Another great workshop at Dillmans Bay Resort. A fantastic group of people, beautiful surroundings, lots of painting in a big well lit studio and wining and dining in the surrounding towns. What a lot of fun.
The old town of Hoi An stretches out along the Song Thu Bon River. A mixture of Chinese, French Colonial, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture give the ancient town an interesting character. The central markets run from before dawn till after dark. Every imaginable vegetable is available. Some weird cuts of meat, live ducks, chickens, fish, prawns and crabs are also for sale. Everything is fresh each day and the activity is mesmerising.
Old Japanese Bridge
The drive across the Rocky Mountains, from Banff to Vancouver, has to be one of the most spectacular drives on earth. With Lyla’s knowledge of all of the out of the way attractions and the leather lined comfort of a big BMW, it was fantastic experience.
Vancouver is a beautiful city. It’s waterside parks looked pretty dramatic with the Fall colors and backdrop of surrounding mountains.
Two weeks in Tasmania and not a sign of rain! The workshop was great and all the foul weather plans were unnecessary – talk about lucky. After we all said goodbye in Launceston, Dianne and I found our truck in the car park of Launceston Airport and headed south to explore some more of Tasmania.
Port Arthur from the cold waters of the bay.
Island of the Dead – Port Arthur
Hells Gate Lighthouse on a rare sunny day.
Six obedient seagulls – Bruny Island
Long forgotten graves
Fog towards Cradle Mountain
Winter wood – New Norfolk
Convict graves – Ross
Low Head lighthouse
Ripples on the Gordon River
Shop Dummy – Ross
Painting at Dove Lake – Cradle Mountain
Architectural Minimalness -Oatlands
Bichneo fishing boats
Architectural Practicalness – Zeehan
Banks of the Tamar
Port Arthur get away car
Archictectural Impressiveness – Ross
Architectural Awesomeness – Rosebury
Everything is extreme in Barcelona – the food, the fashion, the bars, the music and the architecture.
Antoni Gaudi’s amazing buildings dot the city and have become some of the city’s major tourist attractions.
Sagrada Familia – still under construction after 120 years.
Barcelona balconies – making a medieval facade look like a Gaudi facade.
Some of the architecture prior to Gaudi was pretty wild and elaborate too.
9:30 at night and the city starts to come alive – bars and restaurants start to fill around 10 or 11 and crowds are heading home as the sun comes up.
Nail Polish pink Vesper.
Man with dog and sidecar.
The Barcelona Maritime Museum had an exhibition of giant puppets used for festival performances in the city. It’s a weird feeling standing next to these huge papier mâché figures, twice the height of an average human.
Sailing into Barcelona Harbour.
Tiring work selling candles.
Ham in Spain is an art form. Jamón de bellota, made from acorn-fed black-footed Spanish pigs fetches up around 200 Euro/kg for the best quality. The markets in Barcelona have hams ranging from thirty Euro/kg upwards and the vendors are happy to coax you into purchasing by slicing off tasty samples.
Barcelona’s Maritime museum is housed in beautiful old ship building warehouses near the waterfront.
This is a replica of the Royal Galley which was built in Barcelona in 1568 and was the dominant warship in the Mediterranean up until the 17th Century. The ship was 60 meters long and powered by 59 oarsmen.
Inside the galley is not near as impressive as outside.
Subtle Spanish sneakers.
Barcelona Beach architecture.
Boats in Venice are long, skinny and stylish. They vary slightly depending on what function they perform.
Traditional ,cool and stylish
Fast and stylish.
Fast, wooden and stylish.
Cool and wooden.
High speed transport
Two men in boat with a pole.
Happy work boat
Middle aged vaporetto
Very long boat
Color coordinated delivery barge
Work Barge Figure Head.
Venice has to be one of the most spectacular painting destinations in Italy. Standing on Rialto bridge and looking down the Grand Canal feels more like watching a bizarre movie than experiencing a thriving city.
We arrived in the afternoon and were rapidly transported to our hotel by water taxi.
Leaving Marco Polo Airport by water taxi is a chaotic experience. 110 Euro from the airport to the city means the drivers are pretty serious about getting the job done quickly.
Churning through the back alleys en route to Accademia Bridge
Painting on the grand canal.
Early morning along the canals
The last gondola workshop in Venice was just around the corner from our hotel … and right opposite a great little bar.
Everything is delivered by barges along the canals
A late afternoon storm blackened the sky behind Santa Maria della Salute making for some great photos.
Evening drinks along the waterfront
Interpreti Veneziana were performing at the San Vidal Church, 5 minutes from our hotel. Italian Baroque played with passion and enthusiasm – a fantastic night.
Burano is famous for its lace making, but I think this guy is mending a fishing net.