Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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

"Jimmy's Full Moon"
12 x 16 inches
oil on canvas
$380

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

"Seals"
6 x 8 inches
oil on panel
$100

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, $100

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, $120

I probably should spend more time here.

"Jimmy's Oriental Gardens", Santa Barbara, California

"Jimmy's Oriental Gardens"
12 x 16 inches
oil on canvas
sold

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 for my friend. I got home at 11:30 at night and slept like a baby.

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
$50

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
sold

"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"
Carpinteria
6 x 8 inches
oil on panel
$100

"Toro Canyon View", Carpinteria, California

Santa's Workshop #3
"Toro Canyon View"
12 x 16 inches
oil on canvas
$300

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, $450

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
sold

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
$250

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
$850

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
$2500

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... chrispotterart@gmail.com

"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
$700

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.

"Franceschi Park View", the American Riviera, Santa Barbara, California

"Franceschi Park View", the American Riviera,
Santa Barbara, California
36 x 12 inches
oil on canvas
sold

I was asked to find a nice vertical composition for a particular wall space. Here is what I came up with. I had to make up all the foreground hills as you could not see them from my vantage point.

"The Lark", Funk Zone, Santa Barbara, California

"The Lark", Funk Zone, Santa Barbara. 12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas, $550
I was cozied up next to the lights along the wall of the Guitar Bar. There where a few spiders above me which I made sure to avoid. I was about to pass between the wall and my easel and I got a weird feeling. I look down and totally camouflaged was a lovely black widow just inches from my feet.

"Fiddlestix Vineyard", Santa Rita Hills, Lompoc, California

"Fiddlestix Vineyard", Santa Rita Hills, Lompoc. Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches, $750

My first legitimate vineyard painting. I spent the morning to afternoon inside their amazing barn. I was out of the wind and dust and in the shade. Every time I come to wine country to paint I feel confused and bewildered. This time I had an introduction to the owner of the vineyard so it helped me narrow down my subject. Just at this one place there are a hundred worthy views. More to come!

Friday, October 17, 2014

"So Botanical", Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Mission Canyon, California

"So Botanical"
Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara
24 x 30 inches
oil on canvas
$1400




Friday, October 10, 2014

"Fishermen's Wharf", Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

"Fishermen's Wharf"
oil on panel
5 x 7 inches
$100

My 4th painting of the evening came out a little looser than I meant it to.

"Warm Sky and Moon over the Channel", Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

"Warm Sky and Moon over the Channel"
7 x 5 inches
oil on panel
sold

Wish I knew how I came up with this one.

"Moonlight Sparkle from Stearn's Wharf", Santa Barbara, California

"Moonlight Sparkle from Stearn's Wharf"
oil on linen panel
16 x 8 inches
$350

I really like this one.

"Waxing Gibbous from Stearn's Wharf", Santa Barbara, California


"Waxing Gibbous from Stearn's Wharf"
8 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, $350

I came a day before the full moon on accident. I still stayed and made a few paintings after lobster pasta at Shellfish. I love this place!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"El Capitan Warm Sunrise", El Capitan State Park, Goleta, California


"El Capitan Warm Sunrise"
8 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, $400

The moment the sun rose it turned these Gaviota Hills to a fiery orange. A nice contrast to the blue/purple atmosphere behind. It amazing me that moments like this happen everyday. You just have to be there to see them.

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Miramar Reflections", Miramar Beach, Montecito, California

"Miramar Reflections"
18 x 36 inches
oil on canvas
sold

I figured I would put in the old Miramar Hotel(the buildings with the green roofs), while they are still vividly in my memory.

"El Capitan Morning Trio", El Capitan State Park, Gaviota Coast, Goleta, California

El Capitan Paintings done this weekend under ideal conditions for oil painting: dry, no wind and amazing colors. These where all done in the morning before most people woke up... all 5x7, oil on panel, $100

1. "El Capitan Point Sunrise"







2. "El Capitan Pastel Island"














3. "El Capitan Morning"

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"The Marine Layer Cometh", Butterfly Beach, Montecito, California

"The Marine Layer Cometh", Butterfly Beach, Montecito
5 x 7 inches
oil on panel
$120

3rd painting of the morning as things got dark and grayish purple.  As the sun rose it illuminated the cliffs. At the same time the marine layer shadowed the lumps of Santa Barbara beyond. The waves and white wash where aglow in blue and green.

Nice swell this a.m. btw.

"Morning Wave at Butterfly", Butterfly Beach, Montecito, California

"Morning Wave at Butterfly"
5 x 7 inches
oil on panel
sold

Round 2 this morning and a nicely different motif.

"Butterfly Beach Sunrise", Montecito, California

"Butterfly Beach Sunrise"
8 x 8 inches
oil on panel
$280

I got up early today and didn't go golfing:)