Sunsets in California have to be some of the most beautiful found anywhere in the world. The combination of great light, pacific storms and the sun setting over the vast ocean make for a great combination at times. View more from the California coast here.
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It's been a while since I've posted but after a productive summer of focusing on paintings from the "Houses" series I'm starting up the "Image of the Week" again. These images are from a recent trip to Disney Concert Hall with an old friend Georges Le Chevallier. Georges and I met in a painting class and became great friends. Not long after graduating he moved to the east coast and we've only seen each other a handful of times over the last 25 years. But a few weeks ago I got a Facebook message that he would be visiting from North Carolina for one day. So I dropped everything and spent a few hours hanging out with my old friend. It's been 15 years since he was here in California and he wanted to see the Frank Gehry designed concert hall, so after a lunch stop at Philippe french dip, we headed over and spent the afternoon checking it out.
To see more images of the Disney Concert Hall check them out HERE.
Also, check out Georges site HERE.
Todays Image of the Week is from a day trip we took this past weekend to the Channel Islands. From Ventura in Southern California you can catch a boat to several of the Channel Islands which are off the coast between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Unlike Catalina Island ( closer to LA ) the Channel Islands are mostly uninhabited nature reserves that have native species of plants and animals found nowhere else. Santa Cruz Island is the easiest to travel to being about an hour boat ride. Once there you can hike, rent kayaks, scuba dive or stay a few nights at one the camp grounds. There are really no amenities on any of these islands so you have to bring everything you will need.
Todays image-s of the week are from this past weekend. On Friday I went on a 5 hour hike up Harding Canyon with a friend. The canyon is located in the Cleveland National Forest of Southern California. It was a fun hike even though it was fairly hot and there was a lot of poison oak along the trails. Luckily the stream is almost dry so we were able to use it when the paths were too overgrown. The water that remains in the stream is full of newts and the occasional snake ( not sure which kind ). We also saw several signs of Mountain Lions including paw prints and claw marks near the stream. This hike is probably best during the early spring when the stream has more water and it's a bit cooler. I'm not sure what kind of flowers these are so if you know leave a comment - thanks!
Mondays Image of the Week - Channels. There are 2 main channels that run through parts of Huntington Beach starting at the coast and working there way several miles inland. They are basically flood channels for storms, high tides and tsunamis. One is the Huntington Beach Channel and the other is the Talbert Channel. I live near both of them and have passed them walking and driving hundreds if not thousands of times. I've always thought there was something interesting about them even though they are not particularly attractive. So I've started a series of photographs to explore their "interesting" qualities. Check out the California Gallery to see more from this series.
Also, don't forget there are only a couple days left to take advantage of the ScaneLife Bday celebration!
Good Monday! This shot of a Japanese Maple was taken at the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, California.
Todays image is of a small landscape painting I did titled - Sunrise over Sandbar, Bolsa Chica. This small oil on canvas is 6"x8" and was started as a limited palette study of Sap Green ( a warm green ) and Viridian Green ( a cool green ) with Ivory Black and Titanium White. This combination allowed me to work with both value and temperature on this painting while remaining monotone.
I took this photo the other day on my way to Palm Springs to see the Richard Diebenkorn show with my friend Randall Cabe. We were randomly driving around looking for places to photograph and had pulled over to see where we were when I heard this train coming. Everything seemed to line up for this shot - literally. In Lightroom I gave it an HDR ( High Dynamic Range ) look for fun. While I don't usually like a strong HDR look, it seems to work with this subject and all the different elements in this photo. Sometimes with a little luck and having your camera ready, things will line up for you.
I've been going to the LA Arboretum since I was a kid. This past Sunday I took my wife and our 2 year old daughter for their first times. The grounds cover over 100 acres and It's a great place to go walk around or just sit and relax. There are peafowl, swans and other birds everywhere and many types of plants from all over the world. If you grew up in the 70's - 80's you might recognize the Queen Anne Cottage from the show Fantasy Island but due to the ongoing drought in California the lagoon is down about 4-5 feet, so don't expect any de'planes landing there anytime soon. Probably the best time to go to the Arboretum is in the spring but anytime of the year can be nice as there are a lot of things to do. Here's some photo's I made while there.