Porch of the Karyatids, Acropolis

From Athens, Greece Scratchboard 11×14 The Porch of the Karyatids, Acropolis, Greece – Scratchboard 11×14 (From an old sketch, imagination and + my ref photo) Some of you who attended my ISSA demo will remember this incomplete piece showing comely Kore maidens holding up an entablature in the Acropolis in Athens, and…

Green Macaw – Copan, Honduras

From Copan, Honduras Scratchboard 9×12, colored in with Ampersand inks. By the ancient Maya ruins here, I could see these large birds squawking above the trees. One made bold to perch near where I stood, inspecting my photographic paraphernalia with studied curiosity. I took several photos, also drawing some quick sketches noting…

Sparrows by the Columns

From Ambarnath, India I stood in an ancient shrine to Lord Shiva – the Destroyer of Death in the Hindu Trinity. Known as the shrine of Ambreshwar or the Lord of the Skies, this was a 10th Century stone jewel incredibly tucked away in the heart of a bustling Mumbai suburb. Intricate…

The Temple Heist

From Varanasi, India The rhesus monkeys or what I simply call “temple monkeys” are a frequent sight in these parts of the world. However, the Hanuman langur is probably less common in urban areas of Varanasi. Named after the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman, these primates are treated with some reverence.