El Capitan Cove


18×24″ Oil on Canvas– I loved the gold glare from the low winter sun illuminating the cove just south of El Capitan State Beach.  I have been painting in oils for the first time in a while and am starting to enjoy them… I’m not always patient for the slow drying time, but I have a lot more control over the color than I do with my acrylics.  (They dry differently than they look when they are wet.)

A Couple of Mountain Views

Feeling heavy-hearted after the election… It’s good to step outside and look at the ground and the sky and to remember that these mountains have been here much longer than any of the people.  It helps to see compassionate people everywhere I look, feeling the same dismay and making an extra effort to lock eyes and smile.  It helps remembering that most people on this planet are good and want little more than to live their lives happily.

In Permaculture we learn that the health and resiliency of any ecosystem is represented by its diversity.  The same is true for countries and groups of people.   We have some work to do these next few years.  In a time of fearful people wanting to create separation, it is up to us to meet situations with connection, to remember that the most valuable natural resource is wild nature itself, and to stand up for the diversity that makes America, this lively, beautiful, free, complicated garden of immigrants, truly great.   quickdraw-gleason-3

Cathedral Peak  12×12″


After the Rail 12×24″

Driftwood Beach Shack


48″x36″– Acrylic on Canvas– I love beach shack architecture… this one was beautifully made with driftwood, palm fronds and the timbers from the old wave-eaten sea wall.  It is nicely decorated with a sandstone coffee table, a redwood log sofa that delivered itself on tides from Northern California and breathtaking views..  Shelter for any sea-loving soul who follows the trail down from the cliffs.  Free, wild, natural, public real estate: the very best kind– location, location. location…