Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Leadbetter to Montecito", Santa Barbara, California

"Leadbetter to Montecito"
6 x 8 inches
oil on panel

I made this after my family went home from the beach. I stuck around and set up in the lovely shade. I won't lie, I was tired by then, but when its this perfect outside I cannot resist.

"Leadbetter Summer Day", Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara, California

"Leadbetter Summer Day"
24 x 30 inches
oil on canvas

Pure intentions lead to pure colors. I made this while my kids played in the surf. What a great beach to hang out at.

"Goleta Valley South Little League", Goleta, California

"Goleta Valley South Little League"
9 x 12 inches
oil on canvas

Nice change of subject and a different perspective on La Cumber Peak.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

"Sandpiper Church", Goleta, California

"Sandpiper Church"
24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, sold

This is the 11th green at Sandpiper Golf Course in Goleta. When I was growing up this was close to the end of our roaming territory. Every so often we might make it to Haskell's and the meadow where now sits the Bacara. I have been golfing here a few times a year for a while and I know the course pretty well. I made this painting from memory and from looking at a couple photos I took while playing. I'd love to paint more favorite golf holes, so email me if you need one done. I might need to play the course a few times to make sure I can connect with it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"Depressions at Noon", UCSB, California

"Depressions at Noon", 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, sold

"Wave at Depressions", UCSB, California

"Wave at Depressions", 5x7 inches, oil on panel, $100

Saturday, July 4, 2015

"Water Ways from Santa Barbara City College", Santa Barbara, California

"Water Ways from Santa Barbara City College"
18 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

The view from up here is amazing. The only reason I haven't painted it more often is its a hike from any longterm parking. SBCC isn't in session right now so took the opportunity to park on campus and record the marine layer breaking up over the Santa Barbara Harbor. A lot action out there on the water.

"Los Olivos General Store", Los Olivos, Santa Ynez Valley, California

"Los Olivos General Store", 11x14 inches, oil on canvas, $420
This painting and a dozen other ones can be seen at the Los Olivos General Store, 2900 Grand Ave., in Los Olivos. Next time your wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley go check it out. You can also try their wines which pair well with my paintings...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"Midday Sail", Santa Barbara Harbor, California

"Midday Sail", Santa Barbara Harbor, 8x24 inches, oil on canvas, $420

It finally cleared up at the beaches and I was hungry. Only one place to go... Santa Barbara Shellfish Co!

Monday, June 15, 2015

"Santa Barbara Street Adobe", Santa Barbara, California

"Santa Barbara Street Adobe", 12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas, $400
A lot of memories where made at this little house over the years. Here is a new one in paint...

Sunday, May 31, 2015

"La Cumbre Peak from San Roque", Santa Barbara, California

"La Cumbre Peak from San Roque", 9 x 12 inches, oil on panel, $350.

Its really not easy to paint under overcast skies. My tendency is to over model and over highlight. If you can keep from doing that you have a chance at getting the feel of the day.

"Miramar Marine Layer Breakup", Montecito, California

"Miramar Marine Layer Breakup", 20x60 inches, oil on canvas, 

It went from overcast to mostly clear in a matter of minutes. I tried to capture that moment right in the middle.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Eling's View Late Spring", Santa Barbara, California

"Eling's View Late Spring"
24 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, $2500

I will never get tired of this view, especially when we have clouds. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Shoreline Park Sun Down after the Rain", Santa Barbara, California

"Shoreline Park Sun Down after the Rain", 9x12 inches, oil on canvas, $300
Yea rain and clouds!

"Shoreline Park View Grande", Santa Barbara, California

"Shoreline Park View Grande", 34x54 inches, oil on canvas, sold. 
I care so much about the big shapes in my paintings that sometimes it's hard for my to do certain views. This view was always hard for me to do on little canvases as you just couldn't get the feeling of this big bay of the coast and the towering mountains. With a big'ol canvas like this you really get a sense for the place. Of course I made sure not to put every annoying detail in hoping to create a sense of calm. This one sold but if be happy to make another one if anyone is interested...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"Fess Parker Garden Party", Los Olivos, California

"Fess Parker Garden Party"
12 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I was lucky enough to have my art used for a Fess Parker Wine Label. Above is the painting I made at the vineyard this last Saturday for the release of the wine. The wine is called Marsella's and is a white blend. Here are some details taken from their notes:

For the Parker family, time spent on the water was an important part of growing up in Santa Barbara.  Fess and Marcella were long time boating enthusiast and often packed up their children, Eli & Ashley, for weekend trips to the Channel Islands, or even weeklong trips down the Southern California coast.
Named after Fess' wife, it is this part of the Parker family's history that we celebrate with "Marcella's". 
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
69% Rodney's Vineyard & 31% Camp Four Vineyard both located in the Santa Ynez Valley. Harvested at 21.0-24.9 Brix.
Winemaker Notes
86% Viognier, 8% Roussanne, 3% Marsanne, 3% Grenache Blanc
3880 cases

"Sea Landing Rush Hour"
30 x 40 inches, limited edition Giclee, $800

I will be making only 20 Giclee's of this image. The original was professionally captured and then printed with best printer and inks on canvas. Its very hard to tell the original from the print. Email me at: if you would like to purchase one. I will include a bottle of the wine for the first 5 orders.

Monday, May 11, 2015

"Depressions Sunset", near Isla Vista, California

"Depressions Sunset", Isla Vista. 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, $700. 

I made this today as the sun set over Isla Vista

"Goleta Slough Greens", Goleta Beach, California

"Goleta Slough Greens", 6x8 inches, oil on panel, $120

I had an hour or so to spare so I went to a spot on the Goleta Slough that I have never painted at before. Interesting view but damn, why do we make our bridges so boring and depressing?

"Windy Day at Paradise Cafe", Santa Barbara, California

"Windy Day at Paradise Cafe"
16 x 20 inches
oil on canvas

Okay, Im a better painter then a speller. I almost changed it but I thought maybe this makes it worth more. If you want the painting and would like it spell corrected I can do that for no extra charge!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Graveyards Waxing Gibbous", Montecito, Santa Barbara, California

"Graveyards Waxing Gibbous"
24 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, $2500

This is the beach between the East Beach volleyball courts and Butterfly Beach. Named graveyards after the cemetery that sits above. I don't paint here often as its usually too sunny and too windy. I tied my easel to the little breakwater thingy and went for it. I jumped in the crystal clear icy pacific a few times to keep cool. Then I could of sailed my canvas home had the wind been blowing in the right direction. It ended up with plenty of East Beach debris authenticating its plein air status.

Thats the Coral Casino on the next point, Carpinteria and then the great and wonderful Rincon Mountain.

Monday, April 20, 2015

"San Marcos Post Storm", Santa Barbara, California

"San Marcos Post Storm"
14 x 18 inches
oil on canvas

Old San Marcos Road is on the right hill there. Then Campus Point in the distance, beyond that is Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands

Friday, April 17, 2015

"Devereux Point in Blue and Gold", Isla Vista, California

"Devereux Point in Blue and Gold"
30 x 48 inches, oil on canvas
3 days of ideal conditions mixed with one part love and one part pure joy. Lucky to have grown up here, and lucky to be growing old here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"Montecito Sequoia Lake", California

"Montecito Lake", Sequoia. 16x20 inches, oil on canvas, $700

It went from being warm and perfect to cold and windy every 15 minutes. Nothing like being in the Sierra's as a storm is brewing.

"Sequoia Layers", Montecito Sequoia Lodge, California

"Sequoia Layers"
6 x 8 inches
oil on panel

Another view from the Montecito Sequoia Lodge, this time in the morning.

"Sequoia Full Moon Light", Sequoia National Forest, California

"Sequoia Full Moon Light", 6x8 inches, oil on panel, $120

There was a moment when the snow reflected the moon on the distant mountain. It was just awesome to be there and see it. Even better luck, I had my easel all ready to paint it.

"Rosy Full Moon Rise in the Sequoia's", Sequoia National Forest, California

"Rosy Full Moon Rise in the Sequoia's"
8 x 6 inches
oil on panel

As the sun set near the spring equinox, the full moon rose in rosy light.

"Sequoia Full Moon Rise", Sequoia National Forest, California

"Sequoia Full Moon Rise"
8 x 24 inches, oil on canvas

And then we all went to stay at Montecito Sequoia Lodge. Here is the view from the back porch.

"Dos Pueblos Bluffs", Gaviota Coast, California

"Dos Pueblos Bluffs"
9 x 12 inches
oil on panel

"El Capitan Point", El Capitan State Beach, Santa Barbara, California

"El Capitan Point"
6 x 8 inches
oil on panel

As you can tell, I love points!

"Toy Boat at the Santa Barbara Harbor", Santa Barbara, California

"Toy Boat at the Santa Barbara Harbor"
6x6 inches
oil on panel

"Refugio Big View", Refugio State Beach, Santa Barbara, California

"Refugio Big View", Refugio, Gaviota Coast. 30 x 40 inches, oil on canvas, made for my friends Isaac Osborne and Michele Mazzolini Osborne

Thank you so much for making me feel good! Motion Unlimited rules!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"Butterfly Beach Cypress 2015", Montecito, California

"Butterfly Beach Cypress 2015"
24 x 30 inches
oil on canvas

Since I plan on painting this tree at least once each year, Im just going to start naming them that way. Enjoy the shade!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Elings Park View Memory", Santa Barbara, California

"Eling's Park View Memory"
8 x 16 inches
oil on linen panel

All the elements of our little hamlet summed up in this view.

"Wharf Restaurants Squared", Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

"Wharf Restaurants Squared"
30 x 30 inches
oil on canvas

The breeze subsided and left me with glassy green water and a warm sun. I was applauded by groups of circling birds and tourists alike.

"Refugio Standard", Gaviota Coast, Refugio State Beach, California

"Refugio Standard"
18 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

Just another perfect day in the refuge. Two groups of hump back whales came through just a 100 yards or so off the point. My friend and I ran out to the bluff and watched them cruise by.  It inspired me to finish the painting. It was a lucky day as I sold it to someone who walked away with it. I love it when that happens!

Friday, March 27, 2015

"Ellwood Equinox", R Beach, Ellwood, Goleta, California

"Ellwood Equinox"
28 x 45 inches, oil on canvas

*This painting won the blue ribbon at the SCAPE show, "Visions of the Gaviota Coast". Its my first time winning 1st place at an art show!
I always see a bird flying when I look at this. Its head is Devereaux Point and its wings stretch out towards us.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Vivid Butterfly Beach", Montecito, California

"Vivid Butterfly Beach", 20x60 inches, oil on canvas, $2500

I tried to get as deep into color as possible.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"De la Guerra Warm Morning", Santa Barbara, California

"De la Guerra Warm Morning" oil on canvas, 20x30 inches, $1100
It's been a couple years since I've painted DLG. I've grown as a painter yet it still challenges. Especially locking in those morning shadows. 

"Santa Barbara Harbor in Green and Blue", Santa Barbara, California

"Santa Barbara Harbor in Green and Blue", 20x30 inches, oil on canvas, sold

It was too warm to paint anywhere but in the shade on the water. My plan was working great till the sun came over the Brophys Bros Building. Then I hopped around trying to stay under a palm tree shadow. I wish I would of made time for lunch upstairs but I was all business today.

Monday, March 23, 2015

"Wharf Portrait", Santa Barbara, California

"Wharf Portrait"
8x6 inches
oil on panel
gifted to the cook at Shellfish Company

I always find it very satisfying and important to get to know the cooks that make my food. Ishmael is one of my buddies that I get to hang out with when I paint on the wharf. We have now known each other for three years and I am down for whatever he makes me, especially the seafood pasta with choppino sauce which isn't on the menu...