The autumn leaves have been gloriously vibrant this year, giving my paints reason to sing. This painting captures a friend's vineyard who lives on Westside Road.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
While the Monday Morning painters gathered at Spring Lake on the boat launch, I chose instead to paint from the south side of the lake. While I find this ever changing water scene to be a challenge, I wanted to tackel the view once again. As I painted I was amazed at the number of people out walking, running and biking in comparison to years past. I didn't put any of them into my painting, though. That will be my next plein air challenge at Spring Lake.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Last Monday's venue for Monday Morning Painters was the Healdsburg Veterans Memoral Beach, but I chose to paint the old railroad station nearby. While I was hard at work, John Farnsworth (the junior) painted me and gave me the painting. Not only does this painting capture the essence of me, it is nicely rendered. Thank you John, and check out his blog at http://www.gringopaints.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Last month I drove to Atascadero, CA where I visited family and searched for wildflowers that grace the western side of San Luis Obispo county. Along the Carissa Highway the hillsides and plains are blanketed with wildflowers in April. Driving this scenic road is a step into the past, an awesome experience in a disappearing American landscape.
Last July I was in Paris (Idaho) for a family reunion where cousins I hadn't seen for too many years to count gathered together to celebrate our lives. Paris is a very small farming community in southern Idaho whose population of 546 has declined since the last census. While strolling along the short main street I happened upon these images that knew I would paint someday. Well, it's not a plein air painting, but I didn't take my painting gear with me.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
In search of apple blossoms in Sebastopol yesterday, I see that I am about two weeks too early, and that many of Sebastopol's apple orchards are now endangered species, replaced instead by the ubiquitous vineyard. But my friend, Laurette, took me to Luther Burbank Gardens in Sebastopol to show me this delicate, newly planted prune orchard.