Thursday, November 3, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Birds of the Oakland Hills

Western Bluebird
6"x6" watercolor, watercolor pencil, gouache & beeswax
Three more Birds with Attitude: Western Bluebird, American Kestrel and a Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk.

Smaller than a robin, the brilliantly colored Western Bluebird is a Navajo symbol of sunrise and renewal. Ornithologists have yet to determine bluebird seasonal migration routes. Bluebirds reappear at Sibley Volcanic Preserve in the spring.

The American Kestrel uses strong winds and updrafts at Sibley to his advantage, hovering above an open field on rapidly beating wings. When prey--a lizard, rodent or small bird--is spotted, the Kestrel rapidly tucks wings and streaks downward, head first. Most prey are caught on the ground although insects and birds are sometimes taken in flight.

It is not uncommon for Red-tailed Hawks to exhibit leucism, which results in a loss of feather pigmentation. I've seen plenty of Red-tailed Hawks at Sibley but have yet to see a leucistic one. . . here's hoping.


American Kestrel
6"x6" watercolor, watercolor pencil, gouache & beeswax


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Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
6"x6" watercolor, watercolor pencil, gouache & beeswax











Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Autumn in the Sierras

Grey-green sagebrush and its spicy aroma. 
Bright yellow aspen leaves shimmering against a deep blue sky. 
Ghostly bare trees among deep green pines. 
Creative catalyst.

Come say Hi and see my new Autumn in the Sierras paintings. Opening reception at Topaz Salon this Sunday, 22nd from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  

Topaz Salon, 1995 El Dorado Avenue, Berkeley next to the Solano Tunnel on the Hopkins Street side.



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

More Open Space Paintings


Tilden Park, Vollmer Peak
My love affair continues with the East Bay Regional Parks. There's one thing better than hiking the miles of open space and that's reimagining them in watercolor, crayon and bees wax on wonderfully heavy paper.

Claremont Ave. & Grizzly Peak Blvd.

Sibley Volcanic Preserve







Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How sweet it is . . .






My first solo show, now through October at Fournee Bakery, 2912 Domingo Avenue in Berkeley across the street from the Claremont Hotel tennis courts.

These watercolor and beeswax paintings illustrate the many enjoyable hours I've spent hiking, bird watching, photographing and painting at Tilden Park and Sibley Volcanic Preserve.  

When you go, treat yourself to Fournee Bakery's delectable goodies. Tres bien! 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Open Space Series


Tilden Park one  

Claremont Canyon
Sibley Volcanic Preserve

Tilden Park two

Above the Steam Trains, Tilden Park
A few of my favorite things: hiking, bird-watching, painting . . . and painting the areas where I hike.

Some of my recent paintings:  6-inch square in watercolor and beeswax. Mmmmm, they smell ever so slightly of honey.