Monday, April 26, 2010

Canary Islands Virtual Paint Out

Participating in blog challenges has turned out to be a lot of fun. I appreciate finding new blog friends, getting subject inspiration, and in this case finding a whole new way to explore the world. Navigating through the street views on google maps is almost as good as being there....well almost. Bill Guffey's challenge, The Virtual Paintout, takes artists around the world to find their own inspiration in a particular geographic location - but not necessarily the exact same view. In the Canary Islands, you have mountains, beaches, towns, people...just about anything that inspires you can be found here. The tool is so cool that you can spin 360 and see what is around you in all directions. You can zoom in, you can move yourself 50 feet down the road and do the same thing....So cool. I chose Carratera San Andre-Taganana. The mountains
are just beautiful. I tried to keep the watercolor loose and flowing.

Friday, April 2, 2010


The office where I work is dog friendly. My boss has dogs. Friendly, tail-wagging, college educated, duck-retrieving labs. In the summers they go off to retriever school and earn lots of blue ribbons and in the fall they return just in time to get to go to work retrieving ducks. And in thier off time they come to the office. This is Gauge - the latest in the long line of duck dogs extraordinaire.