If I were to guess, I’d guess that people that love to travel enjoy the actual act of traveling just as much as being at the destination that is being traveled to. Passing through airports, jumping in cabs, riding the bus, flying on the plane, moving about train stations, etc. When my wife and I have traveled together, there is always a sense of excitement in these transitional moments.
Now, there are the times when you’re pressed for time, and that can be a little stressful. I remember more than a few instances of running through an airport or train station and making it there with less than a minute to spare! But many times, these transportation experiences are a part of the great memories of a trip!
Like many train stations, the Atocha train station in Madrid has a magical feeling to it. It’s the feeling of embarking upon a journey. One of the things I’ve noticed about la Estación de Atocha is the contrast between the hustle and bustle on the inside, and the panoramic calm felt when descending the escalators onto the main platform outside.
This watercolor painting is of that panoramic calm!
Would I go all the way to Spain to sit in a café and have a cup of coffee?
You bet I would!
OK, well the trip would be about more than just that, of course. I’d go to see the sights, smell the smells, and listen to the sounds. But tasting that cup of coffee, in a nice little café on a small side street, would be like the cherry on top.
This watercolor painting is from one of those times of sitting in a cafe and sipping a coffee. Specifically, this was in the Heliopolís neighborhood of Sevilla.
Here in Northern Virginia, the sun is shining bright this morning…but it’s cold! So I’ve been going through photos of warmer places, and came across one from our trip to Sevilla earlier this year.
Ahhhh, the fresh smell of oranges in the air. There’s nothing like waking up chipper, taking a step outside into the streets (dressed to the nigh, of course), and smelling the roses…I mean…oranges. Really, it’s just as good as “waking up and smelling the roses” anyways. Perhaps better!
These things fall all over the place in Sevilla, at least in February when we were there last.
We even saw this guy kicking them to and fro (I think he was tired of walking on oranges all the time):
All of the oranges got me to thinking…
I’ve never seen any town or city like this in Florida (known for oranges). Would it even be legal in the U.S. to have orange trees planted all over a city? I mean, we live in a litigious society, so what if an orange fell on someone’s head and hurt them? Would they sue the city?
Anyways, all the more reason to appreciate the oranges on the streets in Spain!
Every now and then I enjoy adding a digital art effect to my photography by using Adobe Photoshop. The exquisite architecture of the Plaza de España in Sevilla, Spain, is a beautiful representation of the design of the southern Andalucía region of Spain. In this shot, the blue and white tilework is seen as part of a bridge going over the moat.
Flamenco music and dance is a passionate art form that originated in the Andalucía province of Spain from Gypsy, Moorish and Jewish influences, among others. This art illustration is inspired by a flamenco show my wife and I took in at the Caja Sol Theater in Sevilla, Spain.
This last week, my wife and I took a vacation to beautiful Sevilla, Spain, for the 10 year anniversary of us meeting there. The city just lends itself to artistic inspiration. After a few days there, I wished I had brought my sketchbook and pencils! Since I didn’t bring them, I instead made do with a hotel note pad and a ball-point pen. Here are some quick ink sketches I did while in Sevilla:
It’s been several weeks now that my painting activity has slowed way down. What can I say, I’ve been busy with other things! An artist also needs an artistic break every now and then to regain inspiration.
A few days ago I put brush to gessobord and came up with this small “Mediterranean Blues and Whites” painting for my wife and I to hang in our kitchen. The painting is based on a photo I took in Ibiza.
The Mediterranean region has long been an artistic inspiration for me, from the cultures and foods to the landscapes and seascapes.