Title:   Coast Sentinels


Size:  approx 10-1/2 X  13-1/2

I thought I’d make the work of getting pastels completed and ready for hanging on Thursday by including some process shots of the last one.   I think it’s been awhile since I’ve done this.   Anyway, as you can see, this is a scene of Eucalyptus trees on a cliff overlooking the pacific.   This is not an uncommon site in Southern California, believe me.  Once people started planting the Eucalyptus, they just couldn’t stop.  Like the also prevalent Palm Tree, the Eucalyptus is not native to the area, but you would never know it.  I think they actually fit the landscape here even better than the Palms, but that’s just my opinion.

Title:  Texas Spring


Size:  9 X 12

Just as the hills around Southern California are blanketed with carpets of poppies and Purple Lupine in the spring, so Texas is blessed with meadows of Blue Bonnets.

I may not get all the new pastels up on Thursday (I have plenty framed and ready from the Spring Art Show!), but if not, I will go in and exchange them when they are done.  I’m trying hard to meet the deadline of mid-day on Thursday, but I’d rather be happy with the paintings than put them up before they are ready.  I’ll be in this location for two months, so …who knows?   I may even exchange some more.

Please enjoy and remember that comments are always welcome.

3 Responses to “Two new pastels”

  1. Karen & MacGregor says:

    WOW! 2 new and really different subjects! I’m really looking forward to the Eucs. And where did you get the Texas idea? Love watching the paintings while in progress.

  2. thom says:

    That purple lupine is wonderful! I love it. Like a carpet!

    On the Eucalyptus, as I understand it, it was introduced for a series of failed innovations, including medicinal, ship-building resources, weak attempts at gross landscaping, and most famously railroad ties. The trees grown here were softer and didn’t hold up like the Australian ones and the wood fell apart when used for structural purposes.


    However, I can personally attest to the fact that they DO make excellent windbreaks in agricultural areas of the state. Recently in fact!

    I also quite like how they look in groves, though I understand the environmental implications of invasive species…

  3. Leila Schnyder says:

    I have always loved the eucalyptus trees. There are many in Golden Gate Park: I loved the smell of them as a kid.
    Many people think that they are out of place and should be eliminated as not native. I disagree because many species that we love in CA where actually brought here over several hundred years of immigration and we think they are native.
    Love your version as well as the blue bonnets which must be amazing to see in person.

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