The Path To Elemental, Blue Sky Forever

#110 – Tuesday April 23rd

A perfectly ordinary snapshot, taken during a recent backpacking trip in the Superstition Mountains. This particular rock outcrop provided much needed shelter from a monsoon storm during a prior excursion into the Superstitions, and on this day, blue sky forever, it seemed the equivalent of visiting an old and dear friend.


I’ve always enjoyed rambling about the out-of-doors, but I’m drawn to the desert by some undeniable magnetic attraction, and as this affliction has come to dominate  my work, I rely on these photo vignettes to offer a spring-board toward a different kind of exploration. 3

It’s been a banner year for wild flowers, the landscape bursting with color, and while much of my work over the past year has mirrored this explosion of hues, at the moment I have an overpowering wish to capture  the  elemental and etherial  quality of these experiences.


Elemental. Black, totality of color. White, absence of color. A landscape of extremes. Etherial. The subtle, delicate and fragile tones of desert flora, reveled in the benevolent and often unforgiving light of the southwestern sun.


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In The Absence Of All Else

#107 – Tuesday April 2nd

It’s a banner season for wildflowers, making it very difficult to stay focused in the studio. I hear the call, go you foolish fellow, get outside NOW! So out I go. I spend the day wandering the mountains near by, or in the garden adding and subtracting, until well past sundown when the cool spring desert air demands more than a simple t-shirt. Oddly enough, once back in the studio and after being drenched in exploding brilliant color, the new canvasses are devoid of all but a smattering of pale reds and yellows.  So for this spring Tuesday it’s flowers, a garden construct, and the smattering of pale yellow.

Flowers Gone Wild

Garden Monument

detail with pale yellow

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A Simple View – The Haphazard Affair – Lost Red

#43 – Tuesday, January 10th

A simple view of why I love the Southwest. Hiking the Upper Sonoran Desert, in January.

Beginning is a haphazard affair. This one starts in graphite and charcoal. Spritzed with water to get the charcoal in motion, and a wash of Aureolin Hue (an earthy yellow). These last few canvases have blasted out with a profusion of color and decidedly active compositions. An exciting jump into the exploration they promise to provide.

From last week’s post . . . another red . . . that makes a total of five. This canvas titled “Sparrow Field . . .” is from two thousand six , and I have to say, another painting with a decidedly active composition.

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