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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Stearns Wharf, Fair Weather. May 8, 2011

One of the Jewels of Santa Barbara is Stearns Wharf. Even though it's burned down, (twice), i has always been rebuilt better than before. It is an architectural icon transcending time since the beginnings of Santa Barbara.

It makes a great subject for painting or photography.

This is a recent painting, I created in January 2011. I created it as a demonstration painting for my painting class, "Light and Shadow in Art". Using a minimal palette.

Beach Walkers, Stearns Wharf
11x14, oil/canvas
Collection of the Artist

Coastal Fog: Gray May May 7, 2011

Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, May 2011. Here comes the fog, and there goes the sun...
Painting doesn't seem like fun.

When this whinny whimpering has begun, it's time for an attitude adjustment; or for a so called, "WHISTLER WHOOPIN'!"

Researching the life of James McNeil Whistler, one will find a new way to look at light. He called these gray days, "Silvery" days.

So, on days like this, it's time to simplify one's palette. Blending compliments together to make gray tones (mute the colors), and like Whistler suggested, apply your paint, "Like Breath on Glass".

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Santa Barbara News Press Building, Full Moon Rise. May 6, 2011

Santa Barbara Newspress Building.

Quick Sketch. Painted alongside some fellow nocturne artists, two years ago in De la Guerra Plaza; during a First Thursday event.

Unfortunately, I have lost contact with this painting. It is experiencing 'spacial disorientation' (i.e. its lost). Hopefully some day it will surface again.

8"x8" oil/canvas

Family Day, Cabrillo Beach May 5, 2011

The French Impressionist Eugene Boudin use to travel to the coast of Britany in France, to paint the seascapes, and the culture that flocked to the shore. 150 years later, similar motifs still exist, merely a world away.

This was a demonstration painting for my painting class held on April 27, 2011, using four colors and white.

Painting moody/gloomy grays on gray dreary days, can make things seem all right.

Family day at the Beach,
Santa Barbara 9x12 oil/canvas

Sunday, May 1, 2011



Santa Barbara Mission, May 1, 2011

Teaching Day...April 27, 2011

This was a small 8x10 oil painting I sketched out in about an hour, in the shade of a pepper tree under the Hot April Sun.

It's rough; it needs a little fixing, but one can witness the concept of capturing light falling on the form, and an artist willing to exhibit jazzy imperfection to the world.

I will finish this painting, and show it again.

Mission Roses
8x10 oil 2011
Collection of the Artist