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;)

"Paradise Cafe at Noon", Santa Barbara, California

"Paradise Cafe at Noon", 16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I found paradise and it was across the street from Paradise Cafe. I was in the shade and there was a slight breeze. I almost got it done before going to the Ucsb Rec Cen for a dip and the jacuzzi with kids. Summer ain't so bad!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

"Miramar Verde", Miramar Beach, Montecito, California

"Miramar Verde"
12 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, $850

Plein air painting is all about painting what you see before you. Observing the subtle variation of light and the uniqueness of a moment. This painting on the other hand was made in my studio from my imagination while watching golf on tv. You can see Ortega Hill behind the big tree along the point. Past the point, which is Fernald's, is the little hamlet of Summerland. Dreamy...

"Santa Barbara Purple Panorama", Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

"Santa Barbara Purple Panorama"
12 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, $850

This has become my favorite place to paint. Stearn's Wharf has some magical evening moments. Nothing like being on the water as nature displays its colorful feathers. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Wharf Restaurants", Backside of Santa Barbara Shellfish Co., Stearns Wharf, SB, CA

"Wharf Restaurants"
Santa Barbara Waterfront
16 x 20 inches
oil on linen panel

The backside of the these restaurants is frequented by more seagulls than people. I had to duck a few times.

"Ellwood Loose Bluffs", Ellwood Preserve, Goleta, California

"Ellwood Loose Bluffs"
30 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

When it's perfect outside, it's heavenly at Ellwood. As I said before, shade with an ocean view, my fav!

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Elings Golden Light", Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California

"Eling's Golden Light"
8 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, $420

It was an amazing sunrise today. I caught a nice moment here as the morning haze started to dissipate.  Rays of light shot through the clouds and illuminated our little cup of paradise in a golden glow. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Courthouse Rhythm", Santa Barbara Courthouse, California

"Courthouse Rhythm"
Santa Barbara Courthouse, California
43x50 inches
oil on canvas

Is that really how you spell rhythm?
This is how rhythm of architecture and landscaping and location all work together.

"San Marcos Greens Grande", Old San Marcos Road, Santa Barbara, California

"San Marcos Greens Grande"
24 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, $2500
I started this outside and finished it at home. The marine layer and then wind kept me from lugging it there again. This is one of my favorite views from Old San Marcos Road. As the sun rose it revealed the dramatic layers of mountains and atmosphere.

"Summer Solstice 2014", Alameda Park, Santa Barbara, California

"Summer Solstice 2014"
8x24 inches, oil on canvas, sold

"Santa Barbara Evening Panorama", from Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

"Santa Barbara Evening Panorama"
12 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I can't come here often enough. There can be moments when the wind dies down just before sunset and its magical out here on the wharf. Its a great free thing to do with your kids. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"More Mesa Bright Morning", Santa Barbara, California

"More Mesa Bright Morning"
6 x 24 inches, oil on canvas

The lager white house that is near the center of the bluff is where I painted the wedding of the last post. The orange tree that is in the other painting is this one to my right. I come out here several times a week without my easel and with my dogs. Heaven can't be this nice.

"Coral and Kevin Wedding", Santa Barbara Beach Club, Goleta, California

"Coral and Kevin Wedding"
16 x 20 inches
oil on linen panel

I was commissioned to paint this lovely couples wedding ceremony. To the delight of the guests I painted this all in one session just before the ceremony. I made the final strokes as they said their vows.

Let me know if I can do something like this for your wedding or special occasion.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Depressions Impressions", Depressions Beach, Campus Point, Isla Vista, California

"Depressions Impressions"
16 x 20 inches
oil on linen panel

Isla Vista is quite ideal, especially from this distance:)