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Three Inspirations

It’s that time of year — not only my one-year anniversary of starting to draw, but also World Watercolor Month.  Can’t wait to see all the great stuff everyone creates worldwide.  Here’s my first painting of some frequent inspirations.

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South America Studies

Heading south to Uruguay in less than a month after fifteen years away.  Getting so excited, I’m sketching the place in advance.  Thanks, Google Maps!

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Birds of South America

                                                                            —Americana arrogantus

When summer comes, los uruguayos perch

Themselves on Maldonado’s Punta shore

Like seagulls, each aims a firm, fat belly

Boiled eggs in salted sun.

                                                     Across the border

Beyond the Rio de la Plata’s breeze

Argentinos strut through Buenos Aires

Proud as peacocks, their tilted coccyges

Bent back, cocksure, as if supporting plumes

Of opalescent eyes.

                                                     Over the Andes

In war-torn Santiago, los chilenos cuddle

Nuzzle—all in cooing, kissing pairs

A flock of plaza pigeons, not people

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I mock them all, yes, yes—but I’m regal

Soaring above, a bald-headed eagle

 

In Blue Hawaii

Just got back from a quickie across the ocean.

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Stayed up on the northwest tip of Kamehameha’s island.

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Had a nice room with a patio view of a lush hillside.

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Got to spend some time at the beach.

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Went to see some touristy historical sites.

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Took a hike through a lava-locked pikupa forest.

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Checked out the Kohala coast.

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Watched Venus rise over palms.

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Had to come home much too soon.

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