Saturday, August 29, 2009

More new landscapes...

These oil landscapes are available at the Santa Ysabel Art Gallery, Santa Ysabel, California.

"The Low Road" is a view of Santa Ysabel, California from a hill above the valley. 8 x 10.

"Softly Comes the Night" 6 x 8 oil.

Friday, August 28, 2009

New work for landscape show at Santa Ysabel Gallery

I will have ten or eleven small oils at the show (6" x 6" and under). This 6" x 6" is titled,
"Cottonwoods at San Felipe"

This is a 8" x 6" oil, titled, 'Moonrise Over Santa Ysabel".

This oil of the Santa Ysabel Valley is 12 x 16, titled Edge of Day.

This painting is 8 x 10, titled "Late Light - Santa Ysabel".

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Poor Mrs. Pringles....

She had a final meal of blueberry & grasshopper and died a few hours later.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mrs. Pringles....again

Another photo of Mrs. Pringles in her Pringles can. She has blueberry stuck to her beak.

Meet Mrs. Pringles

I've raised many songbirds - often fledglings that well-meaning but misguided people have rescued, thinking they've fallen from the nest. In recent years, I've turned them over to the bird-lady, an older woman in Sedona who cares for injured or orphaned birds. (In Arizona - one may legally care for a songbird for up to 90 days).

A few days ago, my neighbor called. Would I come and get a bird what didn't seem quite right - perhaps it hit a window? The bird-lady is retiring, so I have agreed to take care of the bird.

I think Mrs. Pringles is a female summer tanager. She shows no sign of injury but is unable to keep her balance. Her condition declined dramatically during the first 24 hours...perhaps a slow cranial bleed? But she has not gotten any worse since then - so I'm hoping that in time she'll recover. She needs a bird-sized wheel-chair but in the meantime, Mrs. Pringles spends her days in a 6" Pringles container that I have cut in half lengthwise. This arrangement holds her more-or-less upright. However she sometimes wiggles out of this and I find her standing on her head in the corner of her cage.

I've decided that Mrs. Pringles is incapacitated because of injury rather than illness. If she were sick - she wouldn't have such a voracious appetite. Tanagers eat insects and fruit. She eats as many grasshoppers as I can catch and loves blueberries. Fortunately, my friends, Joe & Anne Garcia, are here - so Joe goes out on grasshopper hunts several times a day.

Mrs. Pringles knows I am the hand that feeds her - and opens her mouth in anticipation of a fat grasshopper when she sees me. I'll keep you posted on her progress.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

"Soft Rain Falling"

Every now and then a painting will click from the first brushstroke to the last. This is one of them. It's a 24" x 36" oil on Ampersand board. This particular landscape is one of my favorite places to paint - an area called Mataguay in north San Diego County. I prefer it in the spring or fall when inclement weather softens edges and pushes colors towards the misty blues and soft greens.

I've done this piece for my one-person landscape show, 'The Road Less Traveled" at the Santa Ysabel Gallery, 30352 Hwy 78, Santa Ysabel, San Diego County, California. The show opens on September 5th with a reception from 4 - 8 PM, and will continue to hang until October 11.

I like this piece - hope you do too.