Monday, March 26, 2012

Two more oil paintings

"En Route"  49"w x 36"h  oil on canvas

"Witness"  36"w x 50"h  oil on canvas
Two more pieces stretched and photographed thanks to my sister-in-lay Beth who kept the kids all day last Friday. Thanks Beth! Both of these were done at Playa.

"En Route" is kind of a portrait of route 31 which runs right by the residency program. I used to walk out there most nights and wait for cars to go by. Everything would be silent... then in the distance you hear a slight hum. A new light begins to flood the hillside and suddenly the car roars past. In no time the red glow of the tail lights was fades into the night and the silence returns. When they fly past at 70mph it felt a little like seeing into the future from some distant past.

"Witness" is simply a document of one of the thousands of dead trees left over from a fire that raged across Winter Ridge in 2002. They were eerily beautiful.


While I was waiting for my oil paintings to dry at Playa (I had to roll them up and drive them home) I tried my hand at some watercolors, something I haven't done in over 20 years. My main goal was just to reacquaint myself with how they feel. Also when I used them in college my work was very tight. I wanted to keep things as loose as possible. I did not exactly impress myself and my use of color is completely uninspiring here, but they were more fun to do than I thought would be. I will definitely have to try some more down the road. Anyway here's a few of my very very modest efforts...

woodpile 9" x 12"

dirt road  12" x 9"

Winter Ridge  12" x 9"

"Summer Lake"  12" x 9"

Friday, March 23, 2012


36"w x 49"h  oil on canvas
One more stretched and photographed. Getting there slowly but surely. I have to have them all done for the show in May so it WILL get done.

Getting them stretched and seeing them in their final form is bringing back the experiences of being at Playa, conceiving and executing the paintings. It was an amazing time.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


I managed to get one of the paintings from my residency at Playa framed yesterday. Hopefully I'll get more done this week.

oil on canvas  33" x 60"  2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rock Pallette

While I was at Playa I would constantly stoop down to pick up pebbles from the gravel drive. Although the drive looks gray at first glance the individual rocks were of extraordinary variety. I gradually laid them out on the boardwalk in front of my cabin (ala Andrew Goldsworthy - although my little pet rock project is not worthy of that association). I'll also post it on my Flickr page so you can view it larger and scroll back and forth.
-hmmm. That didn't work either. I'll figure it out later.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Some Photographs

Here's a few photographs from my stay at the Playa Summer Lake residency program

Looking down at the north end of Summer Lake basin

Abert Rim

Summer Lake Hot Springs (the spring feeds a pool in the old barn)

Remnants of a fire on Winter Ridge

More dead trees

My cabin at Playa (on right)

Cattle drive on route 31 with Playa commons building in background

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I'm back

I returned yesterday from my residency at Playa. It was a fantastic productive experience. I'll be posting photographs and artwork over the coming days and weeks.
Here's a  couple of pictures of the grounds from a spur up on Winter Ridge.