Friday, November 30, 2007

"Sierra Drama"

"Sierra Drama" - Oil - 24" x 30" - NFS (yet)

"Sometimes images are stored in my mind and surface years later as a work develops. This sundown in Lassen National Park was one. The warm tones of the trees were against the mountains whose usual purple tone was washed by the strong reds of the evening light and became a magenta instead. This work is packed with color and emotion." --- SFG

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

"Aspen Autumn"

"Aspen Autumn" - Oil - 24" x 30" - SOLD

Dispite its unfortunate name, Convict Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Bishop, California. I've painted it many times. When the aspen spread a brilliant yellow across the hills, the scene is even more inspiring than usual.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"California Hospitality"

"California Hospitality" - Oil - 24" x 24" - SOLD

This Bed and Breakfast in Ferndale, California, shines in its Victorian splendor. The blooming hydrangeas added color to the inviting scene. Ferndale, just south of Eureka on the California coast is a diary farming community, but its main street is worth a stroll. Don't miss the ironworks specialty shop and its furniture store next door.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

"A Little Lupine"

"A Little Lupine" - Oil - 16" x 20" - EXHIBITION PAINTING - $1600

With spring colors saturating this field, I could not resist putting in a few of California's lupine that bathe the hills at that time. This studio work was a delight to paint, since it's one of my favorite subjects. The color of the background mountains turns pastel in the unique light of the area.
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Saturday, November 10, 2007

"Near Sunset, Mt. Shasta"

"Near Sunset, Mt. Shasta"- Oil - 30" x 24" - SOLD

Magnificant Mt. Shasta is not far from my home and the light at sunset is a daily wonder. This day cast a rosy glow on the slopes as mountain shadows overtook the foreground.

Friday, November 09, 2007

"Santa Ynez Vineyard"

"Santa Ynez Vineyard" - Oil - 24" x 24" - $700

The overlapping curves of the hills and fence lines and the warm afternoon light gave this scene a sense of grace and warmth.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

"Pacific Duet"

"Pacific Duet" - Oil - 24" x 30" - SOLD

The coast of California is picturesque and breathtaking at the same time. Similar in climate to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, the light is equally rare. Both have unique vistas and characteristic vegitation. This scene includes graceful tree forms, layered bluffs that reach into the ocean, and a surge of coral light that sets the mood.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

"Hour of Purple Shadows"

"Hour of Purple Shadows" - Oil - 16" x 20" - SOLD

There are two times of day that the light is best for painting, early morning and late evening. If you've watched my work, you may have deducted that I am no longer a morning person. Fortunately, I love the late sun and the colors it produces. This scene is just north of Los Olivos, California.

Friday, November 02, 2007

"Sierra Brilliance"

"Sierra Brilliance" - Oil - 24" x 24" - $650

The aspens at Convict Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California are an unforgettable sight. Here, I've used the color and light/dark contrast to create a strong statement.
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Thursday, November 01, 2007

"Some Days Are Diamonds"

"Some Days Are Diamonds" - Oil - 24" x 30" - $1500

John Denver is one of my favorite songwriters and as this marvelous scene developed before my eyes, I remembered his lines, "Some days are diamonds. Some days are stone." The reference is to both the stunning beauty of the Pacific and to the fact that the painting went very well. Both are gifts.
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