, I was suddenly startled by the sound of clambering hooves close behind me… then, just as unexpectedly, I heard the ringing of the young herder’s bicycle bell.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Cinema Teatro Odeon (1922)

Cinema Teatro Odeon (1922)

Firenze, Italia


…the fragility of this early 20th century glass-arched theatre contrasts with the strength and permanence of the ageless stone piazza that surrounds it…stones that don’t change with the next “feature”…

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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War and Peace With White Dove, Old Town Hall (1798)

War and Peace With White Dove, Old Town Hall (1798)

Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

 

…the old guard seems to be momentarily softened by the fleeting presence of life, the white feathers will live on past these stones, the weak are somehow strong in His hands…

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Storm Clouds Over Chiesa di San Lorenzo (1098)

Storm Clouds Over Chiesa di San Lorenzo (1098)

Portovenere, Italia


… wet and cold we traversed the steeply stepped alleys and narrow stone streets of this medieval coastal town. We did find welcome refuge from the drizzle for a few minutes in the peaceful interior of this hillside church but upon leaving we were soon drenched to the bone by a torrential downpour…just hoping the painting stayed dry.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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View of Campanile di San Marco (1513) from Palazzo Ducale

View of Campanile di San Marco (1513) from Palazzo Ducale

Venezia, Italia


… From the large upper-story windows of the opulent palace, I gazed in awe at the exquisite stonework and architectural detail that overwhelmed my senses. Is there a more romantic and magical place in the world than Venice? I have yet to find one.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Towers of San Gimignano in Morning Light  (3rd cen.)

Towers of San Gimignano in Morning Light (3rd cen.)

Tuscany, Italia

 

…This gem of a village where my wife and I spent our thirtieth anniversary, is one of my favorites… This distant view reminds me of city skyscrapers in the early light of a new day.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2011
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Rainy Afternoon at Sirmione

Rainy Afternoon at Sirmione

Lago di Garda, Italia

 

…. Gelato, cappuccino and puddled rain reflected the late evening skies in that magical time just before dusk… and all in the shadows of the foreboding Italian castle that guards this Lago di Garda peninsula.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Ancient Sentinels

Ancient Sentinels

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, UK


…timeless stones are washed clean by the blue morning drizzle and reveal an unexpected range of colors from golden ochres to deep violets… to think, I thought they would be only monochromatic shades of gray.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2008
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City of Dreaming Spires from Headington Hill

City of Dreaming Spires from Headington Hill

Oxford, UK

…vibrant yellow fields create a brilliant background to this medieval city of such romance and charm… Painting most of the day here, I was the last of the group to leave on a perfect day.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Roma Wedding, Basilica S. Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (16th c)

Roma Wedding, Basilica S. Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (16th c)

Italia, Roma


…What a setting for a wedding in this masterpiece of a church by Michelangelo… just want to tell the man with the little girl to cherish such moments; she won’t be a little girl for long…

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Angel Holding Time (1528)

Angel Holding Time (1528)

Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France


…Time waits for no one, even in the grasp of an angel… How many times has this angelic being witnessed the sun’s cast shadow move before him… sometimes I feel very insignificant.

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2008
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Low Tide at Tenby

Low Tide at Tenby

Pembrokeshire, Wales

 

… tethered and silent, these boats seemed to yearn for their places in the rough waves of the incoming tide…sometimes I can relate to that feeling…

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Beach Bathers

Beach Bathers

La Palamos, Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain

…frolicking on the beach, unconcerned and free, the children play undisturbed… how many of us long for such a time again?

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Tempio di Saturno (4th c)

Tempio di Saturno (4th c)

Foro Romano, Roma, Italia


…breath-taking structures, now in skeletal ruin still speak of a culture’s ambition, power and lost dreams….there is a sadness and quietness about this place which must be in such contrast to its former grandeur.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Three Boats/Four Chairs on the Oxford Canal

Three Boats/Four Chairs on the Oxford Canal

Oxfordshire, England

 

…like three colorful friends visiting on the Thames in early summer…I wonder who the fourth visitor might be, perhaps a kayak… I guess I’ve been painting too long…just silly thinking.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Chiesa off the Borgo San Lazzero Road to Volterra

Chiesa off the Borgo San Lazzero Road to Volterra

Toscana, Italia


…This simple stone country church stands adorned with the bright Tuscan light and rich color of the surrounding orchards and vineyards … absolutely breathtaking. 

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Tree with Headstones

Tree with Headstones

St Margaret of Antioch Church, Binsey, Oxfordshire, England

 

This 12th century church, a place of ancient pilgrimage, layered in history and embellished with stories of miraculous waters, sight regained and a girl named Alice … Alice in Wonderland… hearing the bleating of young goats, it rained on me twice as I painted here.

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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Farm View beside the River Windrush

Farm View beside the River Windrush

Outside Burford, Cotswolds, England 

 

… Fallen stone walls and a babbling brook to accompany my painting…what an incredible morning in these emerald fields…

 

Acrylic Gouache on Paper, 2010
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White Boat on Palamos Beach

White Boat on Palamos Beach