Oil Sketches

I’ve been painting a couple of small (5×7″) oil sketches lately.  They are fun to make when I don’t have a lot of time or just want to try out a visual idea to see if I want to pursue a more detailed painting of it.   It’s a great exercise in design– the small scale makes you really think about making each brush stroke have a purpose.  They are kind of like poems– trying to say something big with limited means.  Can you recognize the locations?  Hint:  the later one has some authentic Summerland dirt on it from when it took a face plant as I was carrying it.

With Toes in the Surf

8×16″ oil–  What a nice way to paint a landscape with the waves rolling up over my feet.  This small new painting is one of many that I’ll have on display at the Open Studio Art Show in eight days.  I hope to see you there.


Saturday-Monday September 1-3,

Saturday and Sunday 11 am-5 pm, Monday  11-2pm

1128 Via Regina

Free to visit my studio as a guest.  To participate in the tour and see the many awesome artists who are part of it, tickets can be bought here:  http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com


Marmot Paradise and Painting Process

Oil on Canvas 25.5×34″  –This is the first backpacking sketch that I’ve turned into a finished oil painting.  Lauren named this place on the east side of Sawtooth Pass “Marmot Paradise” for all the happy groundhogs who call this place home who were whistling, running amok and eating the vibrant grasses in these high meadows. I took pictures of the original sketch and my backpacking painting kit so people can see the setup.  I used a lightweight sheet of corrugated plastic as a laptop desk with a clip-on water container.  Notice the wet paper towel that I squeeze my paints onto… it wicks water up into the paints to keep the dry mountain air from solidifying them.   No stand up easel this trip, but after hiking fifteen miles over a pass, who wants to stand?  

Open Studio and Art Sale coming up…

On Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-3) I will be having my big Open Studio and Art Show event for the year.  If you’d like to mark your calendars, it will be at 1128 Via Regina from 10-5 Saturday and Sunday and Monday from 10-2.  I hope to see you there!  You are welcome to come for free as my guest.  It will also be in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ tour and if you would like to buy tickets for the full event, details can be found at  www.santabarbarastudioartists.com .

Here are some more pages from my summer backpacking sketchbook.   Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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