Lucky Cows

Oil on Canvas 12×24–  I had to pull over on my drive south on the Big Sur coastline to paint the early sun warming these cows.  One of the cows pointed out to me, “Moo.”  Translation:  “They’ve got the best grass here… its delicately seasoned with sea salt from the misty ocean breezes.”  I meant to try a bite, but was too busy painting.  Next time…

Hendry’s Beach Golden Hour

18×24″ oil on canvas–  It was a magical sunset at Hendry’s Beach yesterday.  I was really happy with the light effect on this one— I tried to push the warm and cool colors to show the way the falling sun dissolves the landscape into orange light.

Mustard Fields

12×24″ oil on canvas– I painted this in the San Marcos preserve… The black mustard is over six feet deep in places this year and can be found draped over the hills in brilliant yellow fields.  You can gather the seeds and grind them with vinegar to make your own wild mustard.

Creekside Traveler

14×18″ oil on canvas paneI–  i found a spot to paint the sunlight on the water with my easel in the shade and my feet in the creek.  When this Junco came leisurely rock-hopping downstream  I had to paint him in.

Rocky Nook Park Creek

10×20″ Casein– This was a casein study from a sandbar in Rocky Nook Park– Families with kids were wading up the creek and one twelve-year-old artist sat and watched and talked with me for a long time as I worked, just as I used to do when I was his age and saw someone out painting.

Poppy Explosion

14×18″ oil on canvas– The California Poppies are taking over the garden in an orange carpet.  As far as herbal medicine goes, they are clearly good for the eyes–  it makes you happy just looking at them.  After finishing the painting we ate that ripe artichoke in the background… yum.

Rancho Dos Pueblos

12×24″ Oil on Canvas– Not a bad place to spend a day… particularly one that happens to be a first day of the rest of your life.   This was a commission for a couple that got married on these bluffs on historic Rancho Dos Pueblos.  They picked a good spot to begin their adventure together.