In the winters, I live in a quiet hinterland between Sedona and Cottonwood, Arizona. It’s in a lush riparian area at the confluence of Oak and Spring Creeks. There’s not a morning I take a walk and don’t see herons, mergansers, phoebes, great horned owls and the occasional bald eagle. Oak Creek, never bridled by the hand of man, can run wild when the snows melt in Flagstaff. Spring Creek, on the other hand, though it has its tumultuous moments, is generally quieter. I love to stand on its banks and paint the morning shadows as they crawl across the rocks. This painting depicts one such quiet moment. You can see a larger image and purchase the painting here.
East of Sedona, beyond its famous red rocks, you’ll find Beaver Creek. There are two parts to this creek: Wet Beaver Creek and Dry Beaver Creek. One afternoon, I went with my painting group to Wet Beaver Creek where there are some beautifully-colored exposed ledges I love to paint. Here is one, backlit. You can view a larger image and purchase the painting here.
It’s a rare day when you have clouds in Sedona, much less complete overcast. On this plein air outing, though, that’s what we had. I enjoy painting Sedona’s red rocks under these conditions; the rocks are deeper in tone, richer. This is what I call Coffee Pot Ridge. The actual “Coffee Pot” formation is on the far right, and seen at an angle where you can’t see its spout. You can view a larger image and purchase the painting here.
This past year, I’ve been an artist-in-residence for my gallery, Goldenstein Gallery, and as part of the program, I’ve been painting down by Oak Creek at the popular creekside resort in Sedona, L’Auberge de Sedona. This spring, the creek has been engorged by snowmelt from Flagstaff. “Oak Creek Rush” shows the river running full-tilt. You can view a larger image and purchase the painting here.
In the Red Rock District of the Coconino Forest around Sedona, there are large tracts marked “wilderness.” You can’t take a motor vehicle, bicycle or chainsaw into these areas; they are indeed, preserved as wilderness for the ages. However, you can hike and paint in them! I have a few favorite spots, and “Red Ridge” features a little outcrop that’s always fascinated me. You can see a larger image and purchase the painting here.