August, 2009


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Aug 09

Vulcan’s Harvest




Vulcan’s Harvest was painted at least a year ago, maybe longer. I thought I wrote about it in a previous blog, but a quick review tells me otherwise, so I’ll take the time now. The subject is one of nine long-extinct volcanoes located near San Luis Obispo, California. These features back some 23 million years and stretch for miles up to and including the volcanic plug that is Morro Rock, Morro Bay. In my scene, nearby farmland provides a quiet, pleasing foil for this reminder of a more explosive past.

I painted on Wallis Museum pastel paper and stained a mottled umber hue, my aim in the painting was to convey the clean, humid air that one encounters along the coast in the summer months as the marine layer burns off. The other obvious desire was to describe the dramatic terrain. However, it is a little element that provides the final nod of my approval, the rolls of baled hay that dot the fields, like giant game-pieces on a some grand board game.

(Note: some paintings just don’t get an accurate representation in this blog format. This painting is one of them. On this blog the colors appear drained of richness, so I will place the painting among the images on the homepage. There the painting should fare better. On the homepage you will likely have to refresh your browser to scroll through to find Vulcan’s Harvest.)

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Aug 09

Warm Marleen

This acrylic portrait is one in a series of Starbucks subjects. Marleen is behind the counter many mornings with an attractive smile for everyone.

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1
Aug 09

Jumbled mosaic

Borax Flats, pastel, 18 x 25

The drive north on Hwy 395 along the eastern spine of the California remains a rich, creative vein for me as a landscape painter. One can’t help focus on the austere Basin and range environment with its broad vistas, big skies, and long horizons. In this austere scene a lone shrub-like tree has great evocative powers. Add a dynamic, mosaic-like jumble of stylized desert vegetation, the desert basin stretching behind and distant mountains and I feel a half-century melt away. I’m a child again, small yet aware of some bigger picture.

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