I did a small quick study for this painting on location but the view point was on top of a culvert that smelled of carrion and there are mountain lions known to be in the area. I completed this version in the comfort of the studio. Oil on board, 12 by 14 inches.
Some good friends gave me some crawfish from a boil that they had, so I’ve done what anyone would do. I’ve drawn and painted them. Such fascinating creatures, are they really just mini-lobsters? When they are cooked their color is so fantastic! This painting was a little bit of a struggle. I learned something. I started on it once and hated it and stopped. I took sandpaper to it, removed some of the original painting, and tried again. It reminded me that the battle and the process are more valuable and important than the result. Acrylic on pressed paper board, 8 by 10 inches.
A quick study at the Huntington Library looking into the Japanese Gardens. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
In wanting to combine traditional media with the flat digital pieces, I felt that best introduction or combination of that was to use it off “register.” So although the digital portions are perfectly even areas of color they aren’t aligned with or where you would expect them to be. Mixed media, digital.
Jessica was sitting up more when I started this drawing but as she relaxed she put her head on Wyatt’s shoulder. I am glad I started with him, it allowed me to capture a more natural pose. In private collection. Graphite on cream colored paper and colored digitally.
I hadn’t titled this painting until not long ago I read the information displays at the falls. One plaque told of Ejupa the coyote spilling his basket of fish and creating the snake river. The dams he built to stop the water, becoming the falls along the river. In private collection. Oil on canvas, 36 by 48 inches.
Part of a series trying to capture the changing light of a sunset. I was painting with some other artists, we were challenged to paint as many 1 to 5 minute paintings as we could before the sunset. We painted quickly and then scrambled to the next vantage point. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
Joe’s sons showed me the trail south of the Wooden Wheel Lodge and left me there to paint my way back. It was a great day. Even though it sprinkled and then rained, the trees gave just enough protection. I could hear something out in the water, it sounded large, but I never saw it as I painted this piece. Gouache on watercolor paper, 4 by 6 inches.
I wandered in the falling snow and saw this wonderful contrast of cool white and warm, dark thistles and weeds. It reminded me of Frost’s poem — a line of which I use as a title. It is a calm quiet encounter with nature that tempts us to pause even on the darkest evenings or busiest days. As I stood taking in the scene, I knew I needed to share it. Oil on gessoed board, 28 x 22 inches.
Part of a series trying to capture the changing light of a sunset. With the light changing so quickly, I wanted to record simply the brilliant sunset that seemed to have a rainbow effect on the sky. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.