When I feel the urge to try something different in my painting, this is an example. I took this photograph of a declining cypress tree at a place called Jughandle State Park in California. For some strange reason I wanted to try doing a watercolor using yopo paper, because I had heard the name yopo before. (My uncle served in the army with an alleged Samoan Prince named Yopo… whom I met as a small kid). So I painted trying out the Yopo paper, which is a slick shiney paper, the watercolors are not absorbed like in most watercolor papers, so painting on yopo required a different approach, like nothing else I ever painted on before. I may have to try doing a watercolor on yopo paper again.

For some reason the painting came out as an oval, actually it is full sheet matted and framed, but I find it a real challenge just to take a photo through glass. I will attempt one more time to take another photo of Jughandle. Painting the cypress tree was interesting…I could not capture the water in the background as I wanted, but over all I am pleased.


One of the few seascapes I have painted, this was done several years ago, it was from a photograph I took at Monterey long ago. Seascapes can be challenging, particularly if one does not do them regularly. I need to do another seascape, recently I visited a motel in Westport Ca. where there was a seascape which really attracted my attention. If I can find the photo I took of the painting in the motel, I will post it, the artist really captured the mood and energy of the sea extremely well done.

Oil on canvas 18×24