A hot day in January in La Jolla. Finished painting, put back on my shirt, went up the stairs, met a porn star.
I rented an apartment on AirBNB in Rome with a partial view of Castel Sant’Angelo, an ancient structure later used as a fortress by the Popes. The view was very partial, you could really only see it by peering over the neighbor’s patio through some kind of spiky screen covered in plastic vines. To get around that for the painting, I stood on the rickety metal steps to the roof with my easel in a planter box, on top of the crusty remains of departed flowers. In gale force winds, but I didn’t blow off.
We went to Idaho for a wedding and stayed in a beautiful secluded cabin. These are the views.
Some houses in the neighborhood.
Since I grew up in a military family we moved around a lot. 3 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools around the US and in Japan. Monterey, CA was the 2nd place and that’s why I wanted to paint the landscape here.
From my trip to Venice last year. Excavated it today in my semi-successful studio cleanup effort.
One of my favorite spots to paint on a gray day a few weeks back.
I painted this a few weeks ago, but it was a study for a wedding gift and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise. 8 x 13 inches, oil on linen.
Last week I was in Las Vegas, tagged along at a conference. Not really a gambler. I spent the days painting in the desert and the evenings eating conference appetizers and drinking seemingly unlimited quantities of white wine.
Here’s one from when I went to visit my aunt in Boise. I debated whether I should post this painting because it’s right on the edge of work I think is complete enough, vs work that is only a study. But I like it like this.