Half Timber Buildings, Compiègne, France

tudor street compeigne
Half Timber Buildings in Compiègne , France

These buildings typically date from the 1400’s. They are best referred to as Tudor style structures. They developed in Tudor England beteen around 1485 and 1600. Often they lean to one side or the other these days, yet appear to be stable. This is one of the many charming views you can find in Compiegne.

Messing around with watercolors– Caravaggio by Ottavio Leoni, 1621

Caravaggio by Ottavio Leoni, 1621
Caravaggio by Ottavio Leoni, 1601 Watercolor

I painted this using Leoni’s portrait of Carravaggio. He was 31 at the time. He died 9 years later, a victim of his propensity for violence. Her revolutionized painting with his observation of the subject together with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro, intense contrasts of light and dark. This came to be known as tenebrism, where the darks are a dominant feature of the piece. 

Art from Poland

The Poles are very supportive of the millions of Ukrainian refugees.  Poland is a country with a long trouble history of occupation, most recently by the the de-facto occupation by the Russians.  They do not want the Russians back either.  There are some disturbing anti-democratic developments in Poland.  I do not know how Russia’s actions might effect the situation in Poland in regard to this.  However the Russian invasion reveals in part the effects of authoritarian rule.


Stare Miasto, Warsaw. 11.5*16.5′, 30*42 cm acrylics on paper.
Field and Stream, water color, 20 cm x 20 cm, 8″ x *” on Arches
Church at the Open Air Museum, Lublin
Pen and ink of Poznan Cathedral
Ulica Szorka, Torun
Ulica Szorka, Torun
Lech as a Young Man, pen and ink, 20×20 cm, 8×8″
Lech Now, watercolor, , 20×20 cm, 8×8″
Malbork Castle, watercolor, 20 x 20 cm, 8″ x 8″
Mill at Malbork Castle, pen and ink
Wawel Castle, Poland

Art from Kiev

These are my paintings made from our visit to Kiev several years ago. The determination to be democratically ruled and independent was obvious from its extensive exhibit of the 2014 uprising. Its architecture is a world treasure. I can only hope that they come out on top of this terrible war with the Russian effort to go after civilians. This effort is another affirmation to its people that it must never again be part of Russia.

Roof of Kiev, acrylics on paper, 11.5*16.5′, 30*42 cm
Pechersk Lavra, Kiev monastery, digital painting
Building in Kiev, digitial painting

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Caryatid in Kiev
Santa Sofia, digital painting
Pechersk Lavra, Kiev monastery, digital painting