Friday, November 8, 2019


It's been a while since I've posted here. But it's been busy. A week in Hawai'i will do that to ya.

HAWAI'I??? Yeah, we splurged and took the most extravagant vacation we ever took.

Of course, I took lots of pictures of all that green foliage and turquoisey-blue water. It's so beautiful there!! Especially for a desert rat like me who's used to the browns and gray-greens of the Mojave. I'm gonna need to stock up on green paints so I can make some paintings of this magical place -- both actual sites and some that may be a bit more fantasy!

Here are just a few of the pictures I took:

Akaka Falls, Kona, Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Maui, Hawaii, Hana Bay, rainforest, rain forest, waterfall, ocean, sea, green, blue

Akaka Falls, Hawaii, Iao Needle, Iao Valley, rainforest, rain forest, waterfall, green, blue

Kauai, Na Pali Coast, cliffs, green, blue, clouds

As you can see, an artist could get totally lost in scenery like this. Guess I'll have to try it and find out!


Friday, September 13, 2019

The Colorado High Country in the Fall

August was a month devoted to moving. I HATE moving -- but in the long run, it will be worthwhile.

I haven't been able to paint for over a month. So for now, here is a painting that reminds me of how beautiful the Colorado mountains can be in autumn. (This is a piece from 2005 -- an oldie but not a moldie!)

Colorado, fall, autumn, mountain, meadow, aspen, elk, wildlife, shadows, yellow, green, blue
Elk Meadow               36" x 48" / 91cm x 122cm
I expect the Colorado high country will be looking like this very soon -- any time within the next couple of weeks. Wish I could be there to see it.

Mark Junge or (for prints)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Maroon Bells -- An Oldie but Goodie Painting

Maroon Bells (my first of several paintings I've made featuring this famous mountain in Colorado) is something I started in the late 1990s and reworked several times since then. The date on it is 2004, which was the year of my last update. And now, I've developed so much more as an artist that it's tempting to tweak it some more. We'll see if I do that or not.

Maroon Bells, mountains, Colorado, Aspen, fall, autumn, aspen trees, clouds, deer, nature
Maroon Bells
The size is 30" x 40" / 76cm x 102cm and was an early exercise in using the transparent glazing techniques I learned while living in Colorado. I had yet to learn some of the finer points of working in a classical - traditional style such as the Golden Mean and other stuff.

Most images of these wonderful mountains feature a lake in the foreground. As it was, I had to hike to this spot from the entry gate where I parked, and the lake is another two miles (3.2km) toward the mountains from this spot. I had already walked 6 miles / 9.7km from the gate -- 6 miles is where the Bells first come into view -- and I was pretty tired by then, especially after carrying my camera bag and tripod the whole time. And it was mostly clear when I started out, but then began clouding up -- typical for Colorado weather! So this is as far as I went, and after walking back to my truck -- 12 miles / 19.3km round trip, I felt miserable and called in sick to work the next day!

I did see deer during the hike, but they weren't where I showed them in the painting. OK -- so I cheated! ☺

Thankfully, I have photos of Maroon Bells and the lake from a previous year in June when the road was open and I could drive to the parking lot where the lake is. In autumn, so many people want to go there, they close the road to all vehicles except for tour buses that haul people back and forth from nearby Aspen. I didn't have time to find out where in town the buses stopped, hence the hike.

SO -- if you ever get a chance to go up there, I highly recommend it. Late September - early October are the peak times for fall color, which doesn't last long. Find out in advance how and where to catch the buses, unless you REALLY like walking!

Mark Junge or
www.FineArtAmerica (for prints)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Quenching the Land

Quenching the Land is a painting I made years ago -- I think before I even began this blog.

rain, storm, Joshua Tree National Park, clouds, Joshua trees, yuccas, wildflowers, flowers, gray, monzogranite, boulders, rocks
Quenching the Land                                       16" x 20" / 41cm x 51cm

It's no secret that deserts are hard-up for rain; thus, when it comes, it's such a blessing to the plants and animals that live there.

The scene features a grouping of monzogranite boulders in Joshua Tree National Park with its namesake Joshua trees and some yuccas in bloom. The painting is hanging in the Hi Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley, CA.

Mark Junge
www/ (for prints)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is one of a number of paintings I made years ago of a magical city park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The red sandstone fins and spires create an almost unearthly, awe-inspiring region.

Garden of the Gods,Park,Colorado,Colorado Springs,red rock,sandstone,fins,spires,shrubs,Cheyenne Mountain
The Garden of the Gods
Here we're looking south with Cheyenne Mountain in the distance. In early summer, yucca plants send up their bouquets of creamy-white flowers in miniature versions of the spires.

When we lived in Colorado Springs during the 1990s, I made many visits to this park. No admission fee, and it was a place to escape and, sometimes, to alleviate the homesickness I often had for the places I loved and missed in California.

It's unlikely we'll ever make the trip back to CO Spgs, but thankfully, I took many photos of the place from many different viewpoints. I expect I'll have lots of additional images in mind of Garden of the Gods should I decide to paint them.

Mark Junge (for prints)


Superbloom is the title of my latest painting. It shows some of the rolling hills of California when nature featured a spectacular display of wildflowers, especially the fluorescent orange of California poppies. The size is 11" x 14" / 28cm x 36cm, acrylic on panel.

California, wildflowers, poppies, superbloom, super bloom, trees, couple holding hands, green, yellow, orange, clouds, blue sky
Some parts of this area were extremely crowded, with lots of people and cars wanting to get up close (and into) the fields of flowers. However, I tend to like more expansive vistas and was perfectly happy being down the road from the crowded spots.

It's hard to say when the next wet winter and superbloom will happen, but I'm sure glad we were able to see THIS one! I expect to make several paintings from this trip -- this one is only the first!

Mark Junge  (for prints)


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Diorama Doings

Work continues on the diorama I'm making for the Hi Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley, CA. Unfortunately, the process of trying to sell our house and buy a mobile home has greatly slowed me down, which is quite frustrating. But I work as best I can. It's hard, too when I'm airbrushing some vegetation -- I have to do it in the garage, and it's been around 100°F / 39C lately. That's when I find out how much I can sweat!!

The diorama isn't quite finished yet, but here's how it looks so far. The glass front is in place -- sorry about the reflections!

Joshua Tree National Park, diorama,museum,taxidermy,desert animals, coyote, Gambels quail, painted backdrop