Copper Kettle / Study

Color! The richness and variety of the orange in the kettle, fabric and flowers are complimented by the blue green of the foliage. To my eye this is irresistible!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fenceline Oak

This old oak stands alone on a grassy ridge overlooking a deep valley and the hills beyond the valley. It is stubbed and twisted, a wreck of rich tangles. It has massive tree sized limbs, twisty branches, mistletoe, lichens, mosses and even a few leaves. A symbol of the strength and tenacity of life.
This is a study for a large painting .
11' x 15"

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Oak Rocking Chair

Many years ago my son built this chair using only hand tools and from rough milled wood. It sits on my front deck, comfortable,  useful,  used frequently of course,  and definitely a  treasure.
10" x 14"

Sunday, December 11, 2011


I saw this dynamic young pianist at the Monterrey Jazz Festival last fall. She had the crowd cheering and stomping with her high energy and joyful performance . Her enthusiasm was contagious !
This watercolor is another in an ongoing series of musicians inspired by the Jazz Festival.
14" x 13"

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sonny Rollins I

I plan to do a series of watercolors based on jazz musicians,  this is Sonny Rollins, a jazz veteran , who was just honored by a Kennedy Center Award for Artists.
 13" x 11"

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Autumn Hillside

The autumn oaks, madrones, firs and fruit trees on the hills and meadows of Humboldt County prompted this meditation.
22" 30"