It has been a very challenging year so far, which has greatly reduced the time I have had available to work on some of the new painting ideas that I have planed to complete this year. Life can sometimes deal us cards we were not expecting and are not always happy to embrace. This year the reality of aging parents has become my unexpected truth as I have had to watch the people I love the most going through some very difficult hardships. They have been my obvious priority, however, recently I have been able to return to my next painting. My new painting, Stunning Liberty Cap, is finally getting very close to completion and I am expecting to have it finished in the first half of June.
There have been quite a few unexpected interruptions that have unfortunately delayed my progress on my current painting Stunning Liberty Cap. However, I just completed placing the final touches on the storm clouds for my latest illustration this morning. I am now beginning the painting of the monolithic Liberty Cap as it rises above Nevada Fall which cascades into the surrounding trees. Stunning Liberty Cap is the first painting in my new four part Yosemite Park series.
I just finished sealing the drawing on the board for my newest painting, Stunning Liberty Cap, and after it dries I will begin the painting process. I have worked out my color scheme and am in the process of mixing the initial colors for the sky. I always start with a detailed drawing, and then I begin placing in a wash for the sky. I will not start making it opaque until after the sky is all blocked in. The drawing really helps when I start blocking in all the colors for each area of the middle-ground and foreground. Lastly, I will add the outlining of the various layers in order to get the depth that I am looking for in the painting. Check back to see the progress, as time permits.
A couple recently ordered one of my custom framed 42"x18" XXL prints of Glowing Monterey Shore. It is a large print! Tawndi, at Craftsman Revival in Solana Beach, is displaying the recently framed image to give everyone a sense of its impressive scale. The approximate outside dimension is 50" wide x 28" high. These extra extra large prints are presently only available at select stores.
There are so many of you all around the country that have chosen to display my framed prints in your homes or offices. I would love to receive pictures of my work on display in your favorite location. I plan to exhibit your photos on my website and various social media outlets. I would be so grateful if you would consider emailing any images which I could use. Additionally, if you are so inclined, I would greatly appreciate a testimonial quote which shares your enthusiasm for the work that I could add to my About section. Thank you for your support and appreciation of my work.
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I was very fortunate to be invited this year to attend the 128th Tournament of Roses parade. To top it off, we were blessed to receive some amazing stadium seats, situated a little below the HGTV booth, which were right where the parade route begins. I have always wanted to see the actual parade in person, but somehow I never made it after all the years of living in Southern California. The best that I had previously done was to walk around the completed floats while they were being judged before the parade began. I can now scratch this one off my bucket list. The only downside was having to get up at 4:15 am to get a parking spot near by.
The song 'Auld Lang Syne' is traditionally sung by most of us on the stroke of midnight each New Years Eve. The words 'Auld Lang Syne' literally translates from old Scottish dialect meaning 'Old Long Ago' and is about love and friendship in times past.
As New Year's Day brings a fresh start, a new chapter in life is waiting to be lived. I hope that in this year to come you're doing things you've never done before. May you enjoy challenging yourself to try new things, learning new things, experiencing new things and creating new things as you delight in this transforming year ahead of you!
Wishing peace and love this holiday season. May you feel the joy that the season brings in your home. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
"It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!" ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
At the end of a beautiful day of remembrance to honor those who have served our blessed country. We owe a great deal of appreciation, gratitude, honor and debt to all who have served. Thank you so much for your service!
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation. – George Washington
Growing up in California, Monterey is one of my favorite California locations. Living in northern California, we spent most of our family vacation time going to our cabin in the Lake Tahoe area. But during an encounter on a flight to Hawaii as a young child, I met an older couple from Monterey with whom I fell instantly in love. That chance meeting grew into a deep and lasting friendship. As I grew older, I would drive down with family or friends to spend time with them and enjoy the amazing beauty that I discovered during my visits to the area. This quickly became one of my go to destinations.