I’ve got just the thing for fellow hiker artists who like to wander with very little weight and then pull out their oils and make a quick little haiku oil sketch. At under five pounds for the whole set-up, it even offers protection for the wet painting on the hike down. I’m really happy with this portable thumb box I built out of an old wooden palette. It eliminates the need for an easel and can hold two wet paintings for a full day of exploring and artmaking. I haven’t ventured too far with it… yet… but here you can see some of the small 6×6″ paintings that I’ve made so far with it.
16×20″ oil on canvas– This is one of my favorite spots on the John Muir Trail– which is saying something because there are so many gorgeous lakes strung like turquoise beads on the path from Whitney to Yosemite. But these lakes just below timber line at the base of several granite peaks and the play of light on them is dramatic. Have you hiked this section of trail? You might recognize Glen Pass in the top right corner.
25 1/2 x 34″– oil on canvas– I had my dad in mind when I made this painting. He loves to drop a fly into small mountain streams like this and catch and release the native trout. Can you spot the three fish swimming in the painting?
Also a reminder that this weekend is my open studio and art sale. If you would like to come by it is at 1128 Via Regina this Labor Day Weekend. Saturday and Sunday 11 am-5 pm, Monday 11-2pm. I will have special sale prices on paintings for the weekend and the first buyers of paintings over $500 will get a free 8×10 casein painting. I’ll have my easel set up and be doing a demo over the weekend as well. Hope to see you there!
15×30″ oil on canvas– Available now! Spacious ocean-side home with unrivaled ocean views in Goleta, the good land. Open floor plan is airy and welcoming with plenty of natural light. Sustainable architectural design uses reclaimed timbers throughout. Exquisite natural landscaping by world-renowned designer Mother Nature. Fantastic curb appeal! (What’s more appealing than no curb at all?) Also notice the quaint heating and lighting system based on age-old technologies that are making a comeback. Experience to the ultimate in simple living…
18×24″ oil on canvas panel– We’re so lucky during heat waves like this to have the ocean so near. The water today at Campus Point was filled with people cooling off in the surf. I hope you are all finding ways to stay cool today… Here is a watercolor sketch from the same site down below on the beach a couple of weeks ago.
15×30″ Oil on Canvas Panel– The weather has been perfect for heading to the beach lately once the morning marine layer evaporates off… When the grey clears today I bet it will find hundreds of people off work for the Fourth of July playing in the waves.
16×36″ oil on canvas– This was a sunset to remember… layers of mountains dissolving in to the light and particularly speedy clouds racing and changing colors across the sky. Thirty minutes earlier and the day was still afoot– a thirty minutes later and the stars were glowing behind the clouds. This area burned eleven years ago in the Zaca Fire and it has beautifully risen from the ashes like a true phoenix. Nice work, mother nature… : )
Thought I’d have a Bob Ross moment and make my first painting video. This was a painting session up Tunnel Trail last week with lots of “happy little trees” to try my hand at. I’m calling the finished painting “All Downhill from Here.”
15×30″ Oil on Canvas Panel– Nothing has more beauty and mystery than a deep, fern-filled redwood grove with a playful stream meandering through. Places like this are medicine for the spirit– my breathing slows, my shoulders drop a few notches lower and I feel completely grounded and at peace here. My hope for the trees in these woods is that they all grow to be giants and that after they fall they are slowly and gently returned to rich soil by banana slugs and other beautiful decomposers.
18×24″ oil on canvas– Tomorrow is the equinox… happy first day of spring! I know the season is here because I get to use electric greens to color the grass instead of the usual Southern California gold.