Monday, April 14, 2014

"Refugio Big View West", Gaviota Coast, California

"Refugio Big View West"
Gaviota Coast, California
12 x 24 inches, oil on canvas
I had been scheming to paint this view for the last couple months. It finally was possible last Friday as we where in between marine layers and on shore eddies. Most times I get blown off the bluffs here but this was one of those lucky days that the wind was just hitting Mariposa Reina. You can see that by the dark blue band of water spearing towards the distant point.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Refugio Road Spring Hills", Refugio Road, Gaviota Coast, California

"Refugio Road Spring Hills"
6 x 12 inches, oil on linen panel

As the fog engulfed the coast I drove inland on Refugio Road a mile or so and had this amazing view. The cows did not trust me and walked away before I could add them... next time.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Presidio Corner with Clouds", downtown Santa Barbara, California

"Presidio Corner with Clouds"
20 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

I love painting things that we all own...

...and those orange roofs just make me so happy!!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Alice Keck Park on a Warm Spring Day", Downtown Santa Barbara, California

"Alice Keck Park on a Warm Spring Day"
20 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

I remember sailing little boats out into the pond when I was young. The garden seemed so big then. Today I watched as the city dwellers and tourists wandered and enjoyed an amazing Spring day. I little hot to stand and paint for 4 hours but the breeze would always come just as I was about to give up.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Bluffs of Gaviota in the Spring", Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara, California

"Bluffs of Gaviota in the Spring"
20 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

Almost too much green out at Gaviota recently. The gail force winds blew my easel over and brought with it an amazing allergic reaction. It was hard to get this one done for sure.

"Shoreline Park Panorama", Santa Barbara, California

"Shoreline Park Panorama"
12 x 38 inches, oil on canvas

Crystal clear Spring days in Santa Barbara are like no others. I was able to stand in the sun and enjoy a cool Pacific breeze. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Miramar Beach Candyland", Montecito, California

"Miramar Beach Candyland", Montecito, California
3ft x 6ft, oil on large profile professional canvas

My largest landscape painting to date, this is one of my favorite views. It has taught me about reflections and arial perspective. Each time I come it has a different and more beautiful feel. Come see this painting in person:
 Thursday, April 3rd
5:00-8:00 pm
Distinctive Framing
1333 State Street.

Monday, March 31, 2014

"Rattlesnake Canyon Diptych", Santa Barbara, California

"Rattlesnake Canyon Diptych"
46 x 22 inches each
oil on canvas
$3200 for the originals
$1200 set of archival prints on canvas

I can't believe its taken me this long to get around to making a landscape diptych. I didn't even remember how to spell it. They are big and loose and hanging in my kitchen. They do change the vibe of the room, thats for sure. Very proud of them, actually. They are available as prints too if anyone is interested. $1200 for a set of prints on canvas. Please see my print website for more options:

Monday, March 24, 2014

"East Camino Cielo Eddy", Santa Barbara, California

"East Camino Cielo Eddy"
6 x 8 inches
oil on linen panel

Wouldn't it be amazing if there was a road that went right along the top of the mountains providing 360 degree views of the coast and Santa Ynez Valley?

Camino Cielo seems too good to be true. I look forward to creating some great pieces up here this year.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Devereux Watershed Early Morn", Goleta, California

"Devereux Watershed Early Morn"
8 x 16 inches
oil on linen

Yes its true, I really like color. And what a place to see all the variety, the Devereux Slough has everything you could ask for. Even better it changes with the tide and the seasons. I think the only reason I don't paint it more is that it can be really cold and danky in the morning. Super danky on this morning for sure!

Monday, March 17, 2014

"East Beach Soft Moon", Santa Barbara

"East Beach Soft Moon"
oil on canvas
12 x 36 inches

Friday, March 14, 2014

"Eling's Color's", Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California

"Eling's Color's"
24x36 inches
oil on canvas

This is a remake of an earlier painting. Everywhere is color!
I will be doing a few things at home since I can't lift anything more than 10 pounds for another 3 weeks. Its nice to know I can still come up with something even though its not en plein air. All those days spent outside have paid off!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Warm Winter Morning at Hammond's Beach", Montecito, Calirornia

"Warm Winter Morning at Hammond's Beach"
Montecito, 20 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, $2500

Its very important to me how all the big shapes are presented in paintings. This format allows me to get those nice sweeping curves that I love so much. I really enjoy painting distant details and this view has everything I could ask for. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"Goleta Foothills", Old San Marcos Road, Santa Barbara, California

"Goleta Foothills"
oil on canvas
12 x 24 inches

This is the view looking west from part way up Old San Marcos Road. When I made this painting 2 months ago I was in pain from a hernia. I was having trouble concentrating and I ended up frustrated. I thought the painting was a failure. As I sat recovering from my surgery I realized it was my favorite piece in the room.

Friday, February 28, 2014

"Fairview Garden Layers", Goleta

"Fairview Gardens Layers"
10 x 8 inches
oil on canvas

Fairview Gardens is a little farm in Goleta that has been there for 150 years. My wife is the farm director there and she does an amazing job. I am so proud of her for following her dreams. And its nice that we are never short on veggies.

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Pirates Cove", Avila to Shell Beach

"Pirates Cove", 15 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

I made this while my wife worked on her business. We both stood under the shade of a pepper tree, while a naked volleyball game took place on the beach below. I love Cali!

"Avila Layers", Avila Beach, California

"Avila Layers"
12 x 36 inches
oil on canvas

Wow, how nice it is to see and paint another part of the coast. The moon rise added the final punctuation to an amazing day.

"Avila Gold and Green", Avila Beach, Port San Luis

"Avila Gold and Green"
6 x 6 inches
oil on panel

And this rounds out my morning journey. Time to bring my wife coffee and a chocolate croissant. Happy Valentine's Day!

"Avila Dawn", Avila Beach

"Avila Dawn"
6x6 inches
oil on panel

When light becomes a liquid...

"Olde Port Inn", Avila Beach

"Olde Port Inn, Avila"
5 x 7 inches
oil on panel

I painted this to the chorus of the seals and birds eating breakfast. Thats whats on that barge between the boat and the wharf. That's Point Conception behind it all..

Monday, February 10, 2014

"Santa Barbara Waterfront with Clouds", Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

"Santa Barbara Waterfront with Clouds"
16 x 20 inches
oil on canvas
donated to the Santa Barbara Art Museum, "Off the Wall" event, April 25th, 2014

I have been making a few advancements lately that have been making it even more fun to paint. I would never have attempted to capture such a fleeting moment before. Now I am searching for those moments and paint furiously to capture them. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

"Goodland Sunset", Old San Marcos Road, Santa Barbara Foothills

"Goodland Sunset"
6 x 12 inches
oil on canvas

The sun setting over Goleta the Goodland. Thats Campus Point on the left there with Platform Holly visible just off the coast. I wish those clouds had a little more moisture in them.

"San Marcos to Santa Cruz", Santa Barbara Foothills

"San Marcos to Santa Cruz"
5x7 inches
oil on panel

Thats Santa Cruz Island in the distance. The Eastern Goleta Valley's city lights. Then a cut of Old San Marcos Road in the foreground.

"Shoreline Clouds", Santa Barbara

"Shoreline Clouds"
24 x 30 inches
oil on canvas

This one flew off the easel into someone else's collection before I finished it. I feel like I finally got this view right, on this 4th attempt. I look foreword to the 5th!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

"Ellwood to Devereux Grande", Goleta

"Ellwood to Devereux Grande"
30 x 48 inches
oil on canvas
My favorite spot to paint. There was very little wind as the morning winter sun shed its light across the Ellwood bluffs. See you soon my friend.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"East Beach Bronze", Santa Barbara

"East Beach Bronze"
6 x 12 inches
oil on canvas

And now for some more coast to mountain boringness.

"East Beach Line Up", Santa Barbara

"East Beach Line Up"
12 x 16 inches
oil on canvas

And now for something completely different.

Monday, February 3, 2014

"Windy Elings Park View", Santa Barbara

"Windy Elings Park View"
12 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

It was very windy up at Elings park today. At the same time it was very clear and we had some nice clouds. The colors where vivid and rich, just like I like them.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"West Beach Colors", Sea Landing, Santa Barbara Harbor

"West Beach Colors"
oil on canvas
18 x 36 inches

I had so much fun yesterday that I had to come to Sea Landing again today. It was another amazing morning with great color. The boats are from the sailing class. It was fun to watch them run aground a few times and hear their instructor yell at em over the loudspeaker. 

"Sea Landing Panorama", Santa Barbara Harbor

"Sea Landing Panorama"
12 x 36 inches
oil on canvas

I love painting here, especially the industrial looking dredge. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

"Devereux to Del Playa", Devereux Point, Isla Vista

"Devereux to Del Playa"
24 x 36 inches
oil on canvas

This was a painting I started more than a year ago. I made two attempts on location and was faced with strong winds and changing light. I finally worked on it at home over a couple of nights and came up with this.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Moon Over Santa Barbara", Studio Painting of Santa Barbara

"Moon Over Santa Barbara"
36 x 60 inches
oil on canvas

I made this without referencing anything but my memories.

Monday, January 20, 2014

"Haskell's Late Afternoon" Haskell's Beach, Santa Barbara

"Haskell's Late Afternoon"
12 x 36 inches
oil on canvas

A really amazing place that is dominated by enterprise. One day we will realize that the most valuable thing we have is the land not what we can take from it. 

"Hendry's King Tide", Hendry's Beach, Santa Barbara

"Hendry's King Tide"
18 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

I was planning on being at a beach at low tide with a bunch of other happy people. My plans came to fruition.

"Santa Barbara Shellfish Co View", Strearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

"Santa Barbara Shellfish Co View"
5 x 7 inches
oil on panel

Saturday, January 18, 2014

"Harbor Entrance Mid-day", Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

"Harbor Entrance Mid-day"
6 x 6 inches
oil on panel

This is the view you get from the end of Stearns Wharf looking towards the Harbor. That's City College up on the hill.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

"De la Guerra Morning", De la Guerra and State Street, Santa Barbara, California

"De la Guerra Morning"
30 x 30 inches
oil on canvas

One of my favorite views of all time. Shade with a view down the center of an amazing street. Yea!

"Harbor Entrance at Sunset", Santa Barbara Harbor

"Harbor Sunset 1 and 2"
8 x 24, 12 x 36 inches
oil on canvas
both sold

I made these two pieces in the last month. Its fun to see the different choices made. Im not sure which one I like better. I will have to go and make another one, and you know its gonna turn out different.

"Pelican on the Wharf at Night", Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

"Pelican on the Wharf at Night"
6x6 inches
oil on panel

I was looking for another subject when I realized it was looking at me. I couldn't resist painting this pterodactyl on its evening perch.

"Cabrillo Lights", Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

"Cabrillo Lights"
5x7 inches
oil on panel

Its way too much fun painting the city lights from the wharf. Now I know why paint was invented!