Nocturne Painting in the Desert

It was difficult to to see when I looked out from the light of my easel while standing in the loneliness of the empty night desert. When I readjusted my eyes I could see them – like sentient beings spreading their arms to cast shadows. I clung to my original inspiration, the composition I created of a single ocotillo encompassing all my canvas, the extreme darkness punctuated by glittering stars, the cool desert sand under my feet.

Ocotillo in Starlight

Ocotillo in Starlight, oil on linen, 9″ x 12″

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Gunston Cove

As we motored around to find a fishing spot the winter chill and waning light enveloped everything. We anchored in a quiet cove and I set my paint box on my lap. I focused on the cool/warm relationships of the scene as the red signal light appeared brighter and brighter in the settling dusk.

Dusk at Pirates Bay 9x12

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