IMG_251324X24″ oil on canvas

I’ve been working away at this piece whenever I get a chance this busy summer.  This is a view of Tablerock looking over the greenbelt, trees, and golf course.  I haven’t yet  really defined the greenbelt that runs through the dry grass. I’ll get to that tomorrow.  I’m thinking of putting in some little walkers or bikers.  And I’ll try to give the trees in the middle distance a little more character.  I started this one Plein Air and was standing under a big pine tree, so I put a few of those branches poking in.  The air quality has been bad here because of wildfires around the state, so I’ve worked on this in the studio quite a bit.  I’d like to get back outside with it to paint some more on it on location.

Was it better before?

IMG_087248X36″ oil on canvas

Today this painting went in yet another direction.  I decided to change the landscape to an actual place way up in the foothills that I ran to with some friends a while back.  Now it is looking down into the valley below.

It’s still a work in progress.  The paint on this one is really thick so it takes a long time to dry.  The question I’ve been asking now is, “was it better before?”  I have said that so many times in the past, but in general now I just keep moving forward from wherever I’m at.

Here are a bunch of before pictures of this one.  I like it better now.

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I just found this little YouTube video of one of the foothill trails I run on.  I didn’t take the video.  But you can see how peaceful it is up there.

The Getty Center

IMG_0360IMG_0362IMG_0368IMG_0373IMG_0375IMG_0384IMG_9900IMG_9901IMG_9907IMG_9914IMG_9919IMG_0390We had a great time at the Getty Center last week.  I could go there every day for inspiration, sunshine, and all around feel good vibes.  We went there on the first and last days of our trip to Los Angeles.  If you are in LA, I recommend spending a day at the Getty Center.  As a bonus, it’s free.  You just pay $15 for parking.

We all checked out the self tour iPods and wandered around learning about whatever struck our fancy.

I loved the Cezanne.



“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.”