Sisquoc Loop Part 2

Alcove– 10×20″ acrylicWhite Ledge– 10×20″ acrylic

These are a couple of 10×20″ backpacking paintings.  I enjoy looking back at these– when you paint a spot, you are really present for an hour or two, completely absorbing the scene and letting it all in.  For an artist, a painting is like a time machine that brings you vividly back to a place and time.

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.

Rattlesnake Canyon Creekflow

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22×28″ oil on canvas–  I’m savoring the sound of raindrops on the roof right now and smiling knowing we have more boulder hopping and creek painting days ahead of us this spring!

Driftwood Beach Shack

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48″x36″– Acrylic on Canvas– I love beach shack architecture… this one was beautifully made with driftwood, palm fronds and the timbers from the old wave-eaten sea wall.  It is nicely decorated with a sandstone coffee table, a redwood log sofa that delivered itself on tides from Northern California and breathtaking views..  Shelter for any sea-loving soul who follows the trail down from the cliffs.  Free, wild, natural, public real estate: the very best kind– location, location. location…

The Lagoon Trail

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15×30″ Acrylic–  Any UCSB students will know this spot… how lucky we were to get to walk out on this trail between classes.  There used to be a red fox who lived on this hill that Lauren and I would see on early morning runs here.  The sun was over a sea of stratus clouds when I started and within an hour the fog bank blew in, erasing the scene.

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