Refugio Waves

15×30″ oil on linen– When you paint waves from observation, you are literally taking details from dozens of unique waves, all breaking in their own particular patterns of glass and spray and blending them together into one wave, frozen in time, that pretty much sums up what you noticed from many. It is hard… I sometimes wish I could pause time, but when I do so with a camera, I’m never satisfied. There is more motion in the amalgamation.

Warm Twilight–Ellwood

18×36″ oil on linen

In the Sierras and other alpine regions this type of light is called alpenglow, when the last rays of sun warm the granite peaks a shade of pink. Does anyone know if there is a synonym for it if you are at sea level? “Twilight” was all the Thesaurus had to offer. And “aurora,” but I think that means dawn rather than sunset. I had fun playing with impressionistic effects on this one, putting a variety of colors side by side to try to get the feeling of that warm glowing light.

Below is a small 6×8″ plein air study I made one evening to try to catch the colors, which only last about ten minutes.

6×8″ oil on panel

Spring Greens

Spring Greens– 12×24″ oil on panel $800

Poppies are popping up in the meadow at the SB Botanic Gardens and even through a mask you can smell spring in the air. Valentines day is coming and the birds and the bees are doing what the birds and the bees do. Hopefully we can squeeze a little more rain from some passing clouds before the calendar pages slip through our fingers.

Painting Seasons

Portrait of Santa Barbara– 8×16″ oil on linen panel– $500

Creek Sounds– 12×16″ oil on linen panel– Do you know what time of year it is? Duck season? Wabbit season? No… it’s creek painting season! (If you are under thirty you probably missed that reference… sorry). It is so nice to hear all the echoing watery sounds reverberating through the canyons– I love to paint creeks! It is also the season when I get to use more shades of the color green here in Santa Barbara where the summer and fall palette is more in shades of tan and gold. I hope you all are finding some time to play outdoors!

Creek Sounds– 12×16″ oil on linen panel– $750
Creek Light in Progress…

Ellwood Bluff Walk

20×48″ oil on linen– $3200

I made this recent painting as a studio work based on some sketches that I made one day out on Ellwood. It was a nice way to work. I find it helps to step away from the actual scene for a bit to allow my imagination and memory to enter into the painting and create an impression not only of how the scene looks but also how it feels to be there. I’ve also included a work in process shot from the Studio.

I’m going to have a staggered Covid Friendly mostly-outdoor open studio art sale on November 14 and 15… stay tuned for more info and let me know if you’d like to save a time slot.

Daytime Moon–Ellwood

Daytime Moon– 18×36″ oil on linen–$1800

Whatever your hobby or love is, I encourage you to try a month of doing it every day. These are things I’ve learned making a painting a day this month of September:

  1. Some of our best ideas come when we don’t overthink and just respond to what we are experiencing in the moment.
  2. You don’t have to wash your brushes if you use them every day– they don’t have a chance to dry out.
  3. There is something worth painting no matter where you are.

Painting is a little more like running than it is like riding a bike… You know how people say “its like riding a bike” which means you never forget how to do it. This is somewhat true with painting, but if you do it more regularly, it is kind of like you get into art shape and it is much easier.

in progress…

Campus Point– 12×24″ oil on panel– $750
Lizard’s Mouth and the Sea of Clouds– 16×20″– $750

Fishing Boats, a Dragon’s Back and one Cooperative Gull

These are the subjects of some of my recent paintings. I have been enjoying the challenge of creating a paintings every day for the month of September. If you want to see all of them, they can be found here on Instagram. I’ll share brief stories about each one below.

Fishing since 1929– 12×16″ oil on panel

When I asked the Captain of the Sal-C if his boat was going to be parked for a while so I could paint it, he joked, “I painted it last week!” It is an awesome fishing boat that I learned has been out fishing in the Santa Barbara Channel for 91 years.

The Dragon’s Back– 8×16″ oil on linen panel– $500

My favorite feature of our local mountains is Arlington and Cathedral Peaks, the rocks on which can be interpreted as an immense sleeping dragon.

Goleta Beach Gull– 6×8″ oil on panel– $180

Part of painting every day is sometimes having to squeeze in a quick session into a busy life. Often I don’t have time to be picky about a scene, but just pull out the easel and take what nature throws at this me. If I’m lucky, the wildlife cooperate.

A Living Microclimate

18×36″ oil on panel– $2200

This is the view looking out towards Santa Cruz Island from near the San Marcos open space. It is striking on a hot day how much cooler it is beneath an oak tree, with its thick dappled shade and its leaves transpiring. I had fun stylizing the leaves, trying to get the variety of warm and cool greens they contain.

Detail

The Mission and Aloes

12×16″ oil on canvas

It was fun to be back in “class” today (online of course) and see my students again! I hope the school year is starting off well for everyone! This was a recent commission that was given by their kids to a couple that tied the knot at the Santa Barbara Mission 40 years ago. I wish them 40 more years at least!