A Personal Journal of Art
This WebLog or "Blog" is a journal of my personal
experience with creating, observing, research, musing and other information
about art. Note that dates are in reverse order.
September 21, 2005
Along the Rubicon Trail.
The beach and bay at DL Bliss State
ANOTHER TAHOE TRIP DAY 3
After the disappointing dreary day yesterday, I awoke to a wonderfully
clear and sunny day. Time to head back out to DL
Bliss State Park, and finish what I wanted to accomplish the
My trip to DL Bliss took me around Emerald
Bay. I stopped just for a look, and decided to do a painting
of the bay in the early morning. Although I was not quite getting
some of the deep blues, aqua's and other colors normally seen in
the water, it was such a spectacular morning, I just had to paint
After doing a painting there, I proceeded on to DL
Bliss State Park. After hiking the Rubicon Trail again, I decided
to concentrate on the beach area, the inlet and rock outcroppings.
Too soon, I had to finish the painting, and head back to James
Harold Galleries to drop of my new paintings, and head home
for San Jose.
September 20, 2005
A view from the Rubicon Trail in
DL Bliss State Park.
ANOTHER TAHOE TRIP DAY 2
The second day of this Tahoe trip started with a cloudy, dreary,
almost rainy sky. It did not look great for what I planned to do...paint
along the Rubicon Trail at DL
Bliss State Park. I had been here the previous trip, and the
views, colors, and about everything else was spectacular. Anybody
who visits Tahoe should spend some time hiking this trail
In spite of the overcast, I headed out to DL
Bliss State Park. Water reflects whatever is around it...sometimes
mostly sky. Lake Tahoe is no exception. Gone from my previous trip
were the deep, dark blues, greens and other wonderful colors of
the lake. It was replaced by a gray hue.
I decided to continue on, and hiked about a mile down the trail
looking for some color in the lake. None was to be found, except
when a tree cast a shadow in the lake, blocking out the gray reflection
and allowing the deep colors of the lake to show through. I finally
said, enough of this...I will wait for a sunny day.
September 19, 2005
Meeks Creek close to Hwy 89 on the
west shore of Tahoe.
ANOTHER TAHOE TRIP DAY 1
We had originally scheduled a show and reception at the James
Harold Galleries in Tahoe City on the 17th. However, my sister-in-law
passed away, so we had to cancel it at the last minute. The funeral
was on the 17th.
The gallery still wanted me to soon come up and bring some paintings,
plus make a minor change to a painting sold to a local customer
(at extra charge, of course). So, I decided to take another of my
3 day painting trips to the lake.
I didn't leave quite as early as normal to make the 4 hour drive
to Tahoe, as I had a meeting there at 11:30, so left around 7:00.
I would have loved to take the Harley, but had to haul a bunch of
paintings, so resorted to the SUV. It was an uneventful drive.
After a meeting at James
Harold Galleries with a customer, I was off to painting. I decided
to concentrate on the west shore of the Lake. After a little exploring,
I stopped to paint Meeks Creek close to the highway. It was a beautiful
clear day. Lots of color and sunshine. It wasn't quite fall color
season yet, but some of the foliage was acting like it was wanting
to turn colors.
After checking into my motel, I headed back to a spot I had not
been to in probably 20 years, and forgotten about...Lilly Lake.
Lilly Lake is nestled in a beautiful alpine setting surrounded
by peaks bordering the Desolation Wilderness just southwest of Lake
Tahoe. To get there, take the Fallen Leaf Road off Hwy 89, and basically
drive to the end. The last mile or so is dirt, and almost 4 wheel
drive territory, but if you are careful, most any vehicle can get
Upon arriving, the sun was starting to dip low thus lengthening
the shadows and warming the colors all around. What a wonderful
setting! After walking around a bit, I decided to do a more intimate
study of the lake. I had to work somewhat quickly as the shadows
were constantly changing. The painting turned out quite well, and
is now at James
Harold Galleries. All too soon the sun was setting, and time
to pack it in for the day.
(PS. I found out later the Lily Lake painting sold fairly quickly.)
September 5-10, 2005
Painting along Old Winery Road.
"Giants on Old Winery Road"
Armond Cabrara painting during the
Kim Fancher Lordier won the Artists
Choice award. This was the only award given for the show.
Your's Truly in front of my exhibit
The annual Sonoma
Plein Air event is a presentation of the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation
- a charitable organization established in 2002 to promote outdoor
painting, and encourage and support art education programs in the
community. Every year, a portion of the proceeds of the Sonoma Plein
Air will be donated to support a local art education program in
the schools or through a community-based organization.
I had been juried into this event, which took place this week.
After checking in Monday morning to have my panels stamped, I headed
to some locations I had scouted out in a prior motorcycle trip.
It was somewhat foggy and cloudy, so not the most ideal conditions
to paint a light filled landscape. I crisscrossed all over Sonoma
county for several days, from the mountains to the coastline, and
then had to head home as my wife's sister was in ICU in the hospital.
I headed back up Friday, and did one more painting.
Friday evening was a silent auction of one work we did that week,
plus a dinner/reception. It was quite a posh affair located at the
beautiful Vadasz winery chateau. This event was not judged, however
the artists voted for one painting to win an artists' choice award,
which went to Kim Fancher Lordier of a beautiful painting overlooking
the Sonoma Valley.
Saturday was the exhibit and sale day in the downtown Sonoma square.
Although the event went quite well, I was anxious to hurry home
as my wife's sister had passed away the night before.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Every once in awhile, I 'google' my name on the internet to see
what may pop up. (Doesn't everyone do this?) Anyway, I discovered
"Yours Truly" mentioned in a press release from Nigeria
relating to the Art
in Embassies Program. where several of my paintings (shown at
left) are hanging.
You can see the press
Sunday, August 7, 2005
Some snapshots of
Artist's Guild was formed by a group of Northern California
plein air artists who enjoy painting together. Verde was formed
to paint in company and to share experiences and resources with
Artist's Guild hosted a "paint-out" today at Fitzgerald
Marine Preserve (in the Half Moon Bay area). I decided to join,
so rode the Harley up.
The day was clear over most of the San Francisco bay area, but
the coast was foggy in certain areas, and wouldn't you know...right
where we were painting. Great paintings can be made on foggy, mysterious,
moody days, so it really wasn't a bad painting day at all.
The tide was out, and the patterns of the rocky tide pools was
a great study in grays and abstract color patterns. I started a
painting based on the abstract qualities of the rocks and tidepools.
By the time I was done, the tide was in, the rocky bottom was covered,
and some of it was finished from memory.
Most the other artists painted around the same general area...but
from all directions, giving onlookers a mosaic of interpretations
of one spot. Many passed by oogling and googling (pun intended),
and I think more than one intended to try plein air in the future.
After doing a quick painting of another scene, only moving the
direction of my easel, we all retreated to a park bench for lunch,
a little camaraderie, exchanging of painting stories, talking art
world personalities, we headed our separate ways.
I chose to ride the long way down the coast to Santa Cruz, and
then over the coastal range to home in San Jose. The trip was longer,
but the ride on the Harley with the coastline weaving in and out
of the fog, the lazy afternoon sun alternately turning the sea from
gray to pink to a wonderful aqua, the colors of the mustards and
poppies still in bloom, plus the purr of the bike, was too much
to pass up.
Friday, July 29, 2005
Pictures the red rocks of Sedona.
Ever since the early days of movies, when Hollywood has wanted
to show the unique beauty of the West, it has gone to Sedona,
a place that looks like nowhere else. The area's telegenic canyons,
wind-shaped buttes and dramatic sandstone towers embody the rugged
character of the West
We were in Sedona for a week long family reunion, which had become
a tradition the last several years. I rarely get time to paint during
these activities, but on the last full day we were there the time
At first I was going to do a quiet, intimate scene of Oak Creek,
which ran through our campground. With thunderheads dancing around
all day, I took a short jaunt up the road to view the red rocks,
and the sight was magnificent. With red rock buttes dancing in and
out of light, rain and clouds, the lighting was fantastic.
I hurried back to get my paints, and went at it. After about 10
minutes, the light changed on the rocky peak I was doing, so had
to do some of the highlights from memory. It turned out pretty good
July 19-23, 2005
Pictures from "Painting Sherwood
PAINTING SHERWOOD FOREST
Bidwell Park in Chico, California, is one of the largest municipal
parks in the country. One of the park's longest-lasting claims to
fame is that the original Adventures of Robin Hood,
starring Errol Flynn and company, was filmed there among the majestic
oaks and sycamores in 1938. To honor the 100th anniversary of the
founding of the park, I was in Chico to participate in the event.
We had two days to produce two paintings, a day of silent auction
and reception, then a final day of silent auction, and then a live
auction. The area is quite diverse. The park ranges from semi arid
mesas to lush forests. Over the two days, I completed 2 paintings,
almost finished another, and false started one.
During the auction, my works were probably the hottest bids, which
was a pleasant surprise.
Monday, July 11, 2005
Pictures from painting along the
Rubicon Trail In DL Bliss State Park.
PAINTING TAHOE DAY 2
L. Bliss State Park includes some six miles of magnificent Lake
Tahoe shoreline. The grandeur of the parks and their setting is
a product of successive upheavals of the mountain-building processes
that raised the Sierra Nevada.
From promontories such as Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park
you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe.
Although I have been to Tahoe countless times over the decades,
I never ventured into the park. Having heard so much about it, I
decided to spend the day at D.
L. Bliss State Park . I wasn't disappointed. Rubicon Trail wraps
around cliffs towering fifty feet above the incredibly deep blue
waters. From now on, any visit to Tahoe will seem empty without
a visit to the park!
I started a painting from Rubicon trail as it looks down into the
waters of Tahoe. In fact all my paintings that day were from Rubicon
trail. Normally painting during the high sun of the day is not desired
as it washes out the colors and there are fewer shadows. Here along
the trail the height of the sun made it better as the blues were
bluer, and the cliffs produced plenty of shadow and drama along
I finished three paintings from the trail, then wearily navigated
my Harley back to the motel.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Pictures from painting above Lake
PAINTING TAHOE DAY 1
Several months ago, I did a series of winter scenes of the Truckee
River called "Bridges over the Truckee". My gallery in
Tahoe City, James
Harold Galleries put up about a dozen of them.
Well, they called several weeks ago, and said they are selling
quite fast, but people are also asking for some summer scenes. So,
I rearranged my schedule to come to Tahoe and do some plein air
paintings of summer scenes.
I decided to take the Harley along with my large outdoor easel.
This would be my first multi-day trip on the Harley with my larger
outdoor easel. So, was anxious to see how it went.
It was a great ride up. I left the bay area around 6:00 AM. The
early morning ride across the normally hot San Joaquin Valley was
cool and pleasant with very little traffic.
After breakfast with my nephew who lives close to Sacramento, I
headed into the Sierras. My first stop was from a place I remembered
during the winter, close to Emerald Bay and D.L. Bliss State Park.
It was a great, sunny cloudless day. Just right for capturing some
of the deep blues of Lake Tahoe. I spent several hours painting
the lake from the vantage point.