The Alhambra, Granada
I’m in the middle of writing a bunch of travel articles about my trip to Spain and Morocco. Highlights? Tapas y sangria, seeing Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica in person (!), catching a flamenco show, massive cathedrals and ornate palaces, chasing Hemingway’s shadow, Museo del Prado, Moroccan cooking workshops (yum!), the Majorelle Gardens…I could go on and on and on. This time around I got to visit Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba, Marrakech, Fes and a few more places.
My favorite cities of the bunch were Madrid and Granada…I absolutely fell in love with Granada, with its laid back attitude, sun-drenched streets populated with orange trees, plentiful ice cream parlors and sidewalk cafes, dazzling Moorish architectural influences, and the Alhambra fortress towering over the city with a backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains. Fantastic! I’ll be posting photos someday soon when I can sort through them all, but for now check out some of the posts and articles I’ve written about my trip so far (more on the way):
Plaza Mayor, Madrid
Caught the latest Google Doodle? It’s an interactive mobile by Alexander Calder. Turns out we share a birthday!!!
Here are some photos from my latest art exhibit at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu, California!! Expanding on last year’s Iceland Abstracted painting series, this year I wanted to bring my paintings back to canvas. Translating my ideas into paint was surprising simpler than I anticipated. Voilà! My paintings Milk Cocoon, Steam Castles, and Cascade were all unveiled for the first time at the show, fresh off the easel! Yes, I was painting way too late into the night than preferred to get everything ready for the show. And yes, not all the paintings were dry in time either. (yikes!) But isn’t that the beauty of painting? I say yes.
Gayle Wheatley, Cascade, Acrylic on Canvas, 36″ x 24″
Gayle Wheatley, Steam Castles, Acrylic on Canvas, 33″ x 25″
I’ve been HORRIBLE at posting to this blog lately! Well, that’s definitely going to change! I’ve finally taken the leap and quit my day job to run my own freelance business. This means I will finally have time to focus my energy on my art again. Let me tell you, it’s such a challenge to juggle a full-time job and produce lots of paintings….so draining!