Santa Ynez River Flow

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20×24″ oil on linen– It is so good to see the Santa Ynez River flowing again and knowing the thousands of gallons of sweet water that flowed past me as I painted this are on their way to Lake Cachuma.  I really hope people use the drought as a learning experience and keep conserving water even though the storms have been good to us.   This was made just before the first crossing on Paradise Road, which is completely washed out at the moment..

Morning at Moon Lake

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20×48″ Acrylic on Canvas–  This is a studio painting from one of my plein air studies I created this summer.  I had fun playing with color variations and paint textures.  It is fascinating how much different the experience of a painting is when you increase the scale– it feels more like you can walk into it.

Lauren Lake

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10×20″ Acrylic–  I am officially naming this small, gorgeous unnamed lake above Peter Pande lake off the John Muir trail…  It is Lauren Lake.  I felt lucky to be the only person enjoying this entire basin for a day on the trail.  After painting this I climbed up the rocks behind me and watched miles and miles of granite turn pink with alpenglow.

Little Five Lake Reflections

Acrylic on Canvas 24×30″– I’m really happy with how this studio painting of one of the Little Five Lakes in Sequoia National Park came out.  It feels like an alpine morning in the high sierras to me.    I took the reference photos backpacking last summer.  There are some casein plein air paintings from the same trip here.

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