When thinking about the normal four seasons, most would say that Southern California has maybe two of the four. Well, as someone who has been born and raised here, we do have four seasons, they just aren’t the norm for most places. The seasons here are Spring, Summer, wind and fire. The central and southern part of the state have had a drought going for a few years now and it was so nice to finally have gottten the rain we needed and the hills and mountains around us were filled with beautiful wildflowers and greenery everywhere.Generally the summers are hot and during the season of Fall, the hot “Santa Ana” winds start up causing fires but things have started all too soon. Sadly, three separate fires have started this past July weekend. Two in the Santa Barbara County and one called the “Alamo Fire” south of Santa Maria.View from the vineyards of Arroyo Grande and Santa Maria southward.
Our fire season has officially begun and our prayers go out to the brave firefighters, police, many workers and all who have been affected by this.
Time for a couple of changes. In a drawing or painting, the artist will draw a viewers eye to a specific area first, called the focal point, then with color, value and shapes the viewers eye then moves throughout the rest of the art. Each new blog I post will be that focal point.
Santa Rosa Valley after a recent rain, this is what I was able to capture!