20×48″ Oil on Canvas– This is a big studio painting I have been working on based on a sketch of Hamilton Lake in Sequoia National Forest this summer. My tent was in a flat spot near the pines on the right and I woke up and watched the warm light crawl across this wonderland. There is another lake at the top of the cascade in the center of the painting that was still snowbound… and miles and miles of mountains and lakes for us still to explore to the north and south beyond. (Detail)(Detail)
15×30″ oil on canvas panel– It’s feeling like autumn out on the bluffs– southern California mediterranean autumn, that is. Breezy and hazy and sunny… the smell of dry grass and eucalyptus oil fills the air and the big, calm ocean lies there warm and turquoise.
15×30″ oil on canvas– Tomorrow is the fall equinox, but this is a painting of Ellwood in the spring when our planet is 186,000,000 miles away on the other side of the sun. It is one of the paintings I put in the Santa Barbara Artwalk show at the Museum of Natural History this weekend.
12×24″ oil on canvas panel– I love this park… So fun to see all the people walking their dogs, biking and jogging on this elevated park above a clear coastline. Half a mile of grass with a gradual downhill… are you thinking what I’m thinking? Its just asking for us to break the world record for longest slip-and-slide!
16×20″ oil on canvas– This is the iconic Butterfly Beach view from the shade of the old cypress tree. I painted it quickly on site to get the colors and atmosphere and then had fun embellishing it with woven brushstrokes.
16×20″ oil on canvas– I hiked to up above the Gaviota Tunnel to paint this one. It is always welcoming to drive through this pass and see the ocean again when approaching Santa Barbara from the north. The marine layer was hiding the background until the last half hour of the painting session when it folded back like a cloud blanket to reveal the sea.
16×20″ oil on canvas– This is an open field that we are lucky to have near our house and call our soccer-and-frisbee field (with gopher potholes and other obstacles– think of it as the miniature golf of soccer). When the grass is thigh deep in the winter it is just-lay-down-to-play-hide-and-seek field. And here is my studio set up like an art gallery this weekend… it has been fun having people stop in. Come on by if you are in town.