Fields Ablaze

20×20″ oil on canvas– The meadows in the Botanic Gardens are aflame with poppies right now.   Bees are swarming, the air is warming and the short sweet season of spring is in full swing.  Sorry about the accidental post earlier in the week– I was working on my website and pushed the wrong button. : )

Skylights in the Redwoods

15×30″ Oil on Canvas Panel– Nothing has more beauty and mystery than a deep, fern-filled redwood grove with a playful stream meandering through.  Places like this are medicine for the spirit– my breathing slows, my shoulders drop a few notches lower and I feel completely grounded and at peace here.  My hope for the trees in these woods is that they all grow to be giants and that after they fall they are slowly and gently returned to rich soil by banana slugs and other beautiful decomposers.  

Driftwoods Beach

20×48″ oil on canvas– The tides were nice and low Monday afternoon to walk from Haskel’s to Driftwoods Beach.  The cirrus clouds in the sky were hinting at the rains on the way.   I brought the sun out a little more in the painting because, well, grey isn’t my favorite color.  This is more how it would look today with the sun out again and our creeks flowing happily… 

A Glimpse of the Sea through the Oaks

18×24″ oil on canvas– Tomorrow is the equinox… happy first day of spring!  I know the season is here because I get to use electric greens to color the grass instead of the usual Southern California gold.  

Fraser Cove– Sunset over Santa Rosa Island

15×30″ oil on canvas panel– This is the far western end of Santa Cruz Island.  The several food deep middens of abalone shell and other sea life show evidence of the thousands of years the Chumash called this home.  It’s crazy to look at the stretch of sea out there and learn that following the last ice age Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Island were connected as one big island called Santa Rosae.  Mammoths swam out to Santa Rosae and like the foxes that live there now, shrunk in size and evolved into Pygmy Mammoths.  Time, time, time– it is a beautiful ever-changing world out there…

Timeless Stanton Ranch

Timeless Stanton Ranch– 15×30″ oil on canvas–This part of Santa Cruz Island was ranch land for sheep at one time to fill the need for wool during the Civil War.  Later, cattle and wine grapes were cultivated. I painted the Stanton Ranch bunkhouse and the old chapel that sit on the site.  As an aside, I was fascinated to learn that when sheep escape and breed, they return to their wild form and start to grow horns.  As part of the ecological restoration, hunting tags were sold at one time for Island Big Horn Sheep.  Morning Light–Stanton Ranch Chapel–14×18″– oil on canvas