Wednesday, August 15, 2012


7am Sunday, Ashton; it was my own private Idaho for a couple of hours. The only person I saw was a tall dark cowboy tip-toeing out of his house so as not to alert the red heeler, who would later search up and down the street for her man, his truck and a trailer full of horses who left without her. She hopefully curled up on the corner to wait and eventually trotted off to wait his return in a more comfortable spot...disappointed but bearing no grudge.

I am in love with the west; even little dusty towns on the tracks whose main attraction is a big feed mill, black angus on scruffy pasture and fabulous light. 

9 x12. 


In Yellowstone National Park near Tower I pulled into a turnout and set up my easel. The elevation here was probably just below treeline and the high meadows are awash in wildflowers. Still looking over my shoulder for Grizzly. Next time I really will get a can of bear mace and instructions on how to use it, which I suspect have something to do with not blinding yourself in the presence of a huge charging bear. I took a few wrong turns on this trip, but nothing of that magnitude.

Don't tell me this isn't a great country. I showed the ranger my proof of citizenship, paid $10, and I can go to all National Parks for FREE for life! And my pass has a great picture of a blooming cactus on it. The photo does not accurately portray the extent of my delight at this gift. If you're over 62, get yours while you can.Only available in person at a US National Park.


I painted this last week just off the Beartooth Hwy. What a trip that was. SCENIC! and a little scary...the Montana part has guardrails and a 70mph speed limit although 20 is plenty fast on the many switchback turns. There is no naturally occurring pass through the Beartooth Mountains, so they put the road over the top. Spectacular. By the time I reached Cooke City my face was sore...from grinning at the landscape around every curve.

Notice my car door is open....just in case Grizzly should come out of the trees behind me, while I am totally absorbed in my painting. Apparently everyone should be carrying bear mace, especially oblivious artists.

This was just the beginning of a fabulous week out west in which I saw wolves, elk, pronghorn, mountain goats and bison in rutting season. The maneuvers and skirmishes of the two ton male bison are earnest and surprisingly graceful. Those guys know that dancing fast and light on your hoofs is useful for impressing girls. Loud snorting.......?well? who knows.

This is a 9 x 12 on a piece of recycled Wallis paper at around 8000ft. above sea level.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Is Stonington the arts-iest little town in Connecticut? I try to be discerning about my subjects, but it was like shooting fish in a barrel on a perfect early summer Friday morning with quaint architecture, blooming gardens, freshly mown lawns, happy people at each turn of my head. I am a sucker for pink roses spilling over a picket fence. A couple hours later I was free to do some shopping and browsing before lunch. Each coffee shop, cafe and store had a few paintings on their walls with price tags attached. What fun! One of the best FSPAPP days so far.

Only 18 states left to paint....and the closest one is Illinois. I'm makin' plans. Stay tuned. (You can subscribe to this blog...see the box? You can also follow or comment. )

Rhode Island

The Ocean State gave me a perfect day and an interesting collection of buildings surrounding the 1856 square lighthouse still guiding ships and sailors through Narragansett Bay. This 12 x 12 painting of Beavertail Light in Jamestown, RI was done on a recycled piece of Wallis board. There were four other painters on the grounds that day when I was there...a popular plein air spot indeed.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Gallery Wright

Nine states are showing off on the walls of Gallery Wright this summer.  I'm glad these small plein air pastel paintings have a great location while I prepare to travel to some of the remaining 20 states in this project during the upcoming months. See them at 7 N Main Street, Wilmington VT. 802-464-9922
Most of these paintings are 9 x 12 and all are framed under museum glass.