Month: December 2016

The Mighty Tuolumne River

The Tuolumne River is one of the mightiest rivers in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Flowing for 149 miles, it drains a rugged watershed in the high Sierras, and flows calmly through Tuolumne Meadows before cascading into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. The river, captured by Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, provides water and power to the …

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A Free Gift to You

Here is a gift to all my followers. I have provided a hi-resolution image of the painting “Reflections in Ellery” on my website which you can download and print. (all the images I usually upload are low resolution). This beautiful lake is right at Tioga Pass, along Highway 120, just outside Yosemite National Park, in …

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Have a Great Holidays!

Be happy and of good cheer for this is a great time of year For laughing, loving, and caring and most of all sharing. –Catherine Pulsifer     Politics aside, it has been a great year! I hope everyone finishes 2016 happily and prospers in 2017!     >


My weblog was hacked! An intruder was posting links to viagra and cialis websites hidden in my weblog entries. These were manifest by greyed out words (hospital, rx, store, etc) which seem out of place. It was done via some backdoor method to the weblog database. So far as I know, if you viewed my …

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One of the Three Great Gardens of Japan is called Korakuen (K?raku-en). Located in Okayama, Japan, it was built in 1700 by Ikeda Tsunamasa. Korakuen means “garden of pleasure after”, which is a reference to a saying attributed to Confucius explaining that a wise ruler must attend to his subjects’ needs first, and only then …

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Plein Air vs Studio Paintings

Most of you know I paint frequently en plein air, that is outdoors on location. All great landscape painters paint from life, at least occasionally, because you just can’t get true results by just using photos. Photographs skew the values, that is the relative darkness or lightness of a color, making shadows too dark and …

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From Small to Big

  Some may recognize this painting…but it’s new! I painted a small version, 6×12, several months ago for my miniature show, and posted it on Facebook. It’s also part of the logo picture above. I liked the mood and composition, so decided to do a larger, 15×30 version. Other than adding more detail, and a …

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