12×16″ oil on canvas– The wildlife was unusually still this week… it is rare that these marvelous creatures stay in one place long enough for me to approach and paint them. I am particularly fond of these wild animals and the lovely habitat they inhabit. Some of our favorite trails are in flames right now, but I’m comforted knowing how quickly the chaparral can spring back after a fire.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
16×20″ acrylic on canvas– Ahhh… the sweet smell of composting California Bay leaves and oak mulch. I loved the stained glass sycamore leaves and hope that the dry creek bed will be flowing again this winter.