DOWN THE DUSTY TRAIL / Daily Painting #929

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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I'm not sure where this trail I'm on is leading, but I sure am enjoying it. I've always bounced around as far as subject matter, mainly to avoid boredom, and to avoid being pigeon-holed. But now, I'm bouncing around from style to style more than I ever have. That's what I like about painting these dailies. There's something for just about everyone, and they keep me excited and anxious to do more.

In case you haven't visited When a Painter Snaps lately, I've been making some major changes to the look of that blog. Well, today, I bit the bullet and changed this one to match. Something didn't work right, though. I couldn't get back to the way it was, so I had to try something different. I like both, but would love to know which you prefer.

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CONSIDER DANGERS AND JOYS WITH A TRANQUIL MIND Daily Painting #910

CONSIDER DANGERS AND JOYS WITH A TRANQUIL MIND

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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These abstract paintings continue to entertain and, to some degree, to baffle me. They are, definitely, a means of learning ever more about the nature of paint and of color and form. Yet I'm not really sure what direction they will take. Nor in what direction they might take me. It's an interesting ride, though, and I'm so happy to have all of you along.

Today was a day of errands, of bill-paying, and of cleaning and rearranging Betsy. A calm, uneventful day, finished with a picnic in the park. All the excitement, adventure and thrill of the day was saved for the day's painting!

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CONDITIONS VARY WIDELY Daily Painting #896

CONDITIONS VARY WIDELY

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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I've been wanting for a long time, now, to visit my oldest, best friend from high school, Mac. He's camped for the winter at Roosevelt Lake, in the Tonto Basin, between Phoenix and Globe. Another thing I've been wanting to do again, since the first time, twenty or so years ago, was to drive the Apache Trail, on a full moon night. With the headlights turned off. Driving by moonlight.

Well, the Apache Trail runs from Apache Junction, East of Phoenix, out past Canyon Lake and Apache Lake, to, you guessed it, Roosevelt Lake. While tonight is actually a full moon, last night was close enough! So, as soon as I finished yesterday's painting, and had it loaded into my blog, i took a record shot out the side window with my iPhone, and headed out.

By the time I made my way out of North Scottsdale, across Mesa and through Apache Junction, it was 8:30 by the time I hit the historic part of thr trail and started my climb to Canyon Lake, and the moon was climbing fast. I turned off my lights and entered a magical world of silhouettes and close contrasts, of subtle grades of monotone wonder. The rocks and mesas and buttes that I had not seen in so long loomed as in a memory or a dreamand were familiar to me. Saguaro and Ocotillo stood out black against the night sky.

Thirty five or forty miles, half on a very rough dirt road, winding, twisting and turning with looming rock walls on one side and a sheer drop off on the other provided a slow enough pace to make the scenery viewable.

Betsy was literally bouncing up and down with glee on the washboard, pot-holed, occasionally washed out road. And her furniture was getting rearranged for free, to boot.

It was a really magical night drive, followed by a great night's sleep along a side road by the lake, then a day visiting with Mac, his brother Skip and friend Mike, followed by a dinner of Navajo Tacos on really good, crisp fry bread compliments of Mike.

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