Archive for the ‘My Articles & Art’ Category

A Little Early – Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

While on our travels in Fiji recently, a small creative streak overtook us, and we (the Bonaire-based Richters) decided to assemble an image for Christmas time and our annual greeting to friends, family, and associates alike. See below.

The above image is composed using the bark of a coconut tree, flower blossoms (including that of a Plumeria/Frangipani on top), and shells of small cowries found while wandering the beach, as well as a cork we found). The result is our Tropical Christmas Tree.

With that, we’d like to wish you all (early) a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jake, Linda, Krystyana, and Bas Richter

New Art Inspired By Fiji Trip – Fijian Spotfin Lionfish

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

If you’ve looked at the post below, you might know that I am traveling around the Pacific with my family at present. We spent the week of November 17-24, 2007 at Castaway Island Resort in Fiji, and during that time I got to do a lot of diving – more than I have on Bonaire in some time.

Fijian Spotfin Lionfish - Original art by Jake Richter

One of the many different (from Bonaire) and new (to me) creatures I found underwater were lionfish. I saw two different species here, one of which was the Fijian Spotfin Lionfish. The colors and textures of the fish were so impressive that I felt inspired to create a new piece of art in honor of that lionfish (see above for what I came up with).

My Fijian Spotfin Lionfish art will be made available later this month as a limited edition print both in our soon-to-be-completed gallery on Bonaire as well as on-line via, in a series of only 25 numbered pieces.

Print number one of those 25 was auctioned off at a fundraiser at the Castaway Resort for FJ$425, with all proceeds going to the Mamanuca Environment Society – an environmental non-profit looking to protect Fiji’s reefs and nature. The Jones family of Singapore, bless their generous hearts, got the top bid.

More of My TechWatch Articles – Predictions, Prognostications, Bill Gates, and High Definition TV

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

I have just posted a handful of my articles and commentaries from Jon Peddie’s TechWatch, an industry newsletter I write for regularly over on my Richter Scale Articles site.

Those articles/commentaries are as follows:

From the December 11, 2006 issue of TechWatch:

What Was Significant in 2006

Forecasts for 2007

From the January 8, 2007 issue of TechWatch:

Bill Gates’ Digital Lifestyle Vision – Putting the Pieces Together

LG’s New BH100 Super Multi Blue Player for HD-DVD and Blu-ray

One size fits all, says Warner Bros. – New THD disc is both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc

To HD, Or Not To HD, That Is The Question

Hope you enjoy them even if they are a little dated (I only repost articles after the issue the articles are in has been superceded by a newer issue).

New Paintings By My Talented Spouse, Linda Richter

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

After having broken her hand in the late spring, and then a summer full of travel, my wife Linda is finally back in full swing painting. She has three active paintings going at any one time (as oils take a while to dry after a coat of paint has been applied), and just finished two new paintings these past two weeks. And one of them is my new favorite.

And that would be the one above, entitled Pelican Vigil. Breathtaking, especially when you see the original.

The other new painting is Trupial Brunch. Trupials are in the Oriole family of birds, and an amazing yellow orange in color across their necks and bellies. They also have this cool blue outline around their eyes. Linda captured them well in the painting (pictured below). She also did an excellent job with the cactus.

She has also converted much of our home into exhibit space for her works, so if you find yourself on Bonaire, call us at 717-4112 for a private showing. The plan is to build an extension onto our home (which on Bonaire is about a 6-9 month project – we’re still waiting to get near-final plans from our architect) which will have a sizable (1000 square feet or so) dedicated exhibit area (and will expand my office with another 150 square feet of space as a result – that’s much needed).

For more information on Linda’s new paintings, take a look at the Linda Richter web site.

My Latest Art – Three Different Styles In Limited Edition Prints

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

We (my wife and I) were recently invited to participate in a juried art exhibition on Bonaire, featuring Bonaire’s artists. The jurying took place a few weeks ago, and the exhibition is slated to happen during the early part of November, with the possibility that Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will officiate.

I created three very different pieces to enter into the jurying process:

Planet Bonaire

Rincon Rhythm

Shades of Growth

All of these are based on my photographs, and all involve some level of various digital painting or manipulation. Of the three images, two were selected to be exhibited in November – a pleasant surprise. The only image not selected was “Shades of Growth” – not surprising as the judges indicated that they were looking at color as well as content.

More information on all three of these images can be found on the Jake Richter Art Site. All three images are available in a very limited closed edition and are available for purchase at Caribbean Art.

My Latest Project – Bonaire Insider

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks with my latest project – a news blog called Bonaire Insider. The idea for Bonaire Insider came about over a month ago when my business partner in NetTech N.V., Susan Davis, and I decided we wanted to get fresher news on the home page of the Bonaire tourism information web site, InfoBonaire, which we own and operate.

It took some intense programming, as well as a lot of exploratory work with the same blogging software which I use for this blog (Expression Engine from pMachine), but two days ago we launched Bonaire Insider.

Among the cool features are the ability for people to sign up to get automatic copies of new posts to the Bonaire Insider news blog, integration of the RSS news feed from the site on the InfoBonaire home page, and integration with Google for running context sensitive ads (to help at least partially offset the costs of running the new site).

We’re still working on generating our internal style guide for news items, but it seems to be coming along well – we’ve had over 10,000 page views in just the first couple of days. Not a bad start for a small site about a small Caribbean island.