Oil on Canvas 2’x5′
I finished a commission for a really nice young family of the view from the wharf. It was painted from a small casein plain air that I made in December. The last shot is just to show the tomatoes coming still in the middle of January. If we don’t get too much more frost I think that plant might lap the calendar. : )
My daughter and I spent a morning here recently drawing together. Have any of you found the cool half-submerged cave just a short creek scramble upstream from this popular swimming pool in San Ysidro canyon? It’s worth any poison oak you may get on the way…
Casein on Panel 12×12″
This is the pool at the creek crossing on Tunnel Trail on your way up to Inspiration Point. Lots of friendly hikers and their dogs passed by on their way to the top. Just as I made my final stroke for the afternoon, the sun dove behind the ridgeline and cast the whole scene in shadow.
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Casein on Panel 11X14″
A friendly hiker told me she calls this the Umbrella Tree, the lovely sycamore showing its winter colors just above the point where creek forks in Cold Springs Canyon. I’ve been so excited to get out and paint the creeks flowing with water again. We could use a lot more… I hope El Nino pays us a visit this spring!
I was happy to join some local landscape painters recently up on Camino Cielo for Ray Day to celebrate the legendary local artist Ray Strong’s life and paint the clouds rolling in over the foothills. Landscape painting is usually a solo sport, so it was fun to share the experience with some others who like spending time outdoors brushing colors on boards.
Casein on Paper 10×8″
What a gorgeous spot to explore and paint! My wife and daughters found an old Chumash village site while playing around nearby. It was not hard to imagine people long ago flaking arrowheads and enjoying shellfish while looking out at the big turquoise waves here.
I’m honored to have a few pieces of my work in the next show at the Palm Loft Gallery in Carpinteria. If you are up for enjoying some art and music this Saturday, I’d love to see you there!
It was a fun challenge to change biomes completely and paint in the snow back home in Lake Tahoe. I learned a lesson with the lower painting not to go out too early with casein… the temperature was around 20 degrees and the paint literally turned to ice-cream on the tip of my brush. It froze rather than dried and had a beautiful icy sheen until it thawed out indoors.