Entries about situation and circumstances of the creation of new paintings.

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

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

Open Studio 2018

Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 20-21, 11am-5pm. The nip is in the air, end of September is here, and I am getting ready for our county’s Open Studio Tour. From the redwoods to the sea, and even out my short pastoral road, you are invited to indulge in art experiences … Read More

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

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

Strictly Mission

Mission Furniture, Arts & Crafts Period, American Impressionist Roots During the recent Soquel Sip and Stroll, I discovered a wonderfully compatible business for my art, and I am now represented by Strictly Mission, a furniture, art and design shop on Soquel Ave in Soquel. This relatively new venue features mission … Read More

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

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

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

Painting New England Fall Color

Two weeks each year the sugar maples and oaks do an unbelievable metamorphosis as fall turns to winter. This is Hadley, Massachusetts, and the mountains of the Mt. Holyoke range rise in the near distance. I took my paintings along, as it has been several years since I was able … Read More

Open Studio, Oct 14 & 15, 2017

Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 11am-5pm. This October my studio will be open to the public one weekend in October, as part of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County’s Open Studio program. This is my opportunity to show you a large collection of my very recent work, along with … Read More

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