Acrylic on Canvas– 16×20″– I painted this from the Bill Wallace trail last week. That point at the top of the canvas is El Refugio and the one under it is the point just before El Capitan State Beach. I need to hike get up early and return here for a sunrise painting… looking south I could see all the way to Ellwood.
I have been working on canvas with acrylic a lot lately and forgot how fun it is to do smaller pieces like these in casein… I love this paint– opaque, vibrant colors, durability and permanence and it smells good. More Mesa Expanse– 10×20″Gold Light on the Trail– 11×14″
Acrylic on Canvas– 20×20″ I love this corkscrew section of San Marcos road. When I used to paint in a more abstract style, I used a lot of arrows in my work. Arrows are great designs… simple and to the point. And these ones give good advice.
Acrylic on Birch Panel 16×32″– I was painting the sunrise at Winchester canyon and every now and then a spotlight of color would sneak through the clouds flourescently illuminating some part of the scene. I couldn’t resist putting several of those moments into one image.
Awaiting a Storm from Sandstone Cave– Acrylic on Canvas–24×36″ Could I have found a more awesome place to set up an easel and watch the clouds blow in yesterday morning? Well, maybe– there’re always more paintings to be made!
Acrylic on Canvas 15×30″ — I enjoyed the beautiful warm Autumn light while painting up Cold Springs Trail today. The sycamore leaves in the canyon were backlit like stained glass.
Acrylic on Canvas 20×48″ This is the widest painting I’ve worked on in a long while. With four feet horizontal, I was able to squeeze in the Jesusita trail snaking through the canyon in shadows on the left all the way to Inspiration Point on that plateau on the right below Cathedral Peak.
I loved how the sun would momentarily peer through windows in the clouds leaving daylight spotlights on an overcast day. This view of Ellwood from the south is large: 24×36″ acrylic on canvas
Acrylic 9×12″ This is the view from Tunnel Trail shortly after you cross the bridge. Amazing to look at the fossils of shells way up here a couple thousand feet above sea level and to learn that these rocks were once on the floor of an ancient ocean.
I’m working these days on really trying to understand how light works… how it reflects and refracts, floods through things, bounces off of the ground. When you really study it, you start to realize that the color of anything depends entirely on the color of the things surrounding it. Fascinating and challenging… I think it will keep me busy for a lifetime.