This is the Quetzal bird, a native to the area in the Talamanca Mountains where we'll be staying for the first part of our trip. This is a gorgeous composition as is, and I could easily do a painting from this. Yes, the trip is plein air painting, but let's face it, no one is fast enough to paint this, in motion, No, there are times when photos are really the reasonable way to go. For that reason, I recommend to everyone on the trip, that you bring as compact and as good quality a camera as you can afford. Photographers come from all over the world to capture the wildlife, the surf, just the wildness and beauty of Costa Rica.
Here's where I'll be sitting in early February, teaching, painting and wondering/wandering about life. Yep, floor to ceiling windows overlooking the cloudforested Talamanca Mountains. I'm also looking forward to being here, as the owners are artists, and we'll be holding classes in their spacious art gallery. Life is meant to be an adventure, no?
I painted this for Martine, my business partner in all things Costa Rica. It''s a lipstick palm, her favorite palm tree. The red of the main trunk is vivid! This is a quick sketch, done in one hour or less. Many palms still to paint!
This is us, just getting ready for a sunset challenge. We're on a hill just above the beach, to get a better view of the amazing colours in the fast paced setting of the sun-on the OSA peninsula. Preparing for the big skies and big views to paint.
Getting away from the snow and cold, even for a bit, is something to really look forward to and can help cope with the long hard Canadian winters.
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As they say in Costa Rica, Pura Vida everyone.