Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Gallery in Joshua Tree

Today was installation day at the new Joshua Tree Art Gallery (JTAG) initiated by artists Fred Fulmer and Karen Florek.  It's in the space between JT Health Food Store and the Sisters Cafe.
JTAG will open for the first time next Saturday,  February 6th from noon til about 8pm.
Regular hours are Noon - 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

Karen removing the backing to reveal the artists' names.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Whole Sky Light Shows

My meteorologist friend tells me we have up to eight more storms headed our way with the possibility of 5-10" more rain (!)...I miss the clear sky...and I love what the clouds give us as the sun rises and sets...all these photos are from today...

before sunrise

south sky before sunrise


full moon rising in the clouds

clouds in the south at sunset

clouds in the north with Goat Mountain at sunset

full moon appearing after the sun goes down

sunset clouds in the west

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Question of Privilege

I walk outside and look at the sky.  How is it that I am so fortunate to be here to see this every day...
east view at sunset this night

clouds after sunset

LATE JANUARY COMPOSITION, oil on canvas, 8" x 8"

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Palm Desert Saturday

ah, sun at last...Palm Desert, a sort of extension of Palm Springs to its east a few miles, is a visual delight...bougainvillea, snowy mountains, everything green and shiny after so much rain...

El Paseo Drive, location of lots of galleries

Installation view, Copal Gallery:        60" x 36"  oil painting in center is  "Autumn River" by yours truly. On either side are drawings by Israel Levitan.  Red sculpture on table is by Rik Phillips.  Owner Alicia Armstrong likes to display art as it would look in a home, which makes her gallery welcoming, attractive and delightfully unusual.  A show with a lot of my work will be opening there during the February El Paseo ArtWalk , which is happening on Thursday, February 4, from 5pm to 9pm. I'll be there — everyone is welcome!

Friday, January 22, 2010


More rain and wind.  I find myself dreaming of the warm sun.

Cactus, yucca, broom, and red oleander.  May 2009

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Storms Continue

Rain all day. Wind-torn clouds at dusk.  Snow predicted tonight.


Rain all night and still my one story no-attic house I have surround sound of the constant tapping of the drops on the roof...Wednesday morning when the clouds let the sun through and the wind came up it seemed to smell like the ocean...

oil on canvas, 20" x 16"

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rain Again

Rain drops remain on the tiny creosote leaves as the sky clears at sundown.

oil on canvas, 20" x 16"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Rain and a Rainbow

Art is not to do with the practical side of making a living. It's to live a fuller human life.                 — Henry Moore
(quoted in The Palm Springs Art Museum's weekly events bulletin)

Rainbow in the west at noon.

Heavy rain for over 2 hours as it gets dark.  Rare and wonderful.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rain Coming

In anticipation of the storms predicted for this week I planted carrots and kale, and as I sit down to write it is just starting to rain.  Very exciting.

Desert garden, May 2009

Friday, January 15, 2010

February Show Preview

Preview of my work to be shown in the Show at Copal Fine Art which opens during the Artwalk, 5pm - 9pm, Thursday February 4.   Copal Gallery is at 73-255 El Paseo in Palm Desert.
HIGH WINDOWS, oil on canvas, 36" x 48"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This is a treat!   A charming video: From Box of Crayons and Michael Bungay Stanier.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

There is No Path

Traveler, there is no path
    the path is made by walking

 — Antonio Machado

Mojave morning

Monday, January 11, 2010

Homestead with Clothesline Pole

One of my favorite landscapes is moving to a new home:

oil on canvas, 16" x 20"

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Morning Sky

Sometimes the beauty of the morning sky from horizon to horizon...360 degrees of astonishment...

Looking East 

 Looking West

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day's End

finished untitled abstract, oil on canvas, 16" x 16"

                                        after sunset, 6 January 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Kwan Yin with Arms

In Chinatown, Los Angeles, just before the New Year, we saw this old wooden carving, which the proprietor of the store told us was Kwan Yin. This is the first time I have seen her depicted with many arms, although apparently it is quite common in China.
Photo by Georgie Ramsland

Sunday was the final day of my show at True World Gallery.  Yesterday I went to take down the show. Here is the gallery with curator and co-owner, Bonnie Kopp out front.

Downtown Joshua Tree

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Paint Play


playing with paint on acid-free coated paper taped to board

first painting started and finished in 2010, 8" x 10"

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year 2010!

"We shall not cease from exploration.

And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And to know the place for the first time."

- T.S. Eliot

Mojave Desert, sunrise  1 January 2010