January 28, 2016

Through the Trees

Acrylic on Canvas - 8 x 16 inches

One of my favorite things to do outside of painting is walking through the park. I see something different every day. This is my entry to the Daily Paintworks' "Escape the Snow" challenge.

January 8, 2016

Pantone Girl

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

My submission for this weeks Daily Paintworks 2016 Pantone Challenge. Pantone has named Rose Quartz and Serenity as the official colors for the year. In theory combining them can result in harmony and, well, serenity. I think I managed to come up with something almost disturbing.

December 27, 2015

Bolinas Boats

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

I updated this one I found in the back hallway. It was so stark and edgy I decided to loosen it up a bit. You can compare to the original one if you like, but I wouldn't bother.

November 3, 2015

Yosemite Bridge

Acrylic on Panel - 8 x 10 inches

The Merced again. You can barely make out the old stone bridge crossing it. I had to hurry, because I sensed the mountain lion that had been spotted earlier was zeroing in on me.

November 1, 2015

Yosemite Morning

Acrylic on Panel - 8 x 10 inches

This was the view from the dining room at the Awanee. It seemed so simple and obvious to me as I was drinking my coffee, but somehow, it became really difficult to capture that simplicity.

October 28, 2015

Half Dome At Sunset

Acrylic on Panel - 8 x 10 inches

Last night we watched the fading sun as it played across the mountain tops in Yosemite. The colors changed every minute. It was captivating. Tonight I tried to paint Half Dome from the meadow. Setting the composition was easy enough, and thankfully the light in the valley and shadow areas remained relatively the same.

However the peak itself went from gold to pink to silver and then a shocking pink/red as it finally faded. I reworked that area throughout and finally had to stop when the light vanished. I really could have done about 20 different paintings. It would be hard to pick the winner.

September 11, 2015


Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches

This is from a Facebook photo posted by one of my friends, of their daughter reading. It was another one of those "it's almost a painting already" images, but that's probably because he's a very skilled photographer.

It wound up not looking quite like her, but I really enjoyed doing this one because so many of the things I've been taught started flowing naturally. I could almost hear some of my teachers commenting on what my next brush stroke should be. I even laid out a range of tones on the palette before I started, and followed all sorts of sage advice. It's rare when it all comes together, but hopefully it will start happening more frequently.