The bridge over I-5.
I liked this cactus jungle.
Painted on location last week with Danny Griego.
We spent the weekend in the Santa Barbara wine country with new friends.
In a tree filled square off the beaten path. I’d like to live here.
Big Sur by Bixby Bridge.
From the series, Nostos. Growing up in a military family, I lived in many places as a child. Monterey was the second one, and that’s why painting Big Sur was meaningful to me.
It was superhot last week so I headed to this spot with a nice big shade tree and catching what breeze there was on the heights above North Park.
More of a sketch really, it’s fun playing around with different approaches.
I usually try to get my plein air pieces to a higher level of finish. This one didn’t quite get there.
I decided to post it anyway because I thought you might find it interesting to see work in such a raw state. So often, we are exposed only to polished work- which sets an impossibly high standard for students.
Even though this piece didn’t make it, it’s still handy for me to be able to pull these studies off the shelf and double check the light, the atmospheric conditions, the colors in the water and so on, how it made me feel. Also the things you notice while spending time in a place- trains going by, many surfers, the wind too strong for my umbrella- all the little details that might be important in a future piece, especially one conceptualized in the studio.