Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Reed Canyon Spring

I just spent the afternoon walking through Reed Canyon observing the budding vegetation. I`m thinking of the long 'narrative' work I want to paint of intimate views of the water`s edge. New life from the primal muck. This painting is from a couple of years ago. Same canyon but at that time I was looking up not down.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Night Poplar

I just love poplars, in any season. My gardener friends consider it a weed! Mon dieu!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009


The Zen Master of Canadian watercolor, Edith Dora Rey, has bestowed on me this award. I`m honored. Her blog is as entertaining as a new National Geographic and her work is grace itself. I`ve taken the $5000 prize money and bought a tube of cadmium red.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Live Oak

Yesterday, Sandra and I took the last hike of her visit along Lacamas Creek and up into Camas Meadow. The oak trees there are craggy, stunted and covered in moss and lichens. It seems like the edge of a tundra or high in the Alps.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tidal Lagoon

A study for a larger oil painting. This 'lagoon' is formed by the outgoing tide.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sandra Robishaw is Coming to Town

To see me! My wonderful friend. Here is one of her paintings.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

High Mountain Rivulet

This improvisation became more and more simple. As I eliminated stuff it took on the character of a high altitude stream. I`ve been in the Rockies a few times at 10,000 feet in the summer. Snow melt creates lots of little waterways that cut through the dense meadows. It smells of health and everything living is ready in this short season. Even the air feels alive.