We went to the Santa Ynez wine country for the weekend. My hope was to paint some scenic landscapes but I guess my heart wasn’t really in it and I wound up painting this. This was the town of Santa Maria, mostly just a string of strip malls with housing behind it, like so many small towns all over the United States.
Painted after a picnic lunch in the Santa Ynez Valley, above Santa Barbara.
In the mountains above Santa Barbara.
The Santa Ynez valley above Santa Barbara.
Looking down from high hills over farms and fields below, in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara.
This painting, well the composition anyway, was inspired by a great painting I saw online, from a similarly high vantage point. Unfortunately, I misplaced the name of that artist- so whoever you were, thank you very much.
Sunset in the hills over Santa Barbara, California.
Santa Ynez Valley Landscape Painting is for sale.
Sunny skies, golden summer grass, and deep green shade in the Santa Ynez Valley, near Santa Barbara, CA.
We spent a long weekend in Santa Barbara earlier in the summer, and I just discovered this and a couple of other paintings that I forgot to post. It’s a beautiful place.
We joined a wine club the day I started this painting up in the hills over Santa Barbara… and that wine shipment should arrive any minute now!
We spent a long weekend in Santa Barbara, CA, and drove up into the gorgeous Santa Ynez valley one day. This painting started as a sketch that day.
The Santa Ynez valley immediately made me think of Corot’s groundbreaking Italian plein air landscapes.
The Santa Ynez valley up above and inland from Santa Barbara, California is really too pretty to describe. I hope the painting says enough.
While there we also visited the Fess Parker winery- delicious!