"Comb Ridge" is the oil pictured above and it depicts a geologic formation that is a hundred miles long from north to south, but only 10 miles wide or so east to west. It is where I like to retreat to paint every spring or fall. The hiking is wonderful on the dry sandstone although I have been caught in a thundershower and then its slickrock and wildflowers. This escarpment is adjacent to Bluff, Utah and Cedar Mesa and Monument Valley, which are all special places culturally. Today's multi-culture is thriving: new old-pueblo sites are still being found and contemporary artists exhibit new works. But I enjoy Comb Ridge for its ever changing weather and wild lands, which remain unprotected. see <suwa.org> for more info on Federal management.
Friday, January 28, 2011
I am skiing through some of the best birding country in Colorado at The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch.
As I floated through the fluffy powder on skinny skis, these chickadees were flying and floating in the snow covered aspens.
My bird landscapes reflect the temperature and textures that I see in the fleeting moment that this four inch long bulk of feathers skims through my view. Binoculars and bird books are for the avid birders which like more details than one can see with the naked eye. I, however, like to paint the moment that I spotted these snow white and black hatted bumps on the branches. If they didn't like to fly so much and chatter so much, I could ski right by them and not notice their energy. The energy I take home and paint.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
What a surprise to see so many birds on a crisp, clear, mid-winter day.