Most often we notice the starting and end points of a journey, not the passages between. This blue gate demands to be noticed, while at the same time it invites us into the sun-dappled world beyond. Seeing it near my house always gives me a smile – who knows where the day may take us?
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Volcanic action millions of years ago created these red rocks at Diablo Canyon, New Mexico; carved out by water, this landscape is still in formation. Standing among them, I realize how short a human life really is. Luckily, my art will last a lot longer than me – though not as long as the canyons.
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I traveled with a plein air group to Diablo Canyon, just outside of Santa Fe near the Rio Grande. The drama of the rocks and clouds gave us plenty to paint. It’s certainly a change from the rolling hills of Southern Oregon, where I’ve been painting for the past couple of years!
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“Ashland Barn” by Stefan Baumann Last week I was traveling in Medford, Oregon, prepared to paint with my brushes, paints, and canvases in my truck, when I took an unexpected turn off the freeway onto a quiet country road. It had been raining and a magnificent cloud formation with impressive effects of light covered the sky. I drove by an old pear orchard, and noticed a beautiful pear tree covered with blossoms that had an old barn as a backdrop. As I came closer to the tree, the sky opened and a beam of sunlight lit up the metal…
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One of the benefits of being an artist is that there’s never a lack of art to decorate with! A landscape painting on the wall is the best therapy for those of us who feel more at home in nature than indoors. I’ve also found that a still life can calm and inspire, and a [...]
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I’ve temporarily relocated to Taos, New Mexico, primarily to plein air paint somewhere new and different.
It’s a big change for me. I’ve spent all of my life on the west coast and the past seven years in Oregon, and I love those places so much I thought I’d never leave.
But recent visits to [...]
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Going through my photos, and tagging them with keywords, and loved this ruined farmhouse (southern Oregon), so enlarged it. I started to laugh … I was … Photobombed by a squirrel! This little guy looked up out of a ditch/creek? to see what was …
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It must be spring somewhere because I found tulips and strawberries at the market! This robust bouquet of brilliant reds, greens and yellows created a dynamic still life. Promising warmer weather, the flowers and strawberries call out with color to the newly opened buds on the trees outside my window.
Oil on canvas
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Another still life, this one featuring a mid-century modern coffee carafe that I just adore.
I always paint by the natural light of the window, so as the days get longer, I have more time to create, edit, and re-create. Sometimes it gets a little tedious, but the end result is always worth the long [...]
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An art student of mine has been studying the works of Cézanne, so of course I have also been drawn into his unique approach to still life. Layering color, using a smaller brush stroke and paying close attention to my subjects, I was pleased and delighted to discover the hidden life in the “still” objects [...]
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