Marmot Paradise and Painting Process

Oil on Canvas 25.5×34″  –This is the first backpacking sketch that I’ve turned into a finished oil painting.  Lauren named this place on the east side of Sawtooth Pass “Marmot Paradise” for all the happy groundhogs who call this place home who were whistling, running amok and eating the vibrant grasses in these high meadows. I took pictures of the original sketch and my backpacking painting kit so people can see the setup.  I used a lightweight sheet of corrugated plastic as a laptop desk with a clip-on water container.  Notice the wet paper towel that I squeeze my paints onto… it wicks water up into the paints to keep the dry mountain air from solidifying them.   No stand up easel this trip, but after hiking fifteen miles over a pass, who wants to stand?  

Open Studio and Art Sale coming up…

On Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-3) I will be having my big Open Studio and Art Show event for the year.  If you’d like to mark your calendars, it will be at 1128 Via Regina from 10-5 Saturday and Sunday and Monday from 10-2.  I hope to see you there!  You are welcome to come for free as my guest.  It will also be in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ tour and if you would like to buy tickets for the full event, details can be found at .

Here are some more pages from my summer backpacking sketchbook.   Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Backpacking & Painting in the Sierras

Backpacking--Gleason - 1I was lucky to spend twelve nights backpacking in the Sierras recently.  I hiked an eight day solo trip from Bishop to Mineral King and then met Lauren and the girls for another four night loop.  All in all, I enjoyed over 150 beautiful miles of trail and each day painted   at least once in a sketchbook with gouache.  I’ll lump together some of the sketches in a couple of posts here.  (I don’t want to overwhelm the email subscribers, so if you’d like to see them all, you can follow my Instagram feed or “like” my Facebook artists’ page.)  I plan to turn some of them into big, fully rendered studio paintings.  Any votes for which one you’d like to see fully realized?  Backpacking--Gleason - 6Backpacking--Gleason - 4Backpacking--Gleason - 7

A Lighter Shade of Pale

HarborandWharf--Gleason - 118×24″ 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.

Location, Location, Location

Location,Location--Gleason - 115×30″ oil on canvas– Available now!  Spacious ocean-side home with unrivaled ocean views in Goleta, the good land.  Open floor plan is airy and welcoming with plenty of natural light.  Sustainable architectural design uses reclaimed timbers throughout. Exquisite natural landscaping by world-renowned designer Mother Nature.  Fantastic curb appeal! (What’s more appealing than no curb at all?) Also notice the quaint heating and lighting system based on age-old technologies that are making a comeback.  Experience to the ultimate in simple living…

Space to Breathe

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!