Kaweah River Colors

10×20″ acrylic–  I was drawn to paint here by the colors of the underwater rocks in sunlight.  The melting snow on the mountain crests is leaving the creeks and rivers downstream gushing this year.  It is still early spring as far as the wildflowers and mosquitoes are concerned.

Trout Creek in Winter

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9×12″ oil on canvas– My brothers and I were lucky kids, growing up with national forest for a back yard and this oxbow in the creek about a quarter mile from our back deck.  It’s so fun to take our kids up there now and play hide-and-seek again.  Happy Holidays everybody!

Morning at Moon Lake

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20×48″ Acrylic on Canvas–  This is a studio painting from one of my plein air studies I created this summer.  I had fun playing with color variations and paint textures.  It is fascinating how much different the experience of a painting is when you increase the scale– it feels more like you can walk into it.

Lauren Lake

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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…)

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Moon Lake– $450– 10×20″ acrylic

Sunny Sierra Creek

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10×20″ acrylic– $450– This is the snowmelt creek that runs through Great Basin National Park, an alpine oasis in the middle of Nevada.  Sometimes not having as much time as you would like to make a painting gives things a looseness and freshness that comes from painting by instinct rather than thinking too much.