Watercolor is like speaking a different language than oil painting and it is fun to learn what new things one can say about a scene.
Here are some small watercolor paintings from a recent backpacking adventure in the Los Padres National Forest. I like knowing that the water I used to paint the creeks comes straight from the creeks themselves. There’s a cool symmetry there– it’s like drawing a campfire in charcoal from the previous night’s fire.
Thought I’d have a Bob Ross moment and make my first painting video. This was a painting session up Tunnel Trail last week with lots of “happy little trees” to try my hand at. I’m calling the finished painting “All Downhill from Here.”
12×36″ oil on canvas– I enjoyed painting the echoing serpentine lines flowing through Summerland from up on Ortega hill. It was a relatively clear day and you could see for miles. That’s Carpinteria in the mid ground followed by Rincon Peak and then Ventura sticking out behind.
20×20″ oil on canvas– The meadows in the Botanic Gardens are aflame with poppies right now. Bees are swarming, the air is warming and the short sweet season of spring is in full swing. Sorry about the accidental post earlier in the week– I was working on my website and pushed the wrong button. : )
The great thing about being an artist is that your job is to go out and hunt for beautiful things and try to capture them in paint. To subscribe to weekly emails of new paintings or for information on purchasing paintings, please click the contact link. I price paintings by size and accept cash, check or credit cards.
15×30″ oil on canvas– Not a bad perch for posting up an easel and watching the waves roll onto Garrapata State Beach in Big Sur… I’m curious who the lucky folks are whose homes are on the ledge and who call this place their back yard.