The moody monsoon time of year brings cooler temperatures and light breezes, especially in the wide plains and pastures at the Historic Empire Ranch near the Santa Rita mountains.
I’ve been painting plein air on wood panels. I try to keep the beauty of the wood in the painting. Here it is raw, and a view of the barnyard.
Finally, the painting study in oil finished, an hour later.
Landscape painting reminds me of what keeps me grounded and centered – connecting to the land and the wisdom and peace it offers.
This beautiful image above was taken by a friend who lives at Rancho Linda Vista in Oracle, Arizona, a magical place indeed. The Sonoran Desert is unique, dramatic, inspires inward journeys and (im)practical escapes. My dog Frida feels empowered too.
I had a show of landscape paintings last month at the Ranch gallery, in the old barn dating from the early years of the last century.
Some good people up from Tucson town listened to me talk about my process, the land, painting.
Below, “Aspen Grove”, 5 x 4 feet, oil on canvas, somewhere between reality and abstraction, states of consciousness, the spirit of the wood.