Backpacking the Sisquoc Part 1

Morning Glow at Cliff Camp– 10×20″ acrylicSisquoc River View– 10×20″ acrylic

On Memorial Day Weekend I went backpacking with some friends on the Sisquoc River loop.  The river was flowing well and it was a fun adventure of creek crossing, rock scrambling and wading through fields of foxtails looking for the trail.  I brought my ultralite painting kit and waited each day for a good view to  sketch.

Oak Group Benefit for the Carpinteria Bluffs

I’m excited to be part of this show… I hope you can join us next Thursday evening!

Oak Group Benefit for Carpinteria Bluffs

Circling back to their original benefit shows decades ago, The Oak Group once again supports The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County with “Coastline,” an exhibition in Santa Barbara’s Faulkner Gallery in the Central Library, 40 W. Anapamu.
The exhibition will hang from March 1 through midday, March 30, 2017.
Artists look forward to meeting the public at a reception during First Thursday, March 2, from 5:00 to 7:30.


Guest artists Kevin Gleason, Kaaren Robertson, Nicole Strasburg, and John Wullbrandt contribute their work along with members of The Oak Group for this event.

Forty-five percent of proceeds will directly benefit acquisition of 21 more acres of the Carpinteria Bluffs, through The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs. These groups have been working together to preserve the rest of the undeveloped coastline.

The Land Trust has preserved 25,000 acres over its 31 years. Along with Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs it purchased its first 52 acres of the bluffs in the late 1990s. Together the groups turned what is now the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve over to the city of Carpinteria.

Central Library hours:

Monday through Thursday, 10:00 to 7:00
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 to 5:30
Sunday, 1:00 pm to 5:00

Kevin Gleason  “Ellwood Morning Light,” 18×36 in., oil on canvas


Nicole Strasburg, “Twilight Estuary,” 14×36 in., oil on birch panel

William Mitchell, “Jalama Creek,” 16×20 in., oil

A Couple of Mountain Views

Feeling heavy-hearted after the election… It’s good to step outside and look at the ground and the sky and to remember that these mountains have been here much longer than any of the people.  It helps to see compassionate people everywhere I look, feeling the same dismay and making an extra effort to lock eyes and smile.  It helps remembering that most people on this planet are good and want little more than to live their lives happily.

In Permaculture we learn that the health and resiliency of any ecosystem is represented by its diversity.  The same is true for countries and groups of people.   We have some work to do these next few years.  In a time of fearful people wanting to create separation, it is up to us to meet situations with connection, to remember that the most valuable natural resource is wild nature itself, and to stand up for the diversity that makes America, this lively, beautiful, free, complicated garden of immigrants, truly great.   quickdraw-gleason-3

Cathedral Peak  12×12″

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After the Rail 12×24″