Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
If I'm not working, painting, or video-conferencing with my family, and if I'm not playing with my cats, Pinky and Junebug, then chances are I'm riding my mountain bike on the trail that encircles this compound where we live. Come with me for a ride, and take a look at the trail.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The month of Ramadan just ended, and Eid, the festival that celebrates the completion of the month of fasting, is in full swing. That means that the embassy is closed for the next couple days, and I will be painting pretty much full-time.
I'll be sure to show you how it's going.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Riding is always fun, but it's even better when I see scenes I know I'm going to want to paint, which is the case with the landscape above. This is a little post-card sized study that I'll begin working into a larger painting tomorrow.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Contrast this with the video below. This is a short clip from one of the dozen or so parks that dot our compound. They are irrigated and shady, and they attract several species of songbirds.
I was surprised to hear such beautiful sounds in this place, which, so far, has been characterized in my mind by intense heat, and human harshness.
Do not attempt to adjust your screen; you won't be able to see anything on this video. I shot it from my rooftop the first night in my house. I just wanted you to hear what it's like here at night.
The call to prayer is something you get used to hearing all the time, so much so that you don't even notice it, even when there is a minaret within a stone's throw of your bedroom window. It reminds me of that line from the Blues Brothers movie, after a train goes by and rattles everything in Elwood's apartment so loudly that nobody can hear what anyone else is saying. "How often does that happen," Jake asks. "So often that you don't even notice." is the reply.
Anyway, I was jetlagged and nowhere near sleep, so, used to it or not, this particular call to prayer didn't bother me, even though it was issued well before dawn.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Well, I'm a long way from home, and I have big empty house, so I thought about adopting a cat. I made contact with a vet and made sure I'd be able to get them treated, and then I brought these two home to live with me.
I haven't declawed them, but they allow me to clip their claws often, and they never seemed to get into the habit of scratching things, so even if they knock stuff on the floor, they don't do any harm.