There are not many days that I don’t catch myself thinking about Vermont, the Green Mountain State, my former home of twenty-three years. My friends are enduring another long winter of sub-zero temperatures that ruin their cheerful dispositions. They too, have got the blues for the greens.
The American River is the subject for my ten piece Something To Write Home About art card series. Each card is its own certificate of authenticity, and has been painted with California rain water that I’ve collected this year.
Six of the ten cards already have designated addresses, and the other four will be sent to unsuspecting recipients as a Thank You note for their inspiration and continued support of my artistic endeavors.
This photo was taken with my mobile device while travelling through Sacramento County California at sixty miles per hour from the passenger seat of a car. I like to take Passing shots between site locations for my Conservation Art series to help inform color, composition, and brush selection. Rain is in the forecast for the next two days, so I am prepared for strokes of burnt umbra between each downpour.
I celebrated the Vernal Equinox today by spending nearly the entire day outside. The first half of this first day of spring was spent in Orangevale, California playing a round of golf at Shady Oaks Disc Golf Course. The second part of this last day of winter was spent pushing paint around on paper ein plein air.
A discarded home entertainment center serves as a make-shift art cart al fresco:
Outsider Art is a phrase used to describe self-taught artists. I didn’t go to an art school to learn how to make art, but I am an astute student.
The time I spend in the garden is equally divided between gardening, play and training with Stella, and artistic expression. In addition to hydrating and harvesting vegetables today, I painted a gift for my partner.
Original watercolor on paper from my California Series, copyright 2013.