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Marion Greene’s Houses. 38”x32” photocollage on watercolor paper and mulberry paper, watercolor, acrylic. 11/3/2020. Election Day, 2020. Marion Greene was a well known business woman in Boyes Hot Springs in the mid-twentieth century. She ran the Woodleaf store for many years. She built two houses on Highway 12 near the store for her and her family. The houses still exist and are in good hands and good shape. I met Ms. Greene’s grand daughter recently. She is a writer from New Jersey. She is writing her MFA thesis about her grandmother.
New Spa Dream. Photo-collage on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, acrylic. 48″x44″.2020. I’ve done four versions of this over the years. Based on an actual dream.
From the Indian Springs Series. The Buddha Pond. Inkjet on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, acrylic. 20.75″x20.75″. 2020. This is a lush, tranquil environment right next to the steaming geyser, in Calistoga, CA.
Indian Springs: Palm Bubbles. This is a lush, tranquil environment right next to the steaming geyser. 21.5″x21.5″. The palms are so lush there, it’s almost overwhelming. You can see in the detail, somebody swooned.
Indian Springs Through History. Inkjet on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, acrylic. 20″x20″.Photographs circa 1930s, 1950s. Sam Brannan built a resort at this site in the 1860s. No photos of that!
La Primavera. Inkjet on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, acrylic. 41.5″x36.5″. 2020. My dense crop of mustard overwhelmed a seatless iron chair.
Under the Influence (ofPRB). Inkjet on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, acrylic. 40″x50″ 2020. Since he grows Datura, I think of the man who lives at this corner a a shaman. This is the vision he gave me. My friend painter David Woodie suggested the Pre-Raphealite connection, so I ran with it.
Main Stem collage #19 Revision. Inkjet on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, acrylic. 45″x23″. 2020. The bridge over Highway 12 at Pequeño Creek, first built in 1924, is an important crossing for wildlife. When the sidewalks were put in in 2009, the bridge was replaced. Please see https://www. valleyofthemoonmainstemproject .org/ for the complete Main Stem Project.
Dick Dawley’s Fence. Accordion folded Book. 11″x120″. 2020. I happened on my neighbor Dick Dawley, standing in front of the fence he had recently built, himself, at age 85. I made a video, then turned into this book. Please see https://springsmuseum.org/2019/07/07/dick-dawley/ for the video.
Lemon Central. Inkjet on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, acrylic. 38″x32″. 2020. On the route of the daily walk, the house on the right is crumbling, and the lemon tree in the front yard is collapsing under the weight of its crop.
Main Stem collage 12A Revision 2. Inkjet on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, acrylic. 46″x16″. 2020. Highway 12 at Central Avenue. Showing the empty space where the Lanning building (once the Resort Club) was and effects of Covid 19 in the El Moilno awning, which advertises “Carhop Service.” Please see the Springs Museum for more: https://springsmuseum.org/2019/05/18/lanning-resort-club-melody-club/
Artments. Inkjet on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, acrylic. 40″x42″. 2019.
Pirceboro Road. inkjet on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, 41×12.5. 2020.
In 2013 I visited my mother at her assisted living place in Eugene, Oregon. I was driving her car, and, for a break, I took a drive up the Willamette Valley, something I always loved to do when I lived there. When I was at University of Oregon I would pack my painting equipment into my car drive out into the middle of the valley somewhere, in summer, and paint. I would get sweaty and gloriously covered in oily paint, soaking up the sun and the landscape. Driving back I was nearly intoxicated by the odor of turpentine and linseed oil.
Somewhere Ken Kesey mentioned “the comforting outline of the Coburg Hills,” which resonated with me. Priceboro Road was a place I always meant to paint, for its view of the hills and the flat valley plains in the foreground. I never painted there, but on a June day in 2013 I took a lot of photographs at a bend in the road, somewhere near where it goes under I-5. I made this collage in 2020. What took me so long? My mother liked driving around the Valley as much as I did. We did it together on occasion. She died in 2016. This is a remembrance of her.
Main Stem Collage 32B Revision. Inkjet on watercolor and mulberry papers, watercolor, acrylic. 44×18.5. 2020. A modest commercial building that has gone through many occupants since it was built in the 1980s. This piece includes newspaper clippings describing some of them. Please see the Springs Museum for more info: https://springsmuseum.org/2020/05/01/18340-sonoma-highway-the-greengrass-building/