Primary Swell

A new painting from the Neff Studio.

“Primary Swell, Marina”, 22×28, oil on canvas

We can normally hear the surf faintly in the distance two miles inland at our home inn Marina, CA, especially at night. But this was different. It sounded like distant crackling thunder as if a huge squall was hovering over Monterey Bay. The sound seemed to reverberate through the neighborhood.

Last January, Monterey Bay was experiencing unusually high surf and tides due to confluence of the moon, storms, etc. Some call it a primary swell. I went out early morning and did a little droning and video, eventually producing a short video, shown below.

This new painting is a drones eye view of the Monterey Bay coastline in Marina, CA. I extracted a still shot from the video I took that morning as my study for this piece. I was taken with this view as it shows the back of the wave and not your normal seascape. The sun is just starting to peek over the dunes and cliffs of Marina Dunes Beach illuminating the crest of the waves.

In case you missed it, here is the original video I produced back in January .

Hollister

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.

“Hollister”, 30×40, oil on canvas

July 29,2020  Sweeping vistas, sweeping empty roads, scattered ranches, vineyards, farms, cows, rivers, coyotes, biking legends: Highway 25 south of Hollister, CA is one of our ‘go-to’ motorcycle rides. We ride it several times a year, and it is always a blast.

Most think of California as full of cities, traffic, homeless, hippies, fruits and nuts, but it doesn’t take much to get out into the ‘middle of nowhere’ where you can ride as free and as fast as you want. Such is Highway 25.

Today’s virus diversion painting from the ‘Studio Gaolbird”, is a piece from studies taken along the way over the years. I normally avoid painting old barns as I think they are a little cliche, but they are also good sellers, so here we go.

BTW, you can see a video of some of these rides here —

Early Thaw

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.

“Early Thaw”, 30×40, oil on canvas

July 12,2020 

Ok. Seems like quite a few want to keep my daily virus diversion going, so I’ll keep posting paintings, perhaps not every day, though. 

Today’s painting from the “Studio Vault” is a larger painting in Yosemite Valley. Spring is one of the better times to go to the valley. As the snow pack melts, the waterfalls are at their peak. More falls are apparent as the summer dry creeks can turn into torrents as the sun melts the winter snow. As the Merced River rolls slowly by, Yosemite Falls is in the background during spring thaw

Marina Dunes Pathway

“Marina Dunes Pathway”, 16×20, oil on panel

Huge sand dunes line the southeastern side of Monterey Bay, some, I am guessing, over 60 feet high.   Created by the constant ocean and winds, the dunes form a barrier between the bay and inland areas such as the towns of Marina and Seaside, plus the fertile Salinas Valley.  The dunes are a patchwork of sand, ice-plant, grasses, and other vegetation.  Wildlife is also found here with shorebirds, raccoons, coyotes, squirrels, and a unique legless lizard.

At one time, when this was part of Fort Ord, the dunes were populated with rifle ranges, munition depots, and other military installations.  There was even an immense officers club and recreational facility overlooking the bay, which eventually fell into disrepair as the coast eroded beneath.

We frequently take walks along the coastal dunes of Monterey Bay near our new home in Marina.  This painting is a pathway to Marina Dunes Beach and Preserve.  What drew me to this scene is the late afternoon sun filtering through the trees and lighting up the colorful ice-plant.  The ocean was not visible from this viewpoint but I wanted to orient the viewer to where you are. So, I did use a little artists license, and removed some of the dunes so you could see the bay and surf.  I did this piece several months ago, but was not entirely satisfied, so dabbled on it a bit off and on.   I might dabble a bit more, but call it finished…for now.

Glacial River

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.

“Glacial River”,28×22, acrylic on canvas

July 9,2020  I have been posting a lot of my older acrylic paintings as my daily diversions from the virus/riots. When I switched back to oils several decades ago, I also loosened my style somewhat.

Today from the “Studio Trammel” is another old favorite. It is somewhat a composite of two scenes in Glacier National Park. I liked the look of the cataracts, but the background was uninteresting so enhanced the mountain.

BTW, some of these paintings are still available if interested (including this one), just private message me.

High Sierra Lake

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.

“High Sierra Lake”, 11×14, oil on panel

Much of the Sierra mountain range is impassable unless you are on foot or horse. Early pioneers crossing the plains in wagon trains heading to California always raced to ensure they made it to the Sierra before the first snow fall. The story of the Donner Party who missed the weather window is legendary.

There are 6 mountain passes in the Sierra range easily driven by car, at least not in winter. From south to north are Highways 120 (Tioga Pass), Hwy 108 (Sonora Pass), Hwy 4 (Ebbetts Pass), Hwy 88 (Carson Pass), Hwy 50 (Echo Pass), and Interstate 80 (Donner Pass). Top of my bucket list is to hop on the Harley, and spend a week or so going up Hwy 395 along the Eastern Sierra, and transverse every pass.  

Today’s offering from the “Studio Bounding” is an old favorite of a little lake up Ebbetts Pass called Mosquito Lake.

Big Sur Cove

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.

“Big Sur Cove”, 24×18, oil on canvas

June 29,2020  Saturday I posted a short video of a motorcycle ride along the Big Sur coast. I have taken several rides along this spectacular coast during the virus craziness just to get out of the house. Haven’t heard of anyone catching anything just breezing along on a motorcycle! We always drive by this Rocky Creek Bridge scene, today’s offering from the “Studio Clink”.

Land of Legends

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.

“Land of Legends”, 28×22, acrylic on board

Continuing yesterday’s American Indian lore theme from the “Studio Quarantine”…

Spider Rock stands with awesome dignity and beauty over 800 feet high in Arizona’s colorful Canyon de Chelly National Park (pronounced da Shay). According to Navajo legend, the magnificent spire is named after Spider Woman who lives at Spider Rock in Canyon De Chelly. She was first to weave the web of the universe. She taught…well, you read the rest of the story here…  https://www.navajorug.com/…/spider-rock-center-of-the…

In the early 80’s I took off in a little RV for a 6 month journey all over the southwest United States, It was also during one of the most severe winters they had in quite some time, so got to see the region much differently than most. This acrylic painting is one of the products of that trip, and although my style has changed quite a bit, it’s still an old favorite as it brings back so many memories, and I still have the painting.

Glacial 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.

“Glacial Falls”, 30×40, acrylic on canvas, available

June 19, 2020 Today begins the eleventh week of my daily posting of one of my paintings as a brief diversion from the virus bad news. That’s over 77 paintings (some days I posted several), and am not close to exhausting the supply, nor synonyms for the word ‘prison’! I greatly appreciate all the likes and comments! BTW, many of the paintings are still available if interested.  

Today, many businesses in my area will be allowed to reopen in limited capacity, and much of the country is in the same process.

Anybody want me to continue these daily postings?

That said, today’s offering from the “Studio Clink” is an old acrylic favorite of a waterfall in Glacier National Park. It is still the painting I use on my website home page. It was painted from a photo I took in the early 80’s, but after much research, cannot find the name or exact location of the falls.

“Glacial Falls”, 30×40, acrylic on canvas, available

Lewis 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.

“Lewis Falls”, 8×16, acrylic on board

Lewis Falls, located near the southern entrance to Yellowstone National Paris, is one of the first roadside stops visitors encounter. Named for Meriwether Lewis of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Lewis River drops 30 feet over a broad ledge. 

Having been by there a number of times in all seasons, most people don’t see it in winter. Today’s offering from the “Studio Hold” is a winter scene of this beautiful falls.