Asilomar Waves (Near Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula, California)
8 x 10 inches, plein air oil painting
In the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to travel up and down California’s west coast, enjoying the spring wildflowers and the clear skies over the oceans. One of my favorite painting spots is Asilomar, near Pacific Grove, on the Monterey Peninsula. My little Strada mini easel set up so quickly I was painting in no time. Whenever I paint ocean scenes, it takes more time to get into the rhythm of the scene. With other landscapes there’s little movement except for perhaps cloud shadows. The ocean is a whole different challenge and its dynamic nature takes more concentration.
Napili Beach Waves, Maui, Hawaii
16 x 20 inches
oil on canvas
This painting comes from our vacation in Hawaii last year, where we enjoyed some time on Maui as well as Kauai. Napili Bay is a lovely lagoon on West Maui, a little north of Lahaina. It features a beautiful soft sandy beach, tide pools, shallow water for wading and excellent snorkeling. Across the bay you can see the island of Molokai, which I featured in this painting. I’m guessing that this is a popular wedding destination, it’s so beautiful.
What attracted me to this scene, other than the gorgeous turquoise water, was the huge thunderhead which was building up over Molokai.
“Pt. Vicente Lighthouse – Palos Verdes”
11 x 14 oil painting
The lighthouse at Pt. Vicente is a Southern California landmark in Palos Verdes, just north of San Pedro Harbor. It was constructed in the 1920s, and has served faithfully since that time, guiding boats and ships as they make their passage up and down the coast. The lighthouse was automated in the 1970s, but the original lens still magnifies the beam of light. The Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center, nearby, is a beautiful location for weddings and receptions, with the dramatic lighthouse near by.
There are a multitude of tide pools near by – great for exploring.
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Carmel Bay Cypress
6 x 8 inch oil painting
This miniature oil painting of a cypress tree growing by Carmel Bay was inspired by a visit last year. Cypresses always look sculptural to me as their form reflects the action of the local winds. The petite size fits perfectly into a miniature collection.
Moonstone Beach Moment
6 x 6 inches
Moonstone Beach in Cambria is one of my favorite shores to paint. This miniature 6 x 6 inch painting captures the freshness of the surf, with the mist in the air, on a beautiful fall day.
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Song of Still Waters
Devereux Slough, near UC Santa Barbara
16 x 20 oil painting on canvas
Inspired by a slough in Santa Barbara, at sunset, as seen in spring. There was a lot of moisture in the air, creating a warm sunset glow.
If you’re in town this Saturday, come see me at the Montrose Artwalk, where I will be showing my work in front of the Chase Bank, near the corner of Honolulu and Ocean View in Montrose. On Sunday you’ll find me at the Pasadena Society of Artists Art Fair, at the Pasadena Museum of History, corner of Orange Grove and Walnut in Pasadena. I’ll be in booth 13, east side of the Fenyes mansion.
Quiet Day on Carmel Bay
11 x 14 inch oil painting
It was a quiet day when we were on the Monterey Peninsula. There was a slight mist in the air which softened some of the colors. The waters of Carmel Bay truly reflected the word “Pacific” – peaceful. This view of Carmel Bay looks slightly to the south and Point Lobos, where I have painted before.
“Sunrise at Malibu Lagoon”
18 x 24 oil painting on canvas
Malibu Lagoon, in Malibu, California is currently undergoing restoration. There were heated arguments regarding whether or not this wetland habitat should be rehabilitated or left as is. I’m not a Malibu resident so I didn’t follow it closely, but it seemed as though good points were made on both sides. At any rate, I hope that one day it returns to its former beauty, as I visualized it here. Wildlife was abundant … and it was lush and beautiful at any time of day, but especially early morning and at sunset.
12 x 16 oil painting on canvas
Cambria, Moonstone Beach, Leffingwell Landing area
This was painted during the San Luis Obispo Plein Air festival, 2012 where I was one of a select group of invited artists.
The colors of the beach and ocean really are amazing.
“Cloudy Day at San Simeon” (Big Sur, California)
12 x 16 oil
The southern part of Big Sur, California is at San Simeon, the site of Hearst’s Castle. The dramatic ocean cliffs frame the always changing sea. The day I painted this the sun was peeking through from time to time, but overall the scene was moody, with blowing fog and moving clouds. I actually like these sorts of days as well as the ones with bright sunshine.
Below, a photo of me working on it on location: