Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Woods Canyon Trail - Sedona

What a beautiful day! Denise and I decided to celebrate today's warm weather by hiking in Sedona on the Woods Canyon Trail. Starting at the Ranger Station just South of the Village of Oak Creek at about 10:45 AM and up through the gorgeous riparian area of Dry Beaver Creek (definitely not dry). It was chilly this time of morning, but the temps gradually warmed to a pleasent 62 degrees or so. The trail ended as the canyon walls closed in on us and the trail as it is maintained pittered out to boulder hopping. We stopped there next to a large pool of water and listened to the chirping of birds (no buzzing of insects during winter time). The trail was overall relatively easy, with some elevation change and minimal bush-wacking. It was an 8.5 mile round trip hike, taking us about 5 hours. This was a great winter hike, although some mud and cow pies created minor hazards.


red rock abstractions

I'm loving my new polarizer lens (my Christmas gift from Denise) and the added depth I can acheive in the water

caught up

we need to try this trail during Fall, the Sycamore trees would look fantastic then

desert Christmas colors

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Petroglyphs in Prescott

Are you aware of these Petroglyphs near Prescott? It took me a couple tries to find them; on trail 95 near Lynx Creek, just north of Lynx Lake. From the trail head, go left, after 3/4 mile on an outcropping of rocks, these petroglyphs can be found. Pretty cool!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Recent oil paining "Touch of Light"

This is an 8x10 inch oil painting done with a pallete knife. This scene is from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon from Point Royal at sunset. The last bit of light was setting the clouds aglow and the canyon was  a warm glow of light. Dreamy......

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Snow Hike at Thumb Butte

yaktrax on and ready to climb

Granite Mountain

looking Southwest

looks like a good image to paint!

Autumn still hanging on

clouds moving in as we were ending our hike

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A New Oil Painting "Afterglow"

8x10" oil painting, palette knife. The last light of the day, an afterglow of radiance as viewed from Point Royal at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

11.11.11 at 11:11

Lucky for me, I have a Friday off! Where were you at 11:11 on 11.11.11? Denise and I were hiking to Fireplace Springs! Here's what we found:

An unusual view of Thumb Butte

I also spent time in my studio, winterizing... plastic over the window and a/c unit and a thick rug at the door to keep cold drafts out. Set the space heater going, good to go!