Monday, December 12, 2016

Summer Forest

12x16", Oil on Linen.  This scene reminds me of the heady herbal sage-like perfume of the sun-warmed wild yarrow that scents the air in the late summer in the high desert chaparral and forest areas of Eastern Oregon.  It also reminds me of the cottontail rabbits that I almost always see when out painting in this area.  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Holton Studio Gallery Grand Re-Opening!

The Holton Studio Frame-Makers & Gallery grand re-opening is set for Saturday, September 24th, between 3 and 7pm. The new expanded gallery will feature an all-artist show. This is a fantastic opportunity to stop by and meet all of the artists. Hope to see you there. The gallery opens to the public on September 10th. The new address is 2100 5th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.  See their website for more information: www.HoltonFrames.com.  

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mountain Road

From a recent camping trip in the Hells Canyon Wilderness. 14x11", Oil on Linen.  Available at Holton's Gallery. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Imnaha Canyon Morning

A small study painted near the Buckhorn area, on the Imnaha Canyon rim in the Hells Canyon Wilderness. The silence in a location like this is amazing, only the sounds of mountain bluebirds, a few crickets and bumblebees. The stars are dazzling with the total lack of light contamination. It seems little changed from the days when the Nez Perce roamed the area. Sightings: elk, bluebirds, a jackrabbit and a coyote pup.  6x4", Oil on Linen.  

The Crossing

A scene from last winter near Lostine, Oregon.  14x11", Oil on Linen. 

Sierra Gem

From a backpacking trip in the Gem Lakes area in the Eastern Sierra in early July.  14x11", Oil on Linen.  Available at Holton's Gallery.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Elk Crossing

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I had a nice treat today when I went out location scouting in the freshly falling snow: hundreds of elk were migrating to the mountains. Fortunately, I saw them coming and was able to stop for them and to shoot some video with my little Leica.  It was amazing to see such a big herd, this is a small sampling. And a photo where you can see the line of elk reaching almost a mile.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Snow Dusting

16x9", Oil on Linen.  Private Collection.

Winter Stream

This little scene is one that I've attempted to paint several times. I like this one the best so far.  I love the challenge of painting snow scenes because there is no where to hide with design and interesting shapes. 9x9", Oil on Linen. Private Collection.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sonoma Coast

A small study painted yesterday along the northern Sonoma County coastline. When I started painting, the fog bank in the distance was a nice touch, but it quickly enveloped the scene and I spent most of the time painting and shivering in dense fog. The fog lifted as I was finishing it though.  I then attempted to paint another study a little farther up the coast, but decided to go home when I felt several ticks crawling on me. There is Lyme disease on the northern Sonoma County coast, remember your insect repellant!  Study 10x8", Oil on Linen. The wild irises are blooming in abundance right now at the coast:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Timber Cove

A second painting for the Holton Studios Gallery All-Gallery Show this spring. 14x11"; Oil on Linen. I painted the study for this on a gorgeous January afternoon, it was almost hot. A couple of guys were boogie boarding from the beach and having a great time. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stillwater Cove

This is the first of a few new paintings that will be part of an All-Gallery Spring Show at Holton Studios in Emeryville California. It will be available for purchase. The drought this year is very bad in California, but the silver lining is that it makes for excellent painting weather at the coast.  It is everything I can do to not go out painting every day, but I don't think my employer would be too thrilled about that. This particular little cove is well sheltered from the northwest swell, it was very calm on a big wave day. But the name is still rather deceptive since there was a large sign predominately displayed alerting people that it is one of the most dangerous beaches. In spite of the warning, there were scuba divers packing up their equipment at the end of the day. I have often painted in the Jenner area, but decided to make a trip further north into new territory. It was nice to have trees near to the waterline instead of the more barren areas further south. 14x11"; Oil on Linen.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rocky Shore

What a great way to spend a Thanksgiving weekend, I feel very thankful for gorgeous weather and time to paint. This little beach was difficult to scramble down to; I wouldn't have attempted it without sturdy hiking boots, it was worth it though for the solitary reverie. Study 10x8", Oil on Linen. 

On The Ebb

Standing this close to the water's edge, all I could think about was "rogue wave".  The tide was ebbing though, only one wave got my boots wet.  This study is a bit rough and unfinished, but I was growing hungry and fatigued so I bailed since I was starting to thrash it. Study 10x8", Oil on Linen. 

Afternoon Shadow

My favorite time of the year to paint at the beach is on a sunny winter day.  It has been calm, warm and absolutely glorious at the ocean.  Study 10x8", Oil on Linen. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

China Camp

I painted this study at China Camp State Park a couple of weekends ago, mostly as a demo.  It was a gorgeous day on the bay.  Study 10x7.5", Oil on Linen. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Smoky Reflections

The smoke was a little less thick this morning.  This view is a short distance from the last study I did, but in very different lighting conditions for the same time of day.  I really enjoyed the muted colors and soft reddish sunlight.  Study 10x8", Oil on Linen.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

River Bend

I'd like to try this view again because I think I could do a better job with it, but I might not get the chance.  Today the visibility due to smoke is down to about a mile and a half and it is difficult to be outside.  I would never know that there are mountains across the valley, because I can't even see a hint of them today.  Good day for being inside and cooking, and I also have a few unfinished studies to fiddle with.  Study 10x8", Oil on Linen.  

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lostine Afternoon

I was attracted to a small rock island in the middle of the Lostine river, it reminded me of a sailing ship.  Study 12x9", Oil on Linen.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

Liquid Tranquility

I'm not wild about the composition of this one, but I like it as a lighting study and the fact that I'm starting to shake the rust off and feel more comfortable painting.  If only it didn't take so long for me to get into a groove.  I'm really excited about what I plan to paint next, I was hoping it would be today, but it is very overcast at the moment so it might have to wait for another day.  Study 10x8", Oil on Linen.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lodgepole & Aspen

Lodgepole pine and quaking aspen on a pond at the end of the day.  Lodgepole pines are challenging for me to paint because they seem to be more branches than needles, it is a lot of busy, fiddly stuff.  There was some nice early autumn color and the weather was serene.  Study 10x8", Oil on Linen.