As I made this small painting, good memories from college of running out from Isla Vista, around the slough and up the path to the Ellwood bluffs came back to me. It was a new exotic landscape for me back in 1993 when I started at UCSB, but now I know these trails like the back of my hand. Funny how a place becomes a part of you as you become a part of a place.
This portrait of our local mountains was painted while my daughter was chasing the ball around the field with her team. I love how the contours start to pop out on our south-facing hills as the sun dips to the west.
15×30″ oil on linen– I hiked my easel out to the cliffs for a particularly beautiful afternoon last weekend… The backlit mustard glowed an electric yellow and the softest marine layer was rolling in from offshore playing lovely tricks with the light. Come out to the Bacara this Friday from 2-8pm for and Saturday 10-5pm for SCAPE’s “Visions of the Gaviota Coast” show which benefits the Gaviota Coastal Conservancy! Opening Receptions is Friday from 5-8 pm.
9×12″ oil on canvas panel– The first mustard seeds are sprouting yellow on the green hills beyond the slough. It is a party for the frogs and birds out in the many vernal pools that have formed on the bluffs after the rains. The equinox is next week– welcome spring!
Here are two small recent oil sketches. One was made in out backyard when the chard in the garden was looking like stained glass, the other is from the upper path at the Botanic Gardens and the third photo is just to give a sense of scale…
15×30″ oil on linen– This is from the island trail on the lagoon at UCSB looking southwest towards Santa Cruz Island. Were you one of the lucky students like me who spent your time wandering these trails or exploring the beach between classes? No wonder those years fly by so quickly…
30×42″ oil on canvas– This was a commission for a friendly, adventurous family who wanted to take home a piece of Goleta. I was excited when they chose this spot– it is really special to our family as well. I wanted to capture the magic hour, that short sweet time of shifting colors that happens in the few moments before the sun drops over the horizon. This was a big studio painting that I made from a small plein air painting that you can see below. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m grateful to all of you for sharing my art adventures with me.
12×36″ oil on canvas– What the egret knows is that this is the place to be when the sun is sinking low in the west. Mountain views, beautiful reflections, interesting trees– what more could you ask for. The one in the distance posed for quite a while in the shallows as she waited to snag a frog or fish for dinner.
14×18″ oil on canvas– Every day of the year is a sunny day… if you can only get above the clouds. I love days like this when just a few luminous spotlights find their way through the overcast… little patches of brilliant sunlight on an otherwise grey landscape. Just like with moods, you can appreciate the sunny even more when you also know the melancholy.
15×30″ oil on canvas panel– The warm and cool color notes on the bluffs are beautiful in the afternoon this time of year. Isn’t this a great season? Things start to change really dramatically as the nights are growing and the coolness, wetness and crispness of winter starts eclipse the warm, dry, hazy summer.