12×24″ oil on panel– Art is a collection of illusions. Looking west on the Ellwood bluffs on a summer afternoon I was thinking about how to communicate what I love about the scene before me. As an artist, there is the challenge of creating illusions of light and deep space with two dimensional shapes and colors. There are a lot of techniques and observations that make this process easier.
I have taught art for 20 years and love to share what I’ve learned with others. There is still space in my painting workshop from August 9-11. It is designed for artists of all levels… the beauty of art is that it is a lifelong learning adventure. Send me an email from the link in my website if you’d like more details.
We had a fun time visiting my folks up in Tahoe a couple weeks ago and was able to sneak in a few small paintings while we were out hiking. The lakes and streams are high and cold this year from the nice heavy snowpack this winter. Springtime is not just a season, but also an elevation and you don’t have to climb very high to see the wildflowers blooming in July.
16×20” oil on canvas— There’s so much activity and complexity at the harbor on a summer day. It’s a fun challenge to try to describe it with colors and shapes. Want to learn some strategies and techniques for doing this? Email me if you’d like more information about my workshop in August. Happy Fourth of July!
Enjoy three days of exploring design concepts for outdoor painters. This class will focus on taking the complexity and infinite detail we find when we approach a subject outdoors and simplifying what we see into a cohesive design. We will learn strategies for dealing with changing light and conditions. We will explore the balance between unity and variety in our paintings and will develop skills in creating a focal point. We will focus on techniques of layering oil paint in a single setting without things getting overworked. Other concepts will include value schemes, color mixing, brushwork and finding your own individualized style and working methods.
On the Friday afternoon we will begin at the artist’s home studying art and asking questions. We will explore three ways of organizing values in a painting and will be drawing several sketches. On Saturday and Sunday we will be out at different outdoor painting locations and will find a balance between demonstrations and one-on-one assistance and suggestions as we create several paintings, from small 6×8” studies to larger more resolved pieces. All levels of artists are welcome.
Dates: August 9 from 1 to 4 pm, August 10 and 11 from 9am -12pm and 1pm-3pm.
Locations: Santa Barbara, CA (to be announced)
Materials list and details will be provided upon registration.
6×6″ Oil on Panel– Ever notice how colors seem more saturated on an overcast day? The softer cool light allows the local colors to glow… Not that I’m complaining when the fog burns off and the sun comes out.
I hope you can join us for our opening next weekend!
THE OAK GROUP—ICONS OF PRESERVATION
JUNE 29 – AUGUST 25, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY JUNE 29 | 4- 6pm
SANTA BARBARA, CA – Sullivan Goss is pleased to present its second exhibition of Santa Barbara’s storied OAK GROUP. Gallery owner Nathan Vonk is curating the exhibition.
The OAK GROUP was conceived in 1986 by local icon Ray Strong, as well as founding members Michael Drury and Arturo Tello. The OAK GROUP is respected as one of the country’s first groups to use landscape painting as a means to promote conservationist causes. For over thirty years, this dedicated group of artists has been committed to preserving local lands for wildlife, recreation, ranching, and/or farming. They record the beauty of these endangered landscapes to educate the public about their beauty and fragility and then donate a substantial portion of the proceeds from sales to groups that buy the land to keep it from being built up. A portion of the proceeds of sales from this exhibition will go to The Land Trust of Santa Barbara County’s Gaviota Creek Restoration Project.
6×8″ oil paintings– Tangerine Falls and the Santa Ynez River– It’s amazing how quickly Cold Springs Canyon is healing after the fires and mudslides. New pools are forming and the chaparral is sprouting from roots and seeds in a riot of canyon sunflowers, morning glories and monkey flowers. We made it up the west fork to below tangerine falls and saw salamanders and frogs in the pools.
12×24″ oil on panel– From this perch on Ortega Hill, you can see three points jutting out to the north. In the foreground Fernald Point encloses Shark Cove, which I’ve heard is named because in the mid 1800’s they used to butcher cattle nearby and then toss the remnants to the sea. Behind that is Hammond’s Point in the mid ground and way back there is Ledbetter Point at the far end of the Santa Barbara Harbor. For a painter, it’s a great lesson in atmospheric perspective, seeing the colors and contrast cool and fade as they fall into the distance.
8×10″ oil on canvas– The water is still flowing beautifully through our local canyons and the salamanders and frogs are going strong despite the wildfires and floods last year. When the weather gets warm most people head to the beach. There is always also a nice breeze and some cool pools up a canyon.
15×30″ oil on linen– So nice to watch the glimmer on the water as the sun rises over our fair seaside town on a morning between the fog cycles… The kids are out for summer and it won’t be long before the last of the June Gloom evaporates and these beaches are full of people playing in the surf.