Backpacking the Sisquoc Part 1

Morning Glow at Cliff Camp– 10×20″ acrylicSisquoc River View– 10×20″ acrylic

On Memorial Day Weekend I went backpacking with some friends on the Sisquoc River loop.  The river was flowing well and it was a fun adventure of creek crossing, rock scrambling and wading through fields of foxtails looking for the trail.  I brought my ultralite painting kit and waited each day for a good view to  sketch.

China Cove Harbor Seals

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…

Lucky Cows

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…

Cool Light at Point Lobos

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.

Hendry’s Beach Golden Hour

18×24″ oil on canvas–  It was a magical sunset at Hendry’s Beach yesterday.  I was really happy with the light effect on this one— I tried to push the warm and cool colors to show the way the falling sun dissolves the landscape into orange light.