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.
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…
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…
Oil on Canvas 12×24– I had to pull over on my drive south on the Big Sur coastline to paint the early sun warming these cows. One of the cows pointed out to me, “Moo.” Translation: “They’ve got the best grass here… its delicately seasoned with sea salt from the misty ocean breezes.” I meant to try a bite, but was too busy painting. Next time…
16×20″ oil on Canvas– Morning Light on the Carmel Coast
20×24″ Sunrise through the Cypress Grove– oil on canvas
I loved painting the cool, misty light illuminating Point Lobos last week. I think it is one of the most beautiful places anywhere… truly a paradise for artists. I had fun painting with sixty of them as part of the Carmel Plein Air Art Festival.
Here are a couple small paintings of recent skies I encountered…12×16″ Oil on Canvas Panel– Dusk at the Bird Refuge
12×12″ Oil on Canvas– Cumulus Clouds over Lake Los Carneros
12×24″ oil on canvas– I painted this in the San Marcos preserve… The black mustard is over six feet deep in places this year and can be found draped over the hills in brilliant yellow fields. You can gather the seeds and grind them with vinegar to make your own wild mustard.