20141023

San Diego River wetland. 5 x 7". The winter birds are arriving.

Dowitcher

Little Blue Heron

Long Billed Curlew

20141020

Birds of Paradise, 5x7". A day trip to the Irvine Museum with a dear friend.

Limited palette experiment--raw sienna, English red, Payne's gray. 5x7", Hahnemuhle bamboo paper.

20140919

Sunset, Waikiki. Farewell to Hawaii for now, but not for long.

20140917

Pyramid Rock, beach at MCBH, Kaneohe Bay. It was almost too hot to paint that day and no shade around, so this was done very quickly indeed.

Studies of the lava mountains above Waikiki that form the Honolulu watershed.

Different time of day and rare cloud-free sun.


20140915

 Hibiscus blossom. Flowers everywhere here.

20140912

Mokule'ia Beach Park, Oahu's north shore. 

Sea turtle studies. There were several of these beautiful endangered beings at the shore, but they don't stay long and it's forbidden to get close to them.

Clear, warm water and coral reefs, hardly anyone else around. A wonderful swim in the company of many fishes. 

20140908


Pu'u O Hulu (distant) and Ma'ili'ili seen from Kane'ilio Point, Waianae.  Looking southward on Oahu's western shore.

Papaya. The fruit here is unsurpassable.

20140906

Kaneilio Point, Poka'i Bay, Waianae.

Java Sparrows, aka Java Finches. Classed as vulnerable on the endangered species list, because Asian countries are trying to eradicate them as rice-eating pests. Here in Hawaii, they are loved. Although still scarce, they're doing better.

20140831


 Diamond Head at mid-day seen from Ala Wai canal, buildings and cars edited out.


I think this is an immature coconut. About three inches in length, much smaller than a regulation coconut; fell from a palm tree that was full of them.

20140827


 La'ie Point, a lava projection, state beach park.


Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park, seen from Ka'a'awa. These volcanic mountains (called pali) are everywhere on Oahu, a reminder that the entire island is made of lava.

20140826


Mākaha State Beach Park.


Sweetest pineapple ever.


Diamond Head, Waikiki.

20140823

Hawaii

 Ala Wai Canal and Diamond Head Crater.

 Koolau Mtn range. Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve is up in those mountains, almost always engulfed in rain clouds and fog.

Ocean, Waikiki.

20140817

Vegas

 The road to Vegas. That billboard advertises a pawn shop.




Monsoons and great desert color.

20140802



Off Cabrillo Memorial Dr. About 4x5"

20140725




Plein air sketches by bike! About 4x6", San Diego River and Mission Bay. Very grey day.

20140720


Chewy, 9 x 9"


Just spent a week housesitting and caring for this very sweet, aging Pomeranian that we've known for eleven years. I am not a dog person, but she's pretty special.

20140719




Near Escondido. 4-5" x6"

20140716

The Point from Shelter Island, 4 x 5"

Scripps Ranch, 4 x 9"

20140712

Found Rose, 9" x 5"

20140711

Near Campo. 4" x 6"

Santa Ysabel open space. 5" x 7" Five-minute sketch.

All of these are small, quickly-done plein air sketches as I get acquainted with the medium. Single biggest factor in the outcome is the paper, which makes a profound difference.

20140710

3.5" x 9"

The view from A-1 Storage, bay and waterfront. 5" x 9"

East county field, off 94. 5" x 9"