Telling Time by Sundial

22×28″ oil on canvas–  Lauren and I like to play a game at the beach we call “Rock Jenga.” We take turns stacking a rock at a time until someone makes the tower fall.   Often aesthetics  get the better of us and we leave an attractive precariously balanced rock stack standing, declare ourselves both winners, and start a new one nearby.

I am excited to be teaching a plein air painting workshop through SCAPE in April this year.  There are still spaces available if anyone is interested in signing up.

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A New Morning Everyday

20×48″ Oil on Canvas– Morning is my favorite time of day and spring is my favorite season.   I love the sense of newness both create and the feeling that your day is a blank canvas ready to explore.   I created this studio painting from a couple of plein air watercolor sketches I made from up in the foothills a couple weeks ago.

From the Courthouse Clocktower

 12×36″ oil on canvas–  Usually when I paint, I lose all track of time…  I couldn’t tell you if I’ve been spreading colors for 30 minutes or a couple hours.  I kept the pace with this one because every fifteen minutes the immense bells below me would chime, counting off portions of the day.   Not many chimes left in 2017– Happy New Year everybody! Detail

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.

Golden Hour on Stearn’s Wharf

12×24″ oil on canvas panel– From back by the Santa Barbara Shellfish company at the end of the wharf you have an awesome 180 degree panorama stretching from the harbor to the southern coastline and mountains.   You could pretty much look in any direction and make a nice painting.  I liked what the light was doing in this section a few nights ago…

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.