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Cochabamba Numero Tres: Painting Pictures Ep. 47

Cochabamba Numero Tres

From Vermont, a solo journey into the present (Vermont) and the recent past (Cochabamba, Bolivia) of this pumpkin king: motorcycle riding, a political rant, boring license plates, fighting a cold, and the problem with sofpull paper towel dispensers.  Featuring interviews with Ping Pong Champion Eric Taylor and Commissioner Logan Pratico. Not brought to you by Cialis.

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March 2016 Desktop Calendar Background

Better late than never? February was a short month, you see. The end of the month really snuck up on me. Apparently “snuck” is not a word. But I shan’t use “sneaked”! Here’s a new desktop calendar background for your computer screen:

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This is a street in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I did a bit of Photoshop painting to clear away some of the web of power lines, and clean up some of the walls.

Click one of the following links to download for your desktop: 2880×1800, 2560×1600, 1920×1200, 1680×1050, 1440×900, 1280×800

February 2016 Desktop Calendar Background

Good day friends! Welcome to the month of February. Months like this one only come around every four years. That’s right, it’s a leap year! Wow. A whole extra day at the very end of the month. It ought to be a holiday. Or some sort of free-for-all all-you-can-eat two-for-one extravaganza. Well, we’ve got a whole month to make plans. Here’s a new background for your desktop:

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This is a photo of a pedestrian bridge here in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I’ve scrawled the dates of the month on the side wall like graffiti, and circled the Sundays in green. Sunday the 14th, Valentine’s Day, is surrounded by a heart. Admittedly, this is not a very convenient calendar. If you want a clearly legible calendar, please see below. If you never use this background as a calendar or appreciate the challenge of discerning which day of the week the numbers correspond to, click one of the following links to download the background:

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Here’s the legible version of the background, which I’m calling “February 2016 B”:

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Here are the links for version B:

2880×1800, 2560×1600, 1920×1200, 1680×1050, 1440×900, 1280×800

For the record, this month marks five years of the desktop calendar backgrounds here at gaberobertsart.com.
Wishing you a wonderful month!

View from Cochabamba Studio

View from Cochabamba Studio

Here’s the first painting I’ve made here in Cochabamba: the view from one of the windows in my studio here at Sustainable Bolivia.

Below are step-by-step images of the painting in progress:

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I’m in Cochabamba

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Cochabamba. I’m one week in to a three-month artist residency at the volunteer organization Sustainable Bolivia. How I’d ever have found this place on my own I have no idea.  Ever since spending a year in Barcelona and learning some Spanish, South America has been on my mind as the next destination.  As it turns out, I’m not as much of a world traveler as perhaps I thought I would be.  It’s been 8 years since Barcelona and aside from a brief trip to New Zealand, I haven’t ventured out of USA/Canada.

I’m in the “figuring things out” stretch of time here in Cochabamba.  One week in and I have figured out how to walk the city without getting run over, where to buy fruits and vegetables, and how to safely cook and eat without getting sick.  Everybody keeps telling me that I’m going to get sick at some point, but I refuse to believe it.

I can’t really believe that I’m here.  It seemed such a leap.  Bolivia?  I’d believe it when I was there.  It started to feel real when I got to Lima, Peru, and departing the airport, riding through the busy streets, I took in the bustle, the bright colors, the thick air, the sounds.  A whole world of life existing here of which I had no idea.

Briefly I wondered what I was doing here.  So clearly different: run-down, polluted, dangerous even. I’d launched myself into it as if on a lark: “Oh sure!  I’m going to Bolivia”.  Did I really take the time to consider what this entailed?  Was I ready to live in a 3rd-world country?  Since when am I a bold and adventuresome traveler?

I considered the effort I’d put in to get down here, considered the fact that I was already here, and I decided I’d better give it a go.

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