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Apr 11 2014

TG Friday in Mineral King

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Trail Guy – Friday in Mineral King. You thought I was referring to a restaurant? Not this little gray duck. The white snow (thank you, God!) blends with the white (gray?) sky. Trail Guy skied up to Crystal Creek. Look – something that isn’t like a black and white photo. A little break in the [...]

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Mar 27 2014


The Studio Tour was a success in many ways. I found 2 new drawing students, saw old friends and students, met new friends, made contact with folks that I’d only talked to on the phone before, and lots of other important things. And, these are some of the paintings that sold. Meadow Fence, 10×10, oil [...]

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Mar 14 2014

Fridays are for Mineral King

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Fridays are for Mineral King when I actually have something to tell or show about Mineral King. Trail Guy took a day trip up to MK on March 5. He was able to drive to Silver City, and then took the trackster the rest of the way. He looked at most of the cabins, checking [...]

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Feb 21 2014

Painting Mineral King

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and Crescent Meadow. The top painting shows the Mineral King valley from up on the Monarch Lake Trail as it appeared last September. If I am hiking to Monarch Lake, it is the Monarch Lake Trail. If I am hiking to Crystal Lake, it is the Crystal Lake Trail. If I am walking to Timber [...]

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Feb 14 2014

Mineral King in February?

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Nope, I’m not there. (Where did the word “nope” come from??)  But, it is Friday, so have a look at some Mineral King art from my pencil archives: Fret not. Summer will return. Mineral King is one of the treasures of Tulare County, a place I love. We break for this commercial message: This pencil [...]

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Feb 03 2014

Watching Paint Dry

Last week I shared my thoughts about how the world is now wanting things to be juiced up. Here is the juiced up version of a new Mineral King painting, with enhanced versions of two other paintings, all drying in the painting studio while it is RAINING OUTSIDE!! It is hard to tell that the [...]

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Jan 30 2014

Thoughtful Thursdays – A Juiced Up Life

Now that the drawings for The Cabins of Wilsonia  are finished, I’m thinking about oil painting again. I’d like to make a 2015 calendar of paintings, and need to decide if I have any that can be used or if I need to do 13 new paintings. Thirteen? A year has 12 months, a calendar has [...]

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Jan 10 2014

A Dry Winter in Mineral King

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Trail Guy went to Mineral King. I worked. He is retired. I am completing a book of drawings. It’s cool – we understand that this is a consequence of our vast age difference. (Calm down, I’m just exaggerating!) I might be a good influence on him. On the other hand, I might not be. The [...]

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Dec 13 2013

Sawtooth on a Notecard

Anyone out there still hand write cards? Send thank you cards? Send a card just because you ran into an old friend and wanted to tell her on paper in a lasting way how happy you were to see her? This is one of the best paintings I’ve done in my shortish painting career.  (That’s [...]

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Dec 06 2013

Mineral King in Monotones

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This is how Mineral King looked on Thanksgiving Day. Not much water, not much snow, not much color Not much snow, not much sun, not much color. Ditto to the above comments. This is looking down from the junction of the Timber Gap/Monarch Lake trail. Sawtooth, minus much snow, as seen from the Timber Gap [...]

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