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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sunset, Santa Barbara. July 3, 2010

Every now and then, there's a good one. (A Sunset that is...)

Every now and then I find myself in the right place at the right time, with the time to paint. I have all my gear and most of my faculties,

It is incredibly enjoyable for me; to quickly set up my easel and palette, and paint the sun as it is setting. It is even more enjoyable if the painting process is effortless, and I can pull off a half decent work of art with minimal effort alla prima (painted in one sitting). Hopefully it is acceptable enough for my gallery: (the Bottoms Art Gallery), to exhibit, and sell.

Yes, it is a, "Pretty Picture", but it's exciting and challenging for me to paint something I've never witnessed, and created it in a way I've never painted before.

Some Artists, (Landscape Painters) frown, and look down their noses at paintings of sunsets-- considering them, "Low Art". I, however paint them out of love and appreciation for the day; daylight, the patient sun.

Knowing that no two Sunsets are alike, EVER! I strive to capture the uniqueness. I have immortalized this sunset in paint, yet I am clear that is some ways, it is a vain attempt on my part, to halt the passage of time.

Santa Barbara Sunset
10x20 oil/linen 2010


  1. I loved reading what you wrote as much as I loved gazing at what you painted...they are both BEYOUtiful ❤

  2. Ah, thanks Julie. There's much in life to be passionate about. (And you would know).

  3. 7/3/10 was the last night my father spent on earth.

    I'm truly grateful that I found this beautiful painting while I mourn the loss of my father. You are a gifted artist and your work is deeply appreciated.

    I humbly thank you for sharing your talent in my time of grief.

    Robynn Wollman Betz

  4. Robynn,

    I am sorry for your loss. I don't know what to say. You have my permission to copy this image if you like to have with you in memory of your father. I am to pick it up from the framers soon and will take it to the Bottoms Art Gallery in the Four Seasons Biltmore, Montecito.

    I'm glad we made contact.