Friday, November 9, 2018

Namaskaram



The photo of this boy was taken in Madurai,Tamil Nadu at the Meenakshi Temple. In the south of India holding the hands together in greeting is called namaskaram which is the same as namaste.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Girl from Kerala



This young girl was standing on the side of a canal in the backwaters of Kerala, India.  I was attracted to her impish face and kohl lined eyes. The kumkum mark on her forehead means she has been at a religious festival.

Her actual corsage was made from ribbons, but I changed it to orchids because so many are cultivated in Kerala.

Extreme monsoons and flooding are laying waste to this state and its people now, August, 2018.

oil on canvas
size - 20" x 20" x  2"
price - $1000




Friday, December 29, 2017

Sadhu in Sri Meenakshi Temple






This is a Sadhu or holy man I encountered outside the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Kerala, India.  Sadhus are religious ascetics respected by Hindus and Jains.  There are Kumkuma powder markings on his face.

oil on board
size - 18" x  24" x 1"
price - $1080








Thursday, December 28, 2017

Namaskaram in Periyar Tiger Reserve

I encountered this man in the Periyar Tiger Reserve outside of Thekkady, the spice capital of Kerala, India.  Don't expect to see any tigers in the tiger reserve. However, if you walk by the river you will encounter tribal people fishing.  This fisherman is greeting me with the word namiskaram. As part of this greeting, which is like namaste but used in the south, there is a bending forward and placement of the feet with the ankles touching and the toes pointing out to the sides.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Julia Knitting in Puno, Peru



oil on canvas
size - 20" x 20" x 1"
price - $1000









Julia knit sweaters for Hallet Handknits during the 1980's.  She is wearing the typical apron and bowler style hat used by the Quechua Indians of the altiplano. Note the circular knitting needles. This made the finished sweater seamless at the sides.




Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pa O Woman Myanmar


This Pa O woman is a towel seller from Myanmar. She has a towel wrapped around her head and in her arms are more towels. The turban head dress is typical and often red.

The Pa O are the seventh largest ethnic minority in Burma and the second largest in the Shan State. They are believed to be of  Tibeto-Burman lineage, and share the language and culture of the Karen people.

Unlike the Rohingya, they are a recognized ethnic group in Burma and Buddhist. However, due to military conflicts and lack of economic opportunity, many Pa O have migrated to northern Thailand.

Avocado Seller Myanmar

This is an oil painting from a photo I took in Myanmar of a local woman selling avocados.  Note that the light yellow line on the nose and right side of the face is not a highlight, but thanaka cream that is used for sun protection and as make-up.

Locals rub the bark of a tree on round stones and add water to make this paste for use by men, women and children.

Burmese Man at Sunset



I love to try and capture people in photos and then make them into art, in this  case oil paint. This man was standing on a beach of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar at sunset. He actually has on a t-shirt that says NASA. I did not paint the logo, but that t-shirt has definitely traveled!  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bayon Head at Angkor Thom


This is one of my favorite pictures from Cambodia. 

There are 200 carved stone heads in the 12th century Bayon temple of  Angkor Thom outside Siem Reap, Cambodia.  I love that they are all smiling.


I plan to make this photograph a painting soon!

Cuban Boy with SF 49rs Hat



oil on canvas
size - 20" x 20" x 2"
price - $1000

















I visited the Las Lajas center near Cienfuegos, Cuba in June 2016 and saw this  boy. I was touched by his "old soul" look. A member of our tour group had just given him an oversized SF 49rs hat. It sits heavily on his head. He is wearing a shirt that was made from a sack so the  brand new hat is in stark contrast. The background is a colonial blue door typical in Cuba.


Cuban Boy



Young Cuban boy standing in the doorway at the Casino de Cuba Santaria building. Note the faded colonial blue of the frame.

Santeria (Way of the Saints) is an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba beliefs and traditions, with some Roman Catholic elements added. The religion is also known as La Regla Lucumi and the Rule of Osha. 
Santeria is a syncretic religion that grew out of the slave trade in Cuba.


oil on canvas
size - 16" x 20" x 1"
price - $800