art related travel adventures

When Art and Gardening Meet

Art and gardening are two of my favorite things...add in photography, and I have the perfect day! Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit, and paint an amazing garden at my friend's private estate during the Kneeland Gallery Plein Air Event. I thought you might enjoy seeing my photos of this exceptional high altitude gardening. Jane, the estate owner/gardener also happens to be a talented artisan.  A weaver by trade, Jane has woven a beautiful [...]

The Gift of Freedom to Create

Today is Independence Day, and although the USA isn’t perfect, I am grateful to be an American. It is easy to take our liberty for granted, such as our freedom to create as artists, writers and musicians.  Recently, my daughter spent a college semester studying art and literature abroad in the beautiful Czech Republic. She was stunned to learn about the terrible repression that country had to endure throughout history. Even the people’s rights to create, and think freely [...]

Meeting Social Media Friends In Real Life

Over the past few months, I have been traveling a lot. My art and social media businesses have taken me to fun places where I have been able to meet some of my social media friends in real life (IRL). Over the past few years, my social media efforts have opened many doors for me, and introduced me to many fascinating people. So, I thought I'd share a few of my recent experiences with you... First, as [...]

Expand Your Art Brand with Integrity

Right now, I am blogging from 30,000 feet in the air while flying home from Los Angeles. I have been traveling a lot lately and I finally have a moment to reflect...and blog. Brand building with integrity has been foremost on my mind, and a hot topic among my fellow artists. By using social media and other online sites like eBay, many artists are exploring the idea of broadening their brand, and collector base. Some highly recognizable and [...]

Playing & Painting in the Caribbean

Traveling, painting and photography are among my biggest passions, and I love it when I have the opportunity to do them all at the same time! Having just returned home from our annual family vacation in the US Virgin Islands in the beautiful Caribbean, I thought I'd share a few pictures and facts I have learned from my time there. Normally, there are only two seasons in the Caribbean - dry and rainy seasons. The dry season [...]

Just Another Wet Day in Paradise

Hello from paradise! Last Friday, my family and I flew down for our annual trip to the US Virgin Islands where we like to thaw out from the slushy, snowy mountains. However, the sun has been playing tricks on us, and it has been raining the majority of the time since we have arrived! We even witnessed a big waterspout (a tornado that starts in the water) that came on shore, lifted beach umbrellas 40 feet into [...]

2012-04-10T11:12:42+00:00 March 23rd, 2012|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|2 Comments

Cruising and Plein Air Painting Alaska!

 Traveling, the outdoors and plein air painting are a few of my favorite passions in life. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Alaska aboard a very large cruise ship. My plein air painting time was very limited, nevertheless I didn't want to miss the chance to record beautiful Alaska in paint as you can see in the video below. As a novice photographer, I also enjoyed photographing the many amazing Alaskan wonders [...]

My Weekend with Idaho’s Wild Horses

Horses have always been one of my favorite animals, plus the ancient horse originated here in Idaho over 3.5 million years ago and is the American icon of the west. So, when I got an invitation to spend a weekend in search of wild horses in the remote mountains of central Idaho, I jumped at the chance! It was Memorial weekend, but the snow flurries and wind chill made it feel more like March. My friends and [...]

Alaskan Grizzly Bear Adventures of Nature Photographer, Buck Wilde

At the first sign of spring, Buck Wilde , otherwise known as, 'The Bear Whisperer', feels a stir inside that beckons him back to the famous Grizzly Bear Maze in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Buck is one of the most prominent grizzly bear behaviorists and nature photographers in the world today. This summer and fall, wildlife artists, nature enthusiasts and photographers are invited to join Buck on intimate world-class, wilderness safaris and photography workshops to meet grizzly bears, caribou, walruses, [...]

My Week with Master Landscape Artist, Michael Workman

Michael Workman's workshop class Recently, I had the rare opportunity to attend an advanced painting workshop at the Sedona Arts Center in Arizona with master landscape painter, Michael Workman. I was very excited about this experience because I have admired this elusive artist's work for many years, plus Michael is an 'artist's-artist', and one of the greatest landscape painters of our time. I was interested in learning how Michael 'deconstructs' his paintings and balances between a realistic approach [...]