I love the peaceful, beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, high over Santa Barbara.
In the mountains 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.
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!