Sunday, March 21, 2010

Two small paintings



This is the old fort at Oeiras. It was built to protect the country against Napolean.



Another view of the fort.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Local Scenes



Here's a salamander I saw the other day. Zach will have a whole new selection of critters to get to know here.



The trees here remind me a lot of the ones we used to see around Monterey, California. I'm looking forward to painting some.



Everywhere you look you see these beautiful architectural details.



Lots of lighthouses here, too.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

House-hunting in Portugal



After two weeks of looking, here's what we've chosen. There are lots of newer houses, but none had the room, central location, and uniqueness of this place. It's about 5 blocks from the ocean, and within easy bicycling distance of where I'll be working.



There's a courtyard at the center of the house.



I like the high ceilings and great light.




Zach wants to live in the tower.



Beautiful terrace along the front.



The 2nd floor living room has an ocean view,



and a fireplace.



The first floor living room overlooks the pool.



A view of the back of the house.