Three Views of Third Lake

So, the lakes out of Big Pine don’t have the most creative names.  (First Lake, Second Lake, Third… through Seventh.)  This has nothing to do with their beauty, though.  Don’t judge a lake by its title.  My daughters took the liberty of renaming them all and swimming in most on a recent backpack adventure.  I snuck away three times to paint Third Lake, our base camp.   (all are 10×20″ acrylics)  

 

 

Sisquoc Loop Part 2

Alcove– 10×20″ acrylicWhite Ledge– 10×20″ acrylic

These are a couple of 10×20″ backpacking paintings.  I enjoy looking back at these– when you paint a spot, you are really present for an hour or two, completely absorbing the scene and letting it all in.  For an artist, a painting is like a time machine that brings you vividly back to a place and time.

Backpacking the Sisquoc Part 1

Morning Glow at Cliff Camp– 10×20″ acrylicSisquoc River View– 10×20″ acrylic

On Memorial Day Weekend I went backpacking with some friends on the Sisquoc River loop.  The river was flowing well and it was a fun adventure of creek crossing, rock scrambling and wading through fields of foxtails looking for the trail.  I brought my ultralite painting kit and waited each day for a good view to  sketch.

Flowing Water

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12×16″ oil on canvas board– My family and I hiked up San Ysidro Creek last weekend.  I have missed flowing water in our local creeks deeply.  When I first moved to this area, the creeks would flow year round… these days it seems we need to wait for winter.  It is so nice to see, hear, smell and feel this one trickling through the canyon again.

Cold Springs Trail

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18×24″ Oil on canvas– The creek is dry below this point, but below me where the canyon narrows and two confluences come together, there is a trickle of running water and some happy salamanders.  I’ve missed that sound!  It was better than any music as I painted the light through this cluster of bay trees.