Unpicked Wildflowers for Lauren

Lauren prefers her flowers wild and unpicked in the meadow… it is one of the many things I love about her.  One nice thing about painting is I can still bring them home for her.    

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Trout Creek at Sundown

16×20″ Oil on Canvas– This bend in the creek was down the hill in my backyard growing up.  I have known it for  thirty-three years now.  This winter the meadow flooded and I got to see first hand how oxbows form and a creek finds a new path.  It could be seen as distress to the landscape or it could just be seen as change.  I think of many of my favorite places over the years that have been subject to avalanches, forest fires and other setbacks and have realized that in most cases this is a way of setting the clock back and allowing those areas to spring back and regenerate.  Nature is patient and distress simply provides a blank canvas.

Hamilton Lake

10×20″ acrylic–  So nice to watch the sun rise over the large snowmelt mirror of Hamilton Lake.  I wished that I could freeze time as the light and shadows creeped far too quickly across the granite faces.   Thanks to photographer Cameron Wolfe who I met backpacking up there for the pictures he took! 

Silliman Pass

10×20″ acrylic– This is the first pass you come to heading east from Sequoia.  The meadows, creeks and rivers down the back side are well worth the trek.  To the west, smog and haze from the many wildfires in California right now have settled in the central valley…  the visibility is only a mile or two.  On the flip side, it makes for some incredible sunsets.

Kaweah River Colors

10×20″ acrylic–  I was drawn to paint here by the colors of the underwater rocks in sunlight.  The melting snow on the mountain crests is leaving the creeks and rivers downstream gushing this year.  It is still early spring as far as the wildflowers and mosquitoes are concerned.

The Art Studio

Plein air painters are lucky to call everything outside of the walls their studio… I’m way behind on my posts, so I’ll try to catch up in the next couple weeks with recent paintings. In the meantime, here are a couple of spots I’ve been lucky enough to call my studio recently on a backpacking trip.   My studio may have occasional mosquito attacks, strong winds blowing my easel over and hot sun drying my paint before it can reach the canvas, but I’m never wishing I was somewhere else while working on a painting.

Speaking of studios, I’m excited to be part of the Santa Barbara Studio Artists tour Labor Day weekend…  No, you won’t have to hike up Silliman Pass to see all my paintings.