Monday, January 31, 2011

New Abstract Painting Series




WATER PASSAGE       oil on canvas      44" x 44"

this is the first painting of the first series I have been working on this year...more to come!



Sunday, January 30, 2011

Desert Afternoon Light

In the golden light of a Mojave January afternoon:


geranium and backlit Cassia



a few remaining Mimosa tree seed pods



ChinaBerry Tree seed pods




Hawthorne berries and cedar branches and candles on the kitchen counter








Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Desert Landscape Painting: Mojave Sand Track




MOJAVE SAND TRACK        oil on canvas     8" x 10"

Available for US $230. 
including authentic recycled barnwood frame



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Little Abstract Painting: Yellow House






YELLOW HOUSE        oil on canvas     6" x 6" x 1.5"

available for US $100.
prompt shipping





If we didn't live venturously, plucking the wild goat by the beard, and trembling over precipices, we should never be depressed, I've no doubt; but already should be faded, fatalistic and aged.
Virginia Woolf, 1882 - 1941  from Quotes of the Day

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Collaborative Abstract Painting with Karine Swenson


fellow-ess Joshua Tree resident and amazing artist Karine Swenson has deigned to collaborate with me to make some paintings...here is one that we started at our first session and finished at the second:


IRVING BEAR           oil on canvas        40" x 30"

by Karine Swenson and Tina Bluefield

We will be showing these paintings at JTAG (the Joshua Tree Art Gallery) during February.  The opening reception happens in a Joshua Tree Gallery Crawl on February 5 which proudly includes all six Joshua Tree galleries...



Monday, January 24, 2011

Between Dawn and Sunrise Painting




BETWEEN DAWN AND SUNRISE       oil on canvas    30" x 40"

after a delightful studio visit on Sunday from two sisters, this painting went to its new home



Sunday, January 23, 2011

January Painting




JANUARY AFTERNOON        oil on canvas         8" x 10"

...impression, Gamma Gulch Road...



Saturday, January 22, 2011

Desert Painting





DECEMBER AFTERNOON      oil on canvas          8" x 10"    

view to the west from my studio  


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Clear Desert Morning





west view before sunrise:    full moon in the pink Belt of Venus 





ravens fly across the camera's view of the rising sun lighting Mt. San Gorgonio...




east view:  sun to appear in about 5 minutes...

all too lovely to say anything about...




Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Two Joshuas Painting





TWO JOSHUAS               oil on canvas           24" x 24"

This painting can be seen at my studio.   Visitors welcome — hours vary, contact me for current opening times.







Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January ReBirth




just a few days of warm air bring the collard seeds out of the ground...so small the tiny grains of sand look like good-sized pebbles in this photo...


budding peach tree




Monday, January 17, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January Joshuas



these trees, also called Yucca Pines, stay green all winter


where I live, they are sparse, only 1-2 to an acre...this is the sole Joshua Tree on "my" 2 1/2 acres...


a nearby "dead" one looking like a strange creature as it dissolves back into the earth...



Joshua Trees are particular about altitude, and in areas that are a bit higher, there are a "forests" of Joshua Trees, as here in Pipes Canyon, where the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains begin...





Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January Morning Birds




Cactus Wren looking round, foreshortened with puffed up feathers



Mockingbird is again visiting the Hawthorne berry bush...



here about to swallow breakfast berry whole....






Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Yesterday Morning




color on the horizon at dawn



clouds coloring



briefly the high clouds lit up and a few drops of rain fell...lovely way to start the day...




Friday, January 7, 2011

Rainy Day Paintings

...more cloudy coolness in our high desert paradise...
here is a series of rainy-day paintings from soon after I came to live here:


RAINY DAY 1                   oil on canvas         11" x 14"



RAINY DAY 2           oil on canvas   11" x 14"



RAINY DAY 3           oil on canvas      11" x 14" 



COLORED RAIN           oil on canvas         11" x 14"



Thursday, January 6, 2011

Afternoon Joshuas Painting



AFTERNOON JOSHUAS        oil on linen      8" x 10'

available for US $250. including authentic recycled barnwood frame



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Amboy Road Painting and Bullion Mountains





ALONG THE ROAD TO AMBOY      oil on linen     10" x 8"
available for US$ 230.

in the open desert, mountain ranges appear in the distance like ships on the edge of the ocean





Bullion Mts,  photo at sunset last night




Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Little Passage Painting and Continuing Clouds





LITTLE PASSAGE      oil on canvas   8" x 8"



light in the east over the Sheephole Mts near sunrise time



Mt San Gorgonio glowing with new snowfall 



overhead promise of clearer skies