December 16, 2017

Monthly Archives: April 2015

My encounter with Playa del Carmen

The Mayan Gateway - a 52 foot, 60 ton bronze sculpture by Jose Arturo Tavares in Playa del Carmen

The town of Playa del Carmen barely existed when I was born… it was basically an undeveloped region of beach and jungle. In the 1960s it gained notoriety when Jacques Cousteau filmed a documentary about the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Once he labeled it the world’s top diving site, the Island of Cozumel took flight as a tropical playground. This post is a brief account of my encounter with the Yucatan Peninsula. Playa del Carman is the site of ancient Maya ruins known as Xaman Ha. Xaman Ha is the point where Mayans would rest before making …continue reading

Naked & Afraid’s Billy Berger, and my new Cufflinks

Custom sterling & mahogany obsidian cufflinks with points by Naked & Afraid's Billy Berger.

Have you seen Discovery Channel’s hit show Naked & Afraid? And are you wondering what Naked & Afraid star Billy Berger has to do with my newest pair of cufflinks? To enlighten unaware TroysArt readers, Naked & Afraid is a reality TV show that matches two specialists in the art of survival, a man and a woman, who meet in a Godforsaken hellhole and are given the task of surviving for 21 days, naked. The participants disrobe, meet, get down to the almost impossible task of finding potable water, food, and shelter before making a journey to an extraction point where they are rescued. …continue reading

Climbing the Mayan Ruins at Tulum

The Temple of the Descending God at Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The prospect of climbing the Mayan ruins at Tulum greatly interested me.  After all, I’ve never seen New World ruins before… While I’ve heard that Chichen Itza is considered by many to be the king of Mayan ruins, the site at Tulum must certainly be the queen. Situated on a tall cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea (in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico), Tulum was one of the last Maya inhabited cities, 70 years past Spanish occupation—though the golden era for this fortified port city was between the 13th and 15th Century. Tulum faces east toward the rising sun and …continue reading

Two Guys and Rothko

Orange, Red, Yellow by Mark Rothko, 1961, sold in 2013 for $87 million, fair use via

Not long ago I was talking to Michael Anderson who now lives in San Francisco, whom TroysArt also refers to as Manderson. Manderson and I used to paint together and actually had a few public exhibitions of our work such as Two Guys Painting at the Lowell Collins Gallery. Our shtick was to both undertake the same still life, landscape, or sitter with the outcomes, as interpreted through two different artistic minds, displayed side by side. It was, to say the least, a fascinating experiment.  At any rate he was telling me about his idea to do a painting as an …continue reading

Photo Friday: Dianne & Evan McAdams

Sunset View from the Porch by Dianne & Evan

Today’s Photo Friday feature is by Dianne McAdams and her son Evan.  “Sunset View from the Porch” was taken in Costa Rica where they stayed for almost a week. It really looks beautiful!  I bet they had a blast.  Thanks for the picture Dianne and Evan.