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.
Here are a couple of recent small paintings of one of my favorite subjects– light illuminating trees… Sundown at Rancho La Patera– 9×12″ oil Stained Glass Leaves (Tucker’s Grove) – 9×12″ oil
18×24″ Oil on canvas– The creek is dry below this point, but below me where the canyon narrows and two confluences come together, there is a trickle of running water and some happy salamanders. I’ve missed that sound! It was better than any music as I painted the light through this cluster of bay trees.
16×20″ acrylic on canvas– Ahhh… the sweet smell of composting California Bay leaves and oak mulch. I loved the stained glass sycamore leaves and hope that the dry creek bed will be flowing again this winter.
12×24″ acrylic– (sold)– My daughters and I always walk up into this tree when we are hiking this section of the trail. It would be good for playing “hot lava monster” on, but instead of hot lava you fall into poison oak. : )