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California landscape Santa Barbara Lagoon sunset oil painting

November 30th, 2014

SOLD
Song of Still Waters
16 x 20 oil on canvas
Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara area

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Moonstone Mist – Cambria beach seascape oil painting miniature

November 29th, 2014

Moonstone Mist
Moonstone Beach, Cambria
6 x 8 inch miniature oil painting

Seasons come and go, but Moonstone Beach seems to look pretty much the same through the year (with the exception of some of the dune foliage, that is.) This is a place that I love to paint often. The first time I came here was during a paintout with the California Art Club, and I’ve returned many times through the years.

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Batiquitos Mist – miniature California lagoon landscape oil painting

November 25th, 2014

Batiquitos Mist
5 x 7 inch oil painting on plein air panel

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This miniature oil painting features a part of the Batiquitos lagoon near Carlsbad, California. The mist was hanging around the water on this cool day, and I loved the atmosphere it created. Miniatures make great Christmas presents.
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Vintage oak – vineyard oak tree oil painting – California landscape

November 21st, 2014

Vintage Oak – Vineyard oil painting
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

I never tire of painting oak trees, or vineyards, for that matter. So here’s a new painting that combines both in one composition. From a California hilltop, the vines stretch in all directions, resting after the “crush.” The late afternoon sun gives the vines and hillside a warm glow. Inspired by vineyards in Temecula and the California Central Coast.

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White iceberg roses oil painting – White on White

November 9th, 2014

“White on White”
(iceberg roses)
20 x 24 inches, oil on linen canvas

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These roses are from my garden, which is now in full fall bloom. Icebergs are one of the most popular kinds of floribunda roses. They’re loose and casual and bloom in profusion from early spring until late fall. They would even try to keep blooming through the winter months, here in Southern California, but I prune them every year in January to give them a well-needed rest.

#roses #botanical #oilpainting #art #garden #impressionist #painting

High Water at Devil’s Gate Dam – California landscape oil painting

October 23rd, 2014

High Water at Devil’s Gate Dam – Arroyo Seco
20 x 24 oil on canvas
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I painted this to memorialize an area near and dear to me, not far from where I live. This is the boundary between La Canada Flintridge and Altadena – the upper Arroyo Seco, once known as Oak Grove Park and now known as the Hahamongna Watershed Area. Because of the silt that has accumulated above the dam, the dam has lost much of its capacity. There are plans underway to dredge this entire area, but one of the plans will remove not only the silt, but a great number of the trees and habitat that has grown up in the area. To read more about the devastation that will be caused by the County plan, visit It makes me sad to think that views such as this may soon be gone, and probably won’t return in my lifetime, unless a more thoughtful, conservation-oriented plan is adopted.

#arroyoseco #hahamongna #watershed #DevilsGateDam #lacanada #oilpainting #landscape #california

Gold Rush Country Ranch California landscape oil painting

September 10th, 2014

Gold Rush Country Ranch
20 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

This new painting depicts a ranch on highway 49, not far from Murphys, California. There was something about the sculptural mass of the big oak tree that really spoke to me. Although I most commonly paint eucalyptus, I find live oak trees irresistible as well. I haven’t spent as much time painting Gold Rush country as I have the eastern Sierra and California’s Central Coast, but it’s really starting to grow on me. Maybe it’s all that gold?

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La Jolla palms seascape oil painting

September 6th, 2014

La Jolla Palms
8 x 10 inch seascape oil painting

With the hot weather we’ve been having, painting this was a cool refreshing treat. The location for this is along the La Jolla, California, shore, a little bit south of the main city.

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#oilpainting #lajolla #seascape #ocean #palmtrees #impressionist #california

Yosemite Falls California landscape oil painting

July 30th, 2014

Yosemite Falls in Summer
18 x 24 inches, vertical
Oil on canvas

At more than 2400 feet high, from the top of the upper falls to the base of the lower falls, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in the continental United States. Peak water flow comes in late spring to early summer, the time that this was painted. The falls are fed by Yosemite Creek, and after the water leaves the falls, it joins the Merced River on its course out of the valley.

The challenge in painting a waterfall is to capture the soft edges of mist that perpetually rise from the thundering flow. Paint the edge too hard and the falls look like a cutout. Paint the edge too softly, and it looks like a big cottonball.

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California vineyard landscape oil painting – A Taste of Sonoma

July 29th, 2014

“A Taste of Sonoma”
Original impressionist oil painting of a Sonoma vineyard
18 x 24 inches

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This is another in my series of vineyards from around California. This time, Sonoma is the featured area. Some time this fall, I’ll be traveling to the mother of all beautiful vineyard-covered countrysides … Tuscany. And yes, I’ll be bringing the easel. I can hardly wait.