plein air paintings (and adventures)
I've been lucky enough to visit Hot Creek on a number of occasions. It holds a special place in my heart because it is where I caught my first fish on a fly rod... quite the thrill if you've never experienced it! However, on this particular day my visit was purely for painting!
To sit back and enjoy this stunning view with my paint brush in hand was unforgettable... until the wind picked up! Plein air painting in itself is quite the adventure, you just never know what you are going to get out there! Even if the day ends with a sand filled paint palette and a wind burnt face, it's all worth it.
May 14, 2021
Little Lakes Valley
From a frozen lake just over 12,000' at Mono Pass, to the untouched beauty of Ruby lake, my hike at Rock Creek was one for the books. After 10 plus miles of hiking, I could not have found a more perfect spot to stop and paint. With endless lakes lining the valley, it's alpine magic at it's finest.
May 13, 2021
A warm breeze, sunshine and endless turquoise waters... just like that, another new and inspiring color palette. After snorkeling through the crystal clear waters, a quick and colorful sketch of this beautiful place was a perfect way to embrace this stunning landscape.
While plein air may still be fairly new to me, sitting back basking in the beauty of such an incredible place certainly deepened my love for this new painting venture.
Northern California was the birthplace of my adventure painting soul. I taught myself to paint in my dorm room at Cal State Monterey Bay, I began exploring the coastline on solo trips, sold my first paintings, and fell in love with a lifestyle that was about seeing the world and capturing all its' beauty through my own lens.
Through the years since relocating to Southern California, I have made numerous trips back up the coast exploring it's beauty.
With the fog hanging on tightly to the bluffs of Fort Bragg and the waves crashing along its' rugged coastline on this most recent visit, the only word running through my mind was "peace". There is something so soothing about the soft colors of a cool day at the beach.
April 16, 2021
The best adventures begin with a painting, and end with one. With a 19 mile day hike lingering, I sat down in the infamous Joshua Tree National Park for a quick painting infused with pre-adventure jitters.
The next day, after 6 hours and just over 19 miles of trekking through Joshua Tree taking in a quiet sunrise and the endless cacti, I once again sat down for a painting.
Every landscape has its' own color palette, the desert is no different; neutral and soft, but harmonious and full of life.
February 5-6, 2021
On a quick jaunt up highway 395, I ventured off to the Owens River for an afternoon of painting.
Sunshine, snow capped mountains and the soft rumble of the river flowing by; how could I not feel inspired? I could not have picked a more perfect location to dabble my toes in the plein air world.
After hiking in the mountains off in the distance the day before, and camping in the hills that night, having the opportunity to take a quiet moment to appreciate and capture all the goodness of my weekend was an experience I'd never had before. I must admit, I fell in love.
By simply adding one more layer to my adventures, my gratitude for the weekend, it's beauty and painting soared.