Tall, Dark and Handsome

Taking a Break in Florence

Casually taken photo of handsome Italian resting on sidewalk steps

How could I just walk by and NOT take a quick snapshot of this cute Italian guy? (Don’t you agree Jade and Gracie?) He could wind up in one of my paintings someday. I see an angled composition with flattened shapes and crisp color.

You just have to love small digital cameras–especially for taking photos of interesting people without disturbing or interrupting the moment. Continue reading

The Grace of Italy

If you’ve travelled to Italy you are familiar with the extraordinary works of art everywhere you turn. And in this case, even the iron fences surrounding landmarks are works of art. The curves, the gracefulness of the circular patterns and how they are Continue reading

Unplanned Light in Venice, Italy

Wrong camera setting captures unplanned action

A too quick adjustment on my digital camera led to this unplanned image. Late day light was quickly disappearing and I was trying to find a low light setting on the camera when I basically gave up and snapped a few shots. I knew the exposure would not capture the actual lighting Continue reading

Rainy Day Pink

Florence Italy church facade

Rainy Day Pink

Is this a photo about a cathedral or an umbrella?

They were aligned together on an overcast drizzly day in Florence Italy. This random pairing and neutral colored background of intricate stonework was a beautiful complement to the pink backlit color of the random umbrella. The overcast sky and rainsoaked stone highlighted the pink tones of the stone– which made the umbrella just pop as an accent color. Continue reading

Away From Home

Jewelry Store at St. Marks Square Venice

This particular colorful image stopped me in my tracks one day when window shopping in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy.

Not a showstopper for many people but the uncanny similarities to a recent series of fish shack paintings I had been working on was so striking. I actually wished I had handled my efforts as beautifully as this jeweler and fabric designer. The small house images in Continue reading