November 21, 2010

"The Cliffs of Carpinteria" oil on canvas, 8X10"

I  stood high on this bluff with the wind in my hair and the sound of sea lions barking on the rocks below.   The surf and the sand is something I have never painted from life before, and I felt a little daunted as I began.  The water wouldn't hold still (imagine that), so I had to just watch the surf for a while, and attempt to paint it while it moved.  It was kinda a strange sensation,  something different.  Something captivating.

I will be attempting many little  "ocean scapes "  over the next several weeks while I am here in Santa Barbara. It's quite a kick to be painting this while back at home (British Columbia, Canada)  the weather has moved into the double digit sub-zero category.  On another note of smugness, this week I get to celebrate American thanksgiving, having already had Canadian thanksgiving.  Somebody pinch me. 


  1. I love the colors you used! I will be interested to see your paintings of the ocean. I found out how hard those pesky, ever-moving waves can be, while painting in Maine. Congrats on two Thanksgivings! Enjoy!

  2. Well Elaine, I am actually going to attempt a "wave scape" today. Wish me luck, I'll let you know how it goes.

    This is slippery stuff to paint from life, but no guts, no glory!

  3. Looks awesome!
    Hope your trip is going well!

  4. As if your painting wasn't tantalizing enough, you complete the abuse with your written description - yes Gaye it's cold and snowing here in Canada but I am warmed by your delightful painting!