Las Vegas, Nevada – Original Photo by Sydney Margolis
A Framed Original Pastel on Pastel Paper
Years ago, Sydney and her...
Years ago, Sydney and her parents lived across the street from us when we lived in Lake View Terrace, Ca. Her dad moved their family to Vegas around 2000; fortunately my gregarious eldest son stayed in touch, and Syd and I have too, mostly via Facebook.
She has a great eye for beautiful vistas, and I love seeing her shots. This one caught my eye immediately, and I figured pastel was a perfect medium to capture the colorful desert sky, mountains, shrubbery and flowers.
We spent two months in Grindelwald, Switzerland, right in the middle of the Swiss Alps. Boy! What an incredibly beautiful place. The towering peaks are like giant sentries protecting this magnificent spot on earth where streams run turquoise and feed into the prettiest turquoise-colored lakes you’ve ever seen. We got to the Grandhotel by boat and then a funicular ride up to the hotel. How fun!
Flan is one of my favorite deserts, and I’m reminded of the beautiful setting in which it was served every time I look at this image. It tasted every bit as good as it looked! Enjoy!
Lake View Terrace, California by way of Vienna, Austria
A Framed Original Pastel on Pastel Paper
I love these tulips and had...
I love these tulips and had wanted to paint them for years, but it wasn't until I discovered pastels that I found the perfect medium to capture their beautiful colors. If memory serves, these tulips came from Trader Joes, and I took the photo of them in my kitchen in Lake View Terrace, California, where we lived for 20 years, before taking off to Europe for a year.
These beauties started to come alive when we were in Vienna, Austria in December 2016. It was cold outside, and I needed a bright pick-me-up from the cloudy skies of Austria. Orange tulips fit the bill! I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed painting them!
My photo for this flower is so old, it's a slide! A dear friend of mine, Maida Candler, and I used to go on photographic expeditions. One year we flew to Oakland and drove to Mendocino. What a beautiful place it is! Did you know that the TV series “Murder, She Wrote” with Jessica Lansbury was filmed in Mendocino, California, and not Cabot Cove, Maine!
I've wanted to paint this flower for years, but it wasn't until I discovered pastels with their lush and vibrant colors, that I could ever do justice to this beauty!
We traveled to Ensenada, Mexico a few years back and luckily, we found a beautiful place to stay. Our Airbnb hosts were Lourdes and Juan Carlos Acosta Ramirez. They have an amazing home overlooking the sea above the main road into town.
Lourdes is a fantastic cook and she makes a Mexican breakfast for her guests every morning. My favorite - Huevos Divorciados. In English, Divorced Eggs. Two eggs on a tortilla with beans; a red sauce on one egg and green on the other. Delicious!
The last time we saw Lourdes and JC, in May 2017, Lourdes set these pretty flowers in our room. I loved my photo of them, and think the pastel came out rather nicely.
Maine! Boy, what a beautiful place. Myles and I went to Canada a while back for a newspaper convention and we stopped for a few days in Bar Harbor, Maine. Window shopping is a favorite pastime, and I struck gold when I spied the Bar Harbor Tea Company. What a colorful feast for the eyes. These teapots with their matching cups, were made to be photographed and subsequently, painted!
I just googled the place; not only are they still in business, but they still have all the cups and teapots on display, just as I photographed them five years ago. If you're ever up in that neck of the woods, Bar Harbor is worth the trip. Such a scenic village with Acadia National Park on their doorstep.
Myles and I went to Europe for a year in April 2016. Our second port-of-call was Amsterdam, and our beautiful apartment, aptly named “The Blue Diamond,” was located on a main street called Ceintuubaan. The Albert Cuyp Market, an Amsterdam tradition since 1905, was about five blocks from our apartment. It is the largest market in Europe, and they have everything there; beautiful fresh produce and fruits, cooked meats, fresh fish, clothing, cheeses, and of course, loads of flowers. Oh, and I can't forget about the best rotisserie chickens I've ever had!