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.

Squaw Creek

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.

“Squaw Creek”, 16×12, oil on board

June 6,2020  · Much of the US is pretty hot right now, so how about something to cool off? Today’s painting from the “Studio Pen” is of Squaw Creek right after a major snowstorm. This scene is towards the entrance to Squaw Valley, CA, now called Olympic Valley, and where the 1960 Winter Olympics were held.

BBBRRRRR!!

Takiyama Jiinn Sekihi

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.

“Takiyama Jiinn Sekihi”, 16×20, oil on canvas

I can usually predict about how many ‘likes’ I get on each painting I post. The more majestic, beautiful, familiar a scene is usually gets the most. I did this painting several years ago as part of my ongoing Japan series just because I thought it was an interesting thing to paint, and wonder what it means.

This is near a waterfall temple up a remote canyon near Maniwa-shi Japan that my son discovered while living in the area. I did a plein air of the temple on a cold drizzly day, but this stone marker and it’s setting made an interesting composition. To me it’s a mysterious story…how long has it been there? I can’t read Japanese, so what does it say? What is the purpose of the stone with it’s barely discernible carving?

Today’s offering from the “Studio Roundhouse” probably won’t get many ‘likes’, but I still like it.

“Takiyama Jiinn Sekihi”, 16×20, oil on canvas. Japanese for “mountain waterfall temple stone monument.”

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.