When you wander the side streets of Santa Fe, you turn a corner and find images like this. I painted this scene from a photo I took a year ago. The newly opened leaves, the delicate April air and the soft breezes were enchanting. Perhaps going from sea level to an altitude of 7,100 caused that reaction, but I prefer to think it was because I was in New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment.
Walking through San Francisco’s Chinatown is like stepping into a different world. A good friend allowed me to work from her photo, Rainy Day in Chinatown (janeluriephotography.wordpress.com). The deeper I worked into the painting, the more I appreciated what a unique moment she had captured. When I asked her about it, she said she has returned to that location many times and never seen anything again that approaches what she captured that day.
Myanmar is an interesting country with fascinating sites and sub-cultures. Inle Lake, which is famous for its floating villages and gardens, is ringed by pagodas and monasteries. The Intha people base their communities entirely on the water. In an effort to preserve this unique culture, UNESCO has declared Inle a biosphere reserve.