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..
16×20″ oil on canvas– Nice moody clouds kept washing over the mountains looking north from Coal Oil Point. I need to go back with a bigger canvas because I really wanted to squeeze in the full 360 degrees. I could paint here every day and it would always be new…
18×24″ Oil on Canvas– I loved the gold glare from the low winter sun illuminating the cove just south of El Capitan State Beach. I have been painting in oils for the first time in a while and am starting to enjoy them… I’m not always patient for the slow drying time, but I have a lot more control over the color than I do with my acrylics. (They dry differently than they look when they are wet.)
48″x36″– Acrylic on Canvas– I love beach shack architecture… this one was beautifully made with driftwood, palm fronds and the timbers from the old wave-eaten sea wall. It is nicely decorated with a sandstone coffee table, a redwood log sofa that delivered itself on tides from Northern California and breathtaking views.. Shelter for any sea-loving soul who follows the trail down from the cliffs. Free, wild, natural, public real estate: the very best kind– location, location. location…
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.
24×36″ Acrylic on Canvas– This view of Miramar is one of the paintings I have hanging at the annual Santa Barbara Artwalk. The event runs this weekend at the Natural History Museum with the opening reception Friday night.
10×20″ Acrylic-$450– This is the view from the Desolation Lake trail looking south towards the glaciers. The sky is so big here, the prairie dogs humorous and even high above timberline, nature was generous with the wildflowers.
12×24″ acrylic– I have been enjoying the June Gloom– In this part of California we live in a cloud for much of the month. Although it’s not the sunny and bright start to summer one imagines, it keeps things moist, cool and mysterious this season and these dune flowers get to bloom for a bit longer.
I ran out of panels at the end of the trip and had to improvise… I think maybe beer box cardboard is the canvas of the future. I was honored to paint near the canvas of the past… stone walls where Chumash artists painted maps with dolphins and bears long ago.
24×60″ Acrylic on Canvas– This is the studio painting made from the plein air sketch a couple weeks ago. You can see it and lots of amazing paintings by other artists at the Bacara until 5pm at the SCAPE benefit show for the Naples Coalition and Gaviota Coastal Conservancy.