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.)