Space to Breathe

20×48″ oil on canvas– This is what finally emerged from the sketches in my last post.  I love running along this path on the bluffs above More Mesa and then dropping down the Thousand Steps to get to the beach.  The light spilling out of the canyon up the coast line is the spot where the Hope Ranch creek meets the ocean.  I’ll add a couple detail images as well.  Enjoy the cooler weather everyone! 

Summer Beach Day-Campus Point

18×24″ oil on canvas panel– We’re so lucky during heat waves like this to have the ocean so near.  The water today at Campus Point was filled with people cooling off in the surf.  I hope you are all finding ways to stay cool today… Here is a watercolor sketch from the same site down below on the beach a couple of weeks ago.  

Summer Morning at Lake Los Carneros

 16×20″ oil on canvas– I was pleased with how the colors came out on this one– I actually painted over a painting that I never had time to finish and since the value structure and design were already in place, I could focus entirely on the temperature and subtle changes between all the different blues, yellows and greens in the scene.

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. : )