Slant of Light- Ellwood Bluffs

15×30″ oil on linen– I hiked my easel out to the cliffs for a particularly beautiful afternoon last weekend… The backlit mustard glowed an electric yellow and the softest marine layer was rolling in from offshore playing lovely tricks with the light.  Come out to the Bacara this Friday from 2-8pm for and Saturday 10-5pm  for SCAPE’s “Visions of the Gaviota Coast” show which benefits the Gaviota Coastal Conservancy!  Opening Receptions is Friday from 5-8 pm.

Butterfly Beach

18×24″ oil on canvas– Thanks to all the people who brought beach umbrellas that nice afternoon at Butterfly Beach.   They were just the right colors and in just the right spots to create a strong design… The orange frisbee was a nice touch as well.  And you all wore the perfect swimsuit colors to add accents– nice work everybody.   Now, if you would just hold still for a couple hours and not move around so much…   : )

Joshua Tree Pt. 3

Here’s the last batch of small 6×8″ oil paintings from our desert travels…  The top one is part of the hike known as “the Maze” and the second is from the top of a tall boulder near White Tank.   Painters are lucky– it feels like magic to mix just the right shade of peachy-tan mud and then to lay it on a panel where it becomes sunlight on granite.

A Dozen Sunrises an Hour— J-Tree pt. 2

When I laid out all my paintings after our trip, Lauren said with a smile, “I think you like the rocks.” Sure I could have painted the Joshua Trees themselves or closeups of the flowers or the cool Cholla skeletons like the one I use for scale in the photos– but yeah, I love rocks. When you camp in a boulder jumble like White Tank, you can watch the sunrise several times a morning by starting on the highest boulders then working your way down to the canyons…

Joshua Tree Adventures pt. 1

There is something incredibly healing about the desert… My daughter and I both had colds when we arrived a few days ago and they dried up in the desert sun and clear air by the next morning. We spent the week hiking and enjoying the reptiles, superblooming wildflowers, stars and the massive boulder playgrounds. I painted two little 6×8″ paintings a day when we needed a rest from the elements in the shade of a palm oasis or boulder canyon. I’ll post the results over the next couple days…

Hiking to Seven Falls– Painting Process

I’m excited to share this large oil painting (36×48″) that I created from memory, plein air sketches and photos of the hike up the creek to Seven Falls.  I really wanted to try to show the feeling of coming out of the golden dappled-light of the oak canyon to the sun-drenched opening where the rocks and falls rise up.  I had to invent the view a bit since the trees and geography get in the way as you are hiking up… it’s a truthful lie.   I’m including some process images for the painters out there who would like to see how a painting like this develops. It starts with a sketch… I was thinking of the composition on this one as being kind of like a tunnel where the focal point of the cliffs and falls is circled by a ring of trees.   My first block-in is really general with simple shapes that describe big features in the landscape.  I was thinking of having the color palette on this one be triadic, with warm versions of green, violet and orange.  The progress of the painting is starting to bring things out of the “fog” and describe them in smaller and smaller shapes.  I’ll attach a couple of details below.  Enjoy your day!