Pigeon Point Lighthouse

From April 2020, for a year, I 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. Some of these paintings are still available.

“Pigeon Point Lighthouse”, 24×12, oil on canvas

One of the prominent man made features on the San Mateo Coast of California, along the Pacific Ocean, is the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Built in 1871, it is the tallest lighthouse on the western coast of the United States. It is still used for Coast Guard navigation, and a small overnight hostel is now housed in the old light keeper’s housing.

From the “Studio Bilangguan” is another ‘Vertical Water’ painting I did a couple years ago of the historic structure. You can read more about it here, and enjoy a short drone video of the area —
http://www.donaldneff.com/blog/pigeon-is-the-point/

Misty Merced

From April 2020, for a year, I 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. Some of these paintings are still available.

“Misty Merced”, 24×12, oil on canvas

Intersectionality is one of the new buzzwords of the SJW political crowd. This piece is an intersection of two series/themes I have been painting off and on the last few years, the ‘Misty’, and ‘Vertical Water’ paintings.

From the “Studio Kal?jimas” is another scene of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, California with Sentinel Rock in the background. The painting I posted yesterday was done on location, and this one in the studio. You can see more vertical water paintings here:
https://www.pinterest.com/next…/the-vertical-water-series/ 

Tuolumne

From April 2020, for a year, I 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.

“Tuolumne”, 20×30, acrylic on canvas

Tuolumne Meadows, one of my favorite spots and campgrounds in the high Sierra Nevada mountains, is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, rock climbers, fishermen, and artists.

I still remember my first visits when I was a child of around 10 years old. One of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada, Tuolumne Meadows at 8,600 feet has been also among the most visible to past pioneers, and present visitors and scientists.

Within Tuolumne Meadows, the Tuolumne River meanders quietly through its meadow channel against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks and glacially carved domes. 

From the “Studio Garáž” is an old acrylic, but still favorite, I painted in the early 2000’s. I also produced limited edition prints of this piece.

Yosemite Rivulet

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.

“Yosemite Rivulet”, 22×28, acrylic on board

August30,2020 

Continuing posting paintings of redwoods from the “Studio Jela”… This is a really old piece I did probably in the early 90’s from my ‘acrylic era’. This scene could be about anywhere in California where redwoods grow, but was actually close to the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley. Just after a rainstorm, small gullies fill with muddy water for a brief time and once running for awhile turn into clear refreshing streams.

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.