Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Geothermal Study

I`m working on some small Yellowstone studies to see if they`d make convincing large paintings. oil on panel 8"x8" Available Work

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rio en Medio Series

The Rio en Medio series of paintings, from a year ago, are now at Ojo Sarco Pottery on the high road to Taos in New Mexico. They were painted after a marvelous 'homecoming' hike in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains outside Santa Fe. It had been 18 years since I had walked that favorite trail. All are oil on canvas, dimensions are at the top of the photo when you enlarge it.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hayden Valley Study

My first Yellowstone painting. I`m not much of a view painter anymore but the spring meadows were irresistible. This valley is known for its wildlife and we came upon a wolf crossing the road in pursuit of something unlucky. Bison were here and there across the vast fields, which in mid-May looked like beautiful lawns. oil on paper 8"x8" Available Work

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Winter Creek Study

Another older piece. We returned Monday, and I set up my paints after unpacking. Soon the power went out and stayed off into the night. The next morning our startled cat bit John on the hand. It began to feel odd so he went to the clinic. They sent him to the ER and then he was admitted into the hospital. Tonight is his second night there! Poor guy, I had no idea cat bites could be so dangerous! I painted some today but it`s been a crazy re-entry into my life. watermedia on paper 5.5"x10"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


This painting is from 1990 and seems in the spirit of the Mountain West where I`ve been for three weeks. We got home yesterday after seeing so much beauty my head is swimming. Yellowstone was stunning with many jewel-like geothermal features, and an unexpected surprise were the canyons of Eastern Oregon. They were at their peak of spring vitality. Even photographing from a moving car you can see how gorgeous the hills are right now. There are so many paintings in my head, I can only hope to get them all out. watermedia on paper 40"x28"

Saturday, May 19, 2012


When I painted this watercolor last winter, little did I know I would soon see geothermal features not unlike this in Yellowstone. We`ve been hiking all over, the landscape has been other worldly, I`m bursting with ideas from the Ranch and the Park and soon will be home and able to paint again. watercolor on Yupo 9"x9"

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Brush Creek

One of the last little paintings from my residency at the Brush Creek Ranch. watermedia on paper 12"x9"

Monday, May 14, 2012


I was provoked by another resident to paint something entirely in watercolor. It doesn`t seem coherent enough yet but she insists it`s finished. watercolor on Yupo 26"x20"

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Streambank Study

This residency at Brush Creek Ranch in southeast Wyoming is nearly over. I`m going out into the pastures and along the creek today for some last impressions.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012


As it`s still very early Spring at 7500 ft., I`ve tried to show the lingering bleakness of winter with a hint of what`s to come. watermedia on paper 18"x18"

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Brush Creek Hills

This is exactly the kind of landscape I painted in Santa Cruz New Mexico in the late 70s. watermedia on paper 9"x12"

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Brush Creek Study

I`m getting more familiar with this Wyoming landscape. watermedia on paper 14.5"x13.75"

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

and more Cottonwoods!

Yes, I left Oregon and drove two days to the Mountain West to paint...trees! These cottonwood forests along Brush Creek are compelling! Every year in Spring I try to paint the delicacy and freshness of the season. I usually come up short. The Pointillist landscape is lovely but a bitch to paint! watermedia on Yupo 6"x 26"

Friday, May 4, 2012

Plein Air Cottonwoods and Adventure

A couple of hours ago, I was sitting in a tangle of bushes, painting in the shade, using the adorable miniature paint box Jo Reimer made me. I heard movement behind for quite some time and figured it was a cow coming to the little stream for a drink. This is a cattle ranch. When it got very close I began to wonder if it was going to intrude, but thought it unlikely. Suddenly a huge moose head emerges about 8 feet away. Got my adrenaline going as I stumbled away from it. But it kept making these sounds that were like questions, it must have been curious. I decided to go back across the water and get my stuff and when I did it ran away. I came back to the studio and went out again in a different direction and did this drawing of cottonwoods with a watercolor crayon.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cottonwoods-Brush Creek Ranch

It`s very early spring at 7500 feet in altitude in southern Wyoming. When I lived in New Mexico I could hardly stand the anticipation. With some warm weather the cottonwoods will all leaf out quickly and then soon it`s summer. watermedia on Yupo 12x9