Monday, September 18, 2017

California Watercolor Association 48th National Exhibition to include "Blue Ridge" , juried by Dean Mitchell

I am very pleased to share that "Blue Ridge" has just been accepted into the California Watercolor Association 48th National Exhibition. The juror is Dean Mitchell!
It is one of 80 paintings he selected from across the country.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sonoma Plein Air Art Festival Sept 10 to 16th

I will be on the square in Sonoma on Saturday September 16th from 10 to 4 as a part of the annual plein air event . Now in it's 15th year, the festival has raised over 1 million dollars for Art Education in Sonoma County.

Here are a few paintings from years past:

A Thirsty Hill

Windbreak Chileno Valley

Pacific Promontory

More information and the complete schedule of events is at

Monday, August 14, 2017

Artists Round Table Materials Notes

Artists Round Table Materials Notes

In lieu of a handout, here are some notes for the demo for June 1


Are what strikes most viewers about my work. I worked many years to see and understand values.
Only with accurate values can one get away with expressive saturated colors

Tools are gray scales  like this one



I have many, many tubes of paint on my palette.
They are there for convenience in quick mixing in the field and opacity vs transparency

Recessive Colors (less saturated)
(used for distant elements)

Cobalt turquoise, winsor yellow, cobalt blue, manganese blue, permanent rose, yellow ochre, jaune brilliant#1 (holbein), burnt sienna

Advancing colors

Windsor green, winsor blue (the thalos) ultramarine blue, quinacridones (gold, burnt orange), cadmium yellow,pyrol orange, perm alizarin crimson,winsor red

Arches 300 lb hot press, bright white

Brushes Synthetics

Jack Richeson 9000 Signature Series Rounds 12 and 14

Escoda Prado 12 and 14 less thirsty for damp conditions

1/2 inch flats and large flat wash brush

Robert E Wood Palette

Always nearby paper towels or toilet paper

Artists' Tape

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Monarch of Carmel Valley in California Art Club "Golden State Splendor" exhibit at the Santa Paula Art Museum July 15 to Nov 5

Monarch of Carmel Valley, 16 x 20  plein air
This was just painted this past May during the Carmel Art Festival.  I love this hill in upper Carmel Valley.  It is about 20 minutes beyond Carmel Valley Village and the drive to it is through some exquisite Oaklands, stands of Sycamores and horse ranches. I feel the tension leave my neck and back as I pull out here along Carmel Valley Rd. Often painting in absolute silence.

The title is cribbed from Hanson Puthuff who titled a painting "Monarch of Malibu".  If I can paint the hills of California half as well as he did I will be happy.
 I chose the title for this piece because this hill feels so majestic.
It is truly my vision of splendor!

California Art Club
Golden State Splendor
Santa Paula Art Museum
July 15 to Nov 5

Reception Sat July 15 4 to 6 pm.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Yellowstone, Lower Falls in LPAPA "Salute our National Parks" Exhibit, July 3 to 31st.

Yellowstone, Lower Falls 16 x 21 Studio Watercolor
This painting has been juried into the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association " Salute Our National Parks" exhibit, July 3 to July 31, 2017 at the Forest and Ocean Gallery 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach CA.
I need to thank my parents for being intrepid travelers and my Dad who has an artist's eye for the source material. I don't recall ever painting a waterfall and it was a great one to paint.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Nice mention in Plein Air Magazine July 2017 Barns Portfolio

Plein Air Magazine recently featured a portfolio of barn paintings and included my painting "Sunny Day Petaluma", one of only a handful of barn paintings I have painted. In this one the adorable tractor caught my eye.

Here is a larger photo so you can see it.