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.
December 28-31, 2005
The Truckee River.
My easel along the Truckee.
Squaw Valley as the sun disappears
behind the peaks.
Well, it is snowboard season again, and I am off to Lake Tahoe
with my son and his cousin so they can get in the first snowboarding
of the season in. The weather doesn't look real promising, but conditions
change, the boys were chomping to go, and we had reservations, so
decided to take our chances. Of course, I am also anxious to do
some plein air painting while they are working the ski slopes!
To make a long story short, after 5 days, the boys only got in
two good days of boarding, plus one wet morning. I managed to do
one painting along the Truckee. It rained, and sleeted, and rained,
and snowed, and rained some more, and froze, and rained some more.
We didn't have any electrical power the last 24 hours we were there.
On New Years Eve, we decided to at least go to north shore stateline,
which had power. I occasionally play a little blackjack, and luck
was with me as I walked away with a little over $150. After a nice
dinner, we headed back to the motel, and sat in the dark as 2006
rolled in. It was a great time!!!
December 21, 2005
THE LOS GATOS CATS
The town of Los Gatos, CA, asked me several months ago to help
with a fund raiser for the local Museum. Patterned after the famous
"Chicago Cows on Parade" and similar events (San Jose
had it's own Shark event), each artist was given a statue of a cat
which they could decorate any way they saw fit. The cats are now
on display for several months around the town of Los Gatos, and
will be auctioned off in February, 2006.
I was a little hesitant to accept the invitation to join since
I don't do 'crafts' much, but decided what the heck, might as well
do it anyway. I decided as the theme for my cat to somewhat copy
the colors of a little fish souvenir I had brought back from Hawaii
years ago. I always liked the colors in the little statue. I named
the cat "Tropical Catfish", and after many trips to a
local Michaels art store, and many hours it was finally finished.
A couple of pictures are on the left. After it was done, I am not
sure if it doesn't look more like a pinata, or an Egyptian tomb
statue! At least it is colorful!
The upcoming auction event on February 12 should prove exciting.
a Los Gatos resident will judge the best cat.
December 5, 2005
First in the series "above
Last winter, during a snowboard trip for my son, I decided to ride
the Squaw Valley
Gondola up to 'High
Camp" to meet the kids for dinner. High
Camp perches several thousand feet above the valley floor, and
affords spectacular views all around the Lake Tahoe area.
I had ridden the gondola many times, but this time the sun was
low and was streaking all down the mountain side. It was breathtaking!
With the fading light dancing in and out of each rock, tree, ridge
line, cliff, and snowbank, I snapped photos all the way up the mountain.
After returning home, and reviewing the photos, I decided I could
do an entire suite of paintings from this one ride. It took me awhile
to get around to starting them, but the first completed is shown
here, and several more in the works.
November 27, 2005
Artists seem to group together.
My easel and a work in progress.
One of the fellow artists took a
picture of 'Yours Truly' hard at work.
Enjoying the coast.
PAINTING WITH VERDE
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 Pescadero
State Beach (in the Half Moon Bay area). I decided to join, so rode
the Harley up. It was quite brisk, especially on the motorcycle.
However, when I arrived, the other painters were cold after getting
out of their warm cars, and I was warm after getting off the bike!
It turned out to be a wonderful day, of painting, visiting with
other artists and enjoying the California coast. I managed to do
two paintings of the beautiful coastline.
October 23, 2005
A few of the miniatures.
Around this time of year, I usually paint a batch of miniature
paintings. They are generally only about 5x5 or 5x7 inches. I usually
do small paintings of larger works or plein air paintings which
I especially liked and/or sold quickly...which means someone else
After spending a week or two (off and on), I ended up with a batch
of them. They were all painted in their entirety with only one single
brush, a #6 Silver Ruby Satin Bright. I generally use only a couple
brushes for any painting, in fact for plein air, I generally only
use one brush, a #10 Silver Ruby Satin Bright, and occasionally
a #4 filbert.
I painted everything from Big Sur to Tahoe and Sierra fall colors
to mountain streams. You can see most of them
here in my Miniatures Gallery.
October 15-16, 2005
Pictures of the color in Hope Valley.
The last few years, I have tried to take a trip to the eastern
Sierras to catch the aspen and other deciduous trees in their magnificent
fall colors. For those of you in California, an excellent resource
to track when and where the fall colors are peaking, check out http://www.calphoto.com/fall.htm.
Since I had been taking a number of trips during the year to the
Tahoe area to supply James
Harold Galleries with new works, my 'significant other' requested
it just be an overnight trip as her family was still somewhat grieving
over the loss of her sister.
So, I decided to concentrate in the Hope
Valley area, which is about 30 miles south of Lake Tahoe. I
left San Jose early so-as to try to get in a full two days painting.
Traveling up Highway 88 over Carson Pass brought a flood of memories
from the last time I had been on that road. During my motorcycle
tour of the Southwest just the previous May, we had returned to
San Jose over the same pass.
Valley has a magnificent display of fall colors, there is not
near the concentration of aspens as a little further south on the
eastern Sierra flanks around June
Lake and other areas. There was still plenty to paint in every
The gold's, yellows, sienna, greens, and reds of the turning leaves
were a sight to see. I decided to do a couple paintings along the
Carson River and some of it's tributaries.
There were no motels available in the area, so I decided to drive
up to South Lake Tahoe for the evening.