Santa Ynez River Flow

24×30″ oil on linen–  I created this studio painting from the sketch I posted a couple of weeks ago of a view off Paradise Road.  I love seeing the river which has been dry save for a few pools from the droughts over the past years flowing strong and steady.  The road is under swift water and closed at first crossing, but I can’t wait to get back there and do some exploring of the canyons and pools this spring.

A couple of recent oil sketches…

 Can you see the tiny hikers in the meadow on below hiking up the Rattlesnake Canyon trail towards Tin Can Flat.  I loved how you can see the Santa Barbara harbor through the window of the canyon.  The sunset was painted with my artist friend Chris Potter at El Capitan State Beach.  Both small paintings are 6×8″ oil studies on panels.  

Between the Storms–Gaviota Peak

20×48″ oil on linen– It feels like ages since we’ve had a series of rainstorms stacking up…  I love it in so many ways.  The smell of wet earth is so satisfying, the sound of creeks flowing is music to the ears, the green landscape is refreshing for the eyes and the promise of water in the reservoirs is comforting for the heart and mind.  I snuck up Gaviota peak last week between storms and I created this from an oil sketch and some photos.