The driveway north

Another quarantine painting. This is the view looking down my driveway toward Terrace Ave, San Anselmo. In addition I made a time-lapse video of my painting process.

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9x12in oil on board
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Painters view
Time-lapse of my painting process


I painted the driveway behind my house.

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9x12in oil on board
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painters view

Desk view

A small officescape oil sketch I made before the Covid-19 quarantine went into effect.

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oil on canvas panel 8x10in

Upton Ave Palms

A Persidio lunchtime painting from January. looking south from the picnic table at the Persidio Institute on a misty afternoon.

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oil on panel, 8x10in

Persido Overlook Gum Trees

Looking west towards one of the Baker Beach overlook parking lots, in the Persidio, San Francisco. One of about twenty five Lunchtime paintings that I’ve made since the beginning of the year. My plan was to paint about two or three every week on my work lunch break. Hopefully I can get back into the office by summer. Until then, time to start painting the sites closer to home.

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Gum trees, 8x10in oil on canvased board

Gravel driveway

Painted on a freezing, wet and dull January morning. The boys were sick so I set up shop at grandmas house and while they watched cartoons near a lovely roaring fire I half froze to death while painting this sketch of my moms gravel driveway.

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water-based oil on panel, 8x10in

New Growth

This sketch is from late January. No thanks to the Kincade fire, the family ranch had been charred black for weeks, then we had our first rain and they magically turned a brilliant shade of green. I did my best to capture it.

Interesting side note, because the fires burned back all the grass it exposed a bunch of petrified wood in the area where I’m standing.

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a drizzly day at the ranch, oil on panel 8x10in
my POV

On Ring Mountain

Avoiding C19, people and our iPads, my boys and I escaped the house for a hike up Ring Mountain. It was a lovely day so I started a painting of neighboring Mt. Tam but by the end of an hour the kids had lost their patience and water so I was forced to make a premature retreat to the car. Back in quarantine, I continued to clean up the painting a bit while they continued their adventuring in Minecraft.

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looking West towards Mt. Tam
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As far as I got before they dragged me off the mountain

Last day in the Office

I made one last lunchtime painting before Lucasfilm sent everybody home because of C19. It’s of one of the officer houses across the street from work. I cut through this yard on the way to Cafe RX nearly every week day. It has these beautiful trees. I’m sure to do more paintings here, it’s just a lovely space and has great light.

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light through the leaves