Sunpockets

20×48″ Oil on Canvas– I love how a canopy of trees creates little spotlights that highlight little parts of the forest floor.  Sometimes these illuminate delicate plants that wait for their thirty minutes of direct sunlight a day and sometimes they make a pool in the creek glow like a lantern.

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Cool Ocean on a Hot Day

12×24″ oil on canvas panel– I enjoyed taking a couple of refreshing dips in the surf between painting the waves at Miramar Beach yesterday afternoon.  I hope you are all finding equally good ways to stay cool today!

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)

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.