Friday, September 21, 2012


I'm still working on the large version of the "Noon Stage to Wawona" - I'm getting to the point where I'm adding details and all of that.  Yesterday I was harnessing horses most of the day.  It was kinda fun ... and yet, not so much.  Once I have all of the details in ... I'm going to work some of them out ... and make some look more spontaneous.  That's always a trick - too much detail slows down the movement and can give a very stiff, overworked feel.  Still a long way to go on this one.

Today at the YWA Friday morning painting group, we had a model, Miki, that got into a real nice pose, and held it very well.  She reminded me of John Singer Sargent's Madam X in a way.  Maybe it was the pose or just the strong profile.  At any rate, she was a good model - I had a fun time painting today.

Now it's back to the studio to work on the stagecoach thing again.

Friday, September 14, 2012


After all the studies, sketches, and even 4 stages of an intaglio print, I'm finally working on the full size painting of "Noon Stage to Wawona" (24" x 42").  It's not quite to the half-way point, but I'm enjoying it and excited about the way that it's going.  That doesn't always happen.

Some of the charcoals from the Wawona Pioneer History Centre:

And some of the paintings:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Time Gets Away

This small (8" x 10") painting was done the other day in the Ahwahnee Meadow in Yosemite Valley, using my little pochade box. It was a nice afternoon.  I brought my lunch and a folding canvas chair and really enjoyed the time.  Clouds scuttled across the sky behind Tis - Ay - Ack (Half Dome) and the breezes felt nice.  This time of year the temperatures are just right and it felt great to be out working from life in Yosemite Valley again.
Time rushed by, though.  Between chatting with tourists, who watched me work, and just letting my mind wander while I worked, the painting almost seemed to create itself.  But, afternoon sprinkles brought me back to reality, and I had to call it finished.  The light was also changing rapidly.  I'm still debating on "finishing'' this up from photos ... or just letting it stand as a plein air study -- maybe do a larger one from the same spot and finishing that one up in a series of sittings.  With so many different spectacular things to paint around here, though, those choices are difficult to make.  And time rushes onward!

Today my oldest son, Tim, turns 31.  I ask myself how that's even possible.  I don't feel as though I've even reached my twenties yet!  Time gets away.  Where, I wonder, could it go?