Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
This is my second try at painting Aspens. They seem to have a special place in artists hearts because I have seen so many renditions over the years. I guess it's the whiteness of the bark and the strange spots or knotholes that are all over them. Alot less boring than the dark brownish grey regular trees of the world. Click on the image for a larger view.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
We had an early Thanksgiving in San Marcos, California with our sons and thier families the weekend before Thanksgiving on Thursday, and on the drive across the Arizona and California deserts from Pheonix, you pass through the border city of Blythe, California. I first saw Blythe in 1973, and it was barely 3 gas stations, a MacDonalds and some assorted stores in the middle of what felt like nowhere. Now it's a great place to stop for a break from the drive and especially for summertime getaways to hang out on the Colorado River. Click on the image for a larger view.
Friday, November 23, 2007
While driving from Pheonix to San Diego last weekend for an early Thanksgiving with my sons families, I stopped just an hour out, on I-15, for this shot. It reminded me of the story of Don Quixote by Cervantes, and old romantic who rode out searching for adventure and glory. He was from Spain and as he rode across Europe he came upon windmills that he thought were giants. These giant electric towers that are strung all over the desert have always reminded me of metal giants. Click on the image for a larger view.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This is a scene of the Inyo Mountains that l rise above the Owens Valley on the eastern side. We stayed in Bishop, California on the last night before getting to Pheonix and all the way down highway 395 to the 40 freeway is some of the best wide open spaces I've ever seen. It's green, gold, violet, and blue, depending on which direction you're looking. Click on the image for a larger view.
Monday, November 05, 2007
This is the second location at Tahoe that sort of worked out for us. It is a scene of a stream that feeds a smaller lake called Leaf Lake, that is just west of lake Tahoe. The are both mountain lakes created by glaciers and plate movements caused by earthquakes millions of years ago. Click on the image for a larger view.
This is my first painting done from our trip west to Pheonix. We stopped in Lake Tahoe for a couple of days and explored as much of the lakes shores as we could. Unfortunately most of the lakes public parks had closed by the 1st of October. The only easily accessable shore to get to was Secret Harbor on the Nevada side of the lake. The others would have been an hour hike just to get down to the shore from the highway above, and we didn't have that much time to spare.
This is a real breakthrough for me as a technique. I tried to keep the brushstrokes direct and the paint thick, and the most important thing for me, I left unimportant shapes and objects, just an impression without adding details. Click on the image for a larger view.