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.

Lucky Cows

Oil on Canvas 12×24–  I had to pull over on my drive south on the Big Sur coastline to paint the early sun warming these cows.  One of the cows pointed out to me, “Moo.”  Translation:  “They’ve got the best grass here… its delicately seasoned with sea salt from the misty ocean breezes.”  I meant to try a bite, but was too busy painting.  Next time…

Cool Light at Point Lobos

16×20″ oil on Canvas– Morning Light on the Carmel Coast

20×24″ Sunrise through the Cypress Grove– oil on canvas

I loved painting the cool, misty light illuminating Point Lobos last week.  I think it is one of the most beautiful places anywhere… truly a paradise for artists.  I had fun painting with sixty of them as part of the Carmel Plein Air Art Festival.

Mustard Fields

12×24″ oil on canvas– I painted this in the San Marcos preserve… The black mustard is over six feet deep in places this year and can be found draped over the hills in brilliant yellow fields.  You can gather the seeds and grind them with vinegar to make your own wild mustard.