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Thumbnail of painting11:  Sunrise Hitting ChollasAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA13-May-10
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is tucked into the southeastern corner of California. Running about 25 miles east-to-west and 50 miles north-to-south, it is California's largest state park with over 500 miles of roads to explore.
Award: Springfield Museum of Art, Juried show, November 2010—January 2011
Thumbnail of painting12:  Saguaro National Park Wash #1Alla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Saguaro National Park, West, Tucson, Arizona, USA10-Feb-10
One of 2 paintings completed one day in a wash in the National Park.
Thumbnail of painting15:  Saguaro National Park EntranceAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Saguaro National Park, West, Tucson, Arizona, USA9-Feb-10
Often I would head to the National Park in the late afternoon after completing my day's work with Habitat for Humanity. See how the bright haze makes the saguaro and cholla cacti glow.
Award: Springfield Museum of Art, Juried show, November 2010—January 2011
Thumbnail of painting18:  Sunrise at Hellhole CanyonAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Anza Borrego State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA12-Mar-10
The desert mountains glow early in the morning! This view was about one-half mile from our campground.
Thumbnail of painting21:  Sunrise on Mormon WayAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA4-Sep-09
Moulton Homestead on Mormon Row at 5:30 a.m. was the first of three paintings I completed on a glorious day in the Tetons.
Thumbnail of painting27:  Sunset at Clover PassAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Our campsite at Clover Pass Resort, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA27-May-09
It rained all day and the sunset was a welcome relief! Whales entertained us in the afternoon.
Thumbnail of painting35:  The Entrance to the Blind SloughAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Mile 13 on Mitkof Island, Petersburg, Alaska, USA30-May-10
In this one of my two Blind Slough paintings, low tide reveals the rapids on a wild, windy, fifty-degree day, with sun, rain, east wind, then sun, rain west wind, then...
Thumbnail of painting37:  Portage Valley on a Smoky DayAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 9"
Seward Highway, Kenai Peninsula, Portage, Alaska, USA10-Jul-09
Seventy forest fires throughout central Alaska made for smoky views.
Thumbnail of painting39:  Morning at Mendenhall GlacierAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Juneau, Alaska, USA7-Jun-09
Although the glacier's movement can't be seen, it is definitely heard. Sharp "cracks" precede calving—the impressive collapse of huge ice walls into the sea.
Thumbnail of painting41:  Evening on Boya LakePlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Boya Lake, Cassiar Highway, British Columbia, Canada7-Aug-09
British Columbia has a remarkable 860 provincial parks. Although we enjoyed many throughout the province, those along the Cassiar Highway were especially beautiful.
Thumbnail of painting43:  Morning at Chilkat RiverAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Bottom of the Mud Bay Rd., Haines, Alaska, USA13-Jun-09
Today I painted with Rod Weagant, who re-located to Haines from Washington state to find new inspiration for his art.
Thumbnail of painting47:  Azul Casa on 2nd AvenidaPlein Air, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Playa del Carmen, Mexico8-Apr-11
The bougainvillea were spectacular!
Thumbnail of painting52:  Journey HomeAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Indiana-Ohio border along Route 33, Indiana, USA14-Aug-08
For 28 years I have driven this route, and today I finally took time to paint along the way.
Thumbnail of painting53:  Blue Heron's Night Spot on the DockAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Pass Christian Yacht Club, Pass Christian, Mississippi, USA11-Feb-09
A heron posed for half an hour in the distance, and then flew to shore about twenty feet from me and fished there until my painting was complete.
Thumbnail of painting54:  Greek Fishing BoatAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Crete, Greece8-Jun-05
I enjoyed conversation with many fishermen mending their nets nearby on the pier. We successfully communicated despite language differences.
Thumbnail of painting56:  The New Bay Bridge to Pass ChristianAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 12" x 9"
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, USA27-Jan-09
Hurricane Katrina destroyed 92% of the structures in Bay St. Louis, including a bridge on this site. The new bridge is a hopeful sign of re-birth in this grieving community.
Thumbnail of painting58:  Amethyst Lake at Mt. Edith CavellAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada18-Aug-09
Quickly moving clouds made this painting a challenge! See Dave's time lapse video of the weather changes.
Thumbnail of painting63:  Cedars at Caesar Creek LakeAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Lebanon, Ohio, USA20-Apr-06
Thumbnail of painting64:  Iron's Apple FarmAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Lebanon, Ohio, USA6-Apr-06
This partially budded apple tree was an interesting subject.
Thumbnail of painting68:  Playa del Carmen BeachAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
From 38th Street, Playa del Carmen, Mexico1-Oct-07
The island of Cozumel can be seen in the distance.
Thumbnail of painting69:  September Morning PondAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
New Philadelphia, Ohio, USA7-Sep-07
This was the second of two paintings completed on a very calm fall morning.
Award: OPAS 2007 Paint out Competition, Honorable Mention
Thumbnail of painting70:  Mykonos HarborPlein Air, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Mykonos, Greece5-Jun-10
"Pete the Pelican" stood guard beside me while I painted. She (yes, she) would hiss and flap her wings at anyone who approached - - including Dave!
Award: Springfield Museum of Art, Juried Show, November 2007—January 2008
Thumbnail of painting79:  38th Street View of Cozumel BeachAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Playa del Carmen, Mexico3-Apr-08
Thumbnail of painting80:  El Capitan at SunsetAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Yosemite National Park, California, USA15-Oct-07
Traveling with friends, I had only one hour to paint this view—which was actually a blessing on a very cold, icy spring afternoon.
Thumbnail of painting81:  Fall Afternoon at the ReservoirPlein Air, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Asheville, North Carolina, USA20-Oct-11
This area was so pretty, we returned to paint in the afternoon. It's important to make all the colors warm, including those in the distance, so that the painting will read correctly.
Thumbnail of painting82:  Punta Cana BeachAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic1-Oct-06
This shipwreck is one of the notable landmarks on this beautiful beach.
Thumbnail of painting85:  Lake Hope WetlandsPlein Air, Oil on Canvasboard, 8" x 10"
Lake Hope State Park, Nelsonville, Ohio, USA15-Sep-07
Thumbnail of painting101:  Force of the WindPlein Air, Oil on Canvasboard, 12" x 9"
Hwy 90, Pass Christian, Mississippi, USA2-Feb-09
Hurricane Katrina damaged 92% of this community's structures and almost all of its trees.
Thumbnail of painting104:  Fall Morning at the ReservoirAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Asheville, North Carolina, USA15-Oct-06
Colors were just beginning to show. Including Jane, an artist friend, in the foreground demonstrates the size and scale of the mountains behind.
Thumbnail of painting105:  Columbus ZooAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Columbus, Ohio, USA5-Dec-07
A brisk fall day at the zoo.
Thumbnail of painting106:  38th Street Looking SouthAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Playa del Carmen, Mexico8-Apr-08
MY after school relaxation was to head to the beach to paint.
Award: Schumacher Gallery, Juried Show, December 2008
Thumbnail of painting110:  Sunday Morning at the GranaryAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
New Philadelphia, Ohio, USA8-Sep-08
A beautiful sunrise dresses up the most basic industrial spot.
Thumbnail of painting111:  Windy Afternoon at Bayou CaddyAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 7" x 9"
Waveland, Mississippi, USA30-Jan-09
I thoroughly enjoyed this fun day painting with local artist Barbara Brown.
Thumbnail of painting112:  Patmos Island RoadPlein Air, Oil on Canvasboard, 14" x 11"
Patmos, Greece5-Jun-10
Thumbnail of painting113:  View from Patmos IslandAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 14" x 11"
Patmos, Greece5-Jun-10
For many years, Patmos, one of the Dodecanese islands, was a place of pilgrimage for Catholics and Orthodox Christians because Saint John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse) here.
Thumbnail of painting115:  Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl RefugeAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 12" x 9"
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA2-Jul-10
The sun dropped very quickly from the sky as it set—a phenomenon that is much more pronounced here than farther south.
Thumbnail of painting116:  O'Connell Bridge, Sitka Channel, AKAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Sitka, Alaska, USA3-Jun-09
Thumbnail of painting117:  Alla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Sitka, Alaska, USA3-Jun-09
The Sealing Cove RV Camping is on the Sitka Harbor. Although not a fancy spot, I was able to catch the early morning fishing boats as they began the work day and later on, cross the street to paint the downtown view.
Thumbnail of painting118:  Tide's Coming InAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 12" x 9"
Waveland, Mississippi, USA5-Feb-09
A beautiful day!
Thumbnail of painting119:  Morning SunrisePlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada13-May-09
After enduring a rainy, Friday, rush hour drive through Vancouver, this calm sunrise was a delight.
Thumbnail of painting120:  Red BarnsAlla Prima, Oil on Canvasboard, 10" x 8"
Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio, USA10-Oct-06
Ohio Plein Air Society Paint Out - a chilly but fun day painting with friends.
Thumbnail of painting122:  Reflections of the Mentasta MountainsAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
MM GJ 78, Near Glennallen, on the Tok Cutoff, Glennallen, Alaska, USA2-Aug-09
While driving to Glennallen on the Tok Cutoff highway, I was struck by a spectacular reflection in a small, still pond. I pulled over, grabbed my easel, made this lovely painting, and continued on my way. Isn't plein air fun!
Thumbnail of painting124:  Blind Slough at High Tide, Hidden RapidsAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Mile 13 on Mitkof Island, Petersburg, Alaska, USA31-May-09
At 7:15 a.m., high tide hides the rapids in the still waters of the slough. I returned to paint the rapids later in the day when the rapids were exposed.
Thumbnail of painting126:  Moormans River OverlookAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 12"
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Waynesboro, Virginia, USA22-Oct-10
Another beautiful, but hazy, morning along the Skyline Drive.
Thumbnail of painting127:  Early Morning Canoe Ride on Lake LouiseStudio, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 24"
Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta, Canada8-Apr-10
This view was so spectacular that I revisited my plein air study in a larger format.
Thumbnail of painting128:  Sunday Afternoon Visit at a Habitat HouseStudio, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Studio, from a plein air study competed on 22-Aug-2010, Mahalapye, Botswana1-Nov-10
Habitat team members visited with staff, families and local children on - which gave me time to paint a field study.
Thumbnail of painting129:  Sunrise at Dyer Island View B & BPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 7"
A windy, but gorgeous morning in front of the B & B., Kleinbaai, South Africa2-Sep-10
Our delightful hosts Hennie & Anntjie Krugel took us to watch whales breech off the western shore. Then we picked up dinner from their favorite carry out and enjoyed sharing travel stories and learning about apartheid through their experiences. The next morning I painted this sunrise.
Thumbnail of painting130:  Termite mounds and Shade from an Acadia tree on a Hot AfternoonPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Nxai Pan Camp, Kalahari desert, Maun, Botswana7-Aug-10
We drove through an expansive grass fire on the way to this first stop on our safari. Smoke added an interesting atmosphere, and the lions who visited nearby made it a memorable spot!
Thumbnail of painting139:  Mossel Bay Overlooking the Outeniqua MountainsAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 7"
Near the Sea Gypsy restaurant, Mossel Bay, South Africa31-Aug-10
Mossel Bay is about mid-way along the Garden Route.
Thumbnail of painting143:  Where Tawanda Got the Truck StuckPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Moremi Game Reserve, Camp # 1, Okavango Delta, Maun, Botswana10-Aug-10
Water in the delta at a 30-year high caused a stuck truck that took all day to rescue and a late arrival. Everyone—guides, cooks, stewards and fourteen tourists—helped set up camp and cook dinner as darkness engulfed us.
Thumbnail of painting144:  Lyn's IrisStudio, Technique Mixte, Oil on Canvas, 60" x 48"
Columbus, Ohio, USA, 40.1344299, -83.103797910-Feb-04
The Technique Mixte methodology dates back to the dutch masters Hubert & Jan van Eyck where multiple layers og glazes are applied to a complete value study. Egg temerpera is replaced in the glazing medium with Methyl Cellulose, which doesnt decay. and provides great luminousity to the painting.
Thumbnail of painting145:  Beck's LiliesStudio, Technique Mixte, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 36"
Columbus, Ohio, USA, 40.1344299, -83.10379791-Apr-05
The Technique Mixte methodology dates back to the dutch masters Hubert & Jan van Eyck where multiple layers of glazes are applied to a complete value study. Egg temerpera is replaced in the glazing medium with Methyl Cellulose, which doesnt decay. and provides great luminousity to the painting.
Thumbnail of painting146:  Color StudyStudio, Oil on Canvas, 40" x 29"
Columbus, Ohio, USA28-Aug-03
Thumbnail of painting147:  Reflections on MusicTechnique Mixte, Oil on Canvasboard, 16" x 20"
Columbus, Ohio, USA, 40.1344299, -83.103797920-Feb-07
Philip R. Jackson taught me the old master's technique of applying multiple layers of thin glazes on a complete value study. I loved the depth that the process gives a painting.
Thumbnail of painting150:  Lakeside Hotel GardenAlla Prima, 10" x 8"
Lakeside, Ohio, USA14-Sep-10
Thumbnail of painting151:  Autumn LeavesStudio, Technique Mixte, Oil on Canvas, 60" x 48"
Columbus, Ohio, USA, 40.1344299, -83.103797922-Dec-09
The Technique Mixte methodology dates back to the dutch masters Hubert & Jan van Eyck where multiple layers og glazes are applied to a complete value study. Egg temerpera is replaced in the glazing medium with Methyl Cellulose, which doesnt decay. and provides great luminousity to the painting.
Thumbnail of painting152:  Winter on the BayouPlein Air, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 24"
Wolf River Tributary, Pass Christian, Mississippi, USA20-Feb-09
These 2 canvases were competed on site on multiple days
Thumbnail of painting154:  View from the Lemepe LodgeAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Molepolole, Botswana1-Aug-10
Molepolole is a farming village of about 40,000 people at the edge of the Kalahari desert. Goats, cows, dogs and chickens use the streets along with people and cars.
Thumbnail of painting155:  Playa BoshAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Near the Cold Coconuts stand, San Miguel, Cozumel, Mexico12-Feb-11
It was so windy that my glasses became covered with salt - making it difficult for me to see!
Thumbnail of painting156:  Occidental Grand Hotel PierAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 10" x 7"
The hotel grounds where fantastic., San Miguel, Cozumel, Mexico12-Feb-11
Thumbnail of painting157:  Occidental Hotel GroundsAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
The hotel grounds where fantastic., San Miguel, Cozumel, Mexico13-Feb-11
Thumbnail of painting159:  A Colorful Day at Siesta KeyAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida, USA1-Mar-11
We enjoyed reminiscing with my mother-in-law, Mary, when she took us to her and Stan's favorite beach.
Thumbnail of painting160:  Heading Out to Lido BeachAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
South Lido Park, Sarasota, Florida, USA2-Mar-11
The clouds moved out and many took advantage of the sunny, but windy afternoon.
Thumbnail of painting161:  Back view of Jon's BuildingAlla Prima, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
5th Ave, Columbus, Ohio, USA19-Feb-11
Ohio Plein Air Society sponsored an "Urban Paintout" on a sunny, but windy and cold day.
Thumbnail of painting162:  Glorious View of Denali from Eielson Visitor CenterStudio, Oil on Canvas, 36" x 12"
Denali National Park, Alaska, USA15-Apr-11
Thumbnail of painting163:  Becky and Botswana's BaobabsStudio, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 24"
Okavango Delta, Botswana27-Apr-11
The baobab is actually a plant, not a tree! It is said that the baobab whined at God so much that He turned the plant upside down.
Thumbnail of painting165:  Sunrise at Schwabacher LandingStudio, Oil on Canvas, 18" x 14"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA12-Jun-11
Thumbnail of painting166:  Upper Falls at Old Man's Cave - SummerPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 11" x 14"
Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio, USA7-Jul-11
I painted with Jeff Risner
Thumbnail of painting167:  Sunrise at Cedar Pass CampgroundPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA8-Aug-11
A beautiful sunrise hit the mountains and then 1/2 hour later- all fogged over
Thumbnail of painting169:  Sylvan LakeOil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Custer State Park, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA10-Aug-11
A beautiful spot - enjoyed by hundreds of Harley riders
Thumbnail of painting170:  Sitting Bull CampgroundPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Bighorn Mountains National Forrest, Ten Sleep, Wyoming, USA12-Aug-11
Thumbnail of painting171:  Morning at Lower Yellowstone FallsPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 11" x 14"
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA16-Aug-11
Thumbnail of painting172:  View from the Boardwalk of Beauty PoolPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA14-Aug-11
Gorgeous but windy day!
Thumbnail of painting174:  Morning at Jenny LakePlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA20-Aug-11
Near the ferry
Thumbnail of painting176:  Sunrise at Gros Ventre River #1Plein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA23-Aug-11
I was intensely painting at the edge of the 30 ft river cliff when I heard a noise behind me. An dominate male bison (a really big guy) was acting as a crossing guard for a herd of about 100 bison - he was standing about 20ft from me - and was between me and my car! We decided to stay in our respective spots and keep an eye on each other. He wandered along once the majority of the mamas and babies had passed by. Whew!
Thumbnail of painting177:  Sunrise at Gros Ventre River #2Plein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA24-Aug-11
Thumbnail of painting178:  Sunrise at Gros Ventre River #3Plein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA25-Aug-11
On the bridge before the rain
Thumbnail of painting180:  Falls to Jenny LakePlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA24-Aug-11
Painted with Johannes Vloothuis
Thumbnail of painting181:  View from String LakePlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA23-Aug-11
Painted with Johannes Vloothuis
Thumbnail of painting182:  Glorious Morning After the StormPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA26-Aug-11
Last night there was a wild storm - filled with lots of lightning and little rain or wind.
Thumbnail of painting183:  Mt Moran at String LakePlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 14" x 11"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA26-Aug-11
Painted in the Afternoon
Thumbnail of painting185:  Morning Glow at String LakePlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA1-Sep-11
Thumbnail of painting186:  Early Morning at Gros Ventre Road # 4Plein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 8" x 10"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA2-Sep-11
Thumbnail of painting187:  Upper Falls at Old Man's Cave - FallPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 11" x 14"
Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio, USA7-Jul-11
Thumbnail of painting190:  Gros Ventre RiverStudio, Oil on Canvas Paper, 10" x 7"
Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA18-Dec-11
Thumbnail of painting193:  Clouds Breaking Over Don Cheadle's FarmPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Athens, Ohio, USA22-Sep-11
Thumbnail of painting196:  View from Blackburn RdPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Athens, Ohio, USA23-Sep-11
Thumbnail of painting198:  Dusk View of Santa Rica MountainsAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA20-Jan-12
Thumbnail of painting204:  Beyond the Avra ValleyAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Saguaro National Park Visitor Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA11-Feb-12
Award: Eric Rhoads Collection
Thumbnail of painting205:  Along Hohokam Road - 1st Flowers of SpringPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 12"
Hugh Norris Trail in Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA12-Feb-12
Two hours after beginning this painting - a strong wind brought cool temperatures and an unstable paint box! I finished this back at camp.
Thumbnail of painting209:  Tucson Matriarch #1Plein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA14-Mar-12
Thumbnail of painting210:  Start of the Hugh Norris TrailPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA7-Mar-12
Thumbnail of painting211:  Along the WashPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park, Oro Valley, Arizona, USA10-Mar-12
Painted with Kenn Backhaus
Thumbnail of painting217:  Tucson Matriarch #2Studio, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA10-Mar-12
I wanted to try a different format
Thumbnail of painting219:  The Spicy Lamb FarmAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, Ohio, USA20-Apr-12
Doreen St. John took Carol Cosgrove and I to the delightful Spicy Lamb Farm. The pastoral scene reminded me of Corot's work - especially the tree!
Thumbnail of painting221:  Path at Pilgrim HillsPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Pilgrim Hills UCC Camp, Brinkhaven, Ohio, USA19-May-12
During an afternoon break at North UCC Women's Retreat - I found and followed this delightful pathway.
Thumbnail of painting222:  The Buffalo River Winds it's Way to the Grand Teton National ParkStudio, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 18"
Buffalo Valley, Moran, Wyoming, USA4-Jun-12
Revisited from a field study painted 31-July-11. My memories of the beautiful day and spectacular view drove me to enlarge this painting.
Thumbnail of painting224:  My 1st Canoe Painting!Plein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Lowe St. Regis Lake, Paul Smith College, New York, USA20-Jun-12
Adirondack Mountain Painters: What fun! On this beautiful, foggy morning, I got up early to try my hand at painting in a canoe. I paddled to a quiet cove, intent on painting the first light hitting the water and trees heading into a tributary. As I was setting up my easel (a little tricky on a rocking canoe) the boat floated in circles and when I looked up to start painting, I saw another great sunrise. The water was still enough that I only needed a few occasional paddle strokes to keep in place - until 2 guys in a fishing boat chugged by to see what I was doing.
Thumbnail of painting226:  Bog River Falls in the Morning - to the RightPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Tupper Lake tributary, Tupper Lake, New York, USA21-Jun-12
Adirondack Mountain Painters: A predicted hot day in the 90's encouraged me and my 2 roommates, Lili Laurin and Therese Fennessy to arrive early at this beautiful falls.
Thumbnail of painting227:  Bog River Falls in the Afternoon - to the LeftPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Tupper Lake tributary, Tupper Lake, New York, USA21-Jun-12
Adirondack Mountain Painters: Yes! It was very hot but after a great lunch in the air conditioned White Birch Caf rejuvenated us, we headed back out to paint a second view of the falls.
Thumbnail of painting228:  Sunset at Osgood PondPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 12"
Paul Smith College, Saranac, New York, USA21-Jun-12
Adirondack Mountain Painters: A Peaceful evening at this NY Adirondack park. A dog and it's owner stopped to visit and told me about all the other painters who have painted this spot over the years.
Thumbnail of painting230:  Heaven Hills Farm - and it was Heaven Painting here!Plein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Heaven Hills Farm, Lake Placid, New York, USA22-Jun-12
Adirondack Mountain Painters: There were so many gorgeous painting spots at this farm - it took forever to pick one! The roses captured my eye and offered a nice counterpoint to the mountains.
Thumbnail of painting234:  A Bit of Light in Sandstone CanyonStudio, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 12"
Spring Mountain State Park in Red Rock Canyon Conservatory, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA7-Jul-12
Lisa Faulkner-Wright, Bridgette Turner, Karen LeValley and I decided to return to paint Bonnie Springs one more time before I left Las Vegas. A sunny afternoon turned into a torrential downpour (I used grocery bags as a rain coat). Suddenly, the clouds opened and a small spot of sun gloriously highlighted the canyon floor, trees, water and reeds and made it all worthwhile! My memory was so strong of this painting event, I decided to re-visit it in a larger format.
Thumbnail of painting235:  Sun kissed Cliffs at The Golden Gate BridgePlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Lands End Trail, San Francisco, California, USA17-Jul-12
Intent on painting the Golden Gate bridge, I set up my easel along the edge of the trail which gave me a great view of the late afternoon sun on the bridge. I glanced back towards the lowering sun and saw the light hit the cliffs and forgot all about the bridge.
Thumbnail of painting236:  Reflections on the Cuyahoga RiverPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Deep Lock Quarry, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, Ohio, USA22-Aug-12
After a full day of painting with OPAS artist Doreen St. John, I stopped to do a small hike to the river. The evening sun highlighted this railroad bridge and the reflections in the calm water enticed me to do one more painting before heading home. It was so quiet that a small black mink crawled out of the water about 6 feet from me. He posed for a while and then strolled by me to the taller grasses along the bank.
Thumbnail of painting247:  Sentry of the WashAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.310287, W-110.82032122-Jan-13
I met TPAPS members Peggy Marlatt and Kathy Willis this afternoon. We decided to paint along the pathway to Bear Canyon. The afternoon light and shadows attracted my eye to the Mesquite tree at the edge of the wash.
Thumbnail of painting248:  Sunshine Lights Sabino Stop 6Plein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.330129, W-110.7943111-Feb-13
I and TPAPS members, Laura Williams and Kathy Willis, got rained out one morning at this site. The next week I returned on a cloudless morning and loved the play of sunshine and shadows on the 2 sides of the canyon.
Thumbnail of painting253:  The Blessing of the Palo Verde's ShadePlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.206396, W-111.1253647-Feb-13
Saguaro cactus are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert. Tiny, young saguaros are very hard to find, as they grow under the protection of a "nurse tree," most often a palo verde.
Thumbnail of painting258:  Morning Shadows in the WashPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.278566, W-111.02588123-Feb-13
A chilly, but sunny, morning produced great shadows in this small canyon wash near the Desert Museum.
Thumbnail of painting259:  Every Which Way but UpPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 11" x 14"
Saguaro National Park West, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.261676, W-111.21100023-Feb-13
Repeated freezing weather weakens the tops of the Saguaro arms, causing them to fall or droop. This particular cactus caught my eye due to the unusual positioning of all of it's arms.
Thumbnail of painting260:  A Cacti ForestPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Saguaro National Park West, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.268530, W-111.21581125-Feb-13
There are very few places in the world where Saguaro cacti thrive - Tucson is one of them. It can be amazing to see the hills totally covered with this unique desert plant.
Thumbnail of painting261:  Chasing the MoonPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
John F. Kennedy Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.182926, W-111.01469025-Feb-13
Dave calibrated the best day and time to capture both the rising moon and setting sun reflections of the Catalina Mtns to take a photo. I went along, and painted this in 65 minutes - long before the moon came up!
Thumbnail of painting265:  Gneiss Boulders along Sabino CreekPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.326502, W-110.80324928-Feb-13
The gneiss boulders crashed down the side of the canyon as a result of an earthquake in 1887 in Mexico. The unique striations in these large rocks almost seem out of place in the creek bed landscape.
Thumbnail of painting267:  Sun Coming Over Cat MountainPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Sarasota Trailhead, Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.190535, W-111.0756122-Mar-13
I had intended to paint the sunrise this morning - but with no clouds to add to the view, I flipped around and caught the sun as it highlighted the mountain.
Award: 2013 Oil Painters of America Salon
Thumbnail of painting268:  The PromiseStudio, Technique Mixte, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 24"
Studio, Dublin, Ohio, USA, 40.1344299, -83.103797925-Mar-13
My niece's wedding bouquet reflects Chris and Jake's life together: vivid, lively, and unique with a couple of thorny spots. The Technique Mixte methodology dates back to the dutch masters Hubert & Jan van Eyck where multiple layers og glazes are applied to a complete value study. Egg temerpera is replaced in the glazing medium with Methyl Cellulose, which doesnt decay. and provides great luminousity to the painting.
Thumbnail of painting270:  Headcove Bay, Point LobosAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Point Lobos State Reserve, Monterey, California, USA, N36.5210457, W-121.95159159-Apr-13
This park is on a peninsula that offers spectacular views no matter which way you look! Today, a breezy but sunny morning, it was filled with many plein air painters who arrived early for the Plein Air Convention.
Thumbnail of painting271:  A Lupine Spring at Fort Ord National MonumentAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Ford Ord National Monument, Monterey, California, USA, N36.5844154, W-121.71395119-Apr-13
Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Suzanne Elliott and Michele LaMontagne Hausman picked me up to take me one of their favorite spot where the spring lupine was very plentiful. A great afternoon.
Thumbnail of painting273:  The Slot, Point LobosAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Point Lobos State Reserve, Monterey, California, USA, N36.5138168, W-121.945686314-Apr-13
On my last morning in Monterey I chose to spend it at Point Lobos - one of the most beautiful places to paint!
Thumbnail of painting274:  Windswept EdgeAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Stillwater Cove Regional Park, Jenner, California, USA, N38.5515671, W-123.305175815-Apr-13
No cell service, no electricity but the views at this small park were well worth the isolation. Driving Route 1 North of San Francisco was nerve racking but spectacular. I had to stop when my fingers were so cold I couldn't hold the brush.
Thumbnail of painting275:  Russian River in Alexander ValleyAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Alexander Valley Campground, Healdsburg, California, USA, N38.6588135, W-122.833198516-Apr-13
Looking for electricity and internet brought us to this delightful valley filled with vineyards every which way one looks. Definitely vintage Sonoma County!
Thumbnail of painting276:  Stryker VineyardAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg, California, USA, N38.6817513, W-122.839073216-Apr-13
We went to a wine tasting at the Coppola Vineyard and I needed a quick nap before I went out and painted late in the day. Although it was windy and I had to hold the canvas and the easel all the time - it was a beautiful scene.
Thumbnail of painting277:  Boy Scout Trailhead in Jedediah Smith State ParkAlla Prima Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 11" x 14"
Jedediah Smith State Park, Crescent City, California, USA, N41.768604, W-124.11013017-Apr-13
In the midst of the giant Redwood trees, I found it challenging to find a way to show how large they are. So I decided to paint the part of the trees that I could see in my field of vision - the huge trunks.
Thumbnail of painting281:  Multnomah FallsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 8" x 12"
Columbia River Gorge National Park, Portland, Oregon, USA, N45.5773277, W-122.116043124-Apr-13
I learned an important lesson for plein air painting - come prepared for anything. We headed out to see the iconic falls in the Gorge and it was impossible not to want to paint it! Unfortunately, the falls is soooo tall that I didn't have a corresponding canvas that I could replicate the height. The painter's "photoshop" allowed me to make it shorter, but I think I still managed to portray the spectacular falls.
Thumbnail of painting282:  Mount Hood and Jantzen Beach HarborPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Route 5 Top of the Bridge, Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon, USA, N45.6075974, W-122.681160025-Apr-13
As we went over the bridge to exit Route 5 to our Portland destination there was a great view of Mount Hood and the harbor. A few days later, I put my paint backpack on and hopped on my bicycle to cycle the mile to the top of the bridge on the bike path. For security, I chained the bike to the bridge railing and had a perfect spot to paint. Of course, I had lots of lookers - walkers, cyclists and passengers in cars creeping along in rush hour traffic. My first top of the bridge painting!
Thumbnail of painting283:  More Than Boats Float HerePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Island Cove Floating Home Community, Lotus Isle City Park, Janzen Beach, Portland, Oregon, USA, N45.6075592, W-122.673957826-Apr-13
Taking a walk early one morning, I found this delightful small city park beside the harbor. The unusually sunny morning provided a spotlight on these three houseboats and delightful reflections on the still water.
Thumbnail of painting286:  Parry BayPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Duke Rd, Metchosin, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, N48.3875427, W-123.50383005-May-13
Victoria's Al Fresco Ken Faulks took me, Desiree Bond and Jim McFarland to a beautiful cove where his aunt and uncle used to live. We were delightfully entertained by leaping harbor seals smacking their fins on the surface, noisy sea lions, Canadian Geese and their new babies, and lots of other birds I didn't recognize. As a parting gift, Jim gave me his painting - painted about 6 feet from me.
Thumbnail of painting289:  If Trees Could Dance - Schooner Cove TrailPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada, N49.0737915, W-125.78569038-May-13
While I was painting the beach this morning a surfing teacher stopped to chat. She recommended that we hike through the woods to Schooner Cove. "The trees are spectacular", she said. She was right!
Thumbnail of painting290:  Reflections on Green LakePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Green Lake, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, N50.1514778, W-122.944267310-May-13
During dinner, I caught a glimpse of this mountain as the setting sun lit it up, so we left the dishes and dashed back to down the road to find an opening in the trees to photograph it. We also found nice reflections of it on Green Lake in a turn out along the road. I came back the next morning to paint the same spot. This time, the sun warmed up the trees.
Thumbnail of painting291:  Rain or Snow Up There?Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Hudson Bay Mountains and Kathryn Lake, Smithers, British Columbia, Canada, N54.8242607, W-127.189888012-May-13
Four years ago, I painted these mountains from our campsite. This time, thanks to the Glacier View Campground owner, I had an even better view that included the lake and a farm at the Smithers airport. It was a drizzly day but suddenly it seemed as if it was snowing - even though it was too warm. Thousands of little white bugs were flying through the air and a few crashed into my painting.
Thumbnail of painting293:  Zymacord River BridgePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Yellowhead Highway 16, Terrace, British Columbia, Canada, N54.4872780, W-128.732147214-May-13
I love these long days filled with light until 10:00pm! I headed out around 5:00 on the Yellowhead Highway. About 6 miles from Terrace, I found this wonderful view of a railroad bridge and the reflections of it on the Zymacord River.
Thumbnail of painting294:  The Tool ShackPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, N54.4872780, W-130.258316016-May-13
I headed out for an early morning painting and was about 2 miles from the campground when I saw the light peaking through a dark cloud on my right. There was a short narrow hill leading down to the water so I backed up and went down to a small parking lot with a boat ramp. As I set up, I realized that I had painted there 4 years ago. For more details about this morning, go to my blog, "A Morning for my Mom".
Thumbnail of painting295:  Yellowhead Highway by the Skeena RiverPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
Yellowhead Highway 16, Aberdeen Point, Port Edward, British Columbia, Canada, N54.2232819, W-129.891357416-May-13
The Skeena River is the second longest river in BC and is an important transportation artery, particularly for the Tsimshian and the Gitxsanwhose names mean "inside the Skeena River" and "people of the Skeena River" respectively. Wednesday, we drove the 60km from Terrace to Prince Rupert in the rain. It is a spectacular drive, but was so socked in we couldn't see the mountains. Thursday afternoon, with a break in the weather, I drove back about 20 miles and painted this scene at a small pull out. A light rain developed, so I backed my car up to the easel and used the back hatch as my umbrella. It worked great!
Thumbnail of painting296:  Fishing at Clover PassPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Clover Pass RV Resort, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, N55.4735336, W-131.813964820-May-13
After a few rainy days, I was thrilled to wake up to a cool but partly sunny morning. I had been thinking abut this composition since we arrived and was glad to finally "get to it".
Thumbnail of painting297:  Lunch Creek BridgePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Settlers Cove State Recreations Site, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, N55.5116882, W-131.723846420-May-13
While I was completing my Clover Pass painting, our traveling companions went to hike the Lunch Creek Trail. When they returned, they declared that I "Had to go paint the falls." We got there late enough in the day, that I quickly lost the light on the water - but it was still a beautiful spot.
Thumbnail of painting298:  Creek Street RowPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Creek Street, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, N55.3423729, W-131.641555821-May-13
I was told that Tuesday was a "light cruise day" so one of the top tourist destinations, Creek Street, would not be as crowded. Tourists and shop owners alike talked about how great the weather was!
Thumbnail of painting299:  Sunset on Clover PassPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Clover Pass RV Resort, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, N55.4736099, W-131.814071722-May-13
We had a great day touring Misty Fjords National Monument and stopped for dinner a few miles from home. As we came out of the restaurant, we saw one of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen. We raced home and I grabbed my paints and tried to capture the essence of it before it got completely dark. I pulled out a clip-on light to finish it.
Thumbnail of painting300:  Lookout PointPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Tongass Highway, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, N55.4529724, W-131.82029423-May-13
Many people stopped to chat while I was painting at this turnout. Each referred to this spot as the "Lookout" but all had different names for what we were seeing - Chimely Sound, Vallenar Point, Skin Island and 20 Fathom Bank were just a few. Regardless, it sure was a pretty spot!
Thumbnail of painting301:  View from Shoemaker Bay CampgroundPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Shoemaker Bay, Wrangell, Alaska, USA, N56.4190331, W-132.352050826-May-13
Following a great day exploring the Stikine River, I set up to paint our view of Zimovia Strait from our campground.
Thumbnail of painting302:  Morning View of the Zimovia StraitPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Zimovia Highway, Wrangell, Alaska, USA, N56.3922882, W-132.347213727-May-13
Like Ketchikan, Wrangell is in the midst of a King Salmon Derby. There were many boats that motored by this early morning. What the fishermen didn't know is that I could hear their conversations - which tended to be, "Catch anything?" and "Where you headed next?"
Thumbnail of painting303:  Pats LakePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Road 6259, Wrangell, Alaska, USA, N56.3499680, W-132.339981127-May-13
We were told that we needed a truck to drive up to Middle Ridge Cabin. So I joined Terry & Sue on this pretty morning. One of the spots we passed, shortly after leaving the highway was Pats Lake. I returned in the afternoon to paint it as the sun highlighted the far bank.
Thumbnail of painting304:  Three Sisters OverlookPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
Wrangell, Alaska, USA, N56.2933807, W-132.347427428-May-13
Our traveling companions, Terry & Sue, have become my painting site scouts. This morning, they returned to tell me I had to go paint at this lookout before we left on the ferry that evening. It was a great view of the whole Zimovia Strait.
Thumbnail of painting306:  Lupine by the HighwayPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Mitkof Highway, Petersburg, Alaska, USA, N56.6303864, W-132.879226730-May-13
It was a foggy morning but at about 13.5 mile on the Mitkof Highway there was a thriving patch of Lupine on the side of the road. There was also a short turn off, which made a safe place to park.
Thumbnail of painting309:  Rainy Day PaintoutPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Blind Slough Recreation Area, Petersburg, Alaska, USA, N56.6141663, W-132.81942751-Jun-13
Don Cornelius organized a paintout and picnic for us on our final day in Petersburg. Although we painted through a steady rain, it was great to meet the 5 Petersburg painters and their spouses - and one dog.
Thumbnail of painting310:  Heading OutPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Sealing Cove Harbor, Sitka, Alaska, USA, N57.0488968, W-135.34869383-Jun-13
Sitka manages a parking lot for RVs at the Sealing Cove harbor. With no amenities other than electricity and water, it still is a fun place to stay. Parked along the harbor, we can watch all the boat activity in front of us and cross the street to have a great view of the bridge and city. Of course, there are little islands and mountains in every direction!
Thumbnail of painting311:  Harbor LightsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Sealing Cove Harbor, Sitka, Alaska, USA, N57.0490685, W-135.34950265-Jun-13
Our RV is parked at the edge of the Sealing Cove Harbor and each night I've enjoyed how the intense colors of the harbor lights transform the boats. So tonight I pre-mixed my paints, gathered up my rain gear (a necessity here in Sitka) and 2 clip on lights to try a nocturnal.
Thumbnail of painting312:  Sitka from Japonski IslandPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka, Alaska, USA, N57.0504951, W-135.34800726-Jun-13
It has rained every day in Sitka since we arrived. I pulled on my rain gear and headed out during a break in the raindrops. Just made it back to the RV before another downpour!
Thumbnail of painting313:  No Grass to MowPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
Japonski Island, Sitka, Alaska, USA, N57.0457611, W-135.34664927-Jun-13
The O'Connell Bridge connects Japonski Island with the rest of Sitka and is an iconic image of the Sitka harbor. Even float planes head out under it. This unique house has a great view but some obvious logistic issues for visitors.
Thumbnail of painting314:  View from ThanePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
South of Juneau, Juneau, Alaska, USA, N58.2620049, W-134.33146679-Jun-13
Eight Plein Rein Painters from Juneau joined me on a gorgeous day south of town. The tide was out and there was a large tidal flat that had interesting pockets of water and vegetation. There was also a prospector digging in the sand where the old mine dock used to be. A delightful day!
Thumbnail of painting315:  Twilight at a Beaver PondPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Mendenhall Campground, Juneau, Alaska, USA, N58.4129181, W-134.58291639-Jun-13
We are staying at the Mendenhall Campground in the National Park. The campground boarders the glacier lake on one side and is filled with many beaver ponds, of which this is one. While I was painting at dusk, 2 beavers were quite active - one was swimming with tree branches across the water to add to their nest on a small island. The other beaver seemed to like to play with the campers - it would consistently swim about 20 ft from shore when people walked on the low bridge, smack it's tail a few times and then dive.
Thumbnail of painting316:  Morning Fog at Mendenhall GlacierPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
Skaters Cabin, Mendenhall National Park, Juneau, Alaska, USA, N58.4145432, W-134.591735810-Jun-13
Cristine Crooks, one of the Plein Rein Painters, joined me early this morning at Skaters Cabin, across the way from Mendenhall Glacier. When we arrived, there was a beautiful layer of fog on the lake and a haziness in the mountains as the sun light up just the tips of the mountains and glacier. Cristine declared, "It was a perfect summer day at the glacier!" I agreed.
Thumbnail of painting317:  Morning at Auke LakePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Chapel on the Lake, University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, Alaska, USA, N58.3837585, W-134.635772711-Jun-13
I painted here 4 years ago and decided to try it again - but from a slightly different vantage point. Again, another spectacular day in Juneau - evidently the highest temp in 5 years!
Thumbnail of painting318:  Auke Village BayPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
Auke Village State Recreation, Juneau, Alaska, USA, N58.3771477, W-134.725509611-Jun-13
Cristine Crooks met me at this beautiful bay on a delightful evening. We each brought something to share for dinner and Dave cycled out to join us. Cristine was amazed that the beach was empty - "I can't believe that there aren't more people here on this warm, clear evening!" Unfortunately, the only other group there began to shoot off fireworks (big ones) shortly after we started painting.
Thumbnail of painting319:  View from the TramPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Juneau, Alaska, USA, N58.2966003, W-134.386886612-Jun-13
Along with Dave, Terry & Sue, we took the tram to the top of Mt. Roberts. The view was pretty spectacular and I got to chat with lots of cruise ship visitors as I painted.
Thumbnail of painting320:  Eagle Creek Wild FlowersPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Eagle Creek State Recreation, Juneau, Alaska, USA, N58.5271835, W-134.818054214-Jun-13
Our last day in Juneau, I headed "out the road" - which means North of Mendenhall Glacier - to a beautiful state park where two glacier rivers join the sea. Except for the park ranger, I was the only one there which made for a peaceful morning. I recognized the lupine, and asked the ranger the names of the yellow and magenta flowers. "Darn," he said, "I know these flowers but as soon as you asked me I forgot their names!" Since that happens to me all the time, we agreed that I would just title this Eagle Creek Wild Flowers. Painting under a grove of evergreen trees added some deep shadows in the foreground but I'm not as happy with the results - I'll revisit this in the studio.
Thumbnail of painting321:  Pyramid Island on the Chikat RiverPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
River Drive, Haines, Alaska, USA, N59.2192726, W-135.452941915-Jun-13
Two hours after arriving in Haines by ferry, I was painting with Donna Catotti, Tia Heywood and Bev Schupp along the Chilkat River. In the low 90's, this was one of the hottest days that Haines has experienced in quite a while but at least there was a breeze to give some relief.
Thumbnail of painting322:  Chilkat River ValleyPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
River Drive, Haines, Alaska, USA, N59.2199898, W-135.453674316-Jun-13
Donna Catotti and Bev Schupp wanted to return to the same spot we painted yesterday. Today, we arrived at high tide and I was interested in the patterns of grass and water on the flats. I remained on the road to add the wild roses growing along the edge - in fact there are wild roses blooming all over this peninsula! The Chikat River is fed by many glaciers which makes the water a pale yellow ochre when clouds fill the sky.
Thumbnail of painting324:  The Haines CanneryPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Mud Road, Haines, Alaska, USA, N59.1817932, W-135.400024419-Jun-13
On the way to last painting spot, we passed this cannery which caught my eye in the morning sun. I returned early the next morning to paint the scene before we departed. Bev Schupp showed up as well - she said that "it called to her, too." The rain clouds blew out and left a beautiful sky and lights reflecting on the buildings and trees.
Thumbnail of painting325:  Welcome to Haines JunctionPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Pine Lake, Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada, N60.7378998, W-137.445022620-Jun-13
Early morning, I took off to paint the well known Kathleen Lake in the National Park. Unfortunately, the farther out of town I went, the more socked in the sky was. So I turned around and found a great view of the village - right at the Welcome sign!
Thumbnail of painting327:  Valdez Mud FlatsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Richardson Highway, Valdez, Alaska, USA, N61.1380997, W-146.329086322-Jun-13
We arrived into Valdez early in the afternoon. Artist Faith Revell stopped by to introduce herself and we set a time to paint later that night - since it stays light until almost 11:30pm. So, I headed a 1/4 mile back down the road to paint the mud flats I saw when we came in before our paint date. There were many distractions - a very dusty and noisy spot due to road construction and a dive bombing gull kept flying close to my hat. I would like to paint this at high tide, perhaps I could re-visit this in the studio.
Thumbnail of painting328:  Shadows on Mineral CreekPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Bridge to Nowhere, Valdez, Alaska, USA, N61.1335411, W-146.388336222-Jun-13
This tributary had lots of debris at the head waters which added interesting elements in the distance. I painted with Faith Revell and she informed me that a brown bear and her 2 cubs were frequently seen here. So we parked our cars in a "V" and painted in between them. I liked how the lowering sun produced long shadows on the glacier water from the shoreline trees.
Thumbnail of painting329:  Valdez HarborPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Old Town, Valdez, Alaska, USA, N61.1145515, W-146.270050023-Jun-13
Because it was pretty foggy, I and artist Faith Revell decided to head to the Old town of Valdez early in the morning - Faith thought we could find something to paint there. When we arrived, there was a navy and brilliant yellow boat that "shouted out" brilliant color compared to everything else in the harbor. We both decided to paint it.
Thumbnail of painting330:  Old Town Main StreetPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Old Town, Valdez, Alaska, USA, N61.1148262, W-146.269104023-Jun-13
In 1964 Valdez experienced a devastating 9.2 earthquake and tsunami. The town was condemned when it was discovered that it was built on unstable ground and relocated to it's present location. Looking back from the shore, one sees what used to be main street and a few intersecting streets. This was my second painting for the day and there was an unusually high tide - causing me to move my car and easel farther up the path as tide water covered the old street.
Thumbnail of painting332:  Road Trip on the Glenn HighwayPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Glacier View RV Park, Glenn Highway, mm 111, Glacier View, Alaska, USA, N61.8032074, W-147.546600326-Jun-13
I got up early the next morning to chase down a view of the Matanuska glacier and Chugach mountains. I didn't realize until I was done, the unusual shape of the small mountain in the foreground.
Thumbnail of painting335:  Morning Glow at Matanuska GlacierPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Matanuska Glacier State Park, Glacier View, Alaska, USA, N61.7994232, W-147.815353428-Jun-13
A painting from the Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat. Kurt Jacobson, Jan Sanders Stitt and I decided to leave at 6:00am to catch better light. Although a cloudy day, we were thrilled to see the glacier colors reflecting back up in the sky.
Thumbnail of painting336:  Glacier CliffsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Matanuska Glacier State Park, Glacier View, Alaska, USA, N61.7991295, W-147.814712528-Jun-13
A painting from the Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat. After finishing the glacier painting, my next attempt was to capture the cliffs left from the retreating glacier. They were very cool in color and somewhat stark against the evergreen covered mountain.
Thumbnail of painting338:  Palmer FlatsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Pioneer Ridge B & B, Wasilla, Alaska, USA, N61.558126, W-149.34971129-Jun-13
A painting from the Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat. Although we did travel through the Mat-Su valley each day of the retreat, there was a pretty spectacular view right from the B & B where we met every morning and evening. This afternoon, it was very cloudy but the clouds were breaking up by the time I was finished with the painting.
Thumbnail of painting339:  Beauty and the BoatsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Homer Spit, Homer, Alaska, USA, N59.6702347, W-151.51174932-Jul-13
Early in the morning, I decided to walk the spit and was delighted to find lupine lining the sidewalk. It made a nice counterpoint to the derelict boats between the walkway and the shore.
Thumbnail of painting341:  Exit GlacierPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 10"
Exit Glacier viewing area, Seward, Alaska, USA, N60.1839600, W-149.63277848-Jul-13
I headed out to Exit Glacier with our visiting son, Ben for the afternoon. While I hiked to the viewing area to paint he climbed and ran back down the trails. A fun afternoon for both of us!
Thumbnail of painting344:  View of SewardPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Miller's Landing, Seward, Alaska, USA, N60.0710449, W-149.435867311-Jul-13
My husband and son spent the day on a fishing trip while I got to paint with a local artist. I headed out to pick them up early and loved the view of Seward harbor. I finished it just as their boat came in - with 13 salmon, bass, and rockfish.
Thumbnail of painting347:  Explorer GlacierPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Chugach State Park, Portage Creek, Whittier, Alaska, USA, N60.8005676, W-148.919357314-Jul-13
We stopped to visit this spot on our way to Whittier. I returned later in the day and loved the late evening highlights at the top of the glacier.
Thumbnail of painting348:  Painting Under Fire at Mud LakePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Mud Lake, Palmer, Alaska, USA, N61.5652924, W-148.946777318-Jul-13
Ben & I headed out to find a hiking/painting spot. We found a great place with hiking trials and a view of a lake about 5 miles from our campsite. What we didn't know is that there was a makeshift shooting range right across the road. Locals were shooting firearms and tannerite which was very noisy! Ben introduced himself to the group and even got to fire one of the guns while I jumped with every explosion.
Thumbnail of painting350:  Matanuska ValleyPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Mile Marker 95 Glenn Highway, Glacier View, Alaska, USA, N61.7963448, W-147.973754925-Nov-13
While my husband and visiting son went whitewater rafting, I stopped at a close by viewpoint of the glacier valley to paint this delightful valley. I only had time to complete a sketch, take some photos and finish the underpainting. This was completed, following corrective surgery on my right hand from a fall in Jasper National Park, in November using a palette knife with my left hand. A pretty difficult task!
Thumbnail of painting353:  Mountain ShadowPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Mountain Shadow RV Park, Iskut, British Columbia, Canada, N57.8587074, W-130.021209729-Jul-13
One of 2 paintings completed at Mountain Shadow RV Park - a place we loved when returning from Alaska 4 years ago.
Thumbnail of painting355:  Salmon Glacier SummitPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Salmon Glacier Road, Tongass National Forest, Hyder, Alaska, USA, N56.1687469, W-130.050628731-Jul-13
How can a short 23 mile gravel road have some of the most rugged but spectacular scenery we've seen? In addition to a great spot to view salmon spawning, bears, eagles and a wolf catching these huge fish, at the end of the road one stands overlooking the Salmon Glacier - the 5th largest is Canada. Around every corner is another fantastic view - especially heading back down the valley, but the narrow road made it difficult to find a safe painting spot. Dave took photos while I painted the summit and he followed in the car as I walked down the road for a ways and took reference photos. Gorgeous day. gorgeous views!
Thumbnail of painting356:  Fish Creek PondPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Center, Tongass National Forest, Hyder, Alaska, USA, N55.9611893, W-130.06221011-Aug-13
Every day we've come to view the bears feeding on the salmon spawning in the creek and I would study this delightful pond on the other side of the boardwalk. Today I painted it. A wolf came to the creek today as well. He stayed through the morning eating 3 fish.
Thumbnail of painting357:  Road Trip #3 - Glenn Highway EastPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
mm 176.7, Glenn Highway, Tolsolna, Alaska, USA, N62.1065102, W-145.850860624-Jul-13
Near the eastern edge of the Glenn Highway lies Wrangell/St Elias—a national park larger than Switzerland with taller peaks than all the Alps! We pulled off the road for the night so I could paint another gorgeous view. The setting sun lit up the Wrangell Mountains spectacular. This is the 2nd Glenn Road Trip painting what a fantastic road to drive!
Thumbnail of painting358:  View from Pyramid Lake IslandPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta, Canada, N52.9191322, W-118.00555426-Aug-13
Our first day in Jasper, we decided to explore a series of lakes close to town. This lake had a small island which gave a good vantage point of Edith Cavell Mountain in the distance.
Thumbnail of painting360:  Maligne LakePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta, Canada, N52.7288208, W-117.64133459-Aug-13
While my brother-in-law went on the boat trip to view Spirit Island and the 22km lake, I stayed along the beach to paint. Although the scene was pretty, it was the gorgeous clouds and sky that captured my attention.
Thumbnail of painting361:  Yoho's Amazing Emerald LakePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Field, British Columbia, Canada, N51.4390106, W-116.537384111-Aug-13
The colorful mountain and aqua lake were unbelievably beautiful. Emerald glacier could be seen on top of Mt. Michael and the particles in runoff from the glacier caused the unusual aqua color of the lake.
Thumbnail of painting362:  Power - Takkakaw FallsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 8" x 16"
Yoho National Park, Field, British Columbia, Canada, N51.4390030, W-116.537376412-Aug-13
This is a waterfall that one could climb the rocks at the bottom and get close enough for a shower! I chose a vantage point that included the beginning of the river as well. The spot where the rock walls narrowed created a powerful force of water pushing out and then falling. I'd like to paint just the top of this falls in a larger format to get the sense of power.
Thumbnail of painting363:  Road Trip #4 - Yoho Valley RoadPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Yoho National Park, Field, British Columbia, Canada, N51.4325485, W-116.422370913-Aug-13
About a mile from our campground was this delightful view of Mt. Steven and the Spiral Tunnel View Point. I thought, "This is another great spot for a road trip painting." So I headed out early the next day to catch the morning light. We could also see the top of the mountain and glacier from our campsite.
Thumbnail of painting364:  Road Trip #5 - Trans-Canada HighwayPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 7" x 14"
Kootenay National Park, Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada, N50.6334877, W-116.053665215-Aug-13
This tight opening is only a few km from the park gate and is the start of a steep up hill climb of Redstreak mountain. The colorful rocks include rust, browns, and ochre to make an interesting composition. We camped in Redstreak campground - about 2 miles from this spot. I had about 4 feet between the rock face and concrete road barriers, with many lumbering trucks and cars rushing down the mountain.
Thumbnail of painting365:  Road Trip #6 - Trans-Canada Highway at the Iron Gates TunnelPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Kootenay National Park, Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada, N50.6353111, W-116.030326816-Aug-13
Another delightful spot on this wild road from Radium Hot Springs to Banff! Three Bighorn sheep came down on a small pathway right beside the red rock, crossed the street and munched grass right in front of me right as I was finishing this painting.
Thumbnail of painting367:  The Beautiful Bow RiverPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Lake Louise campground, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, N51.4171982, W-116.174072318-Aug-13
Fed by glaciers, the Bow river flows through Japer and Banff National Parks along the way to the Hudson Bay. Similar to most of the lakes in this region, the emerald color seems almost unreal. A few kayakers came down the stream while I was painting and, I'm not sure why, but the kayaks appeared to be not actually in the water but floating above it.
Thumbnail of painting368:  Lake AgnesPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Lake Agnes Tea Room, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, N51.4160767, W-116.244316119-Aug-13
Was the water really that color? Yes! A darker green than Lake Louise, it was still a beautiful lake. The 3.7 km all up the mountain was quite a workout with my paint bag - but well worth it.
Thumbnail of painting369:  Moose MeadowsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, N51.2563591, W-115.867210420-Aug-13
I dropped off my brother-in-law at Jackson canyon and went about a mile back on the Bow Valley Parkway to paint this field and mountain in shadow. A local stopped to tell me to lookout for 4 wolf pups that he sees practically every day at this spot. Without a doubt, my painting slowed down as I kept looking for the rascals but they didn't show for me.
Thumbnail of painting370:  Castle Cliffs LookoutPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, N51.2740479, W-115.928558320-Aug-13
The Bow Valley Parkway is another beautiful road that runs between Lake Louise and Banff. Castle Mountain can be seen in many spots in the park because it is so immense, but the small lookout along the parkway gives a close up view.
Thumbnail of painting371:  Morning at Lake Moraine LookoutPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, N51.3277321, W-116.180549621-Aug-13
One of my favorite spots in Banff National Park is Lake Moraine - the color of the lake is so unique! I climbed the short rocky hill at the base of the lake to give me a great perspective of most of the "10 Fingers" mountains surrounding Moraine. Early morning shadows gave great definition to an already spectacular view.
Thumbnail of painting374:  Storm's Moving inPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Red Rock Canyon Parkway, Waterton National Park, Townsite, Alberta, Canada, N49.0899544, W-113.886123728-Aug-13
The day began with fog, then a windy storm moved in and ended with clear skies and a red sunset that warmed up the mountains.
Thumbnail of painting380:  Hulshizer Historic HousePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
303 South Main Street, Granville, Ohio, USA, N40.0656738, W-82.520401025-Sep-13
Painted during the "Paint Granville" at the pre-OPAS competition. This house was built in 1894 for the Hulshizer family, a local miller. I set up across the street to be able to include the view of the steps and gate - a nice lead in to the house.
Thumbnail of painting381:  Orchard House B & BPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Columbus Rd, Granville, Ohio, USA, N40.0429688, W-82.572837826-Sep-13
I arrived at 7:30a.m. at this delightful B & B on a country road about 10 miles out of Granville. , the owner had signed up to have an artist paint his property for our OPAS event. The early morning sun provided some delightful high notes on the house, lawn and bright red chair. Seven exotic chickens wandered through the flower beds looking for food while two competing roosters had a "crowing competition". A great morning on a farm!
Thumbnail of painting382:  The Clock Maker's HousePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Granville Alley, Granville, Ohio, USA, N40.0671654, W-82.517822326-Sep-13
Two weeks ago I came to Granvile to promote the OPAS event at the Saturday farmer's market. When I was done, I walked around town and discovered this delightful alley and wanted to return to paint it - especially in the afternoon when the sun would be highlighting the garden. Two other OPAS painters were also there and we had a grand time together.
Thumbnail of painting383:  Dawes FarmPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio, USA, N39.9802361, W-82.416763327-Sep-13
Thumbnail of painting384:  Reflections in a GardenPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Japanese Garden, Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio, USA, N39.9785576, W-82.417259227-Sep-13
The beautiful garden was a delight to paint and I had many visitors - a flock of geese, families getting portraits photographed and even a wedding party!
Thumbnail of painting385:  Orchard House B & B #2Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 14" x 11"
Columbus Rd, Granville, Ohio, USA, N40.0426025, W-82.572845528-Sep-13
The owners were unable to attend the "Portraits of Granville" gallery show and were interested in having me return. Another beautiful morning sun once again provided great shadows and highlights on the house.
Thumbnail of painting386:  Bow River along Castle MountainStudio, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 15"
Bow River Parkway, Jasper, Alberta, Canada, N51.2666473, W-115.92762769-Oct-10
The glacier fed Bow River begins in the Rocky Mountains and winds through the Alberta foothills onto the prairies until it eventually feeds into the Hudson Bay. The aqua color is a stunning foreground for the unique Castle Mountain range. A studio piece completed from sketches and photos completed on 22-Aug-13.
Thumbnail of painting387:  Road Trip #8 - Alaska Highway, Sweet Peas Along Kluane LakeStudio, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 15"
Kluane National Park, Destruction Bay, Yukon, Canada, N61.168739, W-138.58707915-Oct-10
Kluane Lake is the largest lake contained entirely within Yukon. One of the prettiest spots along the Alaskan highway, the 43 mile long lake is nestled along the majestic Kluane Mountain range. The blooming sweet peas turned a pretty view into a spectacular one on this spring day! This is a studio piece completed from a sketch and photos made on 21-Jun-13.
Thumbnail of painting389:  Road Trip #9 - Tight Squeeze on South Fork RoadStudio, Oil on Canvas, 15" x 30"
Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, Crescent City, California, USA, N41.768644, W-124.00002521-Oct-13
South Fork was a narrow, twisting road through the giant redwood park - barely room for one car let alone one going the other way! This studio piece was developed from sketches and photos taken on April 14, 2013.
Thumbnail of painting390:  Road Trip #10 - The Granduc Mine Road to Salmon GlacierStudio, Oil on Canvas, 36" x 24"
Tongass National Forest, Stewart, British Columbia, Canada, N56.1687469, W-130.150628719-Oct-13
The Granduc Mine road to the glacier starts in Hyder, Alaska at sea level and follows the Salmon River to the Salmon Glacier at 4,300 ft. up in the alpine in BC. The road goes by several old gold mines which have been operating since the 1920s. Three miles past Hyder is Fish Creek Park, where from July to September, the salmon run provides an extensive food supply for bears, gulls and bald eagles. A studio piece from a sketch & photos completed 31-Jul-13.
Thumbnail of painting391:  Lemon and LimesStudio, Oil on Canvas
Dublin, Ohio, USA18-Nov-13
My first "lefty" painting - "Lemon and Limes" - following surgery on my right thumb. It was slow going, even using a big brush and a minimal composition! I felt as if I was back in art school.
Thumbnail of painting393:  Take a BiteStudio, Technique Mixte, Oil on Canvas, 40" x 30"
Dublin, Ohio, USA, 40.1344299, -83.103797920-Dec-13
My 4th and final "lefty" painting - using the Technique Mixte of applying thin layers of glaze to a value study. I finished this the same week I was able to put away my cast. The Technique Mixte methodology dates back to the Dutch masters Hubert & Jan van Eyck where multiple layers of glazes are applied to a complete value study. Egg temerpera is replaced in the glazing medium with Methyl Cellulose, which doesn't decay. and provides great luminosity to the painting.
Thumbnail of painting394:  Home for the HolidaysPlein Air Field Study, Oil on canvas, 12" x 9"
Front Driveway, Dublin, Ohio, USA23-Dec-13
My first right-handed painting following surgery. After 9 months on the road, it has been wonderful spending time with family and friends here at home. The sunset added to the warmth of the dusk colors.
Thumbnail of painting395:  City of Rocks State Park CampgroundPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
City of Rocks State Park, Deming, New Mexico, USA, N32.5896835, W-107.97451024-Jan-14
My first plein air field study of 2014! We were on the way to Tucson and found this delightful State Park to camp in. I got up early to catch the morning sun on the unusual rock formations.
Thumbnail of painting396:  Morning at Brown Mountain Picnic ShelterPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.2285614, W-111.1438278-Jan-14
I painted at this site the day before and was unhappy with the results - definitely a "flinger". So, I scraped it and went back the next morning, when shadows were stronger to try it again.
Thumbnail of painting397:  Desert Museum Wash 2Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 11" x 14"
Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.2471161, W-111.167823810-Jan-14
I returned to paint here this year and I loved the early light caressing the rocky edges of the wash and the scrub along the ridge. The wash in the foreground and the valley and mountains in the distance are a great composition.
Thumbnail of painting401:  Rocky WashPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.2047539, W-111.125404418-Jan-14
Wanting to practice painting rocks, I found a pile in this wash. The morning sun added quite a few shadows on the subject.
Thumbnail of painting402:  Road Trip #11 -Picacho Peak State ParkPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Picacho Peak State Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.6530724, W-111.421882623-Jan-14
The prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park is known for its unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance. The unique shape has been used as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times. TPAPS members Walter Porter, Ron Schlorff and Norm Sherwood introduced me to another fun place to paint!
Thumbnail of painting403:  Junk Yard CarsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.3091660, W-111.036613529-Jan-14
I went with my Photographer friend Ronnie Silver and hubby Dave to a local junk yard so they could photograph car parts. It turned out to be a fun morning.
Thumbnail of painting404:  Sweetwater GiantsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Sweetwater Preserve Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.2782555, W-111.084121712-Feb-14
This new metro park was recommended to me to check out. I found it a delightful spot to paint the saguaro cactus. Looking south, were the Tucson Mountains, to the North, the Catalina mountains.
Thumbnail of painting405:  Sunset on SweetwaterPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Sweetwater Preserve Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, N32.2783623, W-111.080780014-Feb-14
Dave & Larry Padgett wanted to shoot the unusual phenomenon of moon rising before the sun set to get delightful colors on the saguaros and the lights of the city. I joined them on a clear evening when the setting sun turned the Catalina mountains a delightful pink.
Thumbnail of painting408:  Baboquivari - Center of the UniversePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, Sells, Arizona, USA, N31.7810078, W-111.63139348-Mar-14
Baboquivari is the most sacred place and mountain to the Tohono O'odham people. The rock god I'itoli, also spelled I'itoi, lives in a cave on the northwest side of the mountain that he enters by a maze of passages. The Tohono O'odham still regularly make pilgrimages to the cave, leaving offerings and prayers for I'itoli. Dave and I were invited to join a faith group to a picnic and hike to the cave. Rather than the hike, I took advantage of the rare invitation to paint this beautiful and sacred spot.
Thumbnail of painting411:  McWay FallsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, California, USA, N36.1598892, W-121.67320256-Apr-14
My 1st painting location in Monterey. It was a beautiful day and I met PACE presenter Jim McVicker and his wife, who were also painting the beach.
Thumbnail of painting412:  Sunrise at Lover's PointPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Lover's Point Park, Pacific Grove, California, USA, N36.6260872, W-121.91611487-Apr-14
This was the first day of the Plein Air Convention (PACE) so I squeezed in a sunrise painting before events began at 10:00a.m. Rather than paint the sunrise, I was attracted to the foggy outline of the shoreline.
Thumbnail of painting413:  Foggy Afternoon at AsilomarPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California, USA, N36.6209259, W-121.94008648-Apr-14
The first PACE paintout turned out to be a foggy, cold and windy afternoon on the beach. I chose a location that was somewhat sheltered by the dunes. It was pretty amazing to have close to 700 painters all painting together! Fellow OPAS member, Chuck Marshall was also painting in the cove.
Thumbnail of painting415:  China CovePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 16"
Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, California, USA, N36.5088425, W-121.941055310-Apr-14
The 3rd PACE paintout was held at the delightful Point Lobos State Reserve. China Cove was filled painters and mother sea lions and their babies. What a delightful spot to paint!
Thumbnail of painting417:  The Other side of China CovePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, California, USA, N36.5078735, W-121.941810611-Apr-14
What started out as a sunny and warm quickly turned into a cloudy, cold and windy afternoon. I returned to Point Lobos to re-visit China Cove from a different perspective. It was amazing how different the same beach looked without the sun highlighting the rocks and water.
Thumbnail of painting418:  What a View!Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 10"
Hurricane Point, Big Sur, California, USA, N36.3576546, W-121.902107212-Apr-14
On Sunday, on my way to McWay Falls, I stopped at Hurricane Point and took some photos of this striking view. I decided to return to paint the Point and the Bixby bridge on my return from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. By the time I returned, it was so windy my easel would stay up - in fact the lettuce from my salad was blowing out of my bowl. No wonder it's called Hurricane Point! So I held tightly onto my sketch book and completed a sketch. Following the convention, I headed back to point on a calmer day. Many painters from PACE stopped to chat while I was painting.
Thumbnail of painting423:  Revisit at Simon PondAlla Prima, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 15"
Tupper Lake, Tupper Lake, New York, USA, 44.2011414, -74.470634517-Jun-14
As I was returning to the Publisher's Invitational Paintout, I stopped at Tupper Lake to finish a painting I began in the summer of 2013. I got the painting blocked in, not noticing a huge rainstorm moving in behind me - I had about 2 minutes to tear down before the rain hit. This year I was able to successfully finish the painting on a beautiful summer day!
Thumbnail of painting425:  200+ Steps to High FallsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 8" x 16"
High Falls Park, Chateauguay, New York, USA, 44.9101181, -74.08693718-Jun-14
Not be confused with the Southern High Falls, this falls requires over 200 steps to get to the basin of the falls. Well worth the trek! One of the painting sites of the Adirondack Mountain Painters.
Thumbnail of painting426:  Norman Ridge Rd #1Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
Norman Ridge Road, Vermontville, New York, USA, 44.4357147, -74.052917519-Jun-14
One of the painting sites of the Adirondack Mountain Painters. I painted with Rick Wilson - what a view!!!!
Thumbnail of painting428:  The Old Potato BarnPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Heaven Hills Farm, Lake Placid, New York, USA, 42.2418251, -73.991821320-Jun-14
One of the painting sites of the Adirondack Mountain Painters. My roomie, Bets Cole, and I found this delightful spot along the road. A neighbor stopped to tell us that the old potato barn was the last structure left from this farm.
Thumbnail of painting429:  The Flume 2014Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 8" x 16"
Near the Route 86 bridge over the West Branch of the AuSable River, Wilmington, New York, USA, 44.3675346, -73.838607820-Jun-14
One of the painting sites of the Adirondack Mountain Painters.
Thumbnail of painting430:  Wild Blooms at the CemeteryPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Bigelow Pioneer Cemetery State Preserve, Plain City, Ohio, USA, 40.1098292, -83.418968226-Jul-14
OPAS member Mark Gingerich set up a prairie paintout at this delightful spot. One of the oldest, preserved prairies in the state, the cemetery stones added interest to the brilliant wild flowers.
Thumbnail of painting432:  Prairie JewelsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Bigelow Pioneer Cemetery State Preserve, Plain City, Ohio, USA, 40.1098442, -83.419250531-Jul-14
I had such a great time painting this small historic preserve with Mark Gingerich and other OPAS members that I returned 5 days later. Imagine my delight when I found even more flowers in bloom!
Thumbnail of painting433:  Prairie Jewels - Technique MixteStudio, Technique Mixte, Oil on Canvas, 40" x 30"
Bigelow Pioneer Cemetery State Preserve, Plain City, Ohio, USA, 40.1098442, -83.41925059-Sep-14
Painted from my plein air field study #432. The Technique Mixte methodology dates back to the Dutch masters Hubert & Jan van Eyck where multiple layers of glazes are applied to a complete value study. Egg tempera is replaced in the glazing medium with Methyl Cellulose, which doesn't decay. This technique provides great luminosity to the painting.
Thumbnail of painting436:  Prairie PathwayPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Battelle Darby Metro Park, West Jefferson, Ohio, USA, 39.9150238, -83.2141195-Aug-14
I had planned to paint the buffalo at the Metro park, but the prairie grasses were so high, all I could see was the very tip of their backs. So, I turn my easel around and found a delightful pathway through the prairie flowers to paint.
Thumbnail of painting439:  Main Street GranvillePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Granville Famer's Market, Granville, Ohio, USA, 40.0681267, -82.520088227-Sep-14
Every Saturday summer morning, Granville hosts a famer's market. I completed a demo to promote the 2014 OPAS Competition and "Paint the Town". It was a fun morning chatting with many people.
Thumbnail of painting441:  Wild Blooms at the CemeteryStudio, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 36"
Bigelow Pioneer Cemetery State Preserve, Plain City, Ohio, USA, 40.1098292, -83.418968229-Sep-14
I wanted to explore the placement of the cemetery markers amongst the brilliant flowers to make a more pleasing composition. I also added the large dock plant leaves that I didn't have space for in the smaller field study.
Thumbnail of painting442:  The Porch HousePlein Air, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
East Maple Street, Granville, Ohio, USA, 40.0655441, -82.51709752-Oct-14
Lisa and Bruce Westfall were embarking on their morning walk with their dog Sophie when I first saw their guest house. The morning sun was hitting the intense yellow and green house and added lots of interesting patterns to a very unique structure built in the late 1800's. They graciously allowed me to paint their home. Through the morning, I met many neighbors as the home was at the entrance to much used walking path.
Thumbnail of painting443:  Brilliance on a Gloomy DayPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 16"
Cat Run Ranch, Newark, Ohio, USA, 40.1512527, -82.52621463-Oct-14
Karen and Mark McVay opened their beautiful flower farm for OPAS members to paint during the 2014 OPAS fall competition. It was raining so hard that 3 of us took shelter in one of their open ends hoop houses to paint the exotic dahlias in bloom. Otto's Thrill dahlia was at least 9" in diameter and pretty spectacular!
Thumbnail of painting444:  Cat Run Ranch Flower GardenPlein Air, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Cat Run Ranch, Newark, Ohio, USA, 40.1510544, -82.52739724-Oct-14
This was the worst weather conditions we've ever had for our fall OPAS Competition! Unusually cold, with periods of severe rain, sleet, snow and occasionally hail! Not only did my easel get blown over (very rare), but the hail washed away much of the paint on the canvas. The gracious owners allowed me to move onto the porch to finish this gorgeous view.
Thumbnail of painting446:  Cat Mountain ShadowPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.2061501, -111.125343310-Jan-15
My first desert painting of 2015! Although I intended to head to Saguaro West National Park, the shadow of Cat mountain highlighted the sun lighting the mountains behind it.
Thumbnail of painting448:  Sweetwater SaguarosPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Sweetwater Preserve Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.2784081, -111.084106416-Jan-15
The saguaros show how much rain Tucson has had this winter - they look very plump and full.
Thumbnail of painting450:  View from Gilbert Ray CampgroundPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Saguaro West National Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.2193871, -111.139526423-Jan-15
Artist Ruth Ann Sturgill stopped by to paint with me for a few days. She and her husband were taking their first journey in their RV. Today, we decided it was so beautiful in the campground to paint right there.
Thumbnail of painting451:  Morning Sky # 2- John Kennedy ParkPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
John F. Kennedy Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.1811485, -111.008537329-Jan-15
Part of the "Edge of Day" Series. This is the day the rain came to the desert. Normally, we get .1" of rain, but this system gave us hard rains fro a few days.
Thumbnail of painting452:  Morning Sky #3- John Kennedy ParkPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
John F. Kennedy Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.1830139, -111.01446532-Feb-15
Part of the "Edge of Day" Series. Another beautiful sunrise in the desert!
Thumbnail of painting453:  Goodbye Moon - Morning Sky #4Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 8"
John F. Kennedy Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.1807137, -111.0140614-Feb-15
I was thrilled to catch the full moon as it fell below the horizon while the sun was coming up. Another Edge of Day" series
Thumbnail of painting455:  Morning Sky #6 - John Kennedy ParkPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
John F. Kennedy Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.1808395, -111.01422887-Feb-15
Just another beautiful sunrise makes getting up at 6:00am well worth it! New painter George Long met me to try his first plein air experience.
Thumbnail of painting456:  Catalina Mountain SunsetPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
John F. Kennedy Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.1787224, -111.0096977-Feb-15
George Long and his wife joined me on a beautiful Sunday evening. A large family allowed us to set up near their picnic shelter, which gave us a great view of the Catalina Mountains as the setting sun "lit them up".
Thumbnail of painting457:  The Spanish CourtyardPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Tohono Chul Gardens, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.3393402, -110.980308519-Feb-15
My friend, Ronnie Silver, took me to this delightful park . I loved the filtered light in this small courtyard. A plein air painting group from Green Valley, arrived shortly after I began painting. One of the artist told me that this was a favorite spot for many artists.
Award: Associate Third Place, TPAPS Fall 2015 Exhibition
Thumbnail of painting458:  Morning Sky #7Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
John F. Kennedy Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.1796455, -111.014686620-Feb-15
Intending to head out to another painting location than John F. Kennedy Metro Park, the morning sunrise, once again, captured my interest. I headed the mile down the road to my favorite park to capture another painting of the Tucson horizon at sunrise.
Thumbnail of painting459:  Fishing with the Sunrise #8Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
John F. Kennedy Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.1786537, -111.010154721-Feb-15
No matter how early in the morning I arrive at this park, there are fisherman already there - along the edge of the pond. We all seem to leave around the same time - once the sun is a little higher in the sky.
Thumbnail of painting460:  Juan Santa Cruz Picnic Sunrise #9Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 8"
Juan Santa Cruz Picnic Area, Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.2392731, -111.165855423-Feb-15
I headed out, intending to paint the southern view at this picnic spot. As I got out of the car, my caught the cacti, highlighted by the Eastern morning sun.
Thumbnail of painting462:  Sabino Canyon, Stop #8Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 8"
Anderson's Dam, Sabino Canyon National Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.3399353, -110.78588125-Feb-15
This was a perfect morning for painting in Sabino Canyon! I got off Stop 8 and hiked to the rocks that made the natural dam. Just as I was finishing my painting, Carla & David Stigant, from B.C., Canada stopped for a chat. They decided to buy the painting as a memento of their last day in Tucson - a great day for all of us!
Thumbnail of painting464:  The Gap - #2Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Irvington & Cardinal, Drexel Heights, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.1591225, -111.02926643-Mar-15
I've driven by this small ridge for 5 years about 1 mile from where we park our RV during the winter, but I recently saw it as a unique subject for painting. On a calmer day, I returned to paint this view in a larger format.
Thumbnail of painting466:  Heading to Gates Pass, Road Trip #12Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Gates Pass, Tucson, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.2165947, -111.10293586-Mar-15
I got an early start to attempt another sunrise painting at the top of Gates Pass. Unfortunately, it was too windy to keep my easel upright, so I marked the spot for a calmer day, and headed back down to the base of mountain. There I found a big Palo Verde that gave great shelter!
Thumbnail of painting467:  Spring Beauty of Gates PassPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Gates Pass, Tucson, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.2232285, -111.101364110-Mar-15
It was a calm morning - so I headed back to Gates Pass. What a beautiful spot - the brittle bushes announced spring.
Thumbnail of painting469:  The Campsite View, Picacho PeakPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Picacho Peak State Park, Picacho, Arizona, USA, 32.6533546, -111.42426313-Mar-15
Ruth Ann and I scheduled a second painting day and TAPAS member Ron Schorff joined us, too. The campsite view gave us wonderful morning shadows.
Thumbnail of painting470:  China PointPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Point Lobos State Reserve, Monterey, California, USA, 36.5119133, -121.942832911-Apr-15
PACE Roomie, Ann Grimaldi, and I headed out to paint shortly after landing in Monterey. Our pick was China Beach in Point Lobos. Ocean, rocks, birds, breeze and sun - how wonderful to be back painting the coast!
Thumbnail of painting471:  Revisit to Hurricane PointPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Hurricane Point, Big Sur, California, USA, 36.3574028, -121.902862512-Apr-15
Although much hazier than last year, I was excited to return to give this huge scene a second try. Now I have more information to finish a studio piece.
Thumbnail of painting472:  Julia Pheiffer State ParkPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, California, USA, 36.1595001, -121.672363312-Apr-15
This second visit to the waterfall along the beach gave me the opportunity to focus on other aspects of the painting that I missed last year. Now I'm ready for a studio piece of this beautiful scene.
Thumbnail of painting479:  The Pump HousePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Deb Hill's Farm, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, USA, 40.0167122, -83.622238216-May-15
In honor of OPAS member Paul Reif, Robine Wright and I hosted a paintout at his favorite painting spot. As greeter, I needed to remain close to the parking on this 3,000 acre farm, so the pump house became my focal point on this very rainy day.
Thumbnail of painting480:  Morning Sentry at Fisherman's WarfStudio, Oil on Canvas, 20" x 16"
Fisherman's Warf, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 36.6050339, -121.891616830-May-15
This was developed from a field study completed the last day of PACE 15. Then, I used a 12x9 panel and had to shorten the boats - I was more interested in colors than accurate drawing - in anticipation of re-visiting this scene in a larger format.
Thumbnail of painting481:  The Magnificent Flume 2015Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 16"
Wilmington, New York, USA, 44.3672142, -73.839538617-Jun-15
Day 3 of Paint Camp. Many went to paint the magnificent Flume. I chose to explore the opposite side of the river and found a fantastic view of the first falls.
Thumbnail of painting482:  Rainy Morning at Heron Marsh BridgePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Visitor Interpretive Center, Paul Smith's College, Paul Smith, New York, USA, 44.4430084, -74.259719815-Jun-15
Day 1 of Painter's Camp. Most of the 125 artists went to the VIC center - which has over 3,000 acres of forest and wetlands. We could spend the whole week here! I was attracted to the dark cloud reflections in the water. There was so little light that it added lots of atmosphere.
Thumbnail of painting483:  VIC Lupine, Road Trip #13Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Visitor Interpretive Center, Paul Smith's College, Paul Smith's, New York, USA, 44.4486542, -74.258567815-Jun-15
As I was hiking back from Heron Marsh, I saw this spectacular field of lupine, surrounded by artists painting the delightful flower. I found this small group by the road and loved the dark evergreens behind the flowers.
Thumbnail of painting489:  Hidden Gems on a Foggy MorningPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Saranac Lake Fish & Gun Club, Saranac Lake, New York, USA, 44.3963776, -74.157516519-Jun-15
An unusual location for a paintout - but the Fish & Gun Club had quite a view. With the heavy fog, we only saw how pretty it was as we were getting ready to leave.
Thumbnail of painting490:  Lower Cascade Lake - Road Trip #14Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Route 73, Lake Placid, New York, USA, 44.236121, -73.86388619-Jun-15
When I painted here last year, I wanted to return to paint this great road that runs along the 2 Cascade Lakes. It was a beautiful afternoon to do so.
Thumbnail of painting491:  Jim's LupinePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
Hobart Road, Daniel, New York, USA, 44.416153, -74.1737920-Jun-15
I saw the lupine from the road and stopped to ask the owner if I could paint his back yard. He first introduced me to George, his Sprinter Spaniel, then said, "I'm Jim from the Gym." Jim is the Athletic Director for Paul Smith's College. Both Jim and George stopped by a few times as I was working on the painting.
Thumbnail of painting492:  Storm Moving In12" x 9"
Mt Washington Auto Tour Parking Lot, Jackson, New Hampshire, USA, 44.2882881, -71.223983822-Jun-15
Artie Lowe & I met up with Erik Koeppel for a morning paintout his home town - a nice serendipity for us! Erik took us to one of his favorite spots. As the storm over the mountain the view kept changing!
Thumbnail of painting493:  A Great View in AcadiaOil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Past Sand Beach, One Way Loop Road, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, 44.3228607, -68.187042225-Jun-15
On the one way loop, past Sand Beach, is a delightful view to paint. In fact, 3 artist stopped to chat while I was painting. Thomas Wilson also painted above me and brought over his painting for me to photograph with him.
Thumbnail of painting494:  Noisy SerenityPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Eagle Lake, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, 44.377463, -68.25240326-Jun-15
Although very calm, the lake was filled with noise on this early morning paint adventure. At least 5 competing bull frogs and a couple of loons added to the cacophony. A mother duck swam by with her 3 babies riding on her back. A fun morning!
Thumbnail of painting496:  Bass Harbor LighthousePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Bass Harbor Head, Bass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, 44.2218361, -68.336570727-Jun-15
This was an absolutely beautiful day - little breeze and 70 degrees. I crawled out on the rocks to get this famous view of the lighthouse. Three groups let me know they saw me the day before, painting at Thunder Hole.
Thumbnail of painting497:  Pam & Bob's Back YardPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Pam & Bob Cates home, Cutler, Maine, USA, 44.6606789, -67.228340129-Jun-15
While playing pickelball in Tucson, AZ, Bob mentioned that he was a lobster fisherman in a beautiful village in Maine. I took him up on his invitation to visit while on my Plein Air Odyssey. We found a wonderful host along with the fantastic view!
Thumbnail of painting498:  Cutler HarborPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Cutler Library, Cutler, Maine, USA, 44.6576042, -67.210205130-Jun-15
As the foggy morning burned off, a few more small islands appeared in the horizon. I loved the mood established by the fog.
Thumbnail of painting499:  White Boats and Red BuoysPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Cutler Harbor, Cutler, Maine, USA, 44.657413, -67.20553830-Jun-15
While playing pickelball in Tucson, AZ, Bob Cates mentioned that he was a lobster fisherman in a beautiful village in Maine. I took him up on his invitation to visit while on my Plein Air Odyssey. We found a wonderful host along with fantastic views! I met the owner and her daughter of the home of the pier I was painting on.
Thumbnail of painting500:  The Old Sardine SmokehousesPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 8"
Grand Manan Island, Seal Cove, New Brunswick, Canada, 44.6522827, -66.83982092-Jul-15
The tide was out and the fog in on this early morning. It made a great time to paint these abandoned structures in the middle of Seal Cove village. A young (about 8) boy stopped to visit and said, "Wow! If I had a $1,000 I'd buy that painting!"
Thumbnail of painting503:  Deep Cove BeachPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Grand Manan Island, Seal Cove, New Brunswick, Canada, 44.6124115, -66.87952424-Jul-15
This was my last morning painting at Grand Manan Island before we departed. I went to a spot south of Seal Cove that had a lot of lupine along the road.
Thumbnail of painting504:  Rockwood Municipal ParkPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Interpretive Center, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 45.2909508, -66.05396276-Jul-15
I got up early to drive into the park and find a spot to paint. Unfortunately, the park gates were closed and the only painting site was at the entrance to campground.
Thumbnail of painting505:  Morning PondPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Rockwood Municipal Park, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 45.2978249, -66.05442057-Jul-15
We had time for me to do a paintings before we departed Saint John. I chose this little pond because I liked how the sun lit up the bridge and rocks.
Thumbnail of painting507:  Flowerpot Rocks at HopewellPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Ocean Floor at low tide, Hopewell Rocks, Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick, Canada, 45.8213692, -64.57267769-Jul-15
I'd been looking forward to painting these unusual rock formations. With the largest tides in the world, I stood in a spot that would be 20ft below the surface in 6 hours - for a total tidal change of 40.1ft.
Thumbnail of painting508:  Wolf Point BridgePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Wolf Point, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada, 45.5532112, -65.01152810-Jul-15
This is one of the few times I did the sketch and took the GPS coordinates half way through the painting. Low tide was approaching and the water in the river would drop pretty quickly - which it did! I got the river & reflections in just in time.
Thumbnail of painting509:  Alma Harbor SunrisePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Alma Bridge, Alma, New Brunswick, Canada, 45.5996475, -64.946968111-Jul-15
There's a small view of the harbor on the campground ridge. A brilliant red sun was reflecting on the water at that view point, so I went into to town to see if I could find it at the harbor. The bridge worked well.
Thumbnail of painting511:  Northport LighthousePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Northport Community Center, Northport, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 46.7943077, -64.062347413-Jul-15
Headed out to a close bay for an early morning painting. Jimmy, a local lobster fisherman, stopped to chat. He told me that they no longer need lighthouses with all the gear they have in their boats. Fishermen were sorting and stacking lobster traps in preparation for the next season.
Thumbnail of painting512:  Digging for Oysters on Long CreekPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 13" x 11"
Route 145, Mill River East, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 46.7636757, -64.146675114-Jul-15
PEI seems to have two major industries - fishing and growing potatoes. Since I've been painting a lot of seaside and harbor scenes, I thought it might be interesting to paint a field of potatoes - orange clay and dark green leaves. Imagine my delight when I found a farm running down to the shore and John, the oyster fisherman, positioned perfectly for the painting!
Thumbnail of painting514:  Cavendish BeachPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Prince Edward Island National Park, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 46.4995422, -63.383491516-Jul-15
This was a very windy morning - I had to hold my easel and got sand and salt fogging my glasses. The waves were very rough and I wound up scraping them 3 times but still loved being there!
Thumbnail of painting515:  The Swimming RockPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
A local beach called the "Swimming Rock", Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 46.4670219, -63.452705417-Jul-15
There are 3 bridges close together and I was looking for a vantage point to paint the rust cliffs. I found this small spot that locals use for swimming. Not only was the ocean very calm, but I found the pastoral scene across the point.
Thumbnail of painting516:  Red Cliffs of PEI National ParkPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Prince Edward Island National Park, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 46.5001984, -63.380710617-Jul-15
I joined Artie Lowe to paint the red cliffs at the national park one more time. I began at 4:30 and got to watch the sun set after I finished.
Thumbnail of painting518:  Carl's ViewPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
O'Regan's, Doyles, Newfoundland, Canada, 47.8568306, -59.234092723-Jul-15
The Grand Codroy River empties into the Bay of St. George nearby. I painted across the street from Carl's house and he stopped to chat. Although he now works in Ottawa, he frequently returns home to visit family & friends. He was preparing his house for visiting family that was arriving that day. It seems that many Newfies leave the island to find work but most want to return.
Thumbnail of painting519:  Davis Cove - Road Trip #15Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Highway 440, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada, 48.9812164, -57.9963415525-Jul-15
An iconic Newfoundland scene - a small village nestled by the sea! The view from the rolling hills highway was a little tricky - no place to park and near a nestling pair of ospreys. I parked at the base of the hill and hiked up to get the best view. Although this was our first really sunny day in NL, the fog didn't reveal all the mountains until I was finished. A great opportunity for a studio piece!
Thumbnail of painting520:  Penguin HeadPlein Air Water Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 8"
Darren Park's dory, Bay of Islands, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.14152764, -57.9842519725-Jul-15
What a fun way to paint the bay - in Darren's boat as he took Dave & Artie around to his favorite fishing sites. Luckily, I chose a simple composition since the guys werent catching fish as quickly as Darren had predicted. I got the painting done before the guys had their 15 fish quota. The painting was part of the barter for Darren's excellent guide service.
Thumbnail of painting521:  Trout River PondPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Trout River Pond Campground Road, Gros Morne National Park, Trout River, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.4586067, -58.125015327-Jul-15
This is our first visit to Gros Morne National Park. Throughout Newfoundland, we've traveled by these large bodies of water that are referred to as "ponds". Trout River Pond is one of them. With the back of the unique Tabletop mountains on the left and glacier ground granite on the right, it provides an intersecting spot to camp.
Thumbnail of painting522:  Woody Harbour ViewPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 8"
Gros Morne National Park, Woody Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.5001602, -57.914581328-Jul-15
Although it started out as another cloudy morning, it cleared up enough for me to see the Tablelands mountains in the distance.
Thumbnail of painting523:  Lobster Cove LighthousePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Lobster Cove Head, Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.6030121, -57.955326130-Jul-15
Another very foggy morning - with low light - gave me the opportunity to fine tune how to paint grey skies and water. The point has 125mile per hour gale force winds which makes it hard to keep the flagpole and the trees upright.
Thumbnail of painting525:  Gull IslandPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Sleepy Cove, Dean Rhoads Property, Crow Head, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.6836319, -54.80704881-Aug-15
Dean Rhoads graciously allowed us to boondock on his property, called Sleepy Cove. As soon as we set up our rigs, Artie Lowe went fishing and I started this painting. What a gorgeous spot!
Thumbnail of painting526:  Twillingate HarbourPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 8"
Harbour Lights Inn, Twillingate, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.6546059, -54.77333832-Aug-15
We went into Twillingate to have breakfast and some Wi-Fi - imagine our surprise when we found all 3 of the restaurants (it's a small town) either closed or holding private parties. The Harbor Lights Inn keeper took pity on us and offered us her leftovers from her guests - which turned out to be a great breakfast. While Dave did some programming work, I went across the street and did 2 paintings - this one is of the harbour. In fact, she allowed Dave to stay the whole day.
Thumbnail of painting528:  Barbour Living History MuseumPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 8"
Barbour Harbour Bridge, Newtown, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.2030373, -53.5135043-Aug-15
In Newfoundland, a "tickle" is defined as a waterway that is open on both ends - and there appear to be many of them on the island. This small community has 2 - one which gave a perfect view of the Barbour Living History Museum where we boondocked for 3 days.
Thumbnail of painting529:  Fogged InPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Newtown Tickle, Newtown, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.2046089, -53.51588064-Aug-15
This was a fog that stuck around all day. You could see the mist as it flowed by. It created great atmosphere for both paintings and photos.
Thumbnail of painting530:  Newtown RocksPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Edge of town, Newtown, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.2046623, -53.52208715-Aug-15
All of the shoreline - including the 2 tickles or passageways - have large rocks scattered along the coast. One would have to know what the "pathways" are to run a boat when they are submerged. The pattern of these particular rocks seemed to make a good composition.
Thumbnail of painting531:  Big Brook MorningPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Newman Sound Campground Trail, Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, 48.5397034, -53.97033317-Aug-15
Our campsite was near one of the entrances to the Campsite trail. This early morning view of Big Brook, at low tide, was a nice painting spot. Although I was hoping to see a moose, I did have many hikers stop to chat as I worked.
Thumbnail of painting532:  Southern View of TrinityPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Boondocking Camping Site, Trinity, Newfoundland, Canada, 48.3650055, -53.35849389-Aug-15
Trinity is a very small community with little unused land, so we were very happy to get permission to camp on private property at the top of a leveled off hill. Great views in all directions!
Thumbnail of painting533:  Western View of TrinityRV "Studio", Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 8"
Boondocking Camping Site, Trinity, Newfoundland, Canada, 48.3648148, -53.358463310-Aug-15
Today was so windy and rainy that we pulled in the larger slide on the RV so it wouldn't get damaged. Visibility was very bad, so I decided to paint from the RV, using photo references on what I knew - but couldn't see - was directly outside.
Thumbnail of painting537:  View of La SciePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Island Cove Campground, La Scie, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.9661942, -55.605728117-Aug-15
I loved the challenge of painting these peach rocks in 3 different atmospheric planes. The granite appears to be fragile enough to frequently chip away or crack - leaving interesting rocky landscapes.
Thumbnail of painting538:  Fire Weed says "Summer's Half Over"Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 9"
Island Cove Campground, La Scie, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.9663048, -55.60573218-Aug-15
In Alaska, we learned that fire weed indicates when summer is over - once all the blooms are finished it means snow will follow in about 3 weeks. I don't know if that's true here in Newfoundland, but it is a very vibrant weed that gets it's name from being one of the first plants to grow following a fire or forest clearing.
Thumbnail of painting540:  My Last Newfoundland SunrisePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 9"
Codroy Valley Provincial Park, Doyles, Newfoundland, Canada, 47.8341866, -59.338436120-Aug-15
As we prepared to hop on the ferry to Nova Scotia, I went to the Provincial Park for my final Newfie painting. I was blessed with a delightful sunrise sky.
Thumbnail of painting541:  Red Boats at White PointPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 9"
Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingnoish, Nova Scotia, Canada, 46.874588, -60.357863922-Aug-15
This is a very small community along the Cabot Trail. The view I liked was at the culvert by the road - a protected harbour with two bright red boats.
Thumbnail of painting543:  Black Brook BeachPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingnoish, Nova Scotia, Canada, 46.7756462, -60.333202422-Aug-15
My eye was attracted to the peach beach and rocks reflected in the afternoon sun. I used the placement of the people to lead the viewer's eye to the waterfall.
Thumbnail of painting544:  Birches on the BeachPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 13" x 11"
Keltic Lodge, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingnoish, Nova Scotia, Canada, 46.6566582, -60.385532423-Aug-15
Dark water and sky in the distance made the birches stand out in the foreground. Although I have painted birches before, this time I observed that this type of birch had brilliant red twigs.
Thumbnail of painting545:  Cabot Trail - Road Trip #16Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 16"
Veterans Memorial Lookout, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada, 46.73843, -60.919757825-Aug-15
The Western side of the Cabot Trail provides many lookouts to capture the spectacular views of winding road, mountains and seashore. This is the first of 3 "Road Trip" paintings I completed.
Thumbnail of painting546:  Cabot Trail - Road Trip #17Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 16"
Near Presqu'ile, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada, 46.7058067, -60.940593726-Aug-15
An Iconic Cabot Trail scene. This is the 2nd of 3 "Road Trip" paintings completed on the Cabot Trail. Another spectacular viewpoint!
Thumbnail of painting547:  Cabot Trail - Road Trip #18Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 8"
Pillar Rock, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada, 46.6906204, -60.957248727-Aug-15
This is the 3rd of a "Road Trip" series on the Cabot Trail. Near Cheticamp, I would drive by this spot every day as I headed deeper into the National Park. I finally painted here on our last day - which turned out to be a sunny but very blustery one! I had to hold the easel, tie my hat down tight, and retrieve my paint bag and camera as they flew by.
Thumbnail of painting549:  Wayside Campground ViewPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Wayside Campground, Glen Margaret, Nova Scotia, Canada, 44.5792999, -63.912864730-Aug-15
I set up my easel, did my sketch to figure out my composition, took some photos and started painting. About 40 minutes, I realized that the tide was coming in and I would be flooded out soon. After moving to higher ground, I decided to keep the same composition, which forced me to paint mostly from memory. A good exercise.
Thumbnail of painting550:  Rainbow Sherbet RowPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
King & Montague St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, 44.3764572, -64.30973821-Sep-15
Lunenberg is a designated NUESCO world heritage site because of all the historic buildings. This little street's vibrant houses reminded me of rainbow sherbet.
Thumbnail of painting551:  Picton Castle DockedPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 16"
Lunenburg Harbor, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, 44.3753624, -64.30706022-Sep-15
This schooner was being fitted for a journey to Africa. The morning was very calm and I loved painting the reflections as well as the challenge of this complex subject.
Thumbnail of painting552:  Blue Rocks MorningPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 9"
Blue Rocks, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, 44.3541946, -64.23475653-Sep-15
A few miles out of Lunenburg, these coastal rocks turn a light blue when wet. Blue Rock is a small fishing village with many picturesque shacks. This morning, the red sun added a pink glow to the entire bay.
Thumbnail of painting553:  Grounded at SunsetPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 8"
Tanner Road, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, 44.3733635, -64.31668094-Sep-15
I found this spot with the intension of painting the harbor across the way. As I set up, I found I loved these two boats grounded at low tide. The sunset highlights added to the scene.
Thumbnail of painting554:  Freedom at the Zwicker DockPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Lunenburg Harbor, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, 44.3749733, -64.30890665-Sep-15
After painting the magnificent Picton Castle teaching boat, I wanted to incorporate more of the harbor view in a painting of this "well used" fishing boat. Another calm harbor morning gave me great reflections!
Thumbnail of painting555:  Morning Cleanup in Old QuebecPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Rue Cul de Sac & Rue Notre Dame, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 46.8123779, -71.203071613-Sep-15
The streets were so crowded in the afternoon, I chose to return early in the morning to paint. Torn between painting Quebec's historic hotel and the "Old European style streets". I found a great spot Where I could incorporate both themes in this painting. Turns out it was also a stopping spot on the walking tours of the old city.
Thumbnail of painting556:  Luminous LunenburgRV "Studio", Oil on Canvas, 36" x 12"
Tanner Road, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, 44.3733635, -64.31668091-Jan-70
As I finished up the painting "Grounded" I saw, across the harbor, the reflections of the early evening and Lunenburg lights in the calm water. I did a quick sketch and picked up a larger canvas to work in the RV Studio in the evenings.
Thumbnail of painting557:  Dry Creek Road BarnPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Dry Creek Road, Granville, Ohio, USA, 40.1208458, -82.546089225-Sep-15
An old relic of better times is a great treat for artists!
Thumbnail of painting559:  St. Luke SunrisePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Broadway, Granville, Ohio, USA, 40.0680237, -82.519966126-Sep-15
Although I planned to paint the Saturday Farmers Market, as I was setting up I noticed how the great early morning sky set off the church.
Thumbnail of painting560:  Asters and GoldenrodPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 16" x 12"
Louden Street, Granville, Ohio, USA, 40.097229, -82.55813626-Sep-15
This field caught my eye on the way to Sunbear Gallery on Thursday at the beginning of the OPAS Competition. Today I was able to paint it. I had many people stop to chat and take photos.
Thumbnail of painting561:  Autumn SplendorPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
S. High & Spring Street, Dublin, Ohio, USA, 40.09850531, -83.113494910-Oct-15
Painted during the Dublin Art Walk on a beautiful fall day filled with color and light.
Thumbnail of painting562:  Waiting for FriendsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 9"
Tohona Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.3395464, -110.98191838-Jan-16
I was almost done with my morning painting at the caf courtyard when a woman entered and asked if it was OK for her to sit and wait for her friends. I asked if I could put her in my painting, and she agreed, but told me she'd only be there for about 10 minutes. I got busy...
Thumbnail of painting567:  Inside the Spanish CourtyardPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Tohona Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.3393974, #VALUE!18-Jan-16
Last year, I painted outside the Spanish Courtyard, looking in. This year, my eye caught the light looking out the door.
Thumbnail of painting568:  Saturday Morning Fishin' HolePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 9"
John F. Kennedy Metro Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.1788445, -111.00975830-Jan-16
A favorite spot for me to paint while locals like to fish!
Thumbnail of painting570:  Still StandingPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 10" x 20"
Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.2331429, -111.14630136-Feb-16
This saguaro is probably twice as old as me!
Thumbnail of painting571:  Glorious SpringPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 8" x 10"
Caesar Creek Lake, Lebanon, Ohio, USA8-Apr-06
This red bud tree was in peak bloom. What a way to celebrate spring!
Thumbnail of painting573:  Almost at the TopPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 16"
Gates Pass, Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.2234688, -111.101493819-Feb-16
A second visit to Gates Pass - this time a little later in the morning.
Thumbnail of painting575:  Madera Canyon WashPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Madera Canyon, Coronado National Forrest, Green Valley, Arizona, USA, 31.7816925, -110.886726425-Feb-16
One the way to paint the canyon, I looked to my left as I drove over one of the one lane bridges. Although still considered winter, the grasses in the wash and on the mountains caught my eye.
Thumbnail of painting577:  Morning at Peggy's CoveRV "Studio", Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Peggy's Cove, Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada, 44.4932785, -63.915348113-Feb-16
This is a studio rendition of a plein air work completed 2015-08-29. An iconic view of this historic spot, I wanted to focus on more than the two red boats this time.
Thumbnail of painting578:  Remnants of a Copper MineRV "Studio", Technique Mixte, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 20"
Tilt Cove Mine, Tilt Cove, Baie Verte Peninsula, Newfoundland, Canada, 49.881111, -55.6244049-Apr-16
There are 6 people that live in the mining town of Tilt Cove. The abandoned mine, right at the shoreline, has littered the coast with some of the most amazing colored rocks I've ever seen! One of the most brilliant were the large rocks of purples, reds and oranges called peacock copper. Too amazing not to paint!
Thumbnail of painting579:  Santa Cruse RiverPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 9"
Marana Trailhead to Santa Cruise Walkway, Marana, Arizona, USA, 32.4353676, -111.233070419-Apr-16
Went painting with TPAPS artists Walter Porter, Norm Sherman and Ron Schorff. Ron took us Marana, where we decided to paint the Santa Cruise River. I was amazed that there was so much water in it!
Thumbnail of painting582:  Sabino Canyon DamPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.3138275, -110.811660813-Apr-16
Today was a post-surgery milestone: I hiked 1.5 miles into the canyon, with my paint bag. Did a painting and hiked back out without being exhausted! A beautiful day at the canyon.
Thumbnail of painting585:  Shadows from YesterdayPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Old Tucson Studio, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 32.2170486, -111.130416918-Apr-16
The 4th day of PACE16 brought a pretty fun place to paint - the Old Tucson Studios are where most of the westerns have been filmed. Near the entrance, my eye caught the light on this old wagon in the shade. It provided a great foreground for the bright sand and tree across the street.
Thumbnail of painting586:  View from Campsite #44 -Superstition MountainsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, Arizona, USA, 33.4567032, -111.482116721-May-16
We arrived early afternoon at Lost Dutchman State Park. Our campsite provided a great view of the Superstition Mountains. Neighboring campers reported that the sun shines directly on the Superstition Mountains in the afternoon when the wind picks up. In fact, it became so windy, I used the shelter of the front of RVee for shade and wind protection. The mountains continued to change color as the setting sun hit them.
Thumbnail of painting587:  Siphon Draw Trail - Superstition MountainsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 20" x 10"
Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, Arizona, USA, 33.4565048, -111.481498722-May-16
The Siphon Trail runs right by our campsite - which was convenient for painting it! Every few hours, the look of the mountains changed drastically as the sun moves.
Thumbnail of painting588:  Paige's ViewPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Watson Lake City Park, Prescott, Arizona, USA, 34.5929451, -112.419029226-May-16
I arrived near sunrise to paint Watson and found a film crew working to shoot stills and vided for a commercial. Paige, one of the crew, volunteered to pose for me on the bench. Most of the crew members dropped by to see how I was coming along.
Thumbnail of painting590:  Sunrise near Mather PointPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Grand Canyon National Park, Tusayaan, Arizona, USA, 36.0595436, -112.105758731-May-16
My first Grand Canyon painting! Dave & I left RVee at 4:50am to catch the sunrise. He hiked down the canyon on one of the trails, while I hiked the rim near Mather Point. It was quiet and beautiful morning.
Thumbnail of painting591:  Sunset at Yavapai PointPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 20"
Grand Canyon National Park, Tusayaan, Arizona, USA, 36.0659904, -112.11681372-Jun-16
Artist Curt Walters suggested the way to paint the canyon is to pick a spot and return daily at the same time. That is what I did with this paintinga difficult job to plein air paint such a diverse subject when the sun is going down! Three days for 3 hours each from 5:00pm to 8:00pm made the results worth it.
Thumbnail of painting592:  A busy morning near the Bright Angel TrailheadPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 12" x 9"
Grand Canyon National Park, Tusayaan, Arizona, USA, 36.0578346, -112.14302061-Jun-16
Mules and hikers headed downsome very excited and some fearful of how far they would go while weary hikers returned from the Phantom Ranch nestled at the Colorado River. It was fun overhearing all the conversations as people climbed the last few yards right below me. A disappointed hiker stopped to chat for a while since he wasn't able to get into the Ranchhe was next up on the waiting list but couldn't wait the extra day.
Thumbnail of painting593:  White House TrailheadPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Canyon de Chelly, Chinle, Arizona, USA, 36.130504, -109.4763143-Jun-16
An early morning painting at one of the most famous sites at the canyon. Because the canyon is on the Navajo reservation, about 50 families have farming and grazing rights in the canyonan unusual sight found in a National Monument!
Thumbnail of painting594:  Spider RockPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 9" x 12"
Canyon de Chelly, Chinle, Arizona, USA, 36.105627, -109.3552474-Jun-16
With temperatures climbing above 110 degrees, I made sure to paint early in the morning while here!
Thumbnail of painting595:  Monument Valley at Mitten WestPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 20" x 10"
Indn Route 42, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Utah, USA, 36.980583, -110.1037077-Jun-16
We took a jeep tour, run by the Navajo, on the day we arrived at the Valley. I spotted this sight and returned early the next morning to paint it. It was very hot - over 110 degrees every day!
Thumbnail of painting596:  The Virgin River at the Lower Emerald TrailheadPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, USA, 37.2511139, -112.959289611-Jun-16
On a morning that threatened rain, I chose to paint under the passenger bridge across the Virgin river. Although it did keep me dry from the rain, I got quite a bit of sand falling between the cracks into my paint as people walked over the bridge. Not the best idea!
Thumbnail of painting597:  Court of the PatriarchsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, USA, 37.236721, -112.960243212-Jun-16
This is an iconic view of what the Navajo people call Mukuntuweapa straight canyon with upright rocks.
Thumbnail of painting598:  Virgin ValleyPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 9"
Zion National Park info spot on Route 9, Virgin, Utah, USA, 37.189417, -113.142005914-Jun-16
I drove through this valley on my way to and from Zion National Park. The Virgin River ran along the campground. The sunsets were spectacular as they lite up the red rocks.
Thumbnail of painting599:  Ponderosa PointPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon City, Utah, USA, 37.5036316, -112.262390117-Jun-16
The red rocks and green evergreen backdrop were a great compliment to each other.
Thumbnail of painting600:  Bryce Canyon Rocks!Plein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 11" x 14"
Aqua Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon City, Utah, USA, 37.5164185, -112.264755218-Jun-16
One of the iconic views of the Bryce Canyon ampetheatre. I found it glowing in the early morning sun as reflections from the wall bounced off it.
Thumbnail of painting601:  Swamp CanyonPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon City, Utah, USA, 37.5873375, -112.213493319-Jun-16
This was my last morning at Bryce Canyon, and my first view of Swamp Canyon. I loved the composition of rock formations highlighted by the rising sun against the backlight rock face on the other side of the canyon.
Thumbnail of painting602:  Fruita RemnantsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Apple Orchard, Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, Utah, USA, 38.2894173, -111.255981421-Jun-16
Capitol Reef is a relatively new national park, with the small farming community called Fruita, the historical foundation of the park. Old farm implements are scattered throughout orchards in the narrow the valley.
Thumbnail of painting605:  Pine Tree ArchPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 9"
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA, 38.7876129, -109.59873224-Jun-16
One of my favorite painting spots in a while - one of the other visitors said, "I picked the best arch to paint of all 2000 in the park."
Thumbnail of painting606:  Morning Homage to the ArchPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 10"
Delicate Arch Viewpoint, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA, 38.7372437, -109.50055325-Jun-16
While Dave hiked the 3 miles to the arch, I chose a little farther viewpoint to paint it. As far away as I was, I could hear the mummer of voices echoing off the cliffs.
Thumbnail of painting607:  Horseshoe BendPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Dead Horse Point, Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, Utah, USA, 38.4691353, -109.739952126-Jun-16
This canyon, although about half as big as the Grand Canyon, was filled with beautiful colors - from deep maroons, reds, oranges, yellow and greens. The bend in the river was another great view point.
Thumbnail of painting608:  Peeking Through the Turret ArchPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Windows, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA, 38.6857147, -109.532859828-Jun-16
I was attracted to this scene when I turned around from photographing another arch and saw that I could see the distance rock formations through the Turret Arch. The morning sun highlighted the arch.
Thumbnail of painting609:  A Three Moose Morning at Silver LakePlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Silver Lake, Brighton Ski Resort, Brighton, Utah, USA, 40.6050491, -111.58706672-Jul-16
I was set up along the edge of pathway that wraps around the lake when two male moose came running by in the reeds across from me. They stuck around for about 40 minutes, eating reeds, playing in the water and chasing each other. About an hour after the excitement was over, a third male moose cut across the path about 10 feet from me and posed nicely for me for about 10 minutes while munching on the willows. Sorry to say, I didn't get a model release from any of them.
Thumbnail of painting610:  Wonderful Wild FlowersPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Alaskan Basin Trailhead, Teton Valley Canyon, Driggs, Idaho, USA, 43.75374528, -110.9138267-Jul-16
Dave & I headed out for a hike/paint, but I didn't get too far. I stopped to paint a meadow of wild flowers. Except for the fliesit was a lovely morning.
Thumbnail of painting611:  Teton Valley ViewPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Sheepbridge Trailhead, Teton Valley Canyon, Driggs, Idaho, USA, 43.7590065, -110.98869328-Jul-16
The Teton Valley Canyon offers many hiking spots. This one has one of the best views of the Teton Mountains from the valley.
Thumbnail of painting612:  A Beaver's CondoPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Schwabacher's Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA, 43.7134514, -110.67208112-Jul-16
A beaver's dam created a tier level of water. It significantly expanded the amount of water flowing into the Snake River.
Thumbnail of painting613:  Morning ReflectionsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard
String Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA, 43.7882118, -110.73213213-Jul-16
Another beautiful morning where the highlighted Teton mountains were reflected delightfully in the lake.
Thumbnail of painting614:  Still MeltingPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 16"
Lupine Meadows, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA, 43.7352371, -110.741340614-Jul-16
Dave went off to hike while my challenge was to paint the changing elevations up close. Whew!
Thumbnail of painting615:  The Glorious TetonsPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 12" x 16"
String Lake Trailhead, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA, 43.784584, -110.729606616-Jul-16
One of my favorite paintings spots in Teton National Park. The artists choiceI positioned the logs to improve the composition.
Thumbnail of painting616:  Moose HangoutPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 16" x 12"
Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA, 43.6671295, -110.696884215-Jul-16
A moose and her baby grazed in the valley for my entire painting. Tow other traveling artists, Gary Holland from Boise, ID and his Russian friend, Timur Karim, from Poland, joined me mid-morning. Dave cycled in with is camera and we all had a delightful time!
Thumbnail of painting617:  Homage to Ansel Adams: Snake River OverlookPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 18"
Snake River Overlook, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA, 43.7543449, -110.623840320-Jul-16
High winds, smoke from three fires and changing light all contributed to making this a 3 day plein air painting. Although the trees have matured and somewhat block the viewit is an excellent spot to paint! It is said that this iconic photo helped convince Teddy Roosevelt to create the National Parks and a copy was sent to outer space to represent the world.
Thumbnail of painting618:  Coulter BayPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Gatorboard, 14" x 11"
Coulter Bay, Grand Tetons National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA, 48.9011116, -110.64266219-Jul-16
Once again, Dave & I were looking for a good painting spot for me and hiking trail for Dave. We found it at Coulter Bay. I had lots of visitors come to chat since I set up near the Marina restrooms. I find I prefer painting these mountains in the morningwhen they are "kissed" by the sun.
Thumbnail of painting619:  Mount Moran MorningPlein Air Field Study, Oil on Linen/Baltic Birch, 20" x 10"
Signal Mountain Boat Ramp, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, USA, 43.8390656, -110.617111221-Jul-16
It was a bit unusual for me to paint the reflections first, but I thought that the boat ramp would become a very busy spot giving way to choppy water rather than the serene view I had for the first hour.
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1-Jan-70