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! 

My most detailed painting yet…

My family and I recently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery.  I went looking for the best art that I could find and for inspiration to turn in a new direction with my work.  The impressionists excited me with their colorful light effects as usual and Joaquin Sorolla and John Singer Sargent dazzled me with their expressive brushwork, but the paintings that knocked my socks off this time were those of the Frederic Edwin Church.  In particular, the painting “Dream of the Andes,” has me staring for… well, I don’t know how long but, thank you Lauren, Ellie and Quinn for being so patient with me in art museums.  What blew me away was the incredible detail. He beautifully designed every fern in the forest, every termite in the trees, and the painting goes back into space at least ten miles.  Now I’m trying to paint a painting with exquisite detail.  I’m not at his level yet, but I’m happy with how it is progressing.   Here are the sketches for now… one from memory in the sketchbook and then a plein air color study.  MoreMesaBreathe-Gleason - 2

Radiant Sunset– Big Pine Camp

16×36″ oil on canvas– This was a sunset to remember… layers of mountains dissolving in to the light and particularly speedy clouds racing and changing colors across the sky.  Thirty minutes earlier and the day was still afoot– a thirty minutes later and the stars were glowing behind the clouds.  This area burned eleven years ago in the Zaca Fire and it has beautifully risen from the ashes like a true phoenix.  Nice work, mother nature… : )

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.