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, $550

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, $240.
"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:)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Mission and Fountain", Santa Barbara, California

"Mission and Fountain"
10 x 12 inches
oil on linen panel

Here is the the 2nd one of the Santa Barbara Mission in a few weeks. This time I painted it from the shady parking lot.

This painting is about the blue buttress and the orange shaded fountain wall. Its also about the rhythm of the trees with the architecture. Looking at it that way I just realized I left out the smaller palms that grow just in front of those three arches to the left of the fountain. Shoot, I guess I'll have to go back and do this one again. Bummer.

"Mission Impression", Santa Barbara, California

"Mission Impression"
10 x 12 inches
oil on linen panel

I enjoyed every minute of the process for this one. Especially when the wind picked up and threw water from the fountain across myself and the painting.

This painting is about purple and orange. More orange and less purple. The motif carried out in the orange roof and the purple mountain.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

"Hammonds Evolution", Hammonds Beach, Montecito, California

"Hammonds Evolution", 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, sold

On this here 12th time I have painted this view en plein air, I realize this place has taught me so much about how to paint. Especially the wet sand reflection I love to use. And the need and fun in outlining the big forms. I always look forward to putting those little trees on Ortega Ridge.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"Butterfly Beach Cypress", Butterfly Beach, Montecito, California

"Butterfly Beach Cypress"
24 x 30 inches
oil on canvas

Trees really allow you to show movement in a painting. I can almost feel the wind picking up looking at the painting. On this day we went from totally foggy to totally perfect to totally wind blown in a few hours. I attempted to find that place in the middle.

Monday, June 30, 2014

"West Beach Riggors", Santa Barbara, California

"West Beach Riggors"
18 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, $1200

After going on a couple trips this year I have found a new appreciation for here! All of my paintings are about great places to hang out and there is no shortage in SB. This is a view from Sea Landing, which has very few users. Its the closest place you can get away from town while still looking at it. 

"Mendocino Camp View Morning", Mendocino Coast, California

"Mendocino Camp View Morning"
16 x 20 inches, oil on linen panel, $850

The 13th and final painting in 8 days of camping was one of the best. Not just for the result but for the peaceful morning I had hanging out with my dogs with this amazing view. I finally got that misty morning brightness thats so difficult to capture.

"Mendo Coastal Slice", near Irish Beach, Mendocino, California

"Mendo Coastal Slice"
16 x 20 inches
oil on linen panel

I woke up before the sun rose and drove up the 1 a few miles from our camp. I came around a bend and saw this view, and knew it was my spot. I parked right on the 1 and set up my easel in a turnout. It turned out there are very few people around so not more than a dozen people passed while I was painting. It was very peaceful, with no wind and amazing light.

"Mendocino Camp View Evening", Manchester Beach KOA, Mendocino, California

"Mendocino Camp View Evening",
oil on linen panel
9 x 12 inches

All strokes, all the time. Here is the view from our KOA campsite at Manchester Beach, Mendocino.

Friday, June 27, 2014

"Fort Bragg Cypress", Fort Bragg, Mendocino, California

"Fort Bragg Cypress"
16 x 20 inches, oil on linen panel, $950

One of my favorite paintings of the season, I finally got the cypress tree right. They seem to dance in rhythm with the wind and the waves. 

"Fort Bragg Bluffs", near Glass Beach, Fort Bragg

"Fort Bragg Bluffs"
12 x 16 inches
oil on linen panel

We got lucky and found a dog friendly room at the Beachcomber Inn. Here was the view just a few yards from the hotel. The beach just around those rocks is the famous glass beach.

"Humboldt Rocky Point", near Freshwater Lagoon, Humboldt, California

"Humboldt Rocky Point"
6 x 8 inches
oil on linen panel

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Impressionist Sunset", Patrick's Point, Humboldt

"Impressionist Sunset", Patrick's Point, Humboldt
6 x 8 inches
oil on linen panel

"Mussel Rock", Patricks Point State Park, Humboldt

"Mussel Rock", Humboldt
16 x 12 inches
oil on linen panel

The cliffs become very dramatic in this part of town. I had finished doing the dishes at our camp and ran out to a place called Wedding Rock in Patricks Point State Park. The sun was setting and it was windy. I tucked up against the backside of Wedding Rock to get this view.

"Big Lagoon", Humboldt Coast, California

"Big Lagoon"
9 x 12 inches
oil on linen panel

After painting it from a distance, it was nice to see the Big Lagoon unclose. This is a place where dogs and kids can run wild. Off leash no less!

Monday, June 23, 2014

"Big Lagoon Evening", Patrick's Point, State Park, Humboldt, California

"Big Lagoon Evening", Patrick's Point, State Park, Humboldt, California
6x8 inches
oil on linen panel

I love the sunset because of how the light changes constantly, inspiring the imagination. Reminding us just how magical this world actually is.

I am thankful to be able to paint quick enough to capture a portion of that magic.

"Big Lagoon Curves"
6x8 inches
oil on linen panel

"Patrick's Point Layers"
8x6 inches
oil on linen panel

The last of 4 paintings for this sunset...

"Big Lagoon, Big View", Patrick's Point State Park, Humboldt, California

"Big Lagoon, Big View", Patrick's Point State Park, Humboldt, California.
oil on linen panel
9 x 12 inches

2 parents, 2 kids and 2 dogs and camping gear packed into the Odyssey. We left SB for the North Coast. Taking the 101, then the 5 all the way to the foothills of Mount Shasta. We took a left and went along the Trinity River towards the Humboldt Coast. After two days of driving we arrived at Patricks Point, State Park. This was the view from the edge of the campground painted the first evening we where there. Oh Joy!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

"Miramar Strokes", Miramar Beach, Montecito

"Miramar Strokes"
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

I cropped this a little differently, included all the bungalows, and added as much color as possible.

"Butterfly Beach Curves", Montecito, California

"Butterfly Beach Curves"
studio painting
oil, 24 x 30 inches, sold

My wife was out of town so I couldn't get out to the beach and paint as easily. Instead I did this at home from memory. I had fun with it and put everything I know about light into it.

"Butterfly Beach on a Warm May Morning", Montecito, California

"Butterfly Beach on a Warm May Morning", oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches, sold

This was my first painting I did after painting on the east coast for a 2 weeks. It was nice to be back at my home... and I think I learned a little something on the trip.