“Season of the Superbloom” oil painting California poppies

 

“Season of the Superbloom”
California poppies
9 x 12 inches, oil painting on linen plein air panel

There’s no doubt, this past springtime, 2019, was one of the best seasons ever for wildflowers in California. At least one of the best in recent memory. There was a time when all of the hills and valleys were covered with these spectacular blooms from north to south.


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Colorado Street Bridge with Sycamores – Pasadena California impressionist oil painting

“Colorado Street Bridge with Sycamores”
9 x 12 inches, oil on linen plein air panel
Arroyo Seco, Pasadena, California

This California impressionist oil painting celebrates fall in the Arroyo Seco, when the sycamores turn gold. The river that flows through the arroyo is a welcome habitat for this California native tree which thrives on plentiful water. Wherever you see a stream in In colder, higher areas you may see aspen and cottonwoods. There are cottonwoods in the arroyo, too.


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Arroyo Hike – Colorado Street Bridge, Arroyo Seco Pasadena oil painting

“Arroyo Hike – Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge, Arroyo Seco”
12 x 16 inch oil painting

This is a familiar subject that I return to again and again – exploring the bridge at different times of day, seasons and weather conditions.
It’s never quite the same twice.
The Colorado Street Bridge spans the Arroyo Seco, just downstream from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
It’s a favorite spot for runners and daily walkers alike. Even archers practice their skills nearby.

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Sierra September – California impressionist Sierra landscape – June Lake Loop – 395

“Sierra September”
18 x 24 oil painting on canvas
Early autumn on the June Lake Loop, Highway 395, Eastern Sierra
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This painting is another in a series exploring the dramatic lighting effects that occur in the later afternoon when clouds form over the Sierra Nevada, casting shafts of light into the Owens Valley below. I love the interplay of warm and cool colors dancing across the near-autumnal landscape. The ever changing patterns create interesting compositional challenges which can best be solved in the studio.

 

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Pink rose trellis – Huntington Gardens Rose Garden

Pink Rose Trellis, Huntington Gardens Rose Garden
12 x 24 inches
Oil on canvas

I just love roses, not only in my own garden, but at two local formal gardens – The Huntington Botanical Gardens and Library in San Marino, CA … and our own local Descanso Gardens in La Canada. These pink ones were real beauties at the peak of bloom.


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Delphinium Dance – Huntington Botanical Gardens oil painting San Marino

“Delphinium Dance”
Huntington Botanical Gardens, Scott Gallery, San Marino, California
16 x 20 inches oil painting on canvas

The Huntington Library is beautiful any time of year, but I have a personal preference for spring when everything is in full bloom.
The Rose Gardens are legendary, but I was also attracted to this meandering path to the Scott Gallery. Tall delphiniums in white, lavender, blue and rose bend and sway in the gentle breezes.


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Almost Sunset – Eaton Canyon Altadena California landscape oil painting

“Almost Sunset – Eaton Canyon”
16 x 20 inches
Oil painting on canvas

Eaton Canyon has been our local go-to place for walking and hiking ever since our children were little.
We remember the wildflower walkabouts in spring, the crisp air in fall. And oh, the beautiful oaks.
We’re seen some old oaks fall away and be replaced by new saplings, the circle of life.
I think it’s most beautiful at sunset when the warm western glow lights up the San Gabriels.


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Great Golden Spaces California rolling hills impressionist landscape painting


Great Golden Spaces
15 x 30 inch oil painting on canvas
(California Central Coast, near Cambria)

This is the next in my series of California rolling hills paintings. This one is from the country around Cambria, and west of Paso Robles wine country. Painting these sculpturally curved places is a bit like putting together a complex jigsaw puzzle, but so much fun!  You should see it in its gold frame which was custom made for it. Stunning!


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Teton Sunshine, Grand Teton oil painting

“Teton Sunshine”
9 x 12 oil painting
SOLD, now in a private collection

One of the highlights of our Wyoming trip was seeing Grand Teton National Park, which is beautiful any time of day. This view occurred at sunset, with the cottonwoods backlit. In the morning (which I will also paint) they were front lit by the rising sun, creating wonderful alpenglow. Moose and elk were foraging nearby and we were advised to be noisy so we’d alert them to our presence.


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Los Olivos Twilight, with oak tree California impressionist oil painting

“Los Olivos Twilight … with oak tree”
Backroads California impressionist oil painting
11 x 14 inches, oil on plein air linen panel

We attended a friend’s wedding in Los Olivos many years ago, and while we were in the area, we saw this remarkable sunset with incredibly vivid pinks, oranges and violets. The silhouette of the old oak tree made a lasting impression on me, and I’ve always wanted to paint the scene. If you look carefully, you can see golden grapevines on the left side of the road.


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