Thursday, September 30, 2010

Full Moon




DESERT MOON 8                  oil on canvas           8" x 10"

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This Morning Before Sunrise



from where I live, the sun first appears over the Sheephole mountains at about 6:45 am this week


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Arcobatic Bird



this looks easy, this little Bushtit (smaller than most sparrows) on a Desert Willow pod...however its wide stance allows it to hang on as the branch waves wildly in the wind yesterday morning...



it not only hung on, but managed to eat seeds from the pod




and then pause to look in my direction...




Friday, September 24, 2010

Gentle Images



early morning hummingbird drinking from a Texas Sage flower





MOUNTAINS of NUBIA           oil on canvas        8" x 10"



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dawn and the Full Moon



Mojave dawn on the first day of autumn, 56 degrees F, sky totally clear




except for the full moon in the east




after the sun appeared, both moon and sun were visible for about 5 minutes


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Crissal Thrasher


this Thrasher is darker than the California Thrasher, and can also be identified by the red-brown color under its tail (this part of a bird's anatomy is called its crissum by ornithologists)...here it is using its amazing bill to find food just before sunrise...




on lookout, catching the sunlight 



and singing its beautiful loud song on this fresh gently windy morning...


Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sunrise, 18 September 2010



first light on Mt. Gorgonio, highest in the San Bernardinos




our sun's first ray over the Buillon Mountains, Sheephole range on the right


Friday, September 17, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Large Doorways Painting


I am fascinated by the process of "building" this 54" x 50" painting...this image shows it at the end of the day yesterday...probably the large red areas on the left will yield to the palette of the rest of the painting, and I cannot tell for sure at this point...




detail from the bottom of the painting where I was working yesterday...my plan is to bring these color harmonies into the whole piece...





Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Home Planet



that question floating around about what would you do if there were no obstacles and finances were not an issue...my unequivocal answer is that I would be a space tourist, I would go where I could see this with my own eyes...the IMAX film Blue Planet gave me a taste of what that might be... 




 yes, that tiny dot seen beyond the rings of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft in September of 2006, that is our home planet...
this space project, still going on, is being run. with heart, by Caroline Porco...you can get notice of new unprocessed photos emailed to you from Cyclops,  the Cassini imaging website...



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Evening Sky



last light on Hidalgo Mountain







Sheephole Range fading into the blue shadow of the earth



Goat Mountain's dark silouette



subtle colors of dusk 


Monday, September 13, 2010

Morning Images



White Oleander




a pot of little Dahlberg Daisies




quail tracks




Gray Texas Sage (buzzing with bees)









Saturday, September 11, 2010

Weathered paint and wood

I love the patterns created by the sun and the wind, the heat and the cold, and occasional rain... 



















Friday, September 10, 2010

Two Sunrises

another clear sky day, ending with a new cresent moon and Venus shining in the west...


just before sunrise this morning




just before sunrise one year ago 


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Buzzard in Flight

gracing the clear blue sky of a cool Mojave September day, a vulture circles overhead, looking for anything that needs removing to keep our desert clean...