Watercolor Sketches– Santa Barbara Backcountry

The pencil is there for scale.  The crack in the sidewalk reminded me of what they say– that when you find a fault, you shouldn’t dwell on it.  But here we are dwelling in earthquake country and quite happy about it.   I had fun backpacking Memorial Day weekend with a fun group, several of whom are geologists and point out really cool things about the shape of the land and the fossils hiding in plain sight.  Here are a couple of watercolor and gouache sketches that I snuck in between the rains.

Glancing Light— Big Sur Coast

15×30″ oil on linen– This is the view looking at Garrapata State Park from the north… I love the way the sheer landscape meets the blue living ocean. Let’s think good thoughts for all of the whales who are swimming through these waters and heading towards Alaska right now– its been a rough season for the grey whales in California.

China Cove Seals

18×36″ oil on linen– Happy Mother’s Day weekend!  Can you spot the mom and baby seal who were swimming around like real-life mermaids in China Cove last week?  Point Lobos is such an ideal landscape I felt like I was plein air painting in Neverneverland– the windblown pines, the turquoise inlets, the colorful plants clinging to the rocky cliffs… I love it.

Big Sur Coast–Morning and Sundown

 Garrapata Dawn– 8×16″ oil on panel–  This was painted on a lovely Big Sur morning.  This is by far one of the prettiest parts of the planet I’ve ever experienced.  Late Afternoon Glimmer– 6×8″ oil on panel– This small study of light on the water was painted at Limekiln State Park where I slept in the overflow site, under the bridge at the edge of the sand listening to waves roll in all night and the rain falling at one point.