Truckee

Since April 2020 I have posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts.

“Truckee”, 30×40, oil on canvas

From the studio ‘slammer’…

Spring is here, but how about one last winter scene? Today’s offering is a winter scene in the high Sierra. This is a view from the Hwy 267 bridge as it crosses over the Truckee River. If you have never heard of the little town of Truckee, it is probably witness to more history in California than most small towns in the state. Read more here… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truckee,_California

Master of His Domain

Since April 2020 I have posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts.

“Master of His Domain”, 28×22, acrylic on canvas

Today’s offering from the art ‘pokey’. I don’t do too many animal paintings, and don’t do acrylics in the studio anymore, so here is one I did quite awhile ago. It depicts an osprey overlooking a lake. Can anybody guess what lake this is? (Hint: it is in Wyoming somewhere.)

BTW, this painting hung in an overseas US Embassy for a number of years.

Thunderbird Lodge

Since April 2020 I have posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts.

“Thunderbird Lodge”, 24×12, oil on gallery wrap canvas

Today’s offering from the house of detention. After I did the painting shown yesterday, I launched into a ‘Vertical Water’ series, one of which is shown below. There is also a great backstory about the “Tahoe Elephant” on my weblog here–

Tahoe Squall Line

Since April 2020 I have posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts.

Tahoe Squall Line, 6×6, oil on panel

Another painting in my annual holiday sale, Lake Tahoe is frequented by stormy weather during all seasons of the year. This piece depicts the steep eastern shoreline as a squall moves across the lake.

This is part of my still active holiday mini sale you can see here–

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Truckee Blue

Since April 2020 I have posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts.

“Truckee Blue”, 6×8, oil on panel, available 2020 Magnificent Miniatures

“Truckee Blue”, 6×8, oil on panel, available 2020 Magnificent Miniatures
From the “Studio büntetés-végrehajtási intézet”, just finished, is another painting for my annual miniatures for sale through the holiday season. For 120 miles, the Truckee flows from Lake Tahoe, from the high Sierra to the desert, winding through mountain canyons, thru the communities of Tahoe City, Truckee, Reno, and Sparks. I have painted it many times in both plein air and studio…there is a never ending supply of different scenes in different weather and mood.

This is part of my still active holiday mini sale you can see here–

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Hood River Valley

For the last 280 days I have posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts.

Hood River Valley, 30×40, oil on canvas

This was the first post on FB April 4, 2020 kicking off what is now 281 days of posting one painting a day.

Since we are all sitting around staring at Facebook waiting for someone to post, how about some nice paintings…

The Icefields

For the last 280 days I have posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts.

Canadian Rockies, 22×28, acrylic on canvas

   Regarded as one of the most stunning alpine drives in the world, Icefields Parkway is an unforgettable way to immerse yourself in the Canadian Rockies.   Also know as Canada Hwy 93, it connects the towns of Banff and Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.   With soaring rocky mountain peaks, icefields and vast sweeping valleys all along the route, every winding curve of the parkway fills the windshield with a new view.  Jaw-dropping vistas of the Rocky Mountains and jagged snow covered peaks dwarf the glaciers in the valleys below.  In addition to the extraordinary views, wildlife such as elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and the occasional bear or wolf are often spotted from the highway. 

   I traveled the Icefields Parkway in the mid-80’s in my RV, and have itched to go back ever since…but never have.  We had lunch at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise during the journey decades ago, and on my bucket list is to return and stay for a few nights.

  Lets leave the troubles of the USA for a moment and go north to Canada with today’s diversion from the bad news.  From the “naujas studijos karantinas” with a painting along this wonderful parkway.  This is one of my older acrylics and depicts the Bow River, but not sure what peak is in the background.

Breakthrough Part 2

Yesterday I started the first in a series of how I learned to paint water. As I mentioned, what took me a week some forty years ago, I now do in an hour or two. Being primarily self-taught this is the second painting I did trying to learn to paint the multiple layers of water.
From the “quarentena de novo estúdio” I completed this around the same time of the work posted yesterday, around 1979. It was from a photo taken on a backpacking trip in the high Sierra. The deer weren’t there, but added them into the scene. Painting in oils, I first did the rocks, then let it dry, and kept glazing and adding layers. It took weeks between the drying and painting process. Now days I have learned how to paint wet into wet and everything can be done in one sitting.
This piece was also given to my parents which they hung in their home for many years, and now I think one of their grandchildren inherited it.
The photo might be a little blurry as it was scanned from a slide, and not sure what happened in the process.

Breakthroughs

Most artists can pinpoint certain works or events which led to a breakthrough painting, allowing them to reach a new plateau in their journey in creating art.  In the next few posts, I’ll show a few works from the ‘way-back-machine’ on how I learned to paint water.  I’ll tell the end of the story now…what used to take me a week to paint, I can now do in an hour or two.  Due to the popularity of the book “Outliers”, they say it takes 10,000 hours to be truly “world class” at something.  I am not sure about that, but learning to paint is a life long journey and endeavour!

     From the “noua carantin? de studio” is a piece I did around 1978.  The scene is a creek in the San Gabriel Mountains just above Pasadena, CA, probably the West Fork of the San Gabriel River.  I took a photo of this scene during a hike and later painted it in my art studio (at the time also known as the living room) in Altadena, CA.  The painting is a bit monochromatic, but I loved painting the clear water and rocks below.

    As a post note, I later gave this piece to my parents which they hung in their home for many years, and now I think one of their grandchildren inherited it.

A Painting’s Journey

For the last 250 days I have posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts. Here is one from a couple day’s ago….


I painted “South Fork” not long after moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1979, and purchasing a small RV. I did frequent trips to the Sierra mountain range, to do plein air painting and just enjoy the environment. Back then it was just called outdoor painting or painting on location, but in more recent years has been dubbed the more exotic French term ‘en plein air’. This painting is of a creek close to Longbarn, CA off Hwy 108, where I spent a day or two at a forest service campground. It was painted in the studio from some Polaroid photos around early 1981.


Recently joining the Society of Western Artists, I entered this painting in one of their shows in Sacramento, CA. Much to my surprise, I was honored with a first place in the show.


Later that year, SWA award winners were displayed at the 35th Annual San Francisco Art Festival in the SF Civic Center Plaza. I remember this painting seemed so out of place with most all the other art pieces being abstract and modern works. Right next to my traditional piece was an almost 3 dimensional collage painting with among other things, a woman’s bra glued to it.


In May and June of 1982 it was part of a solo exhibition at the Carnegie Arts Center in Oxnard, CA. Most of this show were paintings from an extensive six month trip I had taken throughout the Southwestern US the prior winter.
Later on, my father really liked the piece, so I gave it to him. He hung it in his office in Pasadena California for many years. For my old friends, this was GTA’s old office in the Hall of Administration, Ambassador College.


After retiring to Big Sandy, Texas, he hung it in his home for many years. Upon his passing six years ago, one of his grandkids inherited it, but not sure which one. (Perhaps whoever has it can speak up).


As I look at the piece now realize how far my works have improved over the years, and how far this painting has traveled. I later did a small 5×5 of the scene posted here on September 9.