Sparkling Seas, Ellwood Coast

20×48″ oil on Canvas– I loved the patterns of sparkling lights that the sun was making on the glassy ocean the day I painted this commission of the Ellwood Coast.  The blue water was a nice foil for the reds and oranges in the winter iceplant hanging over the cliffs.

Warm December at Ellwood

15×30″ oil on canvas–  I’ve painted this view before, and each time the painting is so different depending upon what the light and water and seasons are doing.  I think I could paint here every day and never get bored.  I’ve had the Counting Crows line in my head, “It’s been a warm December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last.”  This is a good time of year for horizon gazing and planning for brighter futures.

Eucalyptus Shelter

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.

Morning on the Bluffs

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.

Springtime at Devereux Point

24×36″ oil on canvas– Spring is springing!  Since the first day of Spring on Monday, I learned that the days will be getting about two minutes and eight seconds longer each day for a week or two.  (The most dramatic change in daylength of the year is at the equinoxes.)   I hope you all find a fun way to enjoy your extra two minutes of sunlight…

Radiate

18×36″ Oil on Canvas– I’m looking east at the morning sun, warming my hands from the cool morning as though it is a big campfire in the sky–  I love this time of day!  I measured exactly half way across the canvas and broke composition rule number one:  never put ANYTHING right in the center of the painting.  I felt like the sun doesn’t have to follow silly art rules and I wanted it to be the center of attention.