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Sunday Picnic at Granite Basin Lake

The natural landscape around Prescott, Arizona is diverse and Granite Mountain is one place that holds it’s own unique qualities. Granite Mountain looks like a sleeping dragon from a distance. However, up close, it looks like a castle of granite boulders strewn in odd angles. Granite Basin Lake is a small man-made lake at the base of Granite Mountain, stocked …

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Hiking in the Indian Heaven Wilderness

Every year, my wife and I head up to Washington for a summer vacation. Last year, I hiked with a friend in the Cascades to Big Heart Lake. After that hike, we decided to make it a tradition to hike again next year. This year, my friend chose something a little closer: the Indian Heaven Wilderness. We accessed the trailhead, …

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Prescott Winter Hike – Deep Snow and Big Views

A winter storm finished it’s work in northern Arizona, blanketing higher elevations with up to two and half feet of snow. I really wanted to go to Flagstaff, but I knew a weekend drive up that way was a recipe for a busy, crowded time on the road. Flagstaff attracts gobs of people from the Phoenix area whenever it snows …

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Winter Snow at Lynx Lake

New Fallen Snow at Lynx Lake – Prescott, AZ Have you ever experienced those winter mornings where everything is pristine? On a whim, my wife suggested a quick trip over to Lynx Lake to check out the winter snow from the day and night before. It was bitterly cold, our car thermometer read 17 degrees. We bundled up ourselves and …

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Snow at Thumb Butte – Prescott, AZ

Snow in Prescott, AZ We get a little excited here in Prescott when it snows (“we” as in my little family). Everything looks fresh and new. The forests look coated with frosting and the rocks are glazed with icing. This is only about an inch of snow at Thumb Butte near Prescott, AZ. My son loved hiking up the trail …

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New Studio and a New Oil Painting

We sold our home and I lost my long-time studio of the last 9.5 years. This was the studio I converted from a storage room, insulated it, hung plywood and painted everything, added light fixtures, and designed storage for inventory and wet paintings. The ultimate plan now is to find a new place with more space and a potential for a …

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Fall Colors at West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon

The beauty of Autumn at West Fork is incomparable. West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon is a fourteen mile side-canyon. In West Fork it is cool, shady, and lush. I go to West Fork for the unique rock formations and water. If it weren’t for the fall colors demanding my attention this time of year, West Fork is still worth …

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Painting Fall at West Fork; Reference and Process

Have you ever been to the West Fork of Oak Creek? It is worth a trip during Fall! The entire West Fork Canyon stretches 14 miles, but I have only gone 3 miles out and back. Someday, I will venture further…  A fall trip to West Fork is a tradition for my wife and I. We took our engagement pictures …

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Painting the Grand Canyon; Reference and Process

The Grand Canyon never ceases to amaze and inspire me in my artwork. Every trip, every sunset, and every visit adds more pages to an endless book of wonders. In this post, I will share some insight into my process of painting the Grand Canyon. This particular view was from the Grandview Trail, maybe a half mile down from the …