Friday, March 27, 2015

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

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

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, $1100

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...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Late Afternoon on the Ellwood Bluffs", R Beach, Goleta, California

"Late Afternoon on the Ellwood Bluffs", near R Beach, Goleta.
15 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, $750

I started this on location and then finished a week later in the studio. I got a little bit of that warm afternoon light that changes everything.

"Hendry's Beach Sunset Walks", Santa Barbara, California

"Hendry's Beach Sunset Walks"
6 x 8 inches
oil on panel

One of the people who walked through the painting ended up purchasing this little guy... don't you wish it was you?

"Ensemble d'Gaviota", Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara, California

"Ensemble d'Gaviota", 30x30 inches, oil on canvas, $1800

This is the view from just East of Gaviota State Beach. You can see the pier and a little bit of the train bridge. I hiked out into the painting and went down to the beach. A little goat trail leads down to a bunch of tide pools that where revealed with the falling tide. I jumped in and enjoyed the sea life. Then a junior sea lion appeared from behind a rock. He didn't seem to care much about me so I took a couple pictures...

"Wharf Restaurants and Clouds", Santa Barbara, California

"Wharf Restaurants and Clouds"
24 x 30 inches
oil on canvas
I do have limited edition prints available of this painting so email if you are interested:

Monday, March 2, 2015

"R Beach Memory", Goleta, California

"R Beach Memory", 12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas, sold
Another request for someone that grew up going to this beach. Its really as nice as it used to be, although now there a lot more people and a lot fewer foxes.

"Goleta Valley South Little League 1 and 2", Noleta, California

"Goleta Valley South Little League Field 1 and 2", 5 x 7 and 6 x 6  inches, oil on panel, donated to GVSLL

You can come bid on these paintings at opening day this Saturday, March 7th, at the Goleta Valley South Little League Fields at Paige Youth Center, Santa Barbara.

"Hendry's Negative Tide", Hendry's Beach, Santa Barbara, California

"Hendry's Negative Tide"
22x44 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I have not been posting many paintings lately and I apologize. I have been busy making commissions that I don't like to post until I turn them in. This one was a success and it was fun doing because it got me to walk down the beach and paint a different view than I normally do. And a different time... this was done at a negative tide and I never paint from this deep as the tide comes back pretty quick. I like to be sent in a different direction. I know I can never help to be myself and make something original.

"Hendry's and Lagoon in the Winter", Hendrys Beach, Santa Barbara, California

"Hendry's and Lagoon in the Winter"
10 x 8 inches
oil on canvas
donated to VADA fundraiser

I made this for an art event where they have every artist paint something on the same size canvas. Its cool to see every ones different approach all displayed next to each other. Hopefully someone was stoked to walk away with this one...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

"Ortega Hill Grande", Summerland, California

"Ortega Hill Grande", 24 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, $2500. 

I made this a couple weeks ago as I was recovering from this years nasty flu. I was coughing every few minutes and the freeway noise was crashing inside my head. But, I was painting, not sitting in bed! So, I was happy....

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"R Beach Mini", Ellwood Butterfly Preserve, Goleta California

"R Beach Mini", 6 x 8 inches, oil on panel, sold

I normally paint this view on a big'ol  canvas. When you do it small you can actually capture the light of one moment, rather than an assimilation of moments over the day.

"Shady Refuge on the Ellwood Bluffs", Ellwood Preserve, Goleta, California

"Shady Refuge on the Ellwood Bluffs"
12 x 16 inches,
oil on canvas

I am drawn to the ocean and its hard for me to not paint it, if its anywhere in view. Someone asked me to make this specific view for a long time Goletian who I grew up with. Even though I wasn't painting the ocean I was standing right above it in the refuge of these overhanging Eucalyptus trees.

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, sold

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, gifted

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, gifted

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