Timelapse Painting Video—El Refugio

Summer is right around the corner. It was fun enjoying an afternoon at El Refugio State Beach as surfers took turns riding in the waves– I can only imagine the view one older gentleman saw as he rode in while standing on his head. I turned the camera off for one of the most important steps of painting the ocean, which is taking a break to jump in and go for a swim…


24×36″ oil on canvas– I made this from a small backpacking sketch of an oak tree by the trail.  To my right there was an incredible cliff formation with all kinds of caves and crevices and hawks soaring above, but that will have to wait for another day…   What captured me was the beautiful way the light was reflected and filtered through the bonsai-like leaves and branches of this small, gnarly oak.

Sunday Morning at Hendry’s Beach

16×20″ oil on canvas– This painting began as a demo at my painting workshop a couple weekends ago.  I was showing the group how to quickly block in the essential shapes of light and dark in a composition to freeze a moment like this when the light is changing quickly.  I had a great time sharing my technique and ways of designing images with a really fun group of artists.  Drop me an email if you’d like to be on the mailing list for future workshops.

Backpacking Watercolors

Here are some small watercolor paintings from a recent backpacking adventure in the Los Padres National Forest.  I like knowing that the water I used to paint the creeks comes straight from the creeks themselves.  There’s a cool symmetry there– it’s like drawing a campfire in charcoal from the previous night’s fire.