Friday, July 18, 2014

Santa Barbara Palm Trees - 5x7

The part that drew me to this scene was that intensely blue sky, how flat the sand looks, and how the palm trees were reaching up so gracefully... I kind of want to paint this on a very large scale sometime. 

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches

Monday, July 14, 2014

Yellow Flowers on the Bluffs - 8x10

The part that drew me to this piece was the shrubbery on the path, I really liked how bright the flowers on top were, contrasted with the dark underside.  It also gave me a chance to paint those bluish purplish shadows that I love, and that little peek of the ocean on the left. 

Oil on stretched linen, 8x10 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Butterfly Beach, Montecito California - 8x8

I love painting that orange glow on the mountains and cliffs. To me it's what makes sunsets so beautiful around here. 

Oil on cradled panel, 8x8 inches

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sliced Open, Gold and Blue - 6x6

Another experiment with the open pear...

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Just Half - 4x4

It occurred to me that for all the many pears I have painted over the years I had never painted one cut open. 

Oil on stretched canvas, 4x4 inches, 1 1/3" painted sides 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Little Yellow House - 5x7

Sometimes if you could look into my head you might be surprised to find out why I've chosen to paint a particular piece.  Like this one for example, I did not look at this and think "what a cute yellow house I think I'll paint it". Not at all, it was that tiny purple-y shadow next to the small window, my thought was "I have to paint that shadow". The white trim and the lawn were a bonus. 

Oil on panel, 5x7 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Burning Off - 5x7

Well June gloom has struck around here, good news is beach fog is pretty fun to paint.  All the different grays are good practice. 

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cherry Tomatoes - 5x7

This is the first year that my tomato plants have been in the ground instead of a container, they are growing like crazy! 
Tomatoes are always fun to paint because of their color, what other time do you get to use so much red? They can be tricky though, especially where the light hits them. 

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches

ps. My book is now available on Amazon!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Avocado - 8x8

My favorite part about painting avocados is that very middle section between the greenest part and the pit. I never get tired of laying down that stroke that blends the two parts together. 

Oil on panel, 8x8 inches

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ripe Avocado - 5x7

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches