I loved how the sun would momentarily peer through windows in the clouds leaving daylight spotlights on an overcast day. This view of Ellwood from the south is large: 24×36″ acrylic on canvas
A peaceful, hazy afternoon from the top of Eling’s Park looking towards downtown and the Santa Barbara harbor… Acrylic on Canvas
16×20″ Acrylic on Canvas– Several people told me I was painting the Teresa Ann and that she is one of the oldest boats in the harbor, built almost a hundred years ago… she pulled out of her slip when my painting was half finished, but luckily I had my camera handy.
I thought I’d take some in-progress photos today to share my process. The first step is hiking around for a while until the muse bites… this can take all day sometimes. I passed these trees, went to check out the ocean, realized the waves were small and headed back to the trees.
I first make a simple, abstract first coat just to set the mood with the colors, get the value pattern down and figure out how things will be placed.
It is all about shapes and colors for me… I break the bigger shapes into smaller shapes and try to pick out the most interesting colors I perceive in the scene.
And then even smaller shapes…. Notice the number of brushes in the water jar grows as the painting proceeds… I start with a 1″ flat brush and finish with a small round.
The finished painting: More Mesa Trail– 12×12″ Acrylic on Birch Panel
About ten of my paintings are on exhibit for the next month or so at Palm Loft Gallery in Carpinteria. There are also awesome paintings by Michael Drury and Arturo Tello. They are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s if you find yourself heading in that direction.
I updated my website to have a page for Available Paintings and one for Archived Paintings to make it easier to navigate. Have a nice afternoon everyone!
There are well worn trails now that would usually be several feet underwater, but the lake is still beautiful and the ducks and coots seem to be happy nonetheless. Acrylic on Canvas 18×24