Julia and Murphy— 6×6” oil on panel— Pets are family too. Julia on the left was awesome. She’s been gone several years now but was always up for a run on the beach. She was a great first kid for Lauren and I and older sister to our girls. Murphy on the right is a newer family member for us… no beach runs… he scoffs at even jogging across the yard, but he is very affectionate when he feels like it. Give your own furry family members a scratch behind the ears for me…
I’m thankful to have so much to be thankful for! One of the many things is the fires being under control and the first gentle rains of the season saturating our landscape. Enjoy your Thanksgiving! (This small painting was made while hiking a week ago…)
36×48” oil on linen— I was thinking about hiking and painting and the delicate art of knowing when to continue and knowing when to stop. Just like a mindful hiker enjoying each bend in the creek, I tried to be very intentional on this painting, minding each stroke and color that I mixed. The trick is finding the time to stop while there is still some freshness and sketchiness, before overworking the painting into something that looks labored and tired.
It is a new thing for me to have people, in this case my daughters, in the canvas. I realized how much they give the painting scale and help the viewer understand the size of the boulders and falls.
16×20″ oil on canvas– I love this glimpse of Arlington and Cathedral peaks from this bend in the Jesusita Trail. Lots of trail runners passed my by on their way up to Inspiration Point. Historically I’ve heard that this was the trail the Chumash followed when they wanted to go over the mountains and drop into the Santa Ynez River.
|“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.” — Aldo Leopold Gaviota Creek runs to the Pacific year round even after many years of drought. Its beautiful riparian area supports black bears, California newts, Western pond turtles, California red-legged frogs, two-striped gartersnakes, and threatened Southern steelhead trout.|
Partnering with Coastal Ranches Conservancy, The Oak Group will exhibit paintings and photographs revealing Gaviota Creek’s unique ecosystem, as well as watersheds throughout the entire Gaviota Coast, November 1-30 in the Faulkner Gallery of Central Library, downtown Santa Barbara.
Half the show’s proceeds will support Coastal Ranches Conservancy in its efforts to revitalize the Gaviota creek bed and floodplain, removing concrete obstacles that block breeding migrations of steelhead and re-routing the existing access road for Gaviota State Park Beach.
To learn more please visit http://coastalranchesconservancy.org
The Oak Group
for a reception
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Central Library40 East Anapamu, Santa Barbara, CA
Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 7:00
Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 5:30
Sunday 1:00 – 5:00
I’ve been painting a couple of pictures of just slices of life around the house. Lauren sweeping the front porch (apparently while her lazy husband sits around and paints). My daughter sketching at the table… I wasn’t concerned with getting a likeness, but rather with being playful and expressive in the brushwork and catching all the colors of the light. I think I want to experiment more with having figures in paintings.
Sandstone outcroppings and Coast Live Oaks… I’ve been spending several afternoons painting in oak forests the last couple of weeks. The acorns are ripening and the squirrels, scrubjays and a deer were all inspecting their progress as I was painting.
I was running around Lake Los Carneros a couple of weeks ago and enjoying how the red light climbed across the mountains. The time of the sunrise is subjective, depending upon where you are on the mountain or in a canyon. I saw two sunrises that morning on different sides of the lake.
The days are growing crisper, the mornings cooler, the dry air clearer, the angle of light more slanted and the mind more reflective. The calendar pages have autumn pictures and pumpkin soup sounds good again.
This palms in this iconic line arcing elegantly around to Refugio Point have been falling one by one the past few years as more extreme tidal events eat at the soil holding their roots. I’m grateful for the young people who are marching and standing up worldwide to try to wake our policy makers and business leaders up to the truth that we live in relationship with the natural world and that we need to honor and tend to the delicately balanced ecosystems that we are an inseparable part of.