Saturday, April 17, 2010

Down the Street

I've been known to drive many, many miles to find something to paint but today I didn't have the use of my truck so I slung my backpack and walked across the street (and down a few houses) and wandered off into a vacant lot. Normally, I don't pay too much attention to this spot but with everything still so green from all the rain we've had, I found this cool old tree.

9 x 12 oil on linen panel

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Desert Wildflower Sketch

I’m not sure what these flowers are but I used this photo I took at Valley of Fire to do a quick little study. This regional park is located about an hour north of Las Vegas.

I’m working through several photos of this particular canyon with hopes that I can put together a larger studio piece.


4 x 5 pastel on sanded paper

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Desert Brittlebush

With another small storm coming in I decided to take a drive out to the desert to see what's left of the wildflower bloom. I also wanted to break in my newest Hielman backpacker pastel box.

Right now the bright yellow brittlebush is everywhere. In fact, it was so evident that I decided that, like fall foliage, it might be too much to try and capture it (see photo below).

So, I found a lone little group of flowers hiding in the rocks. I’m always amazed at the life you can find in the desert.

8 x 10 pastel on Wallis paper

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What a great place to set up. That's the Hielman box and easel on my carbon fiber tripod. Wonderful setup!


Lots of Yellow!