Hamilton Lake Sunrise

20×48″ Oil on Canvas– This is a big studio painting I have been working on based on a sketch of Hamilton Lake in Sequoia National Forest this summer.  My tent was in a flat spot near the pines on the right and I woke up and watched the warm light crawl across this wonderland.  There is another lake at the top of the cascade in the center of the painting that was still snowbound… and miles and miles of mountains and lakes for us still to explore to the north and south beyond.     (Detail)(Detail)

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Eucalyptus Shelter

15×30″ oil on canvas panel– It’s feeling like autumn out on the bluffs– southern California mediterranean autumn, that is.  Breezy and hazy and sunny… the smell of dry grass and eucalyptus oil fills the air and the big, calm ocean lies there warm and turquoise.

Shoreline Park

12×24″ oil on canvas panel– I love this park…  So fun to see all the people walking their dogs, biking and jogging on this elevated park above a clear coastline.   Half a mile of grass with a gradual downhill… are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Its just asking for us to break the world record for longest slip-and-slide!

Gateway to the Coast

16×20″ oil on canvas– I hiked to up above the Gaviota Tunnel to paint this one.  It is always welcoming to drive through this pass and see the ocean again when approaching Santa Barbara from the north.  The marine layer was hiding the background until the last half hour of the painting session when it folded back like a cloud blanket to reveal the sea.

Hollister Ranch View

10×20″ Oil on Canvas–  This section of beautiful undeveloped coastline makes you feel like you are going back in time and seeing what early California looked like.   This was a commission for the wedding of a wonderful couple.  They have already been on some awesome adventures together and I’m wishing them many more.

Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens

18×36″ oil on canvas– The clouds were cooperating nicely and the California Poppies are still in bloom in parts of the meadow at the Botanic Gardens.  You can see the redwood trees from the grove popping up before the foothills– it is a great place to spend a day exploring the trails and learning about plants.

Pockets of Light and Water

16×20″ oil on canvas– The pools up Cold Springs Canyon still have some flow and are teeming with tadpoles, frogs, water striders and those big flat underwater beetles that paddle around… you don’t need an ocean to go tide pooling.  When I came up the creek the tree windows were just right that it was like a spotlight was on the mossy waterfall.