Monday, November 30, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Small Church with Red Doors

"Small Church with Red Doors", Oil on Canvas Panel, 9"x11", Plein Air
This is a small church in San Marcos, California. The interesting story behind it is that it is actually two smaller churches joined together, both of which were moved to this site. The entry with the spire is one building and the other was cut in half and attached to the sides.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Left Behind

"Left Behind", Oil on Canvas Panel, 5"x7"
Our garden attracts a lot of butterflies each year. This Monarch didn't make the return trip south.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Smith Rock Sunset

"Smith Rock Sunset", Oil on Canvas Panel, 9"x12", Plein Air
I camped at Smith Rock State Park and captured several images of the area en plein air. Hiked some trails, over the top and along the river. The first evening there, I painted this 9x12 just before sunset. The low spot is Asterisk Pass although Asterisk Rock is not visible from this angle.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Red Skies at Night

"Red Skies at  Night", Oil on Gesso Board, 8"x10", Plein Air
Sometimes the clouds pass through at just the right time!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Divided We Stand

"Divided We Stand", Oil on Canvas, 14"x11" Plein Air
This is a huge rock outcrop on the coast of Oregon that I have watched for 20 years. It had separated near the middle and part of it's top fell in wedging the two halves apart. Last year, the dividing rock disintegrated and fell into the abyss. Also, in the foreground, a sand dune has slowly developed in the leeward side of the rocks. European sea grass got a foothold in the sand stabilizing it and allowing more and more sand to settle in. Twenty years ago this area was all at beach level and now it ranges from ten to twenty-five feet high.

Friday, November 13, 2015


"Windswept", Oil on Canvas Panel, 11"x14
I took a hike with a friend out on Port Orford Heads State Park in Oregon. Found this great view of Klooqueh Rock, and others, along the Tower Trail. Overcast day with moderate winds.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Shadows on the Wall

"Shadows on the Wall", Oil on Canvas Panel, 8"x10", Plein Air
Not far from the jardin in San Miguel de Allende I ran across this beautiful old Weathered door. I set up to paint it but then noticed how the shadows were playing on the wall of the street ahead.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Red Chair with Flowers

"Red Chair with Flowers", Oil on Canvas Panel, 10"x8", Plein Air
One year when I was in San Miguel de Allende I noticed this restaurant near our room. This chair was put out on the sidewalk to get the attention of people walking on the cross street.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Touchy Subject

"Touchy Subject", Oil on Canvas Panel, 14"x11", Plein Air
This is the top of a Saguaro cactus our builder planted next to our house about ten years ago. Now it is 3 or 4 feet above the second storey eave. He says "it's going to the moon!"

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Walkin' the Walk

"Walkin' the Walk", Oil on Canvas, 10"x8"
Here is the rooster chasing after the free range chickens I talked about the other day.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Night Setting In

"Night Setting In", Oil on Canvas Panel, 9"x12", Plein Air
Sometimes the Day keeps the Night at bay. Oregon coast.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Free Range Chicken

"Free Range Chicken", Oil on Canvas, 12"x9"
In Mexico, most chickens run free. For several years, our neighbor's chickens would roost in one of the trees in our yard. Later, when the herds of goats kept ravaging our plants, we decided to fence them out.

Sunday, November 1, 2015


"Hangover", Oil on Canvas Panel, 8"x8"
Walking around San Migeull de Allende, I discovered this wonderful alley following a curved wall with a beautiful Bougainvillea cascading over the top. Through the archway was a shady courtyard.