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Ronda : Spain - Day 7 -Charming town above the Cliffs

If Mijas was the quaint small town of white houses, Ronda was the busy town of .. well, white houses.  In fact, it is big enough to have an old Ronda and a new Ronda, and known to gamers world-wide from Gran Turismo 6 (it is set in Ronda, so a street was dedicated to its creator Kazunori Yamauchi).  1,131 more words


Outside my window

En plein air study

Pastel     16″ x 12″

This was a very overcast, cloudy day leading to a high key painting, everything a bit washed-out

Pastel Painting


We push open the cracked door, and listen to it complain as rusty hinges bite. The greenhouse is old, dusty; plants are spilling over their baskets reaching for the ground. 56 more words


The Ink Stained Pearl vs Terroir Part 2 (The Dirt on Dirt)

“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” – Chuck Palahniuk wrote that gem. Speaking of gems, “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” – Henry Kissinger coined that phrase.  845 more words



I am dreaming of faraway places, worlds full of green…