The caves homes of Guyaju (Guyaju meaning, ancient cliff dwelling) are about 90km northwest of Beijing, China. They were occupied during China's Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) by the Xiyi people. With over 100 homes carved in to the hillside, Guyaju is an extraordinary place to explore. The homes, some with stylish pillars of stone, are arranged in two village clusters supplied with fresh water from a natural spring. More at www.naturalhomes.org
This is the 2nd in my series of 3 posts on this wonderful (out of print and very expensive) book. This section is all about Zbukvic's approach to Composition. To start us off, some tasty samples! Composition- Zbukvic says, “Before you begin any painting, always ask yourself the simple question, ‘What is it I am painting?’ The answer should be Mood and Atmosphere. The location should be totally secondary and only provide the means to tell the story.” This is pretty much…
Being a professional artist means being continually willing to jump off a cliff - Kathleen Speranza Kathleen Speranza is a superb painter of flowers. Look at this: Kathleen is a professional artist who has spent plenty of time in the trenches. She's earned those gorgeous flower paintings.
Wulingyuan area of Zhangjiajie, China, the Bailong Elevator, built onto the side of a cliff, is thought to be the tallest outdoor elevator in the world. Meaning "Hundred Dragons Elevator" the Bailong rises up against a steep cliff face 1000 feet high. Viewers from the top get a fantastic view of the area's massive quartzite sandstone pillars, some of which are over 2600 feet tall.
Iceland means outdoors adventure and discovery in nature. Go for a hike in the country side of Iceland, where you can find great wilderness, broad landscapes, mountains, valleys, cliffs and rough beaches. Most of all spectacular views! Remember to bring your camera, confer with the locals for good tips and tricks, and perhaps even some hot chocolate to warm you up.