Hamilton Lake Sunrise

20×48″ Oil on Canvas– This is a big studio painting I have been working on based on a sketch of Hamilton Lake in Sequoia National Forest this summer.  My tent was in a flat spot near the pines on the right and I woke up and watched the warm light crawl across this wonderland.  There is another lake at the top of the cascade in the center of the painting that was still snowbound… and miles and miles of mountains and lakes for us still to explore to the north and south beyond.     (Detail)(Detail)

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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.

Gateway to the Coast

16×20″ oil on canvas– I hiked to up above the Gaviota Tunnel to paint this one.  It is always welcoming to drive through this pass and see the ocean again when approaching Santa Barbara from the north.  The marine layer was hiding the background until the last half hour of the painting session when it folded back like a cloud blanket to reveal the sea.

Trout Creek at Sundown

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.

China Cove Harbor Seals

16×20 Oil on Canvas– The seals on this beach were caring for their pups. It reminded me of walking with my dog Julia on a beach once and coming around the corner upon a seal. She couldn’t believe her eyes… it was like she’d found a dog-mermaid. You can think of this as a cove of real-life merdogs if you’d like…