Sunday Morning at Hendry’s Beach

16×20″ oil on canvas– This painting began as a demo at my painting workshop a couple weekends ago.  I was showing the group how to quickly block in the essential shapes of light and dark in a composition to freeze a moment like this when the light is changing quickly.  I had a great time sharing my technique and ways of designing images with a really fun group of artists.  Drop me an email if you’d like to be on the mailing list for future workshops.

Time Lapse Painting Video

Thought I’d have a Bob Ross moment and make my first painting video.  This was a painting session up Tunnel Trail last week with lots of “happy little trees” to try my hand at.   I’m calling the finished painting “All Downhill from Here.”

Spring in Summerland

12×36″ oil on canvas–  I enjoyed painting the echoing serpentine lines flowing through Summerland from up on Ortega hill.  It was a relatively clear day and you could see for miles.  That’s Carpinteria in the mid ground followed by Rincon Peak and then Ventura sticking out behind.

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…