Friday, April 28, 2006

Look at this brush.

Look at this brush. See the voluptuous hips, the fine point? It's a Winsor and Newton Kalinsky sable, just about the finest brush I'll ever get to use. It cost my wife a bundle 20 years ago, back when the Soviet Union was the sole producer of Kalinsky sables. Tonight my wife gave the brush to me. How about that?

I intend to wear it out.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Cottonwood Creek

Here's a study of a large painting I'm working on now. It's inspired by a vista of hills just across highway 152 from Basalt California State Park.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Cypress, Sand City

In the nearby town of Sand City stands this cypress tree. If you were standing in this painting a highway interchange would be right behind you. Were the tree not perfectly framed by an overpass, I may never have seen it, but I think it's a perfect example of these beautiful trees.

Zach and I went camping in the mountains just south of Yosemite this weekend. He and I both took some spectacular photographs which should be turning into paintings pretty soon. Watch this space over the next few days for a change from coastal to mountain landscapes.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

September Ranch, Looking East

September Ranch is just east of us on Carmel Valley Road. It's a beautiful place and I often stop there to photograph scenes I'd like to paint. This morning the sun was casting long shadows and the fog was still rising from the river when I took the photo I used for this painting.

More importantly, tomorrow is Easter, my favorite holiday. To think that God could love me enough to suffer the penalty for my sins. No painting or photograph or poem could ever approach the beauty of that thought.

When I lived in Greece I loved the fact that on Easter, everyone greeted each other by saying Christos Anesti - Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Happy Easter.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Two New Paintings

I finished a couple paintings today. The top one, entitled Fall, Corral De Tierra, represents a couple days' work, but I did the bottom one, Monterey Cypress, this afternoon.

The photograph of Monterey Cypress isn't quite true to color; the blues should be darker and less purple. Sometimes photographing these things is harder than painting them.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Storm from the South

More stormy weather here in the Carmel Valley. It may make painting outside difficult, but it sure provides some dramatic scenes. In this one, storm clouds are boiling over the south rim of the valley.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Painting Partner

It's been raining a lot here lately, so I've had a hard time getting outdoors to paint. This afternoon I went out despite the drizzle and worked from the shelter of some eucalyptus trees.

I usually prefer to paint alone, but today I took a companion. Tiger had a great time running around and he didn't crash into my tripod a single time.

Good dog!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Tunisian Gothic

This is a compilation of a number of photographs I took in the hills north of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. I used to run along the trails in those hills and in the process I met a large family of shepherds and olive farmers who wanted to know what the heck a crazy American was doing running up and down the inclines.

Over the few weeks I was there I visited many times and took a lot of photos. When I got them developed I noticed that in almost every one of them was this woman in her bright red dress. A painting of the area wouldn't be right without her in it.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Work in Progress

No, I haven't been on vacation, nor have I been abducted by aliens. Here's a detail of the painting I'm working on currently. As you can see, it's slow going, and I have a couple days of work left before it's finished.

When it is finished, the title will be Tunisian Gothic.