Taft Gardens

Ojai, CA

Taft Gardens and Nature Preserve is a local treasure with acres and acres (264 acres to be exact), of plants, trees and paths to meander. There were so many beautiful areas to explore but since time was of the essence to start painting, my friend and I chose a place relatively close to where we parked to start painting.

There are over 20,000 different species of plants and trees and I only captured a very small percentage of them.

The recent California fires were devastating and it seems like no area was left untouched but firefighters were able to save so much of the gardens. The surrounding hills and nature preserve was a different story but thankfully new growth has already begun with the recent rains.

Tomorrow we are suppose to get another few days of rain so I plan to head back there soon to see even more wildflowers and green hills before the summer months turn it golden.

Until next time, take care and take time to enjoy your surroundings wherever that might be.

Sunlight Through A Citrus Tree

Beginning stages

I drew this concept sketch over a year ago and have finally begun the painting.

This is just the beginning stage of a new watercolor painting and my goal is to maintain the warmth and vibration of the sunlight through the leaves of this Meyer lemon tree. Final size will be 12″ x 16″.

Newest Painting

18″ x 36″ oil on canvas

This painting began with a conceptand instead of sticking with the usual sizes of canvas, I made an 18″ x 36″ canvas to fit my design. I had fully intended to go with a full color, daylight scene but it was missing a certain feel to me.I was going to scrap the whole idea but figured I had nothing to lose by changing the color and with it, the mood. I went with a limited palette of Dioxazine Purple, Indian Red, Raw Umber, Titanium white and a tad of Ultramarine Blue.The underpainting from the original colors show through and gives a nice warmth to this piece. It is quite a departure in color from my other paintings but I’m liking it and it gives a calm, moonlit effect. I am thinking about creating a smaller version in full color but I need time to ‘rest’ from this subject and to paint in watercolors.ūüé®

I welcome your thoughts and if you have changed directions as well with paintings of your own.

A Path Well Traveled

IMG_1587.JPGIMG_1580.JPGI took the time to scout out some new¬†areas to paint and I thought I’d visit El Matador State Beach in Malibu, California — which is absolutely beautiful! The parking is free and one just has to hike down a set of staircases to get to the water. The path is well traveled by photographers, sight seers, people filming, artists and even high school graduating classes for their senior photos.For those¬†visiting Southern California, this is worth the hike. If you have visited, I would love to hear your thoughts and share some of your photos.