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"Blue Ridge" juried into Watercolor USA 2016, Springfield Art Museum

Blue Ridge 21 x 21 "Blue Ridge" will be exhibited in the Watercolor USA  2016 Exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum. This...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Two new Mount Diablo Paintings

Just Below Junction 21 x 21

Summit From Curry Point November 21 x 21

I've had these in the studio for months.
Started them both last fall trying to paint the beauty of the dusty colors of the drought.
 The reds of the California holly were fun to see in the chaparral. In fact the native plants didn't look that different from the usual fall colors, but the grasses were very dried out.
These were both painted on Southgate Road at Curry Point and just below the long straight hill near Junction.
 I can tell you there were a lot of hikers on the Summit trail which was good to see, but far too many cyclists speeding down that hill.

Curry Point Spring and Curry Point Calm, what a difference a season of rain makes

Curry Point Spring 12 x 22

Curry Point Calm 12 x 22

Same location, six month's apart. Both times I wanted to see the snow on the Sierras, both times there was too much moisture in the air, but it was still very satisfying to paint the changes as this winter's rains brought an end to the drought scenes on  Mount Diablo.

Monday, April 18, 2016

"Blue Ridge" juried into Watercolor USA 2016, Springfield Art Museum

Blue Ridge 21 x 21

"Blue Ridge" will be exhibited in the Watercolor USA  2016 Exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum.

This is the 55th National Annual Exhibition. It was organized in 1962 by the Springfield Art Museum. This event's goal is to attract the best in in contemporary American Watermedia and strive to exhibit work by artists who push the boundaries of the medium.

The judge is Lynne Warren ,Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Opening June 3 5:30 to 7:30

June 4 to August 28

I picked this one to enter because it was very windy on Mt Diablo and this painting took all of my ingenuity to get it painted at this size, since the painting board acted like a sail.
I felt I pushed the boundary of what size painting I can comfortably paint outdoors. This is the first of a series of plein air watercolors this large.

Here are some photos in the frame for scale.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Kern County Plein Air Invitational and Exhibit

The Kern County Plein Air Invitational was last week but the paintings are still on site for viewing at the Access Center Gallery, 1330 Truxton Avenue , Bakersfield.

The paintings will be on display from April 18 to May 27.

Here are a few of mine and the installation at the Bakersfield Museum of Art from last weekend.

Tejon Ranch Spring 14 x 17

Hill at Tejon Ranch 12 x 12

Wednesday at Wind Wolves 12 x 16

Atmosphere 11 x 14

Bakersfield Museum of Art Exhibit

Monday, March 28, 2016

2nd Annual Kern County Plein Air Painting Festival, April 5 to 9

I am busy getting ready for this event in April. I am hoping the weather holds and there are some wildflowers still in bloom. Last year we got to paint at the Kern River and Tejon Ranch and Wind Wolves preserve.

Here are a few of the paintings from 2015.

Friday, March 4, 2016

"Clouds Over Sullivan's Island" and "Burndale Morning" to be exhibited in the California Art Club's 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

Clouds Over Sullivan's Island, watercolor on paper 12 1/2 x 14 1/2

 Burndale Morning  watercolor on paper 9 x 12

This is my sixth consecutive time exhibiting in the Gold Medal Exhibition!
I have been fortunate to have had two painting accepted all six times!
 When there is time I post them all together.

This is one of the most prestigious art events on the West Coast, in one of the premier art museums in Los Angeles. It is the signature event of the CAC and there will be over 200 paintings and sculptures on view.


California Art Club 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
April 3 - 24
Gala Reception April 2, 6pm
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way LA

For tickets to the Gala and more information, please visit

A note on presentation.
These exhibits are generally filled with oil paintings. I try to be respectful of the challenges of hanging a diverse exhibit of still lives, figurative and landscape subjects. For these exhibits I frame my paintings like landscape paintings, not like colored drawings and I think that helps with their appeal. Here's how the two from this year are framed: