24×36″ oil on canvas– I made this from a small backpacking sketch of an oak tree by the trail. To my right there was an incredible cliff formation with all kinds of caves and crevices and hawks soaring above, but that will have to wait for another day… What captured me was the beautiful way the light was reflected and filtered through the bonsai-like leaves and branches of this small, gnarly oak.
20×20″ oil on canvas– The meadows in the Botanic Gardens are aflame with poppies right now. Bees are swarming, the air is warming and the short sweet season of spring is in full swing. Sorry about the accidental post earlier in the week– I was working on my website and pushed the wrong button. : )
15×30″ Oil on Canvas Panel– Nothing has more beauty and mystery than a deep, fern-filled redwood grove with a playful stream meandering through. Places like this are medicine for the spirit– my breathing slows, my shoulders drop a few notches lower and I feel completely grounded and at peace here. My hope for the trees in these woods is that they all grow to be giants and that after they fall they are slowly and gently returned to rich soil by banana slugs and other beautiful decomposers.
12×36″ oil on canvas– As the sun rises the color of the light goes through every color in the spectrum, starting with pink, red, orange, yellow and finally the cool greens and blues of daylight. This is trying to catch that orange moment that passes so quickly.
20×48″ oil on canvas– The tides were nice and low Monday afternoon to walk from Haskel’s to Driftwoods Beach. The cirrus clouds in the sky were hinting at the rains on the way. I brought the sun out a little more in the painting because, well, grey isn’t my favorite color. This is more how it would look today with the sun out again and our creeks flowing happily…
18×24″ oil on canvas– Tomorrow is the equinox… happy first day of spring! I know the season is here because I get to use electric greens to color the grass instead of the usual Southern California gold.
15×30″ oil on canvas panel– This is the far western end of Santa Cruz Island. The several food deep middens of abalone shell and other sea life show evidence of the thousands of years the Chumash called this home. It’s crazy to look at the stretch of sea out there and learn that following the last ice age Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Island were connected as one big island called Santa Rosae. Mammoths swam out to Santa Rosae and like the foxes that live there now, shrunk in size and evolved into Pygmy Mammoths. Time, time, time– it is a beautiful ever-changing world out there…