Casein on Birch Panel 8×10″ If I had added the dozens of the happy dogs that chased tennis balls and frolicked in the surf up and down the beach as I painted… well, I need to get a lot better before I attempt THAT painting. I’m not so good at painting moving targets yet.
Casein on Birch Panel 8×10″
An orange salamander was swimming in the pool just upstream from here. I also saw hummingbird chicks in their nest, a rattlesnake, dozens of spotted lizards, and one of those red-yellow-black stripey snakes on the hike…. it was a good day to be out there.
Acrylic on Canvas 18×24″ This is a bigger painting than I’ve made in a while. I showed up just as these awesome streaks of light were coloring the beach. I ended up going back the next day to add the details and get a second chance to see the shadows march across the foreground. Yeah summer!
I painted this same clump of Eucalyptus trees a month or two ago from the other side of the slough. I made this one right after the wonderful, unexpected half inch of rain last week. View on Paintworks
Lavendar, Calendula, Canyon Sunflower and Nasturtium flowers are lighting up the garden these days. I thought I’d paint a couple of still lives to mix things up a bit. Click to View on Daily Paintworks
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 Bid
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″
I spent a while painting last week on the corner of State and Anapamu, looking north toward the Granada theater. It was fun painting downtown… I got to use some colors that I don’t always find in my more natural landscape paintings and there are so many details to choose from. Casein on Birch Panel 7 3/4 x 16″ Click to Bid