Some of these paintings are now complete. They are all 66x70cm, acrylic on paper. I’m titling these ones ‘Cove’, ‘Backyard’, ‘Stack’ and ‘June Lake’. In the sequence I have focused on subjects that reflect the things I’ve been reading as well as the things we saw in California. For instance ‘Cove’ is from drawings made at the amazing Point Lobos at the southern tip of Monterey Bay but in my mind also refers to the poems of Robinson Jeffers and the photographs of Edward Weston; while ‘Backyard’ is a nod to the Bay Area master painter Richard Diebenkorn and to the dusty heat in Steinbeck. ‘Stack’ is from drawings of Tufa stacks at Lake Mono, a very stark and other-worldly place and, along with ‘June Lake’ (a favourite holiday resort for movie stars in the 1930′s and 40′s) brings to mind Ansel Adams wandering and photographing in the Sierra Mountains.