Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"64 Via Fuorimura, Sorrento, Italy" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
"View from the Porthole" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
"Real Men Know How to Knit" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
It was overcast most of the day today. From LA to the desert. On my way home from celebrating the holidays with family, I stopped to visit friends. As I was leaving their property I spotted the sun kissing the distant hills across our valley. But the treat was the bi-plane, probably giving tourists a sunset flight. I hope they had their camera with them.
"Sunset Flight" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
"Wishing You a White Christmas" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Are you a Mona Lisa or a Leonardo da Vinci? If you can't figure out which bathroom to use based on those clues the male -female symbols should help. This is the most creative use of "potty" signage I've seen in a long time. And it wasn't in Italy. It was at a cliff side restaurant in Cabo San Lucas. Don't you just love those colors?
"Artsy Restrooms" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Ghouls and gargoyles are strange looking creatures used as decorations since medevial times. Some are functional others are meant to scare off evil spirits. These critters are of the functional variety.
"Ghastly Shadows" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sitting off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, these tiny islands are part of the Spanish Empire. Used as a stopping point for the early explorers before crossing the Atlantic, these volcanic islands are mostly barren with few areas of tropical vegetation.
"Christmas in the Canary Islands" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
"Moroccan Brass" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
"Door Panel" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
© Kathy Dunham 2009
"Zinnias for Sale"
Thursday, December 17, 2009
It doesn't take much in a humid climate for plants to sprout on the roof. An accumulation of dust and moisture provide fertile ground for seeds that travel in the wind or by our feathered friends. And these centuries old (at least 500 years) roof tiles are no exception. The medieval town of Beynac, France, perched high on a cliff, has plenty of places for plants to sprout.
"Roof Garden" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Evenings in the desert are the best. The light is spectacular and the unique shadows that are created by the landscape provide never ending entertainment. As the seasons change, so do the shadows.
"Evening Light" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
"Christmas in Aruba" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Las Ramblas is the Champs-Elysees of Barcelona. A pedestrian promenade that runs up from the waterfront, it is home to news vendors, bird sellers, mimes, restaurants and florists. It was Christmas when I was last in Barcelona and an evening stroll was a delight in colors and light.
"Las Ramblas Flower Vendor" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
"Pow Wow Regalia" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This might be more appropriate for Easter but I think this is one of Michelangelo's greatest pieces of sculpture. Finished in 1499 and the only piece where his signature is visable (it's on the sash the Madonna is wearing) the Pieta is an intricately and delicately carved piece of marble. It's the first thing you see when you enter St. Peter's Basilica.
"The Pieta" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
"Rainy Night in Indian Wells" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Although simple in overall design, the elaborate carvings and details in the facade are unique and spectacular. We couldn't go inside (women are excluded) but did enjoy the beauty of the architecture.
"The Mosque at Agadir" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
This is the main shopping district in Malaga, Spain. It's a pedestrian mall and decorated in all it's finery for the holiday season. The Spanish really know how to decorate. The town was covered with live poinsettias. Everywhere we looked there were fresh plants of vibrant red welcoming the season.
"Christmas in Malaga" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
It was a beautiful sunny day as we floated on the Dorgogne River in the Perigord region of France. Above the river, high on a bluff was the town of Beynac with its huge castle overlooking the valley. This bridge was astutely built with hollow pilings, which allows water to enter during flood stages giving it more strength against the raging waters.
"Bridge over the Dordogne River" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Summer is past but these zucchini blossoms bring back warm summer days and a garden full of fresh produce. A friend of mine in Spokane started a community garden and these were just some of the fruits of their labors. I enjoyed walking up and down the rows looking at the ripening vegetables.
"Zucchini Blossoms" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
It wouldn't be Christmas without a gingerbread house. A couple of years ago I was asked to build a gingerbread house as a fundraiser for the La Quinta Arts Foundation. A number of artists were asked to participate and build a village. Since I love to paint flowers it was natural for me to build a flower shop. It was fun and I learned a lot about making flowers and other tricks of the "sugar trade". The silent auction went well and mine was one of the top sellers.
"Floreria" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Even the dogs get special treatment in New Orleans. This cocker spaniel was all decked out and walking it's master when I came upon them at the corner waiting to cross. Don't you just love the holiday neckpiece? Bright and festive.
"Christmas in New Orleans" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
"Before the Pie" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
"Nap Time" © Kathy Dunham 2009
"'Tis the Season" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
"Poppy @ Sunset" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"Summer Whites" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
"Passion Flowers" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
"Paris in the Rain" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
These beautiful flowers are true to their name, they only last one day. A definite loss to us since we can't cut them for the house or other use. This ruffled variety is more interesting with all the additional petals.
"Golden Daylily" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Japanese Tea Gardens are so serene and peaceful. The design that goes into them to elicit specific feelings is quite an art. My first visit to a tea garden was when I was young and visiting my Grandmother in San Francisco. Golden Gate Park is home to a small but beautiful garden. This scene is in Portland at their Japanese Tea Garden.
"Solitude" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This summer I decided to take a road trip to the Pacific Northwest with a friend. It was time I see part of the U.S. I hadn't seen before. And wouldn't you know it, I pick the week of the record breaking heat Portland. Luckily, these daisies near the famous rose gardens are actually heat lovers and were doing fine. But the poor roses were having a tough time.
"Portland Daisies" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
"Ricki" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Artist friends, Tim and Rick Vigallon, created these beautiful galloping horses in metal. The entire panel is 8' long and makes a dramatic statement. These talented brothers design a myriad of subjects in metal, some just burnished and others coated in exciting colors. If you're interested in their work you can see it at http://www.vigall-art.com/
Saturday, November 14, 2009
"Can I Take Your Order?" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
The French take the game of Bocci very seriously. No "gimmees" in this group. I don't know if there was any money on the line but I have a feeling there was with measuring going on like this.
"A Matter of Inches" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
"Veteran's Day in the Park" © Kathy Dunham 2009