Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bulk Posting due to unreliable internet connection.

28 August, 2012 – Tuesday

Drove up the coast to Russian Gulch State Park where I stopped for the night.  The place is really nice and I hope I can stay here through Labor Day, which will save me from hunting for a new camp site over the Labor Day weekend.  The  camp-ground is filling up even today.

The countryside inland from the coast highway has its own beauty and I believe there are a number of paintings in that, also.

29 August, 2012 – Wednesday

I hiked the trail around one of the headlands which provided a view of wonderful rock formations if not great surf.  There were some breakers, but I will need to extrapolate these to a larger size to make interesting paintings. This hike was a good mile but flat, although narrow and through some thorny defiles.  I beat the bushes with my walking stick, ever mindful of the coastal rattlesnake presence.

I went into Mendocino for groceries and propane for the camp stove.  Stopped at the Good Life Bakery and Café for coffee and a raspberry Danish: Very good, indeed.

I did about a dozen pencil sketches and the realized they needed to be “fixed” or they would be very smudged by the time I got home to Whidbey Island.  I asked about art supplies in Mendocino and was told that the only possibility was the Mendocino Art Center which is a member managed gallery and studio co-op.  They didn’t have a fixative but did have some really nice art work including the front door banner  which was painted by a local artist on heavy rip-stock. I will have to try this when back in the studio. Of course I could not resist buying one of the paintings by Karen Shearin at the Art Center.  I like to buy other artist’s work whenever possible, especially when, as in this case, it provides a impetus to experimentation and expansion of my own skills.

It turned out that there are no art supply stores in Mendocino, even though it has a thriving artist’s colony.  The next best thing (or the same thing at a lower price) was a can of unscented hair spray, which I purchase at the “We have everything” Mendocino grocery store.

I am treating myself – I bought an NY steak and will fry it with some potatoes and onions for dinner tonight!!

Tomorrow back out to the headlands with paint and easel.

August 30, 2012 Thursday No painting, today.  The coast in this area is totally fogged in today and the fog appears to be getting thicker as the day wears on.

I am posting this three day record in bulk because of the very unreliable internet signal here.  I am currently sitting in the Fort Bragg Starbucks, which always has useable Wi-Fi and internet access.

I am learning a lot about “roughing” it and technology.  One thing for sure, I will take a hard look at mobile hotspot connectiviity before I rely on it again.  Also, I’ve discovered my web-site host (ArtSpan) provides a less than stellar insert facility for this blog.  I can copy and paste text from a word document but any images contained in that document are not inserted.  This requires further examination.

With luck the sun will shine tomorrow.

2012 Road Trip

August 23 – Wednesday:  This country is overwhelming for me as an artist,  It is obvious I need a lot more time to de-sensitize my self to the size and complexity of this area before I will be able to focus on composition and color.  The highlight of the day was sitting, just as sunset approached, at Olmsted Point, from which you can see Half Dome looking down into the Yosemtie Valley.

Half Dome turned a dull peach color and slowly faded into the dusk.  The ridges around me seemed to become even brighter and Alpenglow lit up their very tops.  Mt. Conness at 12,590 feet was the last to release the Sun.  The Alpenglow on this peak was brilliant until it finally winked out at nearly 8:00 p.m..  Even then the light up here remained in the sky and reflected off of those huge granite ridges.

I will half to let this cook awhile in my mind before deciding what, if anything to do with it.


Road Trip 2012



August 20 – Monday  Got to Tioga Pass late today.  Learned a lesson:  Get to your chosen campground before it becomes dark.  My chosen campground was a
granite rock pile with some flat spots for camp sites and a winding foot path
they called the vehicle road.  Fearing I would run over someone’s tent in the dark, I opted to sleep in the Ten Lakes trail parking lot.  The next morning, I easily found a site in the now almost empty Porcupine Flat campground.   

Bob Wolters was right (again) – There is no cellular service up there.

I have pictures but cannot upload them on this slow connection!!  I will update the blog when I get to a faster connection.

August 21 – Tuesday – Hiked a ways down the Yosemite Creek Trail.  This trail starts at the Tioga Road and wonders some 11 miles down to the Yosemite Valley floor.  I have hiked this twice in the past and it is a spectacular hike for those who can do it.  Unfortunately I am not currently one of those so I hiked about ½ mile or so doing a lot of sketches.  None that I’m particularly proud of.  One should wait awhile before passing judgement on their own work, so I will wait until I’m back in the studio before making any good/bad decisions.

My 2012 Road Trip

After a late start the 2012 road trip is finally underway. After a stop inthe California Sierras, I plan a slow drive up the Pacific Coast to observe, sketch and paint the Pacific Coast LIne.  All of this done to improve my painting and drawing skills.   Oh, yes!  To enjoy the heck out of it, too!

I got on the road a day later than planned and the first 5 hours were spent slogging down the I-5 “corridor” at a mind numbing 24 mph (Everett through Olympia).  After Olympia, traffic thinned and I made good time to my first destination: Sacramento Caifornia.

8/20/12 – Sunday.  I met up with an art school friend and fellow painter, Jim Lenarz.  We haven’t seen each other for about thirty years.  I found myself slipping back into the same old easy commraderie we enjoyed back then as we discussed his current show in a Racnho Cordova gallery. 

I also got to visit my mother-in-law who I haven’t seen in a few years along with Donna’s sister and her husband who graciously invited me to stay with them.

8/21/12 – Monday.  Packing up ready to drive to Yosemite’s Tioga Pass.  If I can find a camp spot, I will stay there until the weekend.

My new “Smart Phone has yet to successfully connect me to the internet, so I may be sporadically updating this blog from various hotspots along my path.  The term “Smart Phone” had to be coined with a big grin on someone’s face.  The GPS

Until the next connection (I’ll post pictures),