Between the Storms–Gaviota Peak

20×48″ oil on linen– It feels like ages since we’ve had a series of rainstorms stacking up…  I love it in so many ways.  The smell of wet earth is so satisfying, the sound of creeks flowing is music to the ears, the green landscape is refreshing for the eyes and the promise of water in the reservoirs is comforting for the heart and mind.  I snuck up Gaviota peak last week between storms and I created this from an oil sketch and some photos.

An Ocean in the Backyard

20×24″ oil on canvas– Imagine living in one of these homes on Miramar.  For all practical purposes your shiny blue backyard extends to China.   Just think how aware you’d be of the moon and tides and moods of the ocean.  Imagine sleeping at night with the windows open listening to the breathing waves of your own backyard ocean.

Ellwood Bluffs– Work in Progress

20×48 oil on canvas–  Happy New Year’s Eve eve!  I have been out for two mornings now trying to catch the beautiful winter light at Ellwood. The low angle of the sun makes it “magic hour” all day long.    It’s a work in progress and when the paint dries a little bit I look forward to adding the final accents and sharing the results next year.

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.