ART, ADVENTURE, DAILY PAINTING, MICRO-BUSINESS, GYPSY CARAVAN, OIL PAINTING, AND DEEP THOUGHTS
Friday, May 19, 2017
FIRE IN THE SKY (a new series)
Monday, May 1, 2017
INTO THE DESERT
|DESERT HIGHWAY 5"x7" oil on panel. SOLD|
Driving east on highway 10, I was still basking in the afterglow of my camp out in the chuckwalla mountains. I relaxed, played some guitar, soaked up the sun and got quite a bit of painting done as well. I worked on some of my miniatures, inspired by the rock formations, the desert vistas and the warm earth colors...
|EVENING LIGHT 5"x7" oil on panel $30 plus shipping|
My next stop; El Dorado Hot Springs, a regular stop off of mine whenever I am traveling highway 10. I discovered the place by pure serendipity several years ago. I had been traveling through the heat of the desert summer and I was hot and dry and a cold beer sounded really good. I took an exit that advertised a gas station and a country style cafe. It seemed promising. The cafe wasn't open but I noticed a small wooden sign that said "Hot Springs" with an arrow so I decided a shower and a warm soak sounded like a decent substitute for a cold beer...a short way down the road I found a cool and funky place that featured a variety of tubs and pools, rooms and microhouses that could be rented as well as campsites. It is a great place to relax and refresh after a long drive through the desert.
|RED EARTH 5"x7" oil on panel $30 plus shipping|
While I was camping in the chuckwalla mountains I got in touch with a long-time friend who, as it happened, was heading west on highway 10 as I was heading east, so we agreed to meet at the hot springs and share a campsite. We had a great visit, shared some food and beers and next morning, fully refreshed, I went continued east and he went west. My next destination was Tucson to visit my sister. She had just bought a house there and I arrived in time to help move boxes and furniture. We had a great time catching up, and I was able to get some more painting done.
|DRIFTING AWAY 5"x7" oil on panel $30 plus shipping|
From Tucson I headed south toward the quirky little copper mining town of Bisbee. I lived in Bisbee briefly, several years ago, loved the place and have wanted to return ever since. So Bisbee here I come...
(The little paintings pictured were done on my trip from the coast to the desert. They are painted on artist grade gessoed Masonite. They come with a miniature display easel. They are available unless marked sold.)
Saturday, April 29, 2017
HIGHWAY 10 TO ARIZONA
|As you remember last time...our hero, (that would be me...) had made his escape from the Armageddon-like devastation in Big Sur and was pointing his trusty minivan, Pacifico toward the arizona desert. After a few brief stops and an overnight stay at a rest area, I reached the Chuckwalla Mountains near the strange little town of Desert Center. I pulled off on a very sandy dirt road and drove until I found a beautiful, quiet place to camp out.|
After a long nap in the warm, dry desert, I stepped outside, pulled out the guitar and played a little blues to nobody but the surrounding rocks , and to a very large ( judging by the footprints) cat of some type that I felt sure was napping somewhere in the shade nearby. Hope he likes the blues...
I camped out there for a few days, relaxing from the drive and doing some reorganizing in the van. On the way out I decided to check out Desert Center. I usually stop in at the little cafe there, (which is the only thing there that's still in operation, other than the post office.) I've always been kind of fascinated by the place. The last remnants of what was once a fairly thriving town. The cafe was closed this time with a note on the door saying building maintenance was going on, but I had my doubts...I saw no sign of any work being done and the note on the door looked old and faded...sad if it's the end of the line for the cafe...it was all that was left. I walked around and took some photos, then headed off toward the Arizona boarder.
Next stop: El Dorado Hot Springs....
Friday, April 28, 2017
GOLDEN MORNING by Barry Allen Howard
|GOLDEN MORNING by Barry Allen Howard|
|MICROHOUSE IN BIG SUR|