School House Blues

The only upside to this Covid-19 pandemic is that I get to spend a lot more time with my boys. Today, I sketched the twins while they were sitting down for their morning Zoom meetings.

9×12 oil on board

Easter Echium

Spent the day social distancing in my moms garden, painting some lovely echium flowers. It was a beautiful warm afternoon until a large storm front snuck up behind me and it began to rain. I escaped back to my house to finish the sketch.

Oil on board 9x12in

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
oil painting view
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