Alicia was the charming daughter of my office manager (Ms. Caroline). Not at all camera shy!
The Citadel near Cap Haitian in the northern part of the country was built by Haitian King Christophe after the Revolution as part of the anti-European fortifications. Other fortresses from the late 1700s to the early 1800s are found on various mountain peaks and coastal cliffs in various parts of the island. The painting was from a photo taken from the air in a Cessna 172 piloted by Phil Kernisian. (Collection of P-L Kernisian)
Pencil sketch of the artist and his wife during their 2013 anniversary. Study for subsequent painting. Made during break from Haiti.
Pencil sketch of artist Chip Beck made from an iPhone photo during cross-channel boat trip from Isle a Vache to Les Cayes off the southern coast of Haiti.
Pencil sketch of Bernie and Mimi, owners of Le Florville Restaurant in the Kenscoff area in the mountains above Petion-Ville. Study used for a subsequent painting.
My landlord in Haiti was a terrific gentleman and eventual friend was known by our team as “Mister” Germain. I executed this watercolor/acrylic sketch toward the end of my year in Haiti as a departure gift for him.
In the sullied waters off of Cite Soleil in the Bay of Port-au-Prince, the artist observed various types of sailcraft and rowboats plying the waters with their wares. Based on pencil sketches and photographs, this small acrylic painting was rendered. (collection of Caroline Larose).
The sunsets (and sunrises) in Haiti were frequently spectacular in terms of colors and shapes of the cloud configurations. Early in the artist’s yearlong stay in Haiti (2012-2013), this sunset was captured in a watercolor sketch from the balcony of his Belville residence.
While visiting the beach spot of Moulin Sur Mer, the site of a 1700s sugar cane plantation that was destroyed in the Revolution, but restored in 1976, the artist spotted this skiff sailing down the coast with a load of packaged cargo of some sort, The water color rendering was started on the beach and filled in a bit more later as a reference piece.
As part of the “Haitians Using their Heads,” the artist rendered this water color sketch of a woman carrying a load of steel wool pads in a large bowl on her head.