This painting is of a saguaro cactus that lives in the front yard of Rita and Jack’s house in Phoenix, Arizona. After working on South-West art for Arctic Circle Enterprises, it was a joy to do some fine art that exemplified the South-West theme. I love the desert, especially in the winter. It was a joy to go out golfing after painting this painting and feel the extreme warmth on the day before Thanksgiving. I hope all of you have as much to be thankful for this year. I know I am very thankful for my life and for the successful end of this leg of my tandem trip. I think that life is good and hope yours is going as well as mine!
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School, landmark and icon of the San Jose Area. This Oak Tree is a great example of old growth oak trees in the San Jose Valley. This painting will be up for auction at a fundraiser November 14th. Since everyone loves this tree it should make for a pretty cool item at the auction. I had mixed up a new palette of paint, and I feel that it made for a fairly strong painting because of that fact. I love working on the acrylic sheeting (Plexiglass-Lucite) because It allows the transparency to show and I can look backwards into the history of the layering. It also has this nice reflective aura due to the coating on the sheets. Best of luck, and happy bidding, if you are in the Bay Area stop by St. Andrew’s for the Auction!