Rodeo Beach Collagescape, mixed media on canvas, 4”x4”
One of the easiest weekend escapes from San Francisco is on MUNI’s #76 bus over the Golden Gate Bridge to Rodeo Beach. Even if I go with friends by car, it always brings a smile on my face to see those MUNI buses looking slightly lost as they wander the windy roads and hills of the Marin Headlands.
Angel Island Summer Day
Angel Island Collagescape, mixed media on board, 6”x6”
This is the first Angel Island piece in the Collagescape Series. This time a more summer palette with the golden grasses and historic buildings contrasted against the blue of the Bay. There is also a dash of red tile roof and a hint of International Orange from the Golden Gate Bridge across the glistening water. This piece reflects my most recent trip when it was just such a hot, bright, summer day.
Hiking to Arch Rock
Bear Valley Collagescape, mixed media on board, 6”x6”
One of the best ways to spend the day with a group of friends is to head up to Point Reyes and do the long hike (9 miles roundtrip) on the trail to Arch Rock through Bear Valley. I always sleep well after that long haul to the coast and back. I often come back ready to paint. This time a collagescape that includes the shock of pink as the naked ladies make their annual appearance when they bloom late every summer.
Fort Funston, acrylic on paper, 16”x20” and Fort Funston Collagescape, mixed media on canvas 4”x4”
The painting of San Francisco’s Fort Funston goes back to 2000. Of course I did not cut it up, but if I did, and made it into a collagescape, it would end up something like the new piece above. After reviewing my photos and earlier paintings, I then paint big fields of color onto paper that I cut up for each collagescape.
Tennessee Valley Collagescape, mixed media on board, 6”x6”
Tennessee Valley is one of the best parts of San Francisco. Okay, technically it’s Marin County, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. But it’s all of 10-15 minutes by car from the Golden Gate Bridge to the trailhead. It’s a long valley where you easily can lose any sense of being close to the City and a leisurely two-mile hike to the beach. So “remote” that we once even saw a mountain lion strolling up on one of the ridges. Wildflowers are best in spring, but the fog keeps it moist enough that some color pops out of the grass year round. It was inevitable that my Collagescape Series would have at least one Tennessee Valley piece.
Six Little Pieces
Six Little Pieces, made from hundreds of smaller pieces, some of the smaller works from the new Collagescapes Series. These are all 4”x4” each.
I Like Lichens
Pinnacles National Park Collagescape, 6”x6”, mixed media on board
The 2011 Project continues to inspire new work. Three years ago I was with friends down at Pinnacles National Monument for a rainy Sunday afternoon hike. It was a gray, drizzly fall day, but there was plenty of color, particularly from the variety of lichens. Early on in the 2011 Project, I did a lichen piece based on that hike (see below).
The National Monument is now a National Park and I am still painting lichens. This time incorporating them into a piece for my new Collagescape Series – this one is a fall palette. Hopefully a wet winter will bring out a good spring bloom of wildflowers and an excuse to take another trip south. Next time will be to capture a different color palette at Pinnacles National Park.
Today’s art pun….
I am lichen where this is going. Working on a Pinnacles National Park Collagescape.
Map + Landscape + Geology
Golden Landscape, mixed media, map collage on canvas, 24”x24”
Art or Candy?
Two small little Collagescapes, 4”x4” each, made with colorful bits of California landscapes.