Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"No Hands Bridge" 11" x 14" (SOLD)

This is the plein air piece I painted on the Monday after Mother's day up in Auburn California. I had finished the workshop at the Box R Ranch in Oregon, and had started back home planning on stopping at Frank Ordaz's home for a visit and a day of painting, but instead of busting in on their Mother's Day, I spent Sunday traveling slowly south, and even stopping to do another Plein Air piece that was auctioned off last week, of a stream flowing from Mt. Shasta.
This is a pedestrian bridge today. I'm not real sure of it's history but I'm sure it's been there for a long time. Both Frank and Craig Stephens painted with me that day and Franks youngest son Dave helped us locate the bushes of poison oak. I was still waiting for my bout of poison ivy to clear up. Little did I know I had at least another week of dealing with it. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

"California Pastures" 11" x 14" (SOLD)

While driving south from Mt. Shasta, I traveled through some amazing California farmland just north of Auburn. This was a scene at sunset with irrigation ponds and pastures below the foothills of the Sierras. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Santa Cruz Cliffs" 9"x12" (AVAILABLE)

In my haste to take as many shots as possible and make it to Medford by midnight, I must have climbed through a patch or two of poison ivy or poison oak. This is one of the first scenes I shot the morning of May 5th. I drove to Visalia the first day after my daughter's wedding and the next morning I was climbing all over Santa Cruz and points north for the next 12 hours. I can now tell you that poison ivy does not clear up for at least two weeks. Hopefully all the shots I took will prove to be worth it. This scene was really fun with the mist and cave or arch opening on this cliff. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

"Shasta Stream" plein air, 11"x14" (SOLD)

On my trip back from the Box R Ranch in Oregon, I stopped for a few hours and painted this scene of a small stream in the Mt. Shasta Recreational Park. I wasted a lot of time looking for a nice view of Mt. Shasta's peak but just couldn't find a convenient location to set up. Not knowing the area was a real problem. I had a few suggestions but I couldn't find them with the directions I was given. I was on my way to Auburn, California for some more plein air painting with Frank Ordaz, so I needed to keep it quick. I finally settled on this stream that finally caught my eye. His place was another four hours down the road and I knew Frank would know some better places to paint. Click on the image for a larger view.

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"Water ilies 2" 9"x12" (SOLD)

I'm sorry, but this post should have been made two weeks ago, on May 1st, but I was busy with last minute preparations for my daughter's wedding on the 3rd and my trip to Oregon on the 4th. Daily painting took a back seat for the next two weeks but I'm finally back and trying to get caught up. The auction ended on this painting on the 7th but I thought I would catch everyone up with all my work. It was painted from reference I shot while in Central Park in 2007. Click on the image for a larger view

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