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Croatian market 3-10-13

Croatian Market –  Arches 140# coldpress

I’ve been away for a little while.  The Husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Galapagos.  (I was a child bride…LOL) Our anniversary isn’t until October, but we decided February would be a better time to be in South America.   The water was calmer and the critters were moving and mating.  We spent approximately 7 days on a 90 foot yacht.  (Yate in Spanish)  I kept telling everyone I was on a 20 foot yacht until the Husband finally corrected me.  He told me a 20 foot yacht is called a rowboat. Ok, I was never good at math.

We had a wonderful, magical time.  The Galapagos is one of those “trip of a lifetime” places!  We hiked each day, most times twice a day, and also snorkeled each day.  We saw giant tortoises and green sea turtles, land iguanas, marine iguanas, fur seals, sea lions, all sorts of fish, sharks and even a few Orcas.  I don’t know much about birds but we did hear about the 14 different species of finches in the Galapagos.  (I drifted when the naturalist was talking about them so I can’t tell you much.)  I prefer my birds to have blue feet like the blue footed boobies or big red balloons under their beaks like the male mating frigate birds.

The painting above is a work in progress from a Croatian Market from a trip two years ago. (It seems like yesterday.)  The woman reminds me of some of the older women in my family and the fruits and vegetables were gorgeous, yummy and plentiful.  I will go back and put in some darks in the spaces between the fruit and maybe delineate her face a little more.

More to come about the Galapagos, but in the meantime here are some photos and a link to my friend’s website who was with us on the trip.

Blue Footed Boobies doing a mating danceBlue footed booby doing a mating dance

????????Sleepy fur seal pup

Male frigate bird - in mating modeMale Frigate bird with the red mating balloon inflated to attract females

Sandy Sea Lion 2-22-2013Sandy Sea Lion

Sally hitchin a ride on a marine iguanaSally lightfoot crab hitches a ride on a marine iguana

And here’s the link to my friend Mary’s super duper website:  http://www.theotherdaytoday.com/?p=862

Last week I saw a man with a cat on his head. He was standing on the corner of Vesey St. and Broadway in Lower Manhattan.  He just stood there.  Tourists would come up to him and ask to take a picture.  He would say yes and THEN once done he would ask for a dollar or two.   He was wearing a Harvard sweatshirt.  I wondered who went to Harvard, him or the cat.  I mean really. You went to Harvard and this is your career choice.  Of course, he could have just ordered the shirt on line, or gotten as a gift from a smarter family member. New York is a strange place.

The above painting was started about 3 weeks ago, but I finally got to finish it today.  The reference material was from a photo a classmate had.   Fruit-o-rama.  I enjoy most fruit.  When they are ripe, they can be as sweet as the best pastry.  I enjoy most pastry, but that’s another post.  The husband likes some fruit but will not eat -erries.   Any fruit that ends with berry or -erry he will not eat.  He will make the lemon face and turn his head.   When I showed him this painting he said “Yum,  except for the -erries.”   I explained that there were no -erries in this painting.  They were grapes.  Oh yeah,  he doesn’t eat red/purple grapes.   Sigh.   Next week….a painting of an orange and a banana.

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