A day on the Eel River in February can turn into a day ‘in’ the river as the water level rises with every new downpour of rain. What was once a sand bar can quickly become an island of silt that melts into the powerful current, leaving saplings stranded and clinging to whatever terra firma […]
The Eel River in Southern Humboldt is an attracting destination, if you can get to it. Going for it in the winter is for intrepid adventurers as one can become entangled in undergrowth and overgrowth, snags and thickets, muddy sandbars and long waist-high pools. I tried reaching it two weeks ago, on a quest for […]
Trees Can Say Goodnight A family of young fir trees stands still and hushed in the last rays of twilight, deep in the mountains of Southern Humboldt. They look like the chosen ones in the forest, lit up in brilliant yellow and green, while the surrounding dark blue shadows hold off in respectful night delay, […]
This landscape by Southern Humboldt painter Steve Ladd captures young redwood and fir trees in their scenic setting as they begin the process of coming back after nature’s brush with indiscriminate logging practices known as clear cutting.
There’s A Wild Side To This River… This hillside ravine on the Eel River in Humboldt County California shows the rugged terrain and powerful land erosion caused by the long rainy winters that are typical of this Pacific North Coast mountain area. This monochrome painting is done with the awesome force of nature in mind, using rich black and gray expressionistic ink washes that […]
This Pool Is For You Alone… The Eel River in Humboldt County California flows northward; a rare river phenomena that perhaps accounts for its mystical and moody quality. This plein air ink wash painting shows the Eel on a somber but lustrous morning, with an isolated pool of water in the foreground rocks which mirrors […]
Where Beauty Has A Humming Sound… The Eel River in Humboldt County California is the subject for this gray-day painting which captures both the raw and ethereal atmosphere, evoking the timeless calm of nature. The river flow is full and slow. The rocky river bank sinks into the cool clear water. A boulder stands out like a silent […]
Memory paintings come from places that we don’t know are there till we open the door. Steve Ladd captures a scene along the South Fork of the Eel River in Southern Humboldt County in vivid colors and imagination.
The Richness of a Stack of Redwood… Stacked firewood has a proud though subservient presence, and this lineup of barkless log-ettes is at attention on nature’s carpet in front of their tarped brethren. “Debarked Redwood Rounds,” oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches (unframed)–$1000
The Coast Is Hard to Forget… The artist created this tribute from the mental images imprinted in his psyche over a weekend of plein aire painting at Shelter Cove, a coastal town west of Garberville, CA. View Steve’s other seascapes to see the source of inspiration for this work. “Cove Memory,” pastels floated on matte, […]
If Mom Had One Child but Two Daughters… Can someone feel more like someone else, at least sometimes? Can you be in your body but in someone else’s head? If anyone can, she can. “Her Sister-Self,” oil painting on floated panel, 12 x 16 inches (17 x 22 inches with frame)–$600
At the Crossroad of Wet and Dry… Nature intervened to change the rambling, meandering ways of this dirt road in Humboldt County, and create an intersection of waiting decisions. “Washout,” Gouache, 14 x 17 inches (20 x 23 inches with mat and frame)–$450