Gateway to the Coast

16×20″ oil on canvas– I hiked to up above the Gaviota Tunnel to paint this one.  It is always welcoming to drive through this pass and see the ocean again when approaching Santa Barbara from the north.  The marine layer was hiding the background until the last half hour of the painting session when it folded back like a cloud blanket to reveal the sea.

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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.

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.

Springtime at Devereux Point

24×36″ oil on canvas– Spring is springing!  Since the first day of Spring on Monday, I learned that the days will be getting about two minutes and eight seconds longer each day for a week or two.  (The most dramatic change in daylength of the year is at the equinoxes.)   I hope you all find a fun way to enjoy your extra two minutes of sunlight…

Low Tide at El Refugio

20×48″  Oil on Canvas– This was a ten year anniversary commission for a really nice couple who has spent a lot of time over the years playing at this beach.  At low tide, the wet sand is like a mirror reflecting the sky and bluffs–  you can take off your shoes and walk on patches of fallen sky.

Radiate

18×36″ Oil on Canvas– I’m looking east at the morning sun, warming my hands from the cool morning as though it is a big campfire in the sky–  I love this time of day!  I measured exactly half way across the canvas and broke composition rule number one:  never put ANYTHING right in the center of the painting.  I felt like the sun doesn’t have to follow silly art rules and I wanted it to be the center of attention.