Harris Ranch Big Tree

5X7″ oil on panel I painted this plein air today.  I feel like I’m starting to get a feel for plein air painting.  I’m happy with how this little painting turned out. I keep painting Harris Ranch because it’s just about the only flat open space near my house.  There are a few cows leftContinue reading “Harris Ranch Big Tree”

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Big Landscape

I have been toying around with my big Boise Foothills landscape.  I’ve decided to work on it a little bit each day over a month or so and just see where it goes.  There is a red section at the bottom that I’m not in love with so in this photo I cropped it outContinue reading “Big Landscape”

Spring Break-Grandma’s House

18X24 oil on canvas To Grandmothers house we go.  I have my posts out of order.  We went to my parents place before my sisters, we stayed in Ukiah at my parents house for 5 days and took day trips from there.  Just like my sister who lives in a vineyard, my parents live inContinue reading “Spring Break-Grandma’s House”

Spring Break-Ukiah/Redwood Valley

8X8 oil on canvas Remember that I’m painting about my spring break?  This is stop #2.  After Spending a couple of days in Tahoe at Squaw Valley we went on to Ukiah to visit my family.  I was born and raised in Ukiah (Northern California) and my parents and youngest sister still live there.  UkiahContinue reading “Spring Break-Ukiah/Redwood Valley”

Spring Break- First Stop

8X8 oil on canvas Over the next week or so I am going to paint pictures of all the places we went over Spring Break. Can you guess where we went first ? On our way to CA to visit family we usually stop and stay the night in Tahoe just to break up the driving.Continue reading “Spring Break- First Stop”

Mendocino Headlands

30X40″ oil on canvas Yesterday I started this Mendocino California beach landscape.  I sketched out the initial scene quickly and will wait for it to dry to work on values and create more depth.  There are 2 parts of this painting that I love and won’t change. The sky and that one tree sticking upContinue reading “Mendocino Headlands”

Flying Nautilus

16X24 oil on canvas I grew up near the coast in Northern California.  As a kid my dad would go abalone diving in Fort Bragg with his friends and I would play around on the cliffs with my sisters.  It’s a wonder we are still alive.  At the end of the abalone diving day weContinue reading “Flying Nautilus”

Boise Sky After Thunderstorm

30X48″ oil on canvas You know what they say about the weather in Idaho? Wait 15 minutes, it will change.  I learned quickly that Idahoans like to say that.  I’ve been living in Idaho since 2003 and I’m on board with that saying now.  When there’s thunder and lightning, it pours rain, hails, and randomlyContinue reading “Boise Sky After Thunderstorm”

Boise Foothills WIP

Today I am showing a work in progress that I started yesterday.  I started two new landscapes.   I have the general idea down on canvas, now I need to let this one dry so I can build on the color.  I really love the freeness of painting the foothills and Idaho sky.  I’m lookingContinue reading “Boise Foothills WIP”