Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"Fess Parker Garden Party", Los Olivos, California

"Fess Parker Garden Party"
12 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, $850

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: chrispotterart.com 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, $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, $1500

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: chrispotterart@gmail.com

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, sold

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!