Thursday, February 18, 2016

Friendly Touch

Tarifa is a seaside town on the southern most point of Spain where visitors blend with locals, sipping coffee under colorful umbrellas. While sitting at an outdoor cafe, I spotted this cat enjoying the Friendly Touch of a young boy.

At night, Tarifa comes alive. Happy Hour begins at 
10:00 P.M., and the Moorish structures that appeared abandoned and boarded up by day, open, and hundreds of people spill into the streets to party.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Woodcarver's Son

This boy is the son of Henry Wallace, a well-known wood sculptor in the Red Bays community of Andros Island in the Bahamas.The Bahamian government considers Henry a living legend, and I am fortunate to have one of his wood carvings displayed in my home. 

In this oil pastel of the Woodcarver's Son, I am drawn to the little boy's eyes. Over the years, this child has been the impetus for many of my paintings.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Mint Tea and Gazelle Horns

Mint Tea and Gazelle Horns 
We took a ferry from Tarifa, Spain, across the Strait of Gibraltar, to Tangier in Northern Africa. At the outbreak of WWII, Tangier had been a breeding ground for espionage and became a rendezvous point for spies. 
We stayed at a guest house located in the heart of the Kasbah on the highest peak of the Medina (ancient walled city). We were escorted to the rooftop terrace, where our arrival was celebrated with an offering of Mint Tea and Gazelle Horns (crescent-shaped pastries).

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