Thursday, December 8, 2011

Point Lobos Trip

I've just returned from a few days in Carmel, California painting Point Lobos.

Sunday afternoon I was checking out the weather forecast and it looked like fabulous weather was headed for Carmel.  I fired off some emails, and in less than 12 hours I was down in Carmel.  Both Kim Lordier and Paul Kratter were nimble enough to swap their busy schedules around to meet me down there.

This iconic location is truly one of the most remarkable and beautiful locations, and such a joy to paint.

That's me painting with Paul Kratter

Painting with Kim Lordier

Pt Lobos, Standing Solo, 9x12, Pastel

Pt Lobos First Light, 9x12 Pastel

Pt Lobos Hidden Cove, 9x12, Pastel

Pt Lobos Last Light, 9x12, Pastel

It's just awesome having some friends who are flexible enough (and crazy enough) to make it on a trip like this. We had a great time, got lots of terrific work done, and kept kicking ourselves that we get to do this for a living. Sure beats working in the coal mines (where both my wife's grandfathers made their living).

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Scott Christensen Demo - Carmel Coast

I had the pleasure of attending Scott Christensen's 5-day workshop this last week in Carmel. 

Here are some images from the demo ...

completed demo/study, 8x10 oil

His setup - a tiny 8x10 open box M

He did this in about 45 minutes using a little 8x10 pochade with a tiny mixing area.  The man is nothing if not fast :-)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

High Sierra UFO

Check out this crazy cloud that went floating by when I was up at almost 11,000 ft in the sierras.  I've never seen anything like it.

It looked like 3 of 4 layered disks, but it also had these funky dark holes punched through it.  Very weird.

Anyone know what this type of cloud might be called?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Some More From The Sierra Trip

Here are a few more images from my  recent Sierra trip.  This first one was a quick stream study I did as we were hiking in:

"Sierra Stream Mini", 6x6, Pastel

For this painting I setup just along the trail, and then of course our mule train with all our gear caught up with me and wanted to pass.  I cleared out what I though was enough room, but that last mule in the lineup must have been really curious.  He swung over towards me and his pack whacked my pastel box.  Luckily I saw him coming and I jumped forward and grabbed my box before the impact.  I kept things mostly intact.  My box got scrambled and required some cleanup, but only one stick was broken.  That could have been a disastrous way to start the trip!

Then the next morning I woke at daybreak and painting this view.  What a place to wake up and have my first morning cup of coffee! I think the view woke me more than the caffeine.

"Sierra Morning Glow", 8x16, Pastel

Artists on the trip

Bill put together this list of pointers to everyone's website.  Thought I'd duplicated it here if you're interested in seeing more work from the trip:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

High Sierra Painting Trip

I just returned from a week in the mountains.  A group of us (10 artists in all) packed into Chicken Foot and Gem lakes off the Rock Creek trail in the eastern sierras.  This was a trip designed to let us focus on painting, so we had mules bring in the bulk of our supplies and a cook for the duration to keep us well feed.  

I had fantastic time and the days quickly flew by.  Each day went something like this:
-          Wake at dawn (or earlier)
-          Grab of cup of coffee head off to do a morning painting
-          Breakfast at 8:30 or so
-          Pack up a lunch for the day
-          Head off to some more distant lakes or views and spend the late morning and afternoon painting
-          Return for dinner
-          Hang around drinking wine and swapping stories and tried to stay awake until 9pm (without much luck)

I don’t have time for a long post (I’ve got a big backlog of framing to get to for a Sept 10th show), but Terry Miura is posting a fabulous day-by-day account of the trip that you can read about here:

 OK - I'm going to get back to framing now ...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Figure in the Landscape

I've recently completed this painting, and have noticed that for the first time figures have started making appearances in my landscapes.

As humans, we are naturally drawn to any figures or people that appear in paintings.  I've been trying to add these figures in such a way that they are not the immediate focus of the painting, but rather fun discoveries one can make while looking more closely.

In this painting the figures are particularly small.  Click on it to see a larger image of the painting if you can't find them ...

What I particularly like is that by using figures I can more explicit control the sense of scale in the painting.  In pure landscapes, it can be hard to imply the true sense of grandeur or vastness of a scene.  With a figure added, we suddenly read everything in relation to the scale of the figure.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Timon Sloane TV Interview

I did an interview for a local TV program a few months ago.  In the interview I talk about plein air painting and the process of painting landscapes from life.  If you're interested, have an look and let me know what you think ...

If you have any trouble viewing it, please drop me an e-mail.  This is the first time I've integrated a video into my website, and the process of converting the video format and installing a flash video viewer wasn't as trivial as one might hope/expect.  Youtube makes it look so easy :-)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Carmel Art Festival

I had a really fun week at the Carmel Art Festival last week.  I looked all foggy and overcast as we were checking in, but then magically the skies cleared and we had really nice weather for both of the painting days.  Aside from some high winds, it was perfect.

I was up in the dark painting in the morning, and painting through sunset each day.  Here's a painting I did from the road overlooking the Carmel River.  This was a good evening spot given that it was protected from the winds coming off the ocean.

"Cypress With A View"

The show days (Saturday and Sunday) we didn't have quite the same luck.  There was some rain on Sunday, but overall it was bearable.

I love Carmel.  It really is my favorate place to paint.  There's so much variety and beauty in such a condensed area.  And since Monterey is a peninsula, I can find morning and evening locations with terrific lighting by flipping back and forth between eastern and western views.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Capturing a brief moment

I was out painting on the coast a few weeks ago, and as the sun was coming up there was this brief moment when the ocean's foam glowed as it reflected the pink light of the sky.  I did a quick plein air study, and then just recently did this small version of the scene for an upcoming mini show ...

A Moment of Pink Foam, Pastel, 6x6
Click here for more info
One of the great things about plein air painting (vs painting from photos) is the opportunity to meld together a series of visual phenomena that might occur over the course of doing a painting.  This is one perfect example of such a 'mash up', and I named the painting to reflect the fleeting nature of the moment.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Evening's Inkling

 Just recently finished an 18x24 pastel, starting it from plein air studies and then finishing it in the field.  I like working this way, but an 18x24 is a bit unwieldy when it gets windy.

Evening's Inkling, Pastel, 18x24
You can find more info here:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Recent Painting & Morro Bay Workshop

I just finished this painting from a number of studies I did over the last few months.  I started this in the studio and then took it on location to finish it off ...
"Pacific Gateway", Pastel, 18x24

I was also just invited to teach a pastel workshop in Morro Bay, CA in April.  Click here if you'd like to learn more.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Couple More ...

I took full advantage of the break in winter weather and got out to the coast twice last week.  I lucked out - it was truly beautiful.  To top it off, Kim Lordier joined me on the send day to make it even more fun.

Here are the two I painted that 2nd day with Kim ...

"Pink Bluffs", Pastel, 8x10

Orange Bluffs, Pastel, 9x12

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Another plein air piece done over at Pescadero on the Pacific Coast ...

"Morning's Highlight"
I loved how the morning marine layer was undulating in and out, obscuring the lower mountains in the distance and making it appear as if the mountain peaks were floating in a sea of glowing mist.