Monday, January 26, 2015

"Miramar in Blue", Miramar Beach, Montecito, California

"Miramar in Blue"
24 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, $2500

And another reward spot... miramar beach, wahoo!
Also, I am not sure if you have noticed but I love the big shapes that our coast performs. Its very important for me that they are flowing and elegant throughout. 

"Hammond's Beach Panorama", Montecito, California

"Hammond's Beach Panorama", 20 x 60 inches, oil on canvas, $2500

It's been a tradition of mine to spend a few days at Hammond's near my birthday which is next week. I do this because that place signifies my break into being a full time artist. Before I quit my job I would day dream of being there making an amazing painting that I would sell for enough to pay rent. Dreams do come true!

"Santa Ynez River Colors", Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, California

"Santa Ynez River Colors", 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, $1200

Paradise Road is a true treasure. You drive through views like this to amazing swimming holes and natural beauty. I went on Thursday and I had the place to myself. And thus concludes my work last week. Not too shabby considering I played 27 holes one day too...

"Sands Birthday, Jan 16th, 2015", Ellwood, Goleta, California

"Sands Birthday, Jan 16th, 2015", 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, paid for by Chris Jones Realtor. Happy Birthday Brandon!

"Green Winter Scheme at R Beach", Ellwood, Goleta, California

"Green Winter Scheme at R Beach", Ellwood, Goleta., 30 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, sold

The set of trees on the left above R Beach, was my destination when I went out to explore the fields. It offered shade and a place to climb trees with ocean views. Its no wonder why I make so many paintings of this spot. Thats Devereux Point in the distance beyond Sands.

"Tajigaus Winter Colors", Gaviota Coast, Goleta, California

"Tajigaus Winter Colors", Gaviota Coast, 12 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, $550

After we packed up the camp and El Cap my wife let me go for one more painting. I found a turn out on the 101 that I hadn't been to before. A little walk over the railroad tracks and I had this view, in the shade of the tree on the left and out of the 20 mph winds. The wind stirs up the ocean and gives it that deep blue. Such a nice contrast to the earthy cliffs

Monday, January 12, 2015

"El Capitan Cove New Years Day", El Capitan State Beach, Santa Barbara, California

"El Capitan Cove New Years Eve", 12 x 36, oil on canvas, $850

This is another one from my recent camping trip to El Capitan State Beach. After cooking all morning, we went out to the cove with the kids. I dropped my easel off in the little grassy clearing with this view. My friend, his kid and my two walked around the cove on the other side to swim and find fossils. We all did the Polar Bear, which I understand to be jumping in the freezing ocean on new years eve. We where all hooting and hollering like crazed kids, which we where. Everyone seemed to find a plant fossil besides my friend who is a geologist... very suspicious.
After we where done they dropped me off at my easel and my buddy took my kids back to camp. I finished in time to see the sunset as I triumphantly came back with this painting.

Friday, January 9, 2015

"El Capitan Canyon Mountain View", Goleta, California

"El Capitan Canyon Mountain View", 6 x 6 inches, oil on panel, $120

You see how creative I had to get with these titles? The last three posts essentially all go together like the diptych. My framer could float them all in a shadow box for ya...
They are with him at:
Distinctive Framing
1333 State Street

"El Capitan Canyon Overlook", El Capitan State Beach, Goleta, California

"El Capitan Canyon Overlook", El Capitan State Beach, Goleta.
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas, $280

I made this while the kids played in the chaparral making forts and looking for Chumash artifacts. Its been a week since we where there and no poison oak, yes!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"El Capitan Big View East 1 and 2", El Capitan State Beach, Goleta, California

"El Capitan Big View East 1 and 2", El Capitan State Beach, Goleta.
Both 6 x 8 inches, oil on panel, $150 each or both for $300

To be called a diptych these technically need to be connected by a hinge. Sounds like a cool idea actually. This is a view from a 100 yards away from our campsite at El Capitan. I have always painted the ocean views here so this was nice to get this amazing perspective. I'll be coming back to do a big one soon...

"Miramar Pure", Miramar Beach, Montecito, California

"Miramar Pure", 12x24 inches, oil on canvas, sold

Not only is it a great place to hang out, it has some incredible shapes and values to work with. I especially love the mountain ocean combo. I could play with those shapes all day long.

"Campus Point Wind and Clouds", Isla Vista, California

"Campus Point Wind and Clouds", 15 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, $750

This painting includes authentic Campus Point dust and sand from the gale force winds. I removed the new industrial steps they put in and kept in both tips of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands.

"Western Goleta Valley", Goleta, California

"Western Goleta Valley", from Old San Marcos Road, 6 x 6 inches, oil on panel, $75

That's Campus Point out there and Santa Rosa Island in the background. Basically, the Goodland.

"Eastern Goleta Valley at Sunrise", Santa Barbara, California

"Eastern Goleta Valley at Sunrise", from Old San Marcos Rd. 6x8 inches, oil on panel, $100

I made this as the sun rose over our blessed Eastern Goleta Valley. My house is at the base of the big purple Hope Ranch Hill on the left.

"Mission Canyon Sunrise", Studio Painting, Santa Barbara, California

"Mission Canyon Sunrise", made in my studio from memory. 6x6 inches, oil on panel, $75

I love the views down our canyons, it's just hard to get there by sunrise with an easel. So I made this one up in my cozy home.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Jimmy's Full Moon", Pickle Room, Santa Barbara, California

"Jimmy's Full Moon"
12 x 16 inches
oil on canvas

In the morning I went to Goleta Beach to paint at the flowing slough. I didn't quite finish that one before I went to pick up the kids. I dropped them off with Julie at home and then went downtown to paint the Arlington. Another painting I did not quite finish. Finally I went on over to the Pickle Room aka Jimmys, and finished this painting. I got home at 11:30 at night and slept like a baby.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Seals", Naples, Goleta, California

6 x 8 inches
oil on panel

This is the break to the West of the Naples property, I think its called seals. There where some ok waves today for all who made the hike out here. I was getting tired by this point as it was my fourth little painting of the day.

The light was just getting good too. Nest I'll chill in the morning and come for the evening.

"Dos Pueblos Ranch Mountain View", Naples, Goleta, California

"Dos Pueblos Ranch Mountain View", 6 x 8 inches, oil on panel, sold

I was standing at the edge of Naples looking towards DP ranch and that peak that has the tv and radio antenna's behind Goleta. Its really hard for me to not paint the ocean when I am right on the bluffs but its worth it to get the different colors and shapes.

"Naples Breakthrough", Naples, Goleta, California

"Naples Breakthrough", 6x8 inches, oil on panel, sold

I probably should spend more time here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

"A Wave at Sunset", Studio painting in Santa Barbara, California

Santa's Workshop #7
"A Wave at Sunset", studio painting, 8 x 8 inches, oil on panel, $150

Its a little weird for me to be painting under non natural light. The colors look very different than my normal day lit endeavors.

"Cabrillo Sunset Clouds", Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

Santa's Workshop #6
"Cabrillo Sunset Clouds"
6 x 6 inches
oil on canvas

Another beautiful sunset from Sterns Wharf. This time we had clouds, yea!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Breakwater Sunset", From Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

Santa's Workshop #5
"Breakwater Sunset", painted from the end of the Stearn's Wharf.
6 x 6 inches
oil on panel

"Santa Claus Lane December Clouds", Carpinteria, California

"Santa Claus Lane December Clouds"
15 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, $850

Hanging out in the sand dunes just like I did when I was a kid. I still get excited when the train goes by too. I had to put it in even if I did have to sacrifice the point and the ocean to the left. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Santa Claus Lane Softly", Carpinteria, California

Santa's Workshop #4
"Santa Claus Lane Softly"
6 x 8 inches
oil on panel

"Toro Canyon View", Carpinteria, California

Santa's Workshop #3
"Toro Canyon View"
12 x 16 inches
oil on canvas

I made this up at night in the studio from memory. I saw this view the last time we drove up into Toro Canyon. Its a special geographic place as its the biggest hill away from the mountains. The views are unrivaled.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Harbor Exit", Santa Barbara Harbor from Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

"Harbor Exit"
oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches, sold

Clouds and rain, yea!

"Devereux Memory", Studio Painting of Coal Oil Point, Isla Vista, Goleta, California

Santa's Workshop #2
"Devereux Memory"
6 x 8 inches
oil on panel

I made this from memory of a place that is part of my first memories.

"More Mesa Gold", More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California

Santa's Workshop #1
"More Mesa Gold"
10 x 10 inches
oil on panel

I really enjoy feeling like one of Santa's Elves. So I decided I will be staying up late through the holiday season and make some presents. I will bring these in weekly to Distinctive Framing, 1333 State Street, SB, if you want to see them in person.

My plan is to post a new painting everyday of one of our idyllic spots. I was shooting for all of December so I will post the first four tonight.

Here is a view of More Mesa on the Eastern bluffs looking West toward Goleta.

"Henry's Thanksgiving", Hendry' s Beach, Arroyo Burro, Santa Barbara, California

"Hendry's Thanksgiving"
18 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

I remember when I found out there was a D in Hendry's, the world changed that day.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"The Grand Panorama", Santa Barbara, California

"The Grand Panorama", Santa Barbara Waterfront from Stearns Wharf. 36 x 72 inches of pure joy, oil on canvas, for $6K.

Sometimes size really does matter... but you wouldn't be able to tell that looking at your tiny computer screens. Come see this big ass painting in person at Distinctive Framing, 1333 State Street. I am even having a reception there this Thursday, Dec. 4th, 5-8pm with beer and wine and food and art.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"View of Santa Barbara with Fall Clouds", Eling's Park, Santa Barbara, California

"View of Santa Barbara with Fall Clouds"
Eling's Park, Santa Barbara
24 x 48 inches, oil on canvas

I really love this view because it shows you just how much the coast curves into our little hamlet next to the sea. It also contains many local landmarks. In the foreground you have the Upper West Side I imagine. The right hand hill is TV Hill. The first area of land to the left of that is where city college is. Behind that is the anchorages outside of the harbor. To the middle to far left is Santa Barbara downtown, with a view of the the courthouse and the Granada. The Riviera is in partly shadow and leans out towards the point below the Graveyard called aptly Graveyards. Beyond that you can see Summerland and Loon Point. Then we have Carpinteria in the flat part below Rincon Hill. How's that for some google key words!

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Goleta Beach Curves", Goleta, California

"Goleta Beach Curves", 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I had never painted agave in this much detail before. I was wondering how it would turn out with my style of not actually drawing anything. It turns out its easier to paint than to draw because you can block in the darker shapes, let them set up for a little bit and the do strokes over the top.

Friday, November 7, 2014

"Sunset Panorama from Stearns Wharf", Santa Barbara, California

"Sunset Panorama from Stearns Wharf"
20 x 60 inches, oil on canvas, $3500

Oh how glorious the fall light can be in Santa Barbara. Perfect pink and purple sunsets just about every day. I love this time of year.

Monday, November 3, 2014

"Hendry's Fall Sunset", Hendry's Beach, Arroyo Burro, Santa Barbara, California

"Hendry's Fall Sunset", 24x48 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I have a new strategy of painting up to the moment, rather than seeing a moment and then having to remember what it looked like. For this one I started at noon and tried to paint it what I thought it would look like 1/2 hour before sunset. Then when that actual moment happened I painted furiously to capture it.

"San Roque Mountain Portrait", Santa Barbara, California.

"San Roque Mountain Portrait", 48 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, sold

Its a shame I didn't get a better pic of this painting before it went to its new home. This is probably my favorite paintings of the year. For the reason that this view does not exist like this. I added and moved and composed this out of the pieces before me. I wanted the mountain to be the star...

"Coal Oil Point Evening Waves", Devereux, Isla Vista, California

"Coal Oil Point Evening Waves, 24x48 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I went to Devereux a couple times this week under amazing conditions. Nice waves, cool breeze, and fall light.

"Kalyra Vineyard View", Santa Ynez, California

"Kalyra Vineyard View"
20 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, sold

Someone asked me to go to the Kalyra Tasting room in Santa Ynez and paint the view. My pleasure!

I do take commissions of places I can go and paint en plein air. Let me know if you really want a painting of a place and I can probably make something amazing...

"Tuesday Farmer's Market", State Street, Santa Barbara, California

"Tuesday Farmer's Market", State Street, Santa Barbara. Oil on canvas, $400

It's nice they block off State for the market, now I can stand and paint right in the middle of the street.

"The Thoroughfare", Goleta, California

"The Thoroughfare"
18 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

Do you recognize this spot? Can you guess right where I am standing?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Casa del Herrero", Montecito, California

"Casa del Herrero", Montecito, 20x16 inches, oil on canvas, $1000

The House of the Blacksmith.