10×20″ acrylic– I was drawn to paint here by the colors of the underwater rocks in sunlight. The melting snow on the mountain crests is leaving the creeks and rivers downstream gushing this year. It is still early spring as far as the wildflowers and mosquitoes are concerned.
14×18″ oil on canvas paneI– i found a spot to paint the sunlight on the water with my easel in the shade and my feet in the creek. When this Junco came leisurely rock-hopping downstream I had to paint him in.
10×20″ Casein– This was a casein study from a sandbar in Rocky Nook Park– Families with kids were wading up the creek and one twelve-year-old artist sat and watched and talked with me for a long time as I worked, just as I used to do when I was his age and saw someone out painting.
12×12″ oil on canvasboard– This was a study of Rattlesnake Canyon Creek playing with weaving brushstrokes to get the impression of light shimmering on water.
Oil on Canvas 20×24″ — This is the crossing by “Kevin’s Bench” where the east and west forks of Cold Springs Creek meet. The water is cold and clear and the entire canyon is green and full of life.
20×24″ oil on linen– It is so good to see the Santa Ynez River flowing again and knowing the thousands of gallons of sweet water that flowed past me as I painted this are on their way to Lake Cachuma. I really hope people use the drought as a learning experience and keep conserving water even though the storms have been good to us. This was made just before the first crossing on Paradise Road, which is completely washed out at the moment..
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!
9×12″ oil on canvas– My brothers and I were lucky kids, growing up with national forest for a back yard and this oxbow in the creek about a quarter mile from our back deck. It’s so fun to take our kids up there now and play hide-and-seek again. Happy Holidays everybody!
24×30″ Acrylic on Canvas– I hiked up San Ysidro Canyon last week to paint this prismatic pool. Yesterday in Cold Springs canyon my daughters found three California Newts in similar pools– so nice hiking up a canyon in the spring!