Sketching Sites: al-Aqabah

Aqabah, Jordan I sketched this scene from a high rooftop, my subject being the Al-Sharif Al Hussein Bin Ali Mosque. Open air markets wind through the foreground where camel's head and parrots are common fare. Beyond the mosque, the Red Sea opens in a glory of coral and shipwrecks continuing on to Egypt.

How To Tagine

Preparing for a trip to Morocco I came across an article covering the tagine. Before I even set foot overseas I was obsessed with international dishes and this one, cooked in a dome-shaped earthenware pot of the same name, sparked my imagination. A quick jaunt to Sur La Table closed the gap between myself and … Continue reading How To Tagine

Sketching Sights: The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)

Here's a quick sketch of the Parthenon from the rooftop of my hostel. Though the site had been occupied for millenniums it wasn't until 447 BC that the Acropolis really hit the map. At the height of Athens' "Golden Age" Pericles began a project in the name of Athina.  His building program went underway and 2,500 years later … Continue reading Sketching Sights: The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)

The Essence of Mexico in Kansas City.

After several months of eyeballing the various billboards and signage around KC, Jaclyn and I paid a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. On display are some of the richest and most iconic portraits, still life and mixed media pieces to come out of Mexico since it's founding. Amassed by Natasha & Jacques Gelman (expats … Continue reading The Essence of Mexico in Kansas City.

Fragmentary Reflections on a Big Apple

So i've spent the last two years writing about my experiences on the road. Istanbul, Marrakech, Barcelona... the list goes on. Scribbling about iconic cities thousands of miles away it's easy to become adjusted to fixing one's eyes on the horizon, even when some of the worlds most striking sites are right out your front … Continue reading Fragmentary Reflections on a Big Apple