Botanical Waters

San Diego waterfall plein air, oil on wood canvas, 2018. 

San Diego waterfall plein air, oil on wood canvas, 2018. 

 

A little plein air piece from a few weeks ago up at the San Diego botanical gardens. They have a really energetic and moody waterfall tucked in the hillside whose course and chatter I'm sure I wouldn't tire of even if I sat by it for days and weeks on end.

I'm currently in my studio wrapping up a piece from my main series of work, and although it's been stop and go for me over the past few months I'm looking to remedy that this week. Excited about it!

Nocturnal Animals

"Nocturnal Animals" acrylic, oil & brush pen on linen canvas panel, 2018.

"Nocturnal Animals" acrylic, oil & brush pen on linen canvas panel, 2018.

New thoughts, figuring out new ways of deconstructing compositions and layering that leads to an impossible to photograph painting = another day in the office.

Patience is a virtue (that's really hard to abide by when all you want to be doing is painting)

Sometimes it takes a bit of letting go. What I mean is, painting is what I'd like to be doing just about every second of my life, but sometimes you have to let life have its way with you. It's been insanely (and I mean, absolutely crazy) eventful and busy since we've gotten back to California a few months ago, and I'm just now starting to hit my stride with balancing everything. Which means being able to carve out more and more time for painting. Thank everything. You can follow me on Instagram (which I promise won't be so quiet from here on out) if you want to keep up with my new pieces.  Here's a little progress shot of some fresh studio work.

Moonrise Over Despotiko

"Moonrise Over Despotiko" Acrylic & oil on canvas, 9x12". 2015.

"Moonrise Over Despotiko" Acrylic & oil on canvas, 9x12". 2015.

This piece was a big turning point for me in terms of subject matter, style, and personal honesty in my painting. It's by no means one I would consider a compositional success or my favorite piece, but it pushed me somewhere I needed to go. Despotiko is a small area of a small island in the middle of the Aegean Sea where you can see shards of sixth century BC pottery poking out of the ground. I visited there while studying art in Greece and there's something 'other' about this place on the planet. Some energy coupled with an absolutely gorgeous land/seascape that you can't help but respond to from a place deep within. It's stayed with me ever since I left and this is a piece that was a catalyst for me getting to a more meaningful place in my art. Despotiko is magic. 

Late Afternoon Camellias

 

 

Another plein air piece from the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in preparation for an upcoming spring show. This one was a serious challenge with the composition and the tricky lighting that was changing so rapidly as I painted, but it was well worth the effort.

 

"Late Afternoon Camellias" Oil on 12x12" canvas. 2016.

"Late Afternoon Camellias" Oil on 12x12" canvas. 2016.

Morning on the Terrace

"Morning on the Terrace" Oil on canvas. 2016.

"Morning on the Terrace" Oil on canvas. 2016.

 

 

Memories of Italy happening on U.S. soil. Norfolk Botanical Gardens Renaissance terraces.

Mind vs. Mouth

When your brain and your mouth can't agree on what's going on.

"Mind vs Mouth" Acrylic & oil on canvas board, 2016.

"Mind vs Mouth" Acrylic & oil on canvas board, 2016.

The Love Affair Continues

The stories this garden tells, I want to know them all. Two new plein air pieces from the past few weeks at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

"Sitting in the Zinnia Patch" 2015. Oil on canvas board.  SOLD

"Sitting in the Zinnia Patch" 2015. Oil on canvas board.
SOLD

"Fall by the Fountain" 2015. Oil on canvas board.

"Fall by the Fountain" 2015. Oil on canvas board.

The Golden Hour

When the images you see in front of you flatten against your reality, you find yourself in unexpected places.

                                                             "The Golden Hour" Acrylic and oil on canvas board, 2015.

                                                             "The Golden Hour" Acrylic and oil on canvas board, 2015.