Sketches of Natural Objects


Sketches in graphite on drawing paper

Cherry Laurel Botanical Sketch

Cherry Laurel002

9×6″ graphite on bristol paper. A preparatory sketch for an edX course.

Berkeley Marina

Oil on canvas board 8×10″

En plein air

Roses in July



Watercolor, 5.5×6″ Private Collection.


Watercolor, 190x166cm2017-up-finished001

SAI Japanese Traditional Colors Watercolor Brush Pens- Swatched

A gift from dear friends, a set of 20 SAI Traditional Japanese Colors, swatched. A little color for your day.2017-sai-tjc-swatch001

Michele’s Chicken

8.5×6.5 Colored pencil on toned paper2016-micheles-chicken004

Spotted Flower Buprestid Acmaeodera sp. Coleoptera: Buprestidae

Joaquin Miller (4 of 4)

Yosemite Peak

Yosemite Peak

Upper Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Peak & Spire

Watercolor & Ink on paper 9×7″ Private Collection.

I was sitting in Yosemite on a Sunday afternoon, and it came time to call my mom, as I do on Sundays at 2:30. This is what I was looking at when I stupidly said “Mom, if you ever get the chance, you should come here.

I instantly regretted saying that, as she is 81 years old, and in just fine health, thank you very much, should you ask her, but we all know better. She deferred gracefully, and with a sense of  resignation and mortality, showed me that wishes have an expiration date.

We hung up, she was happy that I was happy, and I was left with a wish that would never come to fruition, unless I brought Yosemite to her. So here is a glimpse of what I was experiencing while talking to my mother, and attempting to send my joy her way.

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