Written while or about traveling.

Paint the Parks

A dear friend and painting buddy, Karin Leonard, a few years ago created a website to support and preserve parks – whether neighborhood parks, local preserves, state parks, national parks, or parks throughout the world. The idea – artists creating paintings in parks anywhere join and then donate a portion … Read More

Painting from Home

Often I choose to paint out in a new location, but with the quarantine in place, I have stayed home, choosing my subjects as the spring comes on. I planted a magnolia tree several years ago. It is the first large tree to bloom on our property in Soquel each … Read More

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Big Sur Artist Retreat

For the past ten years, I have enjoyed 4 straight days of painting on the Big Sur Coast. During these four days, I paint like a fiend as there are no other responsibilities. I have been accompanied by some combination of nine friends, as we share meals, art books, and … Read More

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A Wildflower Spring

All the rains of winter have given way for  a spectacular spring wildflower bloom as the sunshine warms the land.  Poppies on the hills in So CA. My garden was also in bloom with drifts of calla lilies, forget-me-nots , rosemary and clematis. On our return trip from San Diego … Read More

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Rainy Day Paintings

Winter has clearly arrived here on California’s central coast. The rain is so good for all of the land; already we see the green beginning to arrive. Soquel Creek, flowing beneath my house and art studio, has become Soquel River! During these cool, wet days, I love to hole up … Read More

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Painting Yosemite Valley

This autumn I joined several of my painting friends on an adventure in Yosemite Valley. The group were all members of a Santa Cruz area painting group I helped form back in 2001. At least 15 members of that group went to Yosemite in the middle of October. We hoped … Read More

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Summer on the California Coast

  So far this summer, I have been dodging the fog to paint our glorious Coast. Garrapata, Carmel Highlands, and Davenport Landing have been some of my plein air subjects. I also painted some new oak meadow spring pieces with wildflowers and one of an old sycamore tree with a … Read More

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Spring in Tuscany

A sparkling highlight of my painting year was a trip to Amsterdam and Italy with Richard. In Amsterdam, I was inspired by Van Goghs colorful paintings with their rich texture. I also visited the Dutch masters at the Rijksmuseum. The Rembrandts, Vermeers and Israels paintings exhibited masterful use of light … Read More

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Hunkered down to study the waves

Travel Report: hunkered down to study the waves I just returned from my annual retreat to Carmel with artist friends. We painted for 4 days, ate out at fine restaurants and laughed a lot. The wind and fog during the retreat necessitated many layers of clothing, but despite the cold, … Read More

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Painting Clouds

Cloud formations provide a stimulating challenge for a landscape painter. After a spring rain, I often see formations of cotton-like cumulus clouds, billowing in from the sea. When choosing to paint them, it is quite helpful to prepare a draw down of grays, 4 values. Don’t let the darkest be … Read More

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La Honda Creek Preserve

A new public access point has opened at Lower La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve. This preserve is located on the peninsula south of San Francisco by about 45 minutes, and north of my Soquel studio by about an hour. In December, Sue Elliott (of plein air muse) and I … Read More

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