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.

China Cove Harbor Seals

16×20 Oil on Canvas– The seals on this beach were caring for their pups. It reminded me of walking with my dog Julia on a beach once and coming around the corner upon a seal. She couldn’t believe her eyes… it was like she’d found a dog-mermaid. You can think of this as a cove of real-life merdogs if you’d like…

Cool Light at Point Lobos

16×20″ oil on Canvas– Morning Light on the Carmel Coast

20×24″ Sunrise through the Cypress Grove– oil on canvas

I loved painting the cool, misty light illuminating Point Lobos last week.  I think it is one of the most beautiful places anywhere… truly a paradise for artists.  I had fun painting with sixty of them as part of the Carmel Plein Air Art Festival.

Hendry’s Beach Golden Hour

18×24″ oil on canvas–  It was a magical sunset at Hendry’s Beach yesterday.  I was really happy with the light effect on this one— I tried to push the warm and cool colors to show the way the falling sun dissolves the landscape into orange light.