so… i’ve been busy planning a wedding… which will be here in 4 days! we are honeymooning in tahiti and the french polynesian islands so i hope to bring lots of art and inspiration back to this side of the world… and to invisibleman which i have shamefully neglected over the past few months. our cruise ship is even called the paul gauguin.
also, when i return i’ll post some of the custom wedding goodies i have been crazy making over the past 2 weeks. i think i may have found a future calling.
au revoir et salut
In past years I would get a bit morose come springtime if I hadn’t gotten enough snowboarding under the belt. This is not one of those years. From the deep drifts of Utah to the hidden stashes of Vermont’s woods it’s been a splendid year of riding either solo or with Kristina and Keith. The pattern image at the bottom was part of my entry to this years Salomon board art contest. I didn’t have much time to put anything together so I quickly plundered some of the patterns I’ve been recently working on
On our final afternoon in Mexico, Corrie and I were able to spend a few hours exploring the city of Playa del Carmen. You can explore yourself via our photos on Flickr, a sample of which can be seen above.
Corrie and I just attended a wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Prior to the festivities we took a tour of the interior with Alltournative – Off Track Adventures. We had an amazing time! Our tour, “Maya Encounter”, included the exploration of the ancient city of Cobá, the opportunity to climb Nohoch Mul (the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan), a rappel down into and then swim within a cenote, a canoe trip across and then zip-line over a lagoon, monkey sightings, a purification ritual, AND a lunch prepared by local Mayan women. It was an incredible day! Above is an image of the lagoon, Punta Laguna, we canoed across and “zipped” over. Photographs of our entire day can be seen on Flickr.
Just got back from Mexico! Full Flickr album including this photo of our day trip to the Coba ruins to come.
I sketched my brother while we were lounging about our parent’s home in Pittsburgh a couple days before Christmas. A few days later my girlfriend Kristina and I headed to Utah for a week of snowboarding. While Solitude and Brighton were great mountains we were really taken by the Snowbird resort which you can see a few views of below. Everything I’d heard about Utah being the home of the lightest snow on earth was true.
This image, from our Kaaterskill High Peak hike, depicts another view from Hurricane Ledge. This time we’re looking south west towards the range of mountains that create the Devil’s Path hiking trail. Click on the image above to see a larger view and read the extended entry to see the graphite sketch prior to adding watercolor.
Recently Corrie and I climbed Kaaterskill High Peak. The day was gorgeous and the hike was exciting, with steep sections, several scrambles, and two plane wrecks! Although the actual summit is wooded, wonderful views can be seen from Hurricane Ledge on the south side. This watercolor sketch depicts the view looking southeast over Platte Clove and towards the Hudson River. More images from our hike can be seen here.
Recently Corrie and I were able to visit my brother Danny in New Hampshire. We met his new dog, saw my painting from a previous post, and went for a hike. This watercolor sketch is of the view from Danny’s home on Squam Lake. All of the photos from our brief but fun-filled trip can be seen here.
This was taken while flying at about 5000 feet over Denver Glacier in Skagway, Alaska, on the way to a dog sled camp. I’m not a huge fan of planes. And, unfortunately, while we were winding down our time in Alaska we heard about a number of local disasters. But, flying in a helicopter is like riding in an elevator. Definitely, the best experience of my whole trip.
We had 10 straight days of perfect weather. Which is why we had a viewing distance from this helicopter of approximately 100 miles. Unheard of in Alaska, where the locals in Ketchikan measure their annual rainfall in feet (13 on average!) instead of inches.