Misty Mornings

Summer is here and my plan is to try to make a painting a day.  Summer in SB means June gloom which feels like a breath of fern laden moist air in times of drought.  I’ve been loving going out on these dripping, mossy mornings and learning how to use grey in my palette.  One plus is I don’t need to keep use the spray bottle on my casein paints…  100% humidity has its advantages.  On the flip side, my paintings don’t dry until I get them back home.   misty1 misty2 misty3 misty4 misty5

A Sweet Poison Oak Patch

The overcast afternoon under these dark live oaks on the Jesusita trail made the reds in the poison oak just glow.  I have to confess that I’m coming to love this plant.  I think of it like a protector of patches of the landscape where wild creatures can hide from people in hidden glens like this one.   Thinking from this point of view makes the spots on my leg itch a little less.    Casein on Birch Panel 9×12″   Click to BidLatest7Latest6

Afternoon on the Bluffs

I decided not to include the crews of guys in hazmat suits cleaning up tar balls riding the currents south on the currents from the Refugio oil spill.  It is a shame that such a beautiful landscape is tainted by accidents like this and the huge offshore platforms on the horizon. I hope some day we’ll switch to more sustainable energy sources and pipelines will be a thing of the past.  Casein on Birch Panel  8×10″