I’d been thinking I wanted to paint something with a pop of red color in it, and so I’ve been using my artistic eye to take photos of things to paint for the past couple weeks.
I also went through some photos I already had, and came across one that I took in Ibiza. The shutter and door colors in the original photo are green, so I decided to switch them to red in the painting.
Beautifully Red & Sunny Balcony
This oil painting is available for bidding on eBay from now until Sunday, June 23rd at 9pm eastern time. It measures 9″ x 12″ and the canvas is ready to hang.
Add to the cheer of your home with this beautiful red, sunny balcony, reminiscent of a whitewashed Mediterranean village!
I’ve never actually mentioned it on my blog, but I ship to all 50 states, as well as internationally, within 2 business days of receiving payment via PayPal. I also have a full-refund policy as long as the artwork is returned in the same condition within 14 days of purchase!
Here are a few paintings I’m working on this week:
Old Town Ibiza Architecture and Flowers
Strolling through old Mediterranean streets will never get old for me…
Sunrise in Corcovado
On the other hand, trotting through a few miles of sand that is miles away from civilization, on a hot day by the jungle, may get old for me, but it will always offer beautiful scenes.
Chefchaouen Street, Morocco
The other day, after watching Anthony Bourdain in “Parts Unknown”, I wrote about my travels in Tangier, Morocco back in 2004 and said that I would find a photo from Tangier to paint. Well, I went back through my photo album and I must have not felt safe enough to pull out my camera in Tangier. On the other hand, I took several photos in Chefchaouen, so I’ve decided to paint another!
Lastly, these 8″ x 10″ oil paintings on canvas are up on eBay until this Sunday evening!
Here is another one of my current paintings in progress!
Ibiza is known worldwide as a Mediterranean party island. My wife and I have been there twice, but we are definitely not party people!
For us, Ibiza is a calm and beautiful island where we have biked through the hilly countryside, spent time laying on small private beaches, and eaten in quaint restaurants outside of the large town of Ibiza.
Should have this one ready and up for auction on Sunday evening!
The first country I traveled abroad to (other than crossing the borders into Canada and Mexico).
When I was a senior in high school, our Spanish class took a group trip to Spain and traveled to Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Córdoba, Granada, Sevilla and Málaga. I fell in love with the architecture, the food, the music, the beaches, and the girls (I was 18).
Where I met my wife.
I went back to Spain two years later to study abroad in Sevilla. This is when I really fell in love with Spain and the province of Andalucía. I was there for 3 1/2 months but it seemed like 2 years (in a good way). I met my wife there, who was studying abroad in the same program but coming from a different university (George Mason). We traveled together to Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, Nerja, Maro, Cádiz, Ibiza, Formentera and Morocco. We went to soccer games, flamenco performances, Semana Santa (Holy Week), Las Ferias de Abril (April festivals), ate lunches by the Guadalquivir river, frequented cafes inside narrow streets, strolled through beautiful city parks… If this sounds nice, know that I”m not the only one I know who fell in love in Spain!
Where I went on my honeymoon
Five and a half years later I went back again, this time for my honeymoon! We had a layover in Madrid, left the airport and went to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and stopped at a café for bocadillos and coffee. Then we headed to our destination of Ibiza, an island known for parties, but known to us for it’s calm and beauty.
Where I draw inspiration for artwork
I could probably spend a few years making paintings based solely on the cultural influences of Spain. The other night, I was listening to Niña Pastori, a Spanish singer with a very flamenco-like voice, drinking some Spanish wine, and decided to paint something that is Spanish-influenced. So I went to our photo albums from studying abroad and saw a cool photo my wife took at a bullfighting event in Sevilla. A few hours later and I have myself a nice little painting that I’ll reveal tomorrow!
Every now and then I squeeze in some art for decoration in our own home. Our living room wall above our couch has been bare and begging for some attention. Some nice artwork would really complete the room, so a couple of weeks ago I started on my own “art with meaning” project. I use colored pencils and acrylic paint to create 5 pieces of art, using pictures from our honeymoon in Ibiza in 2009, that I’ll soon custom frame myself. Now we have some nice art to look at and fill out our living room!
If you are interested in this type of artwork for you and your significant other(s), just let me know by using the contact form or “request your custom art with meaning” page!