Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"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, $1600

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.

"Madulce Light", Dick Smith Wilderness, Santa Barbara Backcountry, California

"Madulce Light"
10 x 10 inches
acrylic on panel

We hiked from the Bear Camps up along the ridge towards Madulce Peak and the Dick Smith Wilderness. One of the most beautiful walks I can remember. Madulce Camp is on the North side of the Peak just at the edge of the forest. There are two giant pine trees standing just at the edge like a gate into some enchanted land. This is the view just between them at sunset, looking towards the forest we had just come through.

"Middle Bear Widow Makers", San Rafael Wilderness, Santa Barbara, California

"Middle Bear Widow Makers"
5 x 7 inches
acrylic on panel

Their all going to fall at some point. You just really hope its not while your sleeping under them.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"Middle Bear Sunset", San Rafael Wilderness, Santa Barbara Backcountry, California

5-8 pm
Distinctive Framing
1333 State Street, Santa Barbara

"Middle Bear Sunset", acrylic on panel, 10 x 10 inches, $600
This meadow and forest was completely torched. I was here 9 years ago before the fire and it was an ancient forest with trees blocking all the sunlight, except for a small meadow. Now its a big open meadow with 100 foot tall widow makers looming overhead. You can see some trees made it and have green at their tops.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Middle Bear Camp", Santa Barbara Backcountry, San Rafael Wilderness

5-8 pm
Distinctive Framing
1333 State Street, Santa Barbara

Come see this painting along with many other by myself and Wyllis Heaton.
"Middle Bear Camp"
5 x 7 inches
acrylic on panel
gifted to a friend

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Middle Bear Meadow", Los Padres National Forest, Dick Smith Wilderness

"Middle Bear Meadow", Los Padres National Forest, Dick Smith Wilderness. 8 x 8 inches, acrylic on panel, $450

From the Sisquoc River we hiked a nice 6 miles up the canyon to the headwaters. As you go up in elevation the river comes down several 30 foot rock steps, all beautiful flowing waterfalls at the time. The switch backs that follow this river are incredibly steep. Honestly though with views of waterfall after waterfall it was the easiest hike on the trip. We made camp at Middle Bear, which has this amazing meadow. No water in the meadow but a short jaunt down the river water bursting right out of the rock. The next day I woke up before everyone else. Instead of waking them all up like I usually do I snuck away and hung out for a few hours as the sunlight slowly overtook the meadow. I was sure the bear was watching me from some hidden vantage point.

"Cottonwood Camp Candles", Sisquoc River, San Rafael Wilderness, Santa Barbara, California.

"Cottonwood Camp Candles", Sisquoc River, San Rafael Wilderness, Santa Barbara, California. Acrylic on panel, 7 x 5 inches, $250

"Cottonwood Camp", Sisquoc River, San Rafael Wilderness

"Cottonwood Camp", Sisquoc River, San Rafael Wilderness, Santa Barbara, California. Acrylic on panel, 8 x 8 inches, $450.

The feeling of hiking 11 miles through rugged terrain on an over grown trail down to a shady camp with a bubbling stream cannot be rivaled. Nature lives on in our backcountry!

This feeling turned to one of despair as a significant thunder storm rolled through, thunder, lightning, and dropping 3 inches of rain in a 2 hour period just before evening. I like to sleep outside so I don;t bring a tent on these missions. Neither a rain jacket or two pairs of pants. After an hour of rain I was soaked completely through and we decided we better work on a shelter for the evening. Just as we finished our very danky, crude tarp shelter under that oak in the painting, the rain stopped. Luckily we had preserved our backpacks and sleeping bags under the tarps and managed to keep a small fire going through the storm. After standing around in our underwear drying off, we ended up having a perfect star filled night.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

"The Morgan at Dusk", Mystic Connecticut

"The Morgan at Dusk"
8 x 6 inches
oil on linen panel

Can you tell how much fun I was having?

"The Mystic Sunset", Mystic Connecticut

"The Mystic Sunset"
6 x 8 inches
oil on linen panel

This was the 2nd of 4 paintings that I made that evening. The name of the schooner there is "The Mystic"... ah, now you get the title.

"The Morgan", Mystic Connecticut

"The Morgan"
6 x 8 inches
oil on linen panel

The last time this famous whaling ship went to sea was in 1927 I believe. Shortly after I made this painting they sent it out of the mystic harbor almost completely restored. Click here for the story...

and here is my story from that evening: I decided to get a hotel in Mystic on my drive from Portland, ME. There is an amazing seaport with several old ships and cute views. I found a little grass area next to the port, protected from wind with views of the historic boats. It was the perfect spot to set up with an hour left of sunlight. It was also next to a bunch of good ole boys BBQing and smoking cigars. They befriended me right away and invited me in for a glass of with wine and a sausage sandwich. I brought in this little gem and they snatched up. After getting to know them over a second glass of wine, I went out and painted 3 more little ones. It was well after dark before I finished and was getting a little tipsy so I'm not sure how they turned out. It was a great random night on my adventure. Things like this give me hope in the human spirit. We all share this planet and it can be so much fun if we choose to make it that way

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Gloucester Docks", Gloucester, Massachusetts

"Gloucester Docks"
16 x 20 inches
oil on linen panel

Probably the best painting experience on the trip ended in the most successful painting. I found a small balcony/work area of a local dory maker. It had this view of the docks and his dory's below. He wasn't there at the time but I couldn't wait to ask permission so I set up anyway. He was a classic Massachusetts character and was fine with me taking up residence on his balcony. I got to see all sorts of people coming to ask for advice from the woodworker on random ship building matters. I was really digging their accent and how they would put each other down but would mean no harm. It reminded me the kids I grew up with.

"Portland Busy Corner", Portland, Maine

"Portland Busy Corner"
6 x 8 inches
oil on linen panel

One of the busiest corners in Portland, I stood here for the morning rush hour of boisterous drunks and honking cars. Sunny and almost no wind, it was a wonderful morning. After I made this I went to the Art Museum and saw some amazing works by Winslow Homer.