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

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

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

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

Friday, October 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round 2 this morning and a nicely different motif.

"Butterfly Beach Sunrise", Montecito, California

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

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

"East Beach in Blue, Orange and Green", Santa Barbara, California

"East Beach in Blue, Orange and Green", 30 x 40 inches, oil on canvas, $2400

A lot of movement down here at East Beach. The wind the, the tide, the boats, the people and the birds. All in a nice flowing moment of Santa Barbara color.

"Leadbetter Beach Colors", Santa Barbara, California

"Leadbetter Beach Colors"
24 x 36 inches
oil on canvas

This painting was requested by a couple that met in SB and now live on the East Coast. If I ever have to move away, you can bet I'll be taking a few pieces like this with me...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Santa Barbara Panorama, September Eve", Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara

"Santa Barbara Panorama, September Eve", 20 x 60 inches, oil on canvas, sold

This is my largest Sb Pano to date. I did it in 6 hrs, from 2-8pm yesterday. I am proud that I dropped in all the paint thick and confidently. There isn't one adjustment or painting over of any elements. Something I have been striving to accomplish for many years. To truly master a subject you have to paint it many times. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Coast Village Road", Montecito, California

"Coast Village Road", Montecito, CA
12 x 9 inches
oil on canvas

I have never painted on Coast Village Road before. It has a lot of nice shade and the street does an aesthetic turn at the top. Here you see Jeannine's and its neighbors.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"State and Cabrillo", Santa Barbara, California

"State Street and Cabrillo", 9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas, sold
Well, I hade paint these dolphins eventually. It was a burner out there on the wharf yesterday. I never noticed but you can see the traffic lights on lower State Street from here. If the Freeway bridge wasn't there you might be able to see all the way up.

Oh, and thats the Granada above the trees in the distance.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Butterfly Beach Magic", Butterfly Beach, Montecito, California

"Butterfly Beach Magic",
18 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

It was very high tide in the afternoon as I painted this. What a great way to not have a bunch of boring sand in your painting. It also allows me to have that nice blue reflection right up in the middle of the painting. This was just a magical experience.

"Butterfly Beach Boardwalk", Montecito, California

"Butterfly Beach Boardwalk"
8 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, $450

This is a little bit different view of one of our favorite beaches. There was no escape from the heat yesterday... except under that lovely cypress tree in the middle of Butterfly Lane. Me and many other locals and tourists spent the afternoon under that tree yesterday. It was probably 75 degrees and wonderful. My house in Noleta was at 101. Needless to say, I had to stay to make a 2nd painting.

Oh, and thats the Biltmore, 4 Seasons entrance on the right. Im in the shade of the Coral Casino on the left. Just beyond the point in the lump of land that is SB, you can see the Cabrillo Bath house and few of the Hotels on Cabrillo Blvd. On the far left you can make out the masts of the harbor. A lot to take in here!

"Theatre District at Noon", 1333 State Street, Downtown, Santa Barbara

"Theatre District at Noon"
8 x 16 inches, oil on canvas, $350

Many don't realize that six months out of the year the West side of State Street stays completely in shade through the afternoon. And thats where you will find me painting. Is it just me or is the earth like heating up or something?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Harbor Glare", Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

"Harbor Glare", 8x24 inches, oil on canvas, $420

I never would have attempted to paint looking directly towards he sun. It was a relief to be seeing something totally different. Everyday holds countless new wonders, you just have to have the right frame of mind to see them.

"McConnell's ice cream", Mission and De la Vina, Santa Barbara, California

"McConnell's ice cream", 12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas, sold

After painting this for a few hours on the corner of De la Vina and Mission. There where people leaving the building with amazing cold treats. I was basically in a sauna between sunny walls, sunny street and the ridicules mid day September sun. I finished and walked the painting across to show them and get some pints for my family.
Never have I wished more that I wasn't lactose intolerant. Torture!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Butterfly Beach Grande", Montecito, California

"Butterfly Beach Grande"
24 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, $2600

Come see this painting and many others at Distinctive Framing, 1333 State Street. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"September Full Moon at Goleta Beach", Goleta, California

A day in the life:
Dropped the kids off at school, then went to rearrange the gallery for a couple hours. After that I made my office at Leadbetter(photo attached) for a couple hours. Rush to pick up the kids by 2:30. I had a client come over and pay for a painting:) yea! Then we went to Hollister Brewing with the whole family. After a pint and some chicken wings, I headed out to Goleta Beach to paint the moon rise. I did 3 small paintings, then jumped in the ocean for a 10pm moon lit swim. Not too bad of a day!
"September Full Moon at Goleta Beach", 8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas, sold.
"Full Moon Light at Goleta Beach", 5 x 7 inches, oil on linen panel, $100
Third painting needs some work, so stay tuned...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Island View Above Arroyo Burro", The Glider Port at Eling's Park, Santa Barbara, California

"Island View above Arroyo Burro", 44 x 29 inches, oil on canvas, $1800

This is the view from the Glider Port above Arroyo Burro. It's not an easy place to paint as its very windy and very sunny there. I had to finish this at home as I couldn't get a good 2nd session up on the hill.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Devereux Point Big View West", Goleta, California

"Devereux Point Big View West"
15 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, 

I grew up walking to these beaches. It seems appropriate that you still have to walk a mile from any parking. Keeps it real.

Monday, August 18, 2014

"The Path to Devereux", Isla Vista, California

"The Path to Devereux", 8 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, sold

Isla Vista Wonderland at its best. Nice little waves today at Dev, even better colors...

"Leadbetter Afternoon", Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara, California

"Leadbetter Afternoon"
12 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, $480

At 1:30 the trees on the cliff above provide shade on the beach. The wind blows over this cliff and leaves a nice little pocket if perfectness. Decent view too;)