Hope Ranch Beach

24×30″ oil on canvas– With the Solstice approaching and the days warming up, the nice cool ocean becomes even more inviting.  Those surfboards behind the beach shack and the pink ice plant gave me excuses to use every crayon in the box, so to speak.

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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…

Rancho Dos Pueblos

12×24″ Oil on Canvas– Not a bad place to spend a day… particularly one that happens to be a first day of the rest of your life.   This was a commission for a couple that got married on these bluffs on historic Rancho Dos Pueblos.  They picked a good spot to begin their adventure together.

Springtime at Devereux Point

24×36″ oil on canvas– Spring is springing!  Since the first day of Spring on Monday, I learned that the days will be getting about two minutes and eight seconds longer each day for a week or two.  (The most dramatic change in daylength of the year is at the equinoxes.)   I hope you all find a fun way to enjoy your extra two minutes of sunlight…

Low Tide at El Refugio

20×48″  Oil on Canvas– This was a ten year anniversary commission for a really nice couple who has spent a lot of time over the years playing at this beach.  At low tide, the wet sand is like a mirror reflecting the sky and bluffs–  you can take off your shoes and walk on patches of fallen sky.

Radiate

18×36″ Oil on Canvas– I’m looking east at the morning sun, warming my hands from the cool morning as though it is a big campfire in the sky–  I love this time of day!  I measured exactly half way across the canvas and broke composition rule number one:  never put ANYTHING right in the center of the painting.  I felt like the sun doesn’t have to follow silly art rules and I wanted it to be the center of attention.