Sunday, October 30, 2016

Valle de los Cirios

On the Road South - In the Morning Light

Valle de los Cirios

The Valley of the Candles is a Protected Area of Flora and Fauna in the municipality of Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico. This site was declared a protected natural area on 2 June 1980. With its 2,521,776 hectares (9,736.63 sq mi), is the area of Plant Protection and largest of Mexico Fauna, the second protected natural area of Mexico for full extension behind only El Vizcaino, but the largest in land area and one of the largest protected natural areas in the world.
It is characterized by scrub and desert landscapes associated with large nuclei candles. Unlike popular belief, this is not a bleak scenario, but an area with a large conservation and integrity, defined by its high level of endemism, which includes abundant concentrations of cacti, reptiles and large mammals. The Valley of the Cirios is since 2004 in the Tentative List of Mexico, to be named World Heritage Site.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Encaustic Photography and Printmaking

The use of beeswax is an ancient method of sealing in paint pigment to paper, photographs, canvas or board. You can print on a warming tray for creating mono prints or de'colage. One uses layers of forms, shapes, and colours, to marking and build the life of the print.

It felt like reviving an old dream when starting in 'encaustic' painting the last year. One can make a 'small studio' without having to buy an expensive printing press. A happy thought!

I've had a love for the art of printmaking in past years. At the university I stayed many late nights in the art studios, lost in the creation process. After graduation unfortunately, there was little access the well equipped studios while working full time in an architectural office... Careers and children left little time to continue painting for many years.

Now I'm creating a new studio space to bring hand made paper, painting and prints back to life!
It feels good to my hands and heart to free the creative process and work in painting media again.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Colors of Todos Santos

Todos Santos has a warm color pallet being on the Tropic of Cancer.

Punta Lobos

Color, light and shadows

Moonrise in Baja Ca Sur

Looking East from las tunas

Tigle Moonrise