Occasion for Hope

10″x8″ pastel on sanded paper”The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” -John Buchan

A Day at Turquoise Lake

10″x8″ pastel on sanded paper, Plein AirLeadville, Colorado- 10,200′Today was a fine day for fishing, or canoeing, or paddle boarding, or sailing, or hiking, or picnicking, or painting! Or just enjoying the view!

Shotgun Storm

10″ x 8″ pastel on sanded paper

Beautiful thunder clouds across West Texas. I captured them from my shotgun studio.

Time is a funny thing. People have a way of discounting big blocks of time as unavailable. Much of my art is made in these blocks. I take full advantage of waiting time: waiting for appointments, planes, soccer teams to warm up before the game, and ballet classes to finish. Travel time is also a great time to create art, if you have a wonderful spouse (like I do) who not only prefers to drive, but also operates a motor coach as if it were on rails.

After the fires last week, I was so happy to drive through these clouds.

Howdy Blue

14″x11″ pastel on sanded paper

“It’s not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat. The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.” Wrote historian Jack Maguire

The season is short, I plan to make the most of it.