A quick study at the Huntington Library looking into the Japanese Gardens. Gouache on paper, 4 by 6 inches.
A couple of years ago, Jackie and I went to Boston. Some of the highlights were the Old North Church, the Freedom Trail, a Red Sox game and a fantastic trip in the harbor. The sun sparkled across the water and you could feel the cool air taming the summer. I used a limited palette of phthalo blue, burnt umber, yellow orange azo, acra magenta and titanium white. Acrylic on pressed paper board, 8 by 10 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.
An attempt to capture the energy and motion of the waves crashing on the beach. Oil on board, 8 by 10 inches.
On a melt-your-face hot kinda day, I took my boys on a hike with the intent that we would make it to Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon jump site. It was too hot. We didn’t make it, but as we sat in the shade for a minute to rest and drink water, we saw these other poor creatures. We felt cooked, can’t imagine how they felt. In a private collection. Gouache on watercolor paper, 5 by 7 inches.
While living in the Los Angeles area, I painted at many of the parks. When this piece was commissioned, I used a lot drawings and studies completed at parks to guide me as I painted it. In private collection. Oil on board, 30 by 40 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.
City lights dim our view, but there is still magic there. Look at the stars! Feel the cool evening air and share a laugh with friends. Listen for the frogs and see the fire-folk hanging in the air. There is energy in the night sky you see, compared to the more controlled man-made structures. Oil on gessoed board, 22 x 28 inches.
I was fortunate to have almost a full day to go exploring and painting in Petersburg. I loved this fishing town. It was quiet and beautiful. This small piece is from one of my favorite areas down by the docks, canneries, and fishing boats. The colors and shapes are what attracted me most. Gouache on watercolor paper, 5 by 7 inches.
On the last day of the Bingham Arts Plein Air Paint Out, Tim, Nasan and I wandered over to a spot on Wes’ ranch that had a beautiful view of the Snake River. Down below the fields next to the river are a picnic table and this old tree. I told Tim that I had to paint it because it was flirting with me. Oil on gessoed board, 10 x 8 inches.