20×20″ oil on canvas– Nice to see the Goleta slough filling up with recent rains and starting to get marshy again. I’ve made a new years resolution not to check the weather online, but rather to look at the sky when I want to know what is happening outside. I can be surprised and grateful when it does rain… It beats being bummed when the forecasters are wrong.
9×12″ oil on canvas– My brothers and I were lucky kids, growing up with national forest for a back yard and this oxbow in the creek about a quarter mile from our back deck. It’s so fun to take our kids up there now and play hide-and-seek again. Happy Holidays everybody!
16×20″ oil on canvas– Nice moody clouds kept washing over the mountains looking north from Coal Oil Point. I need to go back with a bigger canvas because I really wanted to squeeze in the full 360 degrees. I could paint here every day and it would always be new…
18×24″ Oil on canvas– The creek is dry below this point, but below me where the canyon narrows and two confluences come together, there is a trickle of running water and some happy salamanders. I’ve missed that sound! It was better than any music as I painted the light through this cluster of bay trees.
Oil on Canvas–16×20″– Some of you might remember the arch of sandstone that used to bridge the rocks in the foreground. I remember going to class at UCSB dripping wet from a rogue wave that found me sitting there between classes. Painting this made me realize just how long Goleta pier is… Do you like walking out there as much as I do?
Oil on Canvas– 24×30″– This is the small grove above the beach trail at the east end of More Mesa… a beautiful place to spend the morning painting after the storm last weekend… we are at that beautiful chaparral season with low winter light, long shadows, interesting skies and a landscape turning from gold to green.