Slant of Light- Ellwood Bluffs

15×30″ oil on linen– I hiked my easel out to the cliffs for a particularly beautiful afternoon last weekend… The backlit mustard glowed an electric yellow and the softest marine layer was rolling in from offshore playing lovely tricks with the light.  Come out to the Bacara this Friday from 2-8pm for and Saturday 10-5pm  for SCAPE’s “Visions of the Gaviota Coast” show which benefits the Gaviota Coastal Conservancy!  Opening Receptions is Friday from 5-8 pm.

Joshua Tree Pt. 3

Here’s the last batch of small 6×8″ oil paintings from our desert travels…  The top one is part of the hike known as “the Maze” and the second is from the top of a tall boulder near White Tank.   Painters are lucky– it feels like magic to mix just the right shade of peachy-tan mud and then to lay it on a panel where it becomes sunlight on granite.

A Dozen Sunrises an Hour— J-Tree pt. 2

When I laid out all my paintings after our trip, Lauren said with a smile, “I think you like the rocks.” Sure I could have painted the Joshua Trees themselves or closeups of the flowers or the cool Cholla skeletons like the one I use for scale in the photos– but yeah, I love rocks. When you camp in a boulder jumble like White Tank, you can watch the sunrise several times a morning by starting on the highest boulders then working your way down to the canyons…

Joshua Tree Adventures pt. 1

There is something incredibly healing about the desert… My daughter and I both had colds when we arrived a few days ago and they dried up in the desert sun and clear air by the next morning. We spent the week hiking and enjoying the reptiles, superblooming wildflowers, stars and the massive boulder playgrounds. I painted two little 6×8″ paintings a day when we needed a rest from the elements in the shade of a palm oasis or boulder canyon. I’ll post the results over the next couple days…

After the Rain– Devereux Slough

9×12″ oil on canvas panel–  The first mustard seeds are sprouting yellow on the green hills beyond the slough.  It is a party for the frogs and birds out in the many vernal pools that have formed on the bluffs after the rains.  The equinox is next week– welcome spring!

Chard in the Garden and a Mountain Path

Here are two small recent oil sketches.  One was made in out backyard when the chard in the garden was looking like stained glass, the other is from the upper path at the Botanic Gardens and the third photo is just to give a sense of scale…

A couple of recent oil sketches…

 Can you see the tiny hikers in the meadow on below hiking up the Rattlesnake Canyon trail towards Tin Can Flat.  I loved how you can see the Santa Barbara harbor through the window of the canyon.  The sunset was painted with my artist friend Chris Potter at El Capitan State Beach.  Both small paintings are 6×8″ oil studies on panels.