Suncatcher

24×36″ oil on canvas– I made this from a small backpacking sketch of an oak tree by the trail.  To my right there was an incredible cliff formation with all kinds of caves and crevices and hawks soaring above, but that will have to wait for another day…   What captured me was the beautiful way the light was reflected and filtered through the bonsai-like leaves and branches of this small, gnarly oak.

Spring in Summerland

12×36″ oil on canvas–  I enjoyed painting the echoing serpentine lines flowing through Summerland from up on Ortega hill.  It was a relatively clear day and you could see for miles.  That’s Carpinteria in the mid ground followed by Rincon Peak and then Ventura sticking out behind.

Skylights in the Redwoods

15×30″ Oil on Canvas Panel– Nothing has more beauty and mystery than a deep, fern-filled redwood grove with a playful stream meandering through.  Places like this are medicine for the spirit– my breathing slows, my shoulders drop a few notches lower and I feel completely grounded and at peace here.  My hope for the trees in these woods is that they all grow to be giants and that after they fall they are slowly and gently returned to rich soil by banana slugs and other beautiful decomposers.  

A Glimpse of the Sea through the Oaks

18×24″ oil on canvas– Tomorrow is the equinox… happy first day of spring!  I know the season is here because I get to use electric greens to color the grass instead of the usual Southern California gold.  

Telling Time by Sundial

22×28″ oil on canvas–  Lauren and I like to play a game at the beach we call “Rock Jenga.” We take turns stacking a rock at a time until someone makes the tower fall.   Often aesthetics  get the better of us and we leave an attractive precariously balanced rock stack standing, declare ourselves both winners, and start a new one nearby.

I am excited to be teaching a plein air painting workshop through SCAPE in April this year.  There are still spaces available if anyone is interested in signing up.

Warm December at Ellwood

15×30″ oil on canvas–  I’ve painted this view before, and each time the painting is so different depending upon what the light and water and seasons are doing.  I think I could paint here every day and never get bored.  I’ve had the Counting Crows line in my head, “It’s been a warm December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last.”  This is a good time of year for horizon gazing and planning for brighter futures.