Month: February 2022


Our neighborhood near Monterey is a dichotomy. New homes are being built right next to old army barracks and buildings, remnants of the decommissioned Fort Ord. Many buildings from WWII era and earlier stand across the street from brand new homes, shopping centers, and restaurants. The University of Monterey Bay has built a brand new campus on the site of these old structures.

Since we moved here 2 years ago, I have always wanted to drone some of the old barracks of Ft Ord before they disappear. The buildings are gradually being torn down to make way for the new. Occasionally one will burn down, presumably from a homeless fire, and they just let it go as it will be eventually torn down anyway.

Enjoy this short video visiting these old buildings before they are gone…

(Be sure to turn the volume up and go full screen!)

More Misty Merced

Flattered that my painting, Misty Merced, is being used in advertising the upcoming Yosemite Renaissance show.

Also, some of the exhibit dates have firmed up as follows–

Yosemite Gateway Art Center – March 18 through May 29, 2022
Kings Art Center, Hanford – June 25th through July 30th, 2022
Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock – August 9th through October 1st, 2022
Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park – TBA – We look forward to returning to the Yosemite Museum in Oct. 2022!
Circle Gallery, Madera County Arts Council – TBA

More info can be found here.

Misty Merced

I am honored to be in the Yosemite Renaissance 37 juried art event this year. Misty Merced, 24×12, oil on canvas, one of my ‘Vertical Water’ paintings was accepted into the show.

Opening is at the Yosemite Gateway Art Center in Oakhurst on Friday, March 18th, with an opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. I am not sure if I will attend. The show will travel on to Kings Art Center in Hanford, Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, the Yosemite Museum in Yosemite Valley in October, and Madera County Arts Council Circle Gallery in January 2023. Specific dates will be announced as they are finalized.

"Misty Merced", 24x12, oil on canvas
“Misty Merced”, 24×12, oil on canvas

More Marina Beach Sunset

Several day’s ago I published a new painting of the sunset over Marina State Beach you can read here. Several day’s ago, I also flew my drone over the general area around sunset. The prior weblog had more about the dunes I won’t reiterate here.

Enjoy this short video of the sunset over Monterey Bay, California from the eye of a drone. Be sure to go full screen and turn on the volume!

Marina Beach Sunset

Marina Beach Sunset, 12×16, oil on panel

The large wall of dunes stretches for over 13 miles on the southeastern side of Monterey Bay.  They are the highest found on the Central Coast, and provide a habitat for birds and animals rarely seen elsewhere, like a living fabric interwoven with a diversity of strands of life. This strip of land is steadily changing from wind and wave forces but provides a barrier for the inland areas.  

Right in the middle, the dunes divide to Marina State Beach with an easily accessible sandy beach and steady winds that make it a popular place for kite flying and para gliding.  Year ’round you’re likely to see dolphins playing in the waves, plus sail and fishing boats from Monterey and Moss Landing.  Sunsets at Marina State Beach are a daily community event, bringing out locals and visitors alike.

Although we now live close to the dunes, the study for this painting was a photo I took some years back during one of my participations in the Carmel Art Festival.  

A couple years ago I did a small painting of this, but wanted to do a larger one.  Enjoy this new painting from the Neff Studio.

Next up, look for a short drone video…

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