I walked along the mission creek trail in the fall. I found a bed of rocks where I could set up. I wanted to get started so as the sun does not set before getting out of the park. Soon I found a perfect place to set up my easel with a nice view of black mountain. This is a 9 x 12 oil of Black Mountain in the fall. Harvest is pretty much done and the leaves are turning color.

painting in the autumn wind

My ventures out to Mission creek have continued this summer with several more paintings to post. Some of the pieces I have done are watercolor/pastel. I have been working with this medium plein air, and I have found it to be a great way to break away from the oils for a bit when I like to.

A new inspiration when things seem to get a bit over oiled sort of speak . I sound like a car.

Here is:

Standing among the cotton woods 12/16 watercolor/pastel on Mi teintes touch sand textured paper

It was a hot day, but along the creek standing and painting I really never was bothered by it. In fact, I loved the warmth from the sun.

This will be something that I can use as a study for a larger painting and perhaps I will do later in the studio during the cooler months.

the sage brush

Here Painting the sage brush up at Knox mountain in April. Soon the balsam root or wild sunflower started to flower. It was a beautiful day and not that hot . I did get a pretty nice tan that day.

the sage brush two