How I paint in my dreams

Italian Alleyway 8″ x 7 3/8″ oil


When I’m in bed thinking about painting, I appear in my thoughts painting furiously, using anything and everything to make marks on the canvas. I even saw myself painting with a couch recently. The paintings are huge, profound and heartbreaking.

Meanwhile, I painted this yesterday.


A week in Tulum

I just returned from a relaxing week in Tulum, Mexico. I enjoyed warm weather, sandy beaches, excellent food, friendly and kind local people and a beautiful traveling companion.

K on the beach blurred
Tulum Beach

We visited Mayan ruins.

Mayan ruins at Tulum

And lay about on the beach.

Tulum Beach

I spent a little time sketching while my companion took a cooking class at a restaurant across the street.

Pencil sketch of the Caribbean

Now back to the rain and cold and studio and feeling very fortunate.


Downtown Paro Bhutan

Downtown Paro Bhutan 9″ x 12″ gouache

Paro is the city where I started and ended my trip to Bhutan. I believe it’s the only city with an international airport. It’s a dramatic arrival as you fly through the Himalayas. My Everest was prominent both arriving and departing.  Because of my inept travel planning, It took me 4 days to travel from Paro to my home in Portland.



In November of last year, I spent a couple of weeks traveling in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

I didn’t get as much time to paint, as I’d like because to travel in Bhutan, you pretty much have to be with a guide and so I had to stick to the schedule of the tour I was on. There were a couple of times I stayed behind and did some sketching, though.

Bhutanese Stupa 6″ x 6″ gouache

This was at a nunnery that we hiked to. It was at about 10,000 ft elevation and I found it challenging to keep my breath hiking up there.


Halfway to Tiger’s Nest Monastery watercolor in sketchbook

This was one that I left the group to do. It was a beautiful day and many other hikers stopped to visit while I painted. I think meeting locals and fellow travelers is my favorite thing about trips like this.