Hi! I’ve been keeping pretty busy with my three little ones and managing my print store, but when I find time to paint I’ve been working on some paintings from a trip we took to Death Valley, California earlier this year.
I ran the Death Valley half marathon in February, and we caught the very beginning of the wildflower superbloom, a rare natural event that comes after just the right combination of rain and temperature. The race went along Hwy 190 near the Furnace Creek Ranch, and was one of the most beautiful I have ever done.
We also did some stargazing, since the site is far out in the desert and away from light pollution. My daughter was really hoping to see a scorpion, although we didn’t find any. It was a wonderful trip and I had lots of painting ideas when we got back.
Before starting, I painted a few quick practice studies on small canvases to try out some ideas. Each took about 10 minutes:
I started on the uppermost scene, a field of flowers at dawn. It’s not finished but here are a few progress shots:
Stay tuned! I’m hoping I’ll have this one finished soon.