China Cove Panorama

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.

“China Cove Panorama”, 12×36, oil on canvas

“The greatest meeting of land and water in the world.”
–landscape artist Francis McComas.

Not too far from my new home in Marina, is Point Lobos, the crown jewel of California’s coastal state parks. The views are endless and I could spend a lifetime painting just there. Today’s offering from the “Studio Impoundment” is a view of China Cove, which according to legend inspired Robert Lewis Stephenson to write the book Treasure Island. 

El Dorado

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.

“El Dorado”, 40×30, Acrylic on Canvas

“El Dorado”, 40×30, acrylic on canvas, always reminds me of the gentle roar of a high Sierra river as it plunges over rapids, cataracts, and falls. If you can find a campsite nearby, listening to the gentle white noise of the river is a wonderful way to lull you asleep at night.

Today’s offering from the “Studio Hold”, is another older acrylic, completed in the early 2000’s. This painting depicts the Clarke Fork of the of the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River in the high Sierra mountains of California. It can be found on the Clark Fork Road just off Hwy 108 near Sonora Pass.

Rubicon View

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.

“Rubicon View”, 28×22, oil on canvas

How many of you, when kids, used a rope to swing over your favorite swimming hole, creek, or lake? I stumbled upon an article about the ‘worlds biggest rope swing into water’, over Lake Tahoe. Upon watching the video, the place looked awfully familiar…I have painted there!! If not the exact spot, awfully close! It’s on the Rubicon Trail in DL Bliss Park, one of my favorite Tahoe trails. The trail winds above cliffs which plunge straight down into the deepest and bluest water of the Lake. You can see the rope swing here–
https://activenorcal.com/behind-the-stunt-100-foot…/?

Today’s offering from the “Studio Choky”, is a painting from the Rubicon Trail—-
“Rubicon View”, 28×22, oil on canvas

Tenaya View

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.

“Tenaya View”, 18×24, oil

Here’s another painting of Tenaya Lake with a broader view from Olmstead point. It’s from Hwy 120 in the Yosemite high country, and one of my favorite views in the world.

This starts the 9th week of presenting paintings from the “Studio Custody” as a diversion from the virus news. BTW, many of the paintings I have posted are still available if any one is interested, just private message me.

Burney Falls

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.

Burney Falls, 30×48, acrylic on canvas

Water. I love water. Especially streams and waterfalls. When I was a kid, I used to build streams in the backyard with rocks, and even bought and mixed my own cement to make them. The first thing I put in my last home was a backyard stream, and intend on putting one in our new home we just moved to. Virtually every painting I do has water in some form.

Closing out 8 weeks of offering virus diversions from the “Studio Borstal”, is a waterfall in Northern California. I have only been there once, but produced this large painting from my visit. It’s an acrylic from the early 2000’s.

Garappata Vista

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.

“Garappata Vista”, 30×40, oil on canvas

During this lockdown, I have ridden my Harley down the Big Sur Coastline a couple times for a break to get out of the house. Today’s offering from the “Studio Clink” is a view I drive by along this spectacular coastline in Garappata State Park. 

From the “Studio Can”

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.

Today’s offering from the “Studio Can” is from the wilds of Montana. It’s another older acrylic I did in the early 2000’s. This lake is about a mile’s hike from the road and a famous mountain pass. Anyone been there? Can anyone name the lake?

Fort Ord Dunes

“Fort Ord Dunes”, 12×24, oil on canvas

With sweeping views of Monterey Bay and 4 miles of beaches, Fort Ord Dunes is one of the newer California state parks.   The afternoon sun turns the foaming waves a bright silvery color, and illuminates the red, orange, yellow and green ice plant fields along the dunes. 

We have been walking the trails along this beautiful Marina coastline near our new home in Marina, CA recently and I just had to put it to canvas. 

Bracebridge Morning

“Bracebridge Morning”, 22×28, oil on canvas

The Bracebridge Dinner is an extravaganza and theatrical performance in Yosemite Valley’s Ahwahnee Hotel dining room during the month of December. A tradition since 1927, for a few weeks, the grand dining room is transformed into a Renaissance scene of Bracebridge Hall patterned after Washington Irvings writings. The four hour event includes a stunning array of singers and actors who tell the story of Lord Bracebridge and people of his household. A number of the cast are from the San Francisco Opera company. All this happens during a 7 course feast. The Wall Street Journal noted in 2006: “Bracebridge is, without much doubt, the country’s, if not the world’s premier Christmas dinner.”

So what does this dinner have to do with this painting?

From the “estidyo tou pre Bay la ” is the first large painting done in my new studio.  In December 2017, as my birthday present for that year, Josie and I treated ourselves to the Bracebridge Dinner.  It had been on my bucket list for decades, however it was so popular, attendees were chosen by lottery.  Recently, however they changed to normal first come first serve reservations. It was bitter cold our entire stay in the valley and was feeling a bit under the weather, so didn’t paint, but on a morning walk in the valley came upon this scene, and have been wanting to paint it ever since.  

The scene is close to Swinging Bridge on the path to Yosemite Lodge where we were staying.  Once again, am not sure I am completely done with this painting, but will set it aside for a few weeks to see if I want to change anything.

Find out more here about the dinner…   https://www.bracebridgedinners.com

There is also a lengthy weblog entry here similar to our experience:  https://independenttravelcats.com/bracebridge-dinner-at-the-ahwahnee-christmas-tradition-yosemite-national-park/

Tahoe Snow

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 Snow”, 15×30, oil on canvas

From May, 2020 —

Summer’s almost here, but lets take one more look back at winter for today’s painting from the “Studio Can”…