8×16″ oil on canvas panel– A small painting from the end of Stearn’s Wharf. The ocean is so warm, calm and transparent this time of year… hope you are finding time for some swimming.
18×24″ oil on canvas– When the marine layer has blown into the Santa Barbara Harbor you realize how many colors there are that we call “grey”. It is fascinating watching colors as they sit in oily piles on the palette looking nameless and neutral suddenly come to life in the context on the canvas and showing the violets, greens or rusty oranges they lean towards.
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20×48″ oil on canvas– This is what finally emerged from the sketches in my last post. I love running along this path on the bluffs above More Mesa and then dropping down the Thousand Steps to get to the beach. The light spilling out of the canyon up the coast line is the spot where the Hope Ranch creek meets the ocean. I’ll add a couple detail images as well. Enjoy the cooler weather everyone!
My family and I recently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery. I went looking for the best art that I could find and for inspiration to turn in a new direction with my work. The impressionists excited me with their colorful light effects as usual and Joaquin Sorolla and John Singer Sargent dazzled me with their expressive brushwork, but the paintings that knocked my socks off this time were those of the Frederic Edwin Church. In particular, the painting “Dream of the Andes,” has me staring for… well, I don’t know how long but, thank you Lauren, Ellie and Quinn for being so patient with me in art museums. What blew me away was the incredible detail. He beautifully designed every fern in the forest, every termite in the trees, and the painting goes back into space at least ten miles. Now I’m trying to paint a painting with exquisite detail. I’m not at his level yet, but I’m happy with how it is progressing. Here are the sketches for now… one from memory in the sketchbook and then a plein air color study.
18×24″ oil on canvas panel– We’re so lucky during heat waves like this to have the ocean so near. The water today at Campus Point was filled with people cooling off in the surf. I hope you are all finding ways to stay cool today… Here is a watercolor sketch from the same site down below on the beach a couple of weeks ago.
15×30″ Oil on Canvas Panel– The weather has been perfect for heading to the beach lately once the morning marine layer evaporates off… When the grey clears today I bet it will find hundreds of people off work for the Fourth of July playing in the waves.