Eucalyptus Shelter

15×30″ oil on canvas panel– It’s feeling like autumn out on the bluffs– southern California mediterranean autumn, that is.  Breezy and hazy and sunny… the smell of dry grass and eucalyptus oil fills the air and the big, calm ocean lies there warm and turquoise.

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Morning on the Bluffs

15×30″ oil on canvas– Tomorrow is the fall equinox, but this is a painting of Ellwood in the spring when our planet is 186,000,000 miles away on the other side of the sun.  It is one of the paintings I put in the Santa Barbara Artwalk show at the Museum of Natural History this weekend.

Shoreline Park

12×24″ oil on canvas panel– I love this park…  So fun to see all the people walking their dogs, biking and jogging on this elevated park above a clear coastline.   Half a mile of grass with a gradual downhill… are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Its just asking for us to break the world record for longest slip-and-slide!

Gateway to the Coast

16×20″ oil on canvas– I hiked to up above the Gaviota Tunnel to paint this one.  It is always welcoming to drive through this pass and see the ocean again when approaching Santa Barbara from the north.  The marine layer was hiding the background until the last half hour of the painting session when it folded back like a cloud blanket to reveal the sea.

Meadow at Dawn and Open Studio

16×20″ oil on canvas–   This is an open field that we are lucky to have near our house and call our  soccer-and-frisbee field (with gopher potholes and other obstacles– think of it as the miniature golf of soccer).   When the grass is thigh deep in the winter it is just-lay-down-to-play-hide-and-seek field.  And here is my studio set up like an art gallery this weekend… it has been fun having people stop in.  Come on by if you are in town.

Hollister Ranch View

10×20″ Oil on Canvas–  This section of beautiful undeveloped coastline makes you feel like you are going back in time and seeing what early California looked like.   This was a commission for the wedding of a wonderful couple.  They have already been on some awesome adventures together and I’m wishing them many more.