Thursday, October 1, 2015

"Jailhouse Joy", Devereux Point, Isla Vista, California, UCSB

Art show tonight!
October 1st, 5-8 pm
at Distinctive Framing, 1333 State Street
Lots of art and wine provided! Come see lots of coast paintings from this summer...

"Jailhouse Joy", Devereux Point, Isla Vista
24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas

Sunday, September 27, 2015

"Big View of Santa Barbara Harbor with Little Toot", Santa Barbara, California

"Big View of the Santa Barbara Harbor"
20 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, $2500

At about 11:30 the Maritime Museum building blocked the sun and left me to relax and enjoy this great view. There is always something coming or going. The yellow boat is The Little Toot Water Taxi. They came in and out every hour so I had plenty of chances to draw them in. The mountains don't move too much so that part was easy. 

"Miramar Memories", Miramar Beach, Montecito, California

"Miramar Memories"
24 x 60 inches, oil on canvas, sold

A couple amazing days at the beach connected me with the collective memories of this wonderful place. I got to know a few locals and a few tourists in perfect conditions. I am proud to say this painting was accepted into the 2015 Art Walk at the Natural History Museum. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Yellow Sunrise, 9-11-15", Old San Marcos Road, Santa Barbara

"Yellow Sunrise 9-11-15", 6x8 inches, oil on panel, $120

I paid for this painting in blood to black flies and fire ants.

"Ellwood Barnsdale Gas Station", Goleta, California

"Ellwood Barnsdale Gas Station", Goleta, 16x12 inches, oil on canvas, sold
This structure has always intrigued me. I went to Ellwood school and as a kid I always wanted to go inside. It must have been a welcome site in the old days when people drove from the Gaviota Coast. It was just given to the City of Goleta. Why don't we restore it now?

"Sandpiper from Haskell's Hill", Goleta, California

"Sandpiper from Haskell's Hill", 20x24 inches, oil on canvas, $850
I love to golf. I love to paint. Golf Painting. It's about time!

Doesn't this view look better without the ugly oil pier too? One day we will get smart and actually remove all oil production from the coast. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

"Larner Vineyard", Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez, California

"Larner Vineyard"
Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas, $400

What great views there are in Ballard Canyon. I wonder why I don't come out here more. Oh yea, its damn hot!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"The American Riviera Panorama", Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

"The American Riviera Panorama" 20x60 inches, oil on canvas, $2800
I know I've done it before but how can I resist this view? Not to mention the seafood pasta at Shelfish...

"Arroyo Burro Beach Day", Hendry's Beach, Santa Barbara, California

"Arroyo Burro Beach Day", 10x30 inches, oil on canvas, sold

80 degrees, little breeze, warm water and no parking. Classic beach day at the pit Friday. I made this and got home in time for dinner.

"Goleta Beach Sans Pier", Goleta, California

"Goleta Beach Sans Pier", 12x36 inches, oil on canvas, $850
It looked so nice I just couldn't add the pier. What you guys think?

"Emma Wood Cloudy", Ventura, California

"Emma Wood Cloudy", 22x28 inches, oil on canvas, $1100
When it's cloudy greens and yellows seem so much more vivid. It's nice not to have the glaring sun wash everything out. There was a little South swell that the surfers enjoyed.

"Larner Vineyard", Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez, California.

"Larner Vineyard", Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez, California.
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas, $420

What great views there are in Ballard Canyon. I wonder why I don't come out here more. Oh yea, its damn hot!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Butterfly Beach Sunset Arch", Montecito, California

"Butterfly Beach Sunset Arch", 6 x 8 inches, oil on panel,sold
I had some energy so I went for a 2nd painting as the sun set behind the bluffs beyond Butterfly Beach. Everyone who wanted to get away from the heat came down to chill till dusk. Such a great village we are part of here!

"Coral Casino Waxing Gibbous", Butterfly Beach, Santa Barbara, California

"Coral Casino Curves", 6 x 8 inches, oil on panel, $120
Near 100% humidity and you bet I'm going to the beach. No better place than under the shade of the cypress at Butterfly Beach, Montecito.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Kalyra View Two", Kalyra Tasting Room, Santa Ynez, California

"Kalyra View Two"
24 x 48 inches
oil on canvas

Browns and blues for my second view
Lots of things in groups of two
Baby vines and wispy clouds
Sipping wine and eating out

"Depressions Grey Wave", Isla Vista, California, UCSB

"Depressions Grey Wave"
5 x 7 inches
oil on panel

Another grey morning in Goleta... surprise, surprise.

"Granada Theater Patterns", State Street, Santa Barbara, California

"Granada Theater Patterns"
16 x 12 inches
oil on canvas

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"Coal Oil Point Monsoon", Goleta, California

"Coal Oil Point Monsoon"
30 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, $2800

It was really an almost perfect day out at the point but those clouds are the remnants of a monsoon from the south. I hiked out there with my gear loaded up on an old golf push cart. Then I parked myself under a little dwarfed cypress that has a perfect seat cut from a lost limb. I painted for 6 hours straight but I made sure to take a couple breaks and jump in the 70 degree water to reset the clock and keep interested. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

"Anapamu Alive", Santa Barbara, California

"Anapamu Alive"
16 x 12 inches
oil on canvas

Theres magic in them trees!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Kay-D", Santa Barbara Harbor, California

12 x 16 inches
oil on canvas

Wish the modern day boats had more color like this beauty.

"Goleta Beach Moody Memory", Goleta Beach County Park, Goleta, California

"Goleta Beach Moody Memory"
12 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, $850

This is another studio painting that I did completely from memory. I thought it would be fun to add the mountains in the background even though you can't actually see them from the beach here. They fit right in as far as I am concerned. 

"Moon Vibrations over Santa Barbara", Santa Barbara, California

"Moon Vibrations over Santa Barbara"
8 x 8 inches, oil on panel, $280

In anticipation of the coming full moon, I made this at home while the kids where sleeping. 

"Devereux Point Memory", Goleta, California

"Devereux Point Memory"
6 x 8 inches
oil on panel

I made this in the studio while my dog was recovering from getting chomped on the nose by his dog friend. Its encouraging to think if I am stuck inside I can still paint the places I love.

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, SOLD
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, sold
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