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Winter memories

The cold has crept in. Yet certain everyday events  distract and keep my spirit warm. Watching the last leaves flutter off the trees mesmerize my view. Gearing up for the holiday festivities expand my imagination of shimmering celebration nights. Stopping to indulge at good eateries soothes my core. These are what the crisp cooler days of winter offer to warm my heart. What fond memories has this season brought you thus far?

Stunning bright tones of the last leaves shedding off this tree.

Stunning bright tones of the last leaves shedding off this tree.

Festive decoration and ideas for the holidays sprout out and fill the days.

Festive decoration and ideas for the holidays sprout out and fill the days.

Le Grand Bistro Americain, in Kirkland, Washington filled my belly with savory food and fuel my Soul. http://www.bistrolegrand.com/

Le Grand Bistro Americain, in Kirkland, Washington filled my belly with savory food and fueled my soul. http://www.bistrolegrand.com/

Time to paint and is always a must.

Time to paint; always a must.

These are my favorite, four little paintings to make the whole.

These are my favorite, four little paintings to make the whole.

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The Passenger

Last year around this date I found myself, along with my husband, discovering the treasures of France. We took a trip that started in the coastal city of Nice, its people welcomed us and set the pace to our fantastic journey. We then rode the train along the coast heading south, stopping in historic beauties such as Arles, Avignon  and Carcassonne.

In this post I hope to share, at least a glimpse, of this wonderful getaway.

A sunrise a la Nice by Alex Mendez

In Nice, the beaches were quiet and peaceful, and the sun was golden. The breeze felt cool and promising.

Dans la rue {on the street} by Alex Mendez. Nice, France

Many times along this trip I found cities filled with narrow streets revealing a story of the past intertwined with our present.

La fenêtre {The window} by Alex Mendez, Nice France

I became enamored with doors and windows. The contrast between stone, wood and paint, standing strong through the many years and lives that they have witnessed.

The purchase by Alex Mendez. Avignon, France

Finding a vast variety of markets, ranging from vegetables and cured meats to antiques and rolls of fabric.

De passagers {The passenger} by Alex Mendez. Avignon, France.

I enjoyed being a part of and observing how history meets the present day. It is so evident in these sites and places in France. I like knowing that we are all passengers along history’s path, making our own little mark along our way.

Work in progress by Alex Mendez

The colors in this painting {in progress} brought me back to the warm hues of that trip to France.

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Simple View

A past trip to Portland, Oregon, reminds me of simplifying and gaining clarity. I’ve been obsessing over  painting, adding more color,  mixing materials, and pushing for new and more colorful outcomes. Then I had to remind myself that less is more. There is beauty in less. There is an art to less. As I looked through these photographs I felt my mind de-clutter.  My eyes basked in the sparsity of a reflection, of a rusty fence and a yellow wall. I was experiencing a simple view full of detail.

Cloud reflection.

Blue still life.

 

Fading yellow.

Black and white bird

 

 

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A City of Color and Flavor

San Francisco, an intricate metropolis full of color and flavor. My stay was in the neighborhood of SOMA, right off Mission Bay, with an inspirational view of the bay and its beautiful sunsets. A five minute walk to AT&T park the home of the Giants, another ten minutes to the active Market Street and its shopping maze and a trolley or bus ride away transported me to San Francisco’s unique neighborhoods.

One of my first pieces, Mujer y Mar. With all that water around me there was no other way to start. It’s actually a cover to my sketch book.

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The Inspiration

My recent travels brought me to San Francisco, California. Absorbing a ton of sun and beautiful vistas resulted in this new project of sharing with you my photography, art and experiences. These next posts are a result of San Francisco, wine country and its treasures.

My little impromptu work station.

Paper, canvas and collage, a work in progress.

After a day of work I see the sunset filling the horizon with hues of warm yellows, deep oranges and soft pinks.

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