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"Emerald Archway"   

"Emerald Archway" 
watercolour and ink     approx 4 x 5 inches


Zagreb is full of some of the most beautiful architecture
I have ever seen. Everywhere your eyes turn, there is
something exquisite to see.

 

"Abandoned House in Croatia" 

"Abandoned House in Croatia" 
watercolour and ink  approx 2 x 4 inches


When we visited the Croatian town of Krapina, located near
the border of Slovenia, this little abandoned homestead
caught my eye. Night was falling fast, but
 I grabbed my
ever-present sketchbook because 
knew, if I worked quickly,
it was still possible to get a drawing of the house.

Later, the drawing was used to develop this painting.

When I come upon abandoned homes, I often think of the history they hold.
 Throughout the years, the inhabitants were full of 
plans, aspirations, and hopes
for the future. They had their
 share of successes, failures, joys, and
tragedies. T
his richness of these experiences permeates the home to
such an extent that those who pass by can feel that legacy of
emotions emanating from the crumbling walls.

 

"A Winter Wedding" 

"A Winter Wedding" 
watercolour and ink 
  size approx 2 x 6 inches


One December evening, my mother and I were walking
through the Old Town in Zagreb where we chanced upon
a wedding party emerging from an ancient church.
At that moment, the seed
was planted for this painting.

 

 "Zagreb"

 

 "Zagreb"
watercolour and ink  approx 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

The buildings in Zagreb were created by
fantastically skilled artists and artisans

 

"Windows in the Old Town"

"Windows in the Old Town"
watercolour and ink   approx 2 x 3 inches

On a cold winter's night in Zagreb, after a stroll through city streets,
Ivan and I sat with our thermos of tea on a bench located in a park giving us
a view of the Old Town. 
Through tree branches and over the stone wall, we
could see the 
backside of several grand apartment buildings up on the hill.
Some windows glowed with light and some were dark. 

 

"The Beauty of Zagreb" 

"The Beauty of Zagreb" 
watercolour and ink    approx 2 x 4 inches

I find the mood of Zagreb's architecture to be an
unusual mixture of fanciful and solemn.

 

"The Beauty of Your Mind" 

"The Beauty of Your Mind" 
watercolour, graphite, and embosssing   approx 4 x 6 inches

Your own mind is a pathway to a land of pristine beauty.

 

"Without Despair"

 

"Without Despair"
watercolour and ink  size approx 3 x 7 inches

When deep despair arrives, it always feels like it's your new
best friend; a friend who will forever be at your side for
the rest of your life, with no rescue in sight.

When the despair lifts, you feel hopeful again. You feel
delivered from a  dreadful fate. With this delivery comes a
feeling of euphoria and a reconnection to faith. Your spirits
soar. Now you feel fantastic and you are sure that this is
your new permanent state.

But, ah, some time passes and down you go again.
However, the powerful connection you felt hasn't 

disappeared; it's only out of view for now.

Sometimes I think that, if I can only turn my head a certain
way, at a certain angle, I will see faith so close that I can
know, with certainty, that I can walk right inside it again,
even when I feel doubtful of its very existence.

 

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