Celestial Canopy


30 X 40   Watercolor

I am convinced the era in which we live is an era of pivotal change.    As a species we are exploring the Universe and the microscopic.   There is always both chaos and beauty in change.   The more we know the less we understand.  The wider our understanding the wider the perimeter of our unknowing.  It is this paradox I am attempting to illustrate.  What, who and why are we?

Vanishing Turtle

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Why Vanishing?    After existing for over 100 million years as a species their struggle to survive is heroic.  Loss of the grasses they eat, destruction of their breeding grounds, folks hunting their eggs and harvesting their flesh are just some of the causes of endangerment. Although many individual and environmental groups are working to find sustainable solutions to stop their demise, the magnificent Sea Turtles mere existence is in serious peril.   I attempted to artistically and imaginatively demonstrate their protective camouflage coloring.  My wish is to call attention to this issue and hopefully lift awareness.

“Vanishing Turtle”.  Watercolor.

“Vanishing Turtle”.  Note cards      

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Earth and Sky Merging

Earth & Sky Merging

24 x 30   Watercolor

Earthy tones for landscape and sky.  The electrical storm adds a turbulence to the landscape, with an acoustical effect to the atmosphere.  Once again the color temperature of the earth could be represented by the abstract shapes.  The mystical vortex is represented by the white area of the painting as a door to another dimension as in the paperback written by Neanna Miller and the Sedona red rocks sleepy artist community.

The color red in most red and brown rocks are small amounts of  hematite.  Native Americans used this to make pigments.   Hematite is an important pigment as well. It is known as “red ochre” used on cave walls, painting faces and bodies all over the world.   Most paint is made from pulverized minerals.  The blue here could be Azurite, the orange – Cinnabar, and the yellow – Jarosite.

I named my homestead Red Rock Ranch because we have so much Iron in our rock here too, in Tuolumne County.  With it’s share of lightning storms, rivers, and Red Hills.

Angelic Cosmos

Angelic Cosmos
“The Cosmos is the Spaceship of the imagination”, according to Carl Sagan.

Could Angels actually exist?  This painting is an exploration of  self discovery in the parts of our brain that most of us do not dare to go in. What part of our DNA is the soul?  As we evolve can we become angels?  When we try to listen to the best part of us – can we become God like, so good that we can tap into a parallel reality?  These are questions that this painting delves into, as a painter I must find the unknown parts of my sub-conscious and listen until it emerges into my conscious and then painting – like a spaceship traveling through the inner recesses of the mind:  

The colors of the Cosmos are wavelengths, gases and temperatures; a certain temperature will glow to a certain wavelength of light.  There are many light sources in the visible spectrum.  Shorter wavelengths are blue, longer are red or green.  The Angel’s dress has a rainbow effect to contrast against the gaseous orange.  “The physical universe is a closed system, but the imagination is not.’   The orange wavelength in the visible spectrum is 590 nm which is a longer wavelength.  Color temperature is a characteristic of visible light – against a black body.

Neon is a chemical element found in the Universe and is usually orange -red, which is the color I chose for the background : Neon derived from the Greek word New.  Neon is an inert gas and is very rare on Earth.  Yes, back to earth…. and the visible spectrum.

Color temperature, light source and brainwaves are all part of the artistic mind in search for matters of the soul – – I found an angel in this piece – now to figure out why!

Watercolor 30 x 40 Unframed