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Carpinteria Jellybowl - 9x12 painting

beach California carpinteria jellybowl tar pits

Completed this commission a few weeks ago, love it when Carpinteria gets dramatic clouds like these. 

Oil on panel, 9x12 inches

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View from Third Beach - 8x10 Plein Air Painting

beach California carpinteria plein air

I painted this the same morning as yesterdays painting.  I usually wouldn't paint a bright sunny scene without any shadows to play with, but I decided to have a go at it anyway.  My favorite part is the brushstrokes in the sand, and that deep teal color of the wave about to break.  
And for some reason the camera didn't want to cooperate with me for this one, in person the sky is not that splotchy...

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Plein Air Beach Fog - 8x10

8x10 beach california plein air carpinteria oil painting painting plein air

I don't usually like to paint outdoors, but recently I've been venturing out more and more, just to get away from the sound of the freeway (and freeway construction!) that plagues my current studio. Standing in the sand on an empty beach beats a noisy studio any day. And I'm having fun getting loose with these plein air paintings, I have a vision of what I'm striving for them to look like (and...

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Beached Boat - 8x10

beach carpinteria nautical painting sailboat

Not usually one of my favorite times to paint (middle of the day) but I couldn't resist this fun boat with it's bright white sails up. 

Oil on panel, 8x10 inches

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Carpinteria Cliffs - 6x12

beach bluffs carpinteria cliffs ocean rincon

I played with the surface a little before painting this piece.  I like the feeling of linen (because it's finer than canvas) but it's still a little too porous for my liking.  I prepped this one by applying a pretty thick coat of gesso with a palette knife. I really liked the result, maybe I'll try it with some old canvases I have lying around. 

Oil on stretched linen, 6x12 inches

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