Nevada Wind

Nevada –  Oil on canvas – 24 x 36 inches.
On an empty road in northern Nevada one morning, I saw freight cars parked under a vast expanse of the most beautiful sky you could imagine. I stopped the truck and walked around in the sagebrush for a while. There wasn’t a train in sight. No epiphanies, visions or revelations either. Only a rasping sound of wind.
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Columbines: Pages From a Sketchbook

Columbines: Sketchbook pages – pencil, watercolor – 8.5 x 11 inches.

There are many ways to cope with anxiety and stress, not all of them good for your health. My favorites are: playing with a dog, walking anywhere — but especially in green places — and drawing. (Oops, I almost forgot to mention red wine and dark chocolate.)

You don’t need much for drawing: some paper, a pencil, and maybe a few colors. Flowers are terrific subjects because you really have to slow down to pay attention to them. The best part is that you don’t have to even finish the drawing. Just paying attention and striving for accuracy does wonders for releasing you from whatever hell you find yourself in.

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A World Above the Clouds

San Gabriel – Acrylic on Masonite – 11 x 14 inches.
A few years ago I unexpectedly lost contact with a friend. She reappeared just as unexpectedly only a few days ago. In addition to playing the harp, camping with her dogs and riding motorcycles, she is also learning to fly airplanes. I painted this image of the world above the clouds years before she was born, but I post it today in gratitude for the renewal of a friendship
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