Sisquoc Loop Part 2

Alcove– 10×20″ acrylicWhite Ledge– 10×20″ acrylic

These are a couple of 10×20″ backpacking paintings.  I enjoy looking back at these– when you paint a spot, you are really present for an hour or two, completely absorbing the scene and letting it all in.  For an artist, a painting is like a time machine that brings you vividly back to a place and time.

Backpacking the Sisquoc Part 1

Morning Glow at Cliff Camp– 10×20″ acrylicSisquoc River View– 10×20″ acrylic

On Memorial Day Weekend I went backpacking with some friends on the Sisquoc River loop.  The river was flowing well and it was a fun adventure of creek crossing, rock scrambling and wading through fields of foxtails looking for the trail.  I brought my ultralite painting kit and waited each day for a good view to  sketch.

Lauren Lake

LaurenLake--Gleason

10×20″ Acrylic–  I am officially naming this small, gorgeous unnamed lake above Peter Pande lake off the John Muir trail…  It is Lauren Lake.  I felt lucky to be the only person enjoying this entire basin for a day on the trail.  After painting this I climbed up the rocks behind me and watched miles and miles of granite turn pink with alpenglow.

Sierra Backpacking Paintings

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It has been an amazing summer– I have spent probably half of it in a tent… camping with my family, backpacking with Lauren for a few nights and then solo backpacking for a week.  I worked out a lightwieght way to carry an easel, cardboard palette, paints and brushes along and I’m looking forward to sharing paintings made days from the nearest parking lot.  IMG_2432

This first one is of Moon Lake near Pine Creek Pass.  Like many of the paintings from this trip, it comes with certified authentic Sierra mosquitoes fossilized in the paint.  (When you paint wildflowers, you will also be painting the bugs…)

MoonLake--Gleason

Moon Lake– $450– 10×20″ acrylic

Backpacking in the Chumash Wilderness pt. 2

I ran out of panels at the end of the trip and had to improvise… I think maybe beer box cardboard is the canvas of the future.  I was honored to paint near the canvas of the past… stone walls where Chumash artists painted maps with dolphins and bears long ago.   ChumashWilderness--Gleason - 5 ChumashWilderness--Gleason - 6 ChumashWilderness--Gleason - 2

 

 

Backpacking in the Chumash Wilderness pt. 1

Here are a few 9×12″ acrylics painted while backpacking Memorial Day weekend near Pine Mountain.  It was cool to see some old growth Jeffrey pines and other alpine plants growing at Sheep Camp… the highest camp in the Los Padres National Forest.  So awesome looking out through the pines high above desert meadows a few thousand feet below.

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Backpacking in Mineral King

Of all the places I’ve been in the world, none compare in peace and beauty to the high Sierras.  (I encourage you to disagree and tell me your favorite nook or cranny of this planet.)  There is a special kind of quiet when you are up above 10,000 feet, a marmot is whistling, a few chickadees are calling, the breeze sounds like water through the fragrant pines and the sky is such a deep blue your paint tubes can’t do it justice.

(All paintings are Casein on Mounted Paper 8×10″)

Lake Below Sawtooth Pass Littlefivelakes MonarchLake SodaCreek