16×36″ oil on canvas– This was a sunset to remember… layers of mountains dissolving in to the light and particularly speedy clouds racing and changing colors across the sky. Thirty minutes earlier and the day was still afoot– a thirty minutes later and the stars were glowing behind the clouds. This area burned eleven years ago in the Zaca Fire and it has beautifully risen from the ashes like a true phoenix. Nice work, mother nature… : )
24×36″ oil on canvas– I made this from a small backpacking sketch of an oak tree by the trail. To my right there was an incredible cliff formation with all kinds of caves and crevices and hawks soaring above, but that will have to wait for another day… What captured me was the beautiful way the light was reflected and filtered through the bonsai-like leaves and branches of this small, gnarly oak.
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.
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.”
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.
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. : )
12×36″ oil on canvas– As the sun rises the color of the light goes through every color in the spectrum, starting with pink, red, orange, yellow and finally the cool greens and blues of daylight. This is trying to catch that orange moment that passes so quickly.