Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Inside Looking Out

Inside Looking Out

6x8 Original Oil

First kayak painting!! 
(yes! painting in the ocean in a kayak!)

This little beauty has a special meaning to me, even more than my other Channel Island pieces.  Notice the kelp in the foreground?  There was enough of it floating up to the surface of the water to hold a kayak in place long enough to capture this little scene.   You can see our ship, The Conception, in the distance through the hole in the rock wall.  
As the waves started picking up my painting quickly ended.  Tidy up the box on my lap and tuck it neatly under my half bent knees.  That was the position rowing zealously back to the boat.  On the way back, I slipped my kayak through a tunnel in the wall of rock to be sent off with a wonderful sea lion farewell.  He zigged and zagged along side my little yellow boat until I was safely through the tunnel.

What a day!!!
The tunnel home.
Good friend, Cindy Compert, kayak painting.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Light in the Dark

A Light in the Dark

9x12 Original Oil

The Channel Islands endless caves cry out for endless paintings.   Feel the warmth of the sun and coolness of the rock.  Visit and explore a little deeper and watch them come to light.   For the seagulls, the waters are a great resting place and the caves are wonderful playground.   
Enjoy the light and life in this 9x12 Original Oil.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kelp Waters

12x12 Original Oil

The gentle sway.  The deep organic colors. 
 A world unlike the one we live each day.  

Sitting in a kayak within a bed of kelp,
 a paint box in my lap, 
and the security of being held in place
 in the wide open ocean,
 as though in a bowl of jello.

Kelp forests of the Channel Islands are fed by both warm and cool water currents.  They may grow 100' and provide food and shelter for over 1,000 species of plants and animals.   Hold fasts, which are root like structures, anchor them to the bottom.   The kelp forests slow the water movement allowing a life giving dwelling. 

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Resting in the Palm

A rock wall is a palette for the Master's hand
and Providence for the night.

As the day was ending and the sun cast it's luminous glow,
these sailors found the perfect spot to rest for the night.
Another wonderful moment on the Channel Island art trip.

Resting in the Palm

Friday, February 3, 2012

Beholding Glory

"Beholding Glory"

Sitting on a dive boat in the Channel Islands National Park,
watching the sun set and the sky and water glow,
As I gazed into the distance this sailboat came into view.
It too, was "Beholding Glory"

It's my hope that you are taken away in time, looking to the future with new hope, when you are beholding glory.

11 x 14 Original Oil

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Warm Caves

A new twist in paintings.   

This is the beginning of a series painted from the Channel Islands.   They are located off the coast of California near Santa Barbara.  Artist, David Gallup, led two trips for artists exploring the island for five days on a dive boat.  I was extremely fortunate to be on both.  The boat "The Conception" is owned by Truth Aquatics  and in Sept of 2010 and 2011 was filled with artists and adventurists. 

"Warm Caves" was painted on deck while anchored by one of the enchanting islands.  Organic in nature, these rock walls house many caves.  Some of these caves were kayaked into while others were navigated by close proximity by our experienced and talented Captain Jerry.

9 x 12 Original Oil

A little abstract in feeling, my hope is that you can sense the cold wet of the rock surface juxtaposed with the warmth of the light and minerals.  The subtle roll of the tide gave the golden living kelp bed new life.   

Life aboard the Conception

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