Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011


A selenehelion is an unusual and seemingly impossible event:  for a few minutes tomorrow morning, given a clear sky, one will be able to see the sun rising as the same time as its shadow covers the setting full moon in the west.  Sunrise over the mountains chez moi this morning was at 6:42. By this time tomorrow the total shadow on the moon will be lessening, I think. The middle of the total lunar eclipse should be sometime between 5:30 am and 6 am...

partial lunar eclipse, about 4:15 am June 26, 2010.

This time we will be seeing the eclipse in a blue sky, a first for me.

Winter Light

WINTER LIGHT    oil on canvas    40" x 30"

Monday, December 5, 2011


...turned the triangle sideways...a Right turn?

INDICATION   oil on canvas   12" x 12"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kindling and Open Studio Times

KINDLING       oil on canvas    24" x 24"


call or email for directions and to arrange time

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Open Studio

It was a delight to be in the company of everyone who came out to this open part of the desert for the 2011 Open Studio Tours. 


However I have since heard from a number of people who were unable to make it and would like to visit.  So, I am considering a weekend in November.  If anyone has a preference for which weekend, please email me and let me know!  And I welcome studio visits in the afternoons when I am here, which is most of the time... just email me when you would like to come and I will send clear directions.  My studio is 15-20 minutes north of Joshua Tree.

View into studio
 (with shafts of real sunlight across the landscape on the easel)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Jasmine Cone

Today is the best day to do something amazing.
— Melissa Gorzelanczyk, Peace & Projects blog

JASMINE CONE        oil on canvas       6" x 6"

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Moon Cone

How people treat you is their Karma. How you respond is yours.       — Wayne Dyer
(submitted by Itala to Brian Vasily's blog Intense Experiences.)

MOON CONE     oil on canvas     6" x 6"

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

OPEN STUDIO OCT 21, 22 & 23

OCT 22 & 23, 9am to 5pm
also FRIDAY OCT 21, noon to 5pm
(Beat the crowds!)

Free programs with list of artists and samples of their work, as well as maps to all locations, are available from local merchants.
This information is also available on line at

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Excellence and Compass

No wonder I love my Mac — it was made by a Pisces man (born Feb 24) who thinks like this:

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes ... the ones who see things differently ... they're not fond of rules.... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things ... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.

We don't get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.

   — Steve Jobs, 1955 - 2011
   All from Quotes of the Day.

His famous  Stanford commencement speech is entitled "How to Live Before You Die."

To honor him and my own search for excellence, I post here a painting I have loved from the moment it appeared...I do not know if it is a "good" painting, I cannot know if anyone else will ever love it or purchase it, or even if I will ever want to sell it, and none of that matters...

COMPASS                 oil on canvas                30" x 30"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sienna Compass

SIENNA COMPASS     oil on canvas     20" x 20"

desert rainbow — yesterday afternoon

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Changing Shapes

from spires to cones to... the triangle:


oil on canvas 20" x 20"

(more triangles to come)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Little Yellow Pyramid

LITTLE YELLOW PYRAMID       oil on canvas       8" x 8"

"Next to Resistance, Rational Thought is the artist's worst enemy."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Storm Watching

yesterday there were thunder clouds around with lots of blue sky, which happens a lot although it rarely cloud overhead gave a ten minute shower...and within 20 minutes the blue sky was gone...

huge raindrops hammered on the roof and pelted the let up for a a few minutes and then we had two hailstorms, one with pea-sized hail and the second with larger pieces as well

hailstones with 1967 quarter coin

rain poured off the roof...this went on for about an hour, the wind pushing the rain vertically, from one direction and then another...

afterwards our road looked like a wash

and 15 minutes later it had mostly all soaked into the small puddle reflects the sky...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mojave Green on the Patio

I had been out to the patio earlier to water plants, and when I came out this time I was greeted by a wild hissy buzzy rattling and turned to see a 30" long rattlesnake looping itself over and out of an old one gallon paint can and flicking its jet black forked tongue at came all the way out and coiled and continued to rattle.  Quite an adrenalin rush.

I went inside and got my 8' bamboo pole and prodded it gently to try to encourage it to leave, while standing inside the door, read to slam the door fast if the snake came towards me.  It did not come towards me, nor did it move away, it just keep sounding its warning, so I pushed it firmly off the patio slab onto the sand, while it rattled and hissed.  Then I left it alone.

in this close up of its head, it looks as scared as I was

 I came out several times to look at it and take pictures (from over 4 feet away on the other side of a very large flower pot) for the next 20 minutes and very quickly it no longer seemed threatened

it relaxed and headed into the garden

I watched it for a while from a good distance and it seemed like it knew I was not going to harm it, for it just went about its hunting as if I were not there.

I am treading very carefully around my house now;  I do not want to surprise it again.  My neighbor says the worse thing you can do is sneak up on a snake, because then they do not have time to warn you.  After all, they would only be defending themselves, they know we are too big to eat...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Light Cone with Blue

LIGHT CONE with BLUE        oil on canvas     40" x 30"

...for me, something here about the soul...

Monday, July 25, 2011