Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cove by the Point

My second pochade! I completed this painting on the trail in one hour and fifteen minutes. The last fifteen minutes were overkill. Too much detail. I overpainted the nice loose strokes I had, however, I used a new panel ...Ampersand smooth gesso board. Beautiful finish. jb

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Prefumo Canyon Road

My first pochade! Painted this in an hour's time driving this road over the coastal range down into Los Osos Valley. Beautiful views every twist and turn. This was almost to the top of the grade. jb

Monday, July 28, 2008

Rough Water

Sometimes you just have to go a little crazy. jb

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Open Spaces

Path leads to oak groves in the open space, full of ticks, rattlesnakes and mountain lions. We climb to a rock outcrop called Tiki God. Sitting up there on the upper ridge we watch an eagle and hawks soaring on updrafts. Spend hours up there as I have a pochade box now. jb

Friday, July 25, 2008

Moon Setting

Love to catch full moons, Where they rise and they fall. jb

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Volcanic Activity

The central coast of California is formed from volcanic or earthquake activity. These moros are volcano plugs once under the now-eroded land at ancient sea level.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

White Cliffs

Climbing the chalky cliffs in Montano de Oro State Park, down by the tide pools. I destroyed my knee/right leg in my office tripping over the dog's bed a week gone and really couldn't get very much further. I like the cropped version. jb

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Four Trees

The last small glint of light before the fog enveloped the shoreline shone through a pause in the overhead dank. That one small ray of hope is what I chase. jb

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beach Pods

Love the colors and shapes of the pods of seaweed and kelp washed up on the beach. Painted these sitting on the beach just as they lay in the sand.
I have a Pochade box on order; I can paint efficiently on site. jb

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Be Bold

No painting for days lately. Family visiting. Back in the studio, I forced myself to loosen up; get back to a basic set-up; practice some of the lessons from the Carol Marine seminar. This came together very easily this afternoon...I was thinking of that class all day. jb

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Locked Up

Unable to paint and yet drawn outside to the I cut up a painting and a scanned second and wove them together. Just passing time listening to some music.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Watercolor Canyon

I took a thumbnail sketch and a fast impression of walls of stone, blooming sedum, cactus, wild sage at the bottom of the canyon. Natural aroma therapy. I needed it. jb

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


There is only smoke in the air allowing no difference between fog and haze. Everything is colorless and flat, diffused. jb

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Hedgerow

It's a dry hot hike up in the open space above town; the oak groves are cool and sweet. jb

Friday, July 4, 2008

On the Rocks

I leave my panels around the studio and I can't leave them alone. I look at them and in the course of a few days, I see one thing out of wack...rework just a little. Much Improved. jb

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Those Hills

I am working on a series of hills and fields, trying to edit as much as possible and loosen up. These particular ones I try to capture in every kind of weather in every possible light. Just a calm exersize in stressful times...a parent in end-stage Alhizimer's, sometines all I can do is to paint those hills. Forgive me if ten versions pop up. jb