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.
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.
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.
10×20″ acrylic– $450– One of the many clear turquoise swimming, fishing and painting pools along Paiute creek…
10×20″ Acrylic-$450– This is the view from the Desolation Lake trail looking south towards the glaciers. The sky is so big here, the prairie dogs humorous and even high above timberline, nature was generous with the wildflowers.
10×20″ acrylic– $450– Lauren gave the title to this one… two cedar trees growing in each other’s arms for who knows how many hundred years in a beautiful clearing near where Evolution Creek and Paiute Creek become the San Joaquin headwaters.
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.
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…)
Moon Lake– $450– 10×20″ acrylic
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.
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″)