ESCORT / iPhone 6+ / Snapseed

I love shooting street photography. I love Mexico City. Put the two together and I'm a happy boy. Plus, I get some exercise, a lot, really. And I drink a lot of that delicious, fresh squeezed orange juice.

Then, when I just can't walk any more, I sit and sketch, people, mostly, on my iPhone.

Of course, Mexico City isn't the only place I like to do these things. Nice, France is another favorite, as are the cities and towns of southern Spain. Buenos Aires in Argentina, though I've only been there one time is high on my list.

OK, I guess you can tell I'm getting really homesick for all the places I've been and all those I've yet to explore.

Soon. Just wrapping up a couple of last minute projects. More about those beginning tomorrow.

Hasta mañana.



This afternoon…



Amazing, isn't it, how different these images are, although they're just a couple of weeks apart?


Hasta mañana.



WAITNG / iPhone 6+ / Snapseed / Noir

So who says you can't take street photography indoors? People watching is people watching. And that's what street shooting is all about. When it's not about other things encountered while moving through life, or, maybe, while waiting.

Boy, these photographs I've been posting lately have me missing my old photography blog, When a Painter Snaps! Maybe it's time for that book by the same name that I've been talking about doing for years. What do you think? Anyone interested?

Let me know in the comments.


PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES / Daily Painting #1211

Palacio de Bellas Artes / Pen and Ink / 6 x 9 inches

Now for something different. But first, some background. Yesterday's painting, Scratchers, was painted in a motel room near the airport in Albuquerque. This morning, Monday, that is, we got up at 4am. (I'm accustomed to getting to bed at 3am. Or later.) at 6:30, we flew out of Albuquerque, on our way through Dallas/Fort Worth, and on to Mexico City, where we arrived at 12:20 in the afternoon.

We checked into our hotel and got cleaned up, then went exploring, had dinner, and back to the hotel a little after dark. Oops! The light in the room is dismal. Nice room, lousy lighting, at least for painting.

Really large paintings aside, I have painted for years, whether in oil, acrylic or watercolor, especially watercolor, with no preliminary drawing. Then I began doing small sketches I called confections, as they were almost like mini-vacations from the serious work I normally worked on. They were in ink, with color added, mostly as accents.

Recently, the confections have gradually matured into a whole new body of work. I'm enjoying this new direction more and more as it unfolds. Both the drawing and the painting. In fact, I've been thinking I might start mixing things up a bit. Some days, I will feature watercolors, on other days, oils, or drawings. Drawings that can stand on their own merits

Which brings us to today's work, a drawing of the Palace of Fine Arts, a beautiful building just a couple of blocks from the hotel. I was getting ready to paint it as a night scene, when I thought, why ruin a good drawing by trying to paint over it in watercolor with the awful light in this hotel room?

So here it is, today's image, a drawimg for today, that will, with better light, become tomorrow's watercolor. Stay tuned.

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