Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Storm Over Utah

"Storm Over Utah", 10 x 12, Oil on Museum Board
I am actually creating an inventory for my paintings and sorting them by date, because otherwise, in the gigantic mess of my studio, I can't find the one I am looking for. My mother's famous last words: "If you can't find something, clean up!" This is a painting I did a few months ago.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Sierra Madre from Pescadero

"Sierra Madre from Pescadero", 8 x 10, Oil on Museum Board
This was another palette knife experiment painted from Pescadero on the west side of the tip of Baja--the view across the desert to the Sierra Madre. I had always imagined Baja to be a very long flat peninsula, so it was a happy surprise to find that the Sierra Madre run to the tip of Baja--beautiful mountains with few highways across to the east coast.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Zangle Cove Winter - Sold

"Zangle Cove Winter", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

I'm continuing with my palette knife experiments! This is the first painting of Zangle Cove I've done in a long time. But there it is, always in front of me from my studio window. We are still working to protect Zangle Cove from an industrial geoduck farm.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sierra Madre Cactus

"Sierra Madre Cactus", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

I painted last with month with Jolyn Wells Moran at her place on the western side of the tip of Baja near Todo Santos. From her court yard was this magnificent view. Because of possible customs restrictions, I took water soluble oils to paint with--something that I've never done before! I struggled mightily on this first painting and eventually, with subsequent paintings, found it easier to work with a palette knife. I like the idea of not having to deal with mineral spirits, so this was a good experiment!

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hells Canyon from Buckhorn

"Hells Canyon from Buckhorn", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

Much of Hell's Canyon in inaccessible by car, but there is a road across the Zumwalt Prairie to the Buckhorn Overlook. This overlook actually is above the Imnaha Valley with the Snake River of Hells Canyon behind a vast set of ridges and valleys.
Zumwalt Prairie and Buckhorn Overlook.

We are planning a horseback painting trip in Hell's Canyon in May, 2018, starting along the Snake River at Oxbow. We met the outfitter when taking a drive up the road from Halfway to Cornucopia, just south of the Wallowa Mountains. This area, with the Wallowa's in Northeastern Oregon just west of the deep canyons of the Snake River and tributaries, is one of the most beautiful and enigmatic places I have ever been. Here is my blog on Halfway in 2010.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Last Light Utah Cliffs

This painting is from somewhere out in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. I hope, in the end, we can keep this area in its entirety as a National Monument. I know that's veering off into the political, but to me, if we want to retain our ability to feel wonder in the world around us, we have to protect the wild places.