Norwegian Strawberry Soup
Norwegian Strawberry Soup art

Isn’t this the most beautiful dish? It’s “Ice-cold strawberry soup with solidified sour milk pudding” from Lom, Norway. Read more about the full Norwegian feast at

Florence Travel Article Published in Culture Vixen Magazine
Florence Travel Article Published in Culture Vixen Magazine art
Ponte Vecchio at twilight.

Florence, known in Italian as Firenze, is in my opinion absolutely the most beautiful city in the world. I fell in love with the city during a blissful year abroad studying art, art history and the Italian language. I hadn’t been back to Florence for over a decade and with such great expectations to live up to, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

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The Duomo, aka Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.


Photo Tour of the Mile High City
Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Stabbed and bleeding heart sculpture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.

Got to spend last week out in Denver, visiting friends and family and working on a couple features for Culture Vixen magazine. It was a blast! Here are some favorite photos snapped from the trip:

(Also be sure to check out my latest article about epic Denver sculptures, including the wild horse that tragically killed its creator.)

Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Games Art Installation.

I have always admired the work of Sandy Skoglund and finally got to see one of her installations in person! It was very red, and very cool to walk through a room of jumping foxes!

Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Tyson at the Denver Art Museum.
Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Lemon Mascarpone Cannoli with Blueberries at Panzano.
Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Troy Benns & his band rock the Celtic Tavern.


Magnolia Pod!

Magnolia Pod! art

This year’s Thanksgiving table was adorned with fall plants from the garden, which included persimmons, mini-pomegranates, pine cones, green shrub branches, brilliantly-colored leaves, and magnolia pods. I was fascinated by these pods, when a couple days after Thanksgiving, they began to open and all these crazy red seeds (berries?) started popping out. The coolest thing was that they would start out dangling from spider-web-thin white strings, which would later break and spill them onto the table. Isn’t nature enchanting?

My Favorite Night Shot from Hong Kong’s Peak, so far

My Favorite Night Shot from Hong Kongs Peak, so far art
I’m still going through all the photos from my trip to China…seems I fell into a total photography frenzy and took roughly 10,000 photos. (shame) But in my defense, I was there for a month…

Anyway, after years of reading and studying about Chinese art, history, culture, religion, and language, I finally made it to all the places I’ve always dreamed of seeing! Traveling to 5 cities in 4 weeks, the trip was a whirlwind of adventure full of gourmet delicacies, temples and palaces, visiting friends and relatives, and travel writing.

Highlights? Well, in HONG KONG, I had some of the best meals of my life! I also spent quality time with family, went to the famous bun festival, had my fortune read at a local temple, sipped afternoon tea at the Peninsula, bet at the horse races, bargained like crazy at the Temple Street Night Market, paid a second visit to the Big Buddha on Lantau island, had dinner on the Peak, got stuck in a tropical storm at Stanley beach, shopped until my feet hurt, and took a side trip to MACAU. Flew to BEIJING and hiked an un-touristy stretch of the GREAT WALL. Was awestruck by the massive Forbidden City. Saw the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, and a Beijing opera. Went to the World Fair in SHANGHAI, strolled along The Bund, and caught a train to picturesque HANGZHOU to explore the famous lake of Chinese lore. All in all, it was a fantastic trip full of wonderful experiences.

When I get through the photos, one day, I’ll show off some more of them! —G

Cotton Candy Clouds

LA has been burning this week, which also means out of the destruction emerge the most spectacular sunsets…all the junk in the atmosphere is making our sunsets over the ocean look like paintings with cotton candy clouds and liquid mercury waves. I shot these in Marina del Rey:

Cotton Candy Clouds art
Cotton Candy Clouds art

Magic Rose

Magic Rose art
(digital photography)

Volcano on Rock

Volcano on Rock art


Castles art

a Turtle in Venice

a Turtle in Venice art

Beached Kelp

Beached Kelp art

Rock #1

Rock #1 art
As of late, I’ve found myself shooting more and more photography. Up until now, this blog has featured primarily oil paintings, then both paintings and illustrations, and now I’ll be expanding that to include photography. This was shot near Venice Beach, California. -G

Rock #1 art