Acrylic on Canvas– 24×60″– This is the path on the west side of Devereux Slough with a peak of the ocean on the horizon to the right. The sun’s coming up nearly due east with the equinox near and as you walk down the path you get to pass through the stripes of warm golden sun and cool eucalyptus shadows.
Acrylic on Canvas 15×30″ — I enjoyed the beautiful warm Autumn light while painting up Cold Springs Trail today. The sycamore leaves in the canyon were backlit like stained glass.
Acrylic on Canvas 20×48″ This is the widest painting I’ve worked on in a long while. With four feet horizontal, I was able to squeeze in the Jesusita trail snaking through the canyon in shadows on the left all the way to Inspiration Point on that plateau on the right below Cathedral Peak.
I thought I’d take some in-progress photos today to share my process. The first step is hiking around for a while until the muse bites… this can take all day sometimes. I passed these trees, went to check out the ocean, realized the waves were small and headed back to the trees.
I first make a simple, abstract first coat just to set the mood with the colors, get the value pattern down and figure out how things will be placed.
It is all about shapes and colors for me… I break the bigger shapes into smaller shapes and try to pick out the most interesting colors I perceive in the scene.
And then even smaller shapes…. Notice the number of brushes in the water jar grows as the painting proceeds… I start with a 1″ flat brush and finish with a small round.
The finished painting: More Mesa Trail– 12×12″ Acrylic on Birch Panel
There are well worn trails now that would usually be several feet underwater, but the lake is still beautiful and the ducks and coots seem to be happy nonetheless. Acrylic on Canvas 18×24
Acrylic 9×12″ This is the view from Tunnel Trail shortly after you cross the bridge. Amazing to look at the fossils of shells way up here a couple thousand feet above sea level and to learn that these rocks were once on the floor of an ancient ocean.
We went camping one last time before the school year starts. Here are a couple of the views we got to walk into…
Family Secret Lake 8×10 Casein on Paper
Lower Falls — Acrylic on Birch Panel 12×12″
Meadow at Sundown 8×10″ Acrylic on Panel
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″)
Casein on Birch Panel 13×18″ I wanted to do a still life for show opportunity, but didn’t feel like being still and indoors painting under a lamp. I enjoyed the compromise… arranging rocks and a sycamore leaf and yucca fibers into an arrangement lit by sunlight on the Buena Vista trail.