10×20″ Oil on Canvas– This section of beautiful undeveloped coastline makes you feel like you are going back in time and seeing what early California looked like. This was a commission for the wedding of a wonderful couple. They have already been on some awesome adventures together and I’m wishing them many more.
18×36″ oil on canvas– The clouds were cooperating nicely and the California Poppies are still in bloom in parts of the meadow at the Botanic Gardens. You can see the redwood trees from the grove popping up before the foothills– it is a great place to spend a day exploring the trails and learning about plants.
16×20″ oil on canvas– The pools up Cold Springs Canyon still have some flow and are teeming with tadpoles, frogs, water striders and those big flat underwater beetles that paddle around… you don’t need an ocean to go tide pooling. When I came up the creek the tree windows were just right that it was like a spotlight was on the mossy waterfall.
Lauren prefers her flowers wild and unpicked in the meadow… it is one of the many things I love about her. One nice thing about painting is I can still bring them home for her.
16×20″ Oil on Canvas– This bend in the creek was down the hill in my backyard growing up. I have known it for thirty-three years now. This winter the meadow flooded and I got to see first hand how oxbows form and a creek finds a new path. It could be seen as distress to the landscape or it could just be seen as change. I think of many of my favorite places over the years that have been subject to avalanches, forest fires and other setbacks and have realized that in most cases this is a way of setting the clock back and allowing those areas to spring back and regenerate. Nature is patient and distress simply provides a blank canvas.
24×30″ oil on canvas– With the Solstice approaching and the days warming up, the nice cool ocean becomes even more inviting. Those surfboards behind the beach shack and the pink ice plant gave me excuses to use every crayon in the box, so to speak.
20×24″ oil on canvas– I pulled off the highway near the a bridge and turned my easel parallel with the wind to paint the evaporating haze over the ocean…