So, the lakes out of Big Pine don’t have the most creative names. (First Lake, Second Lake, Third… through Seventh.) This has nothing to do with their beauty, though. Don’t judge a lake by its title. My daughters took the liberty of renaming them all and swimming in most on a recent backpack adventure. I snuck away three times to paint Third Lake, our base camp. (all are 10×20″ acrylics)
10×20″ Oil on Canvas– This section of beautiful undeveloped coastline makes you feel like you are going back in time and seeing what early California looked like. This was a commission for the wedding of a wonderful couple. They have already been on some awesome adventures together and I’m wishing them many more.
18×36″ oil on canvas– The clouds were cooperating nicely and the California Poppies are still in bloom in parts of the meadow at the Botanic Gardens. You can see the redwood trees from the grove popping up before the foothills– it is a great place to spend a day exploring the trails and learning about plants.
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.
These paintings are around 10×20″ acrylic sketches I made on a road trip on the Northern California Coast. I love redwood forests… the way the light filters through the leaves and illuminates fluorescent moss, yellow banana slugs, fractal ferns and the soft red earth. It is so awesome how these old giants gather rain and make an environment where plants are growing on plants who are growing on other plants… long after they die their sweetly rotting wood is still pushing up gardens of huckleberries, ferns, mushrooms and mosses.
24×30″ oil on canvas– With the Solstice approaching and the days warming up, the nice cool ocean becomes even more inviting. Those surfboards behind the beach shack and the pink ice plant gave me excuses to use every crayon in the box, so to speak.
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.