Plein Air Pleasures

Santa Barbara Bird Refuge-web

I am continuing with my weekly paint outs into nature.  There is something immediate about painting outside in the elements that brings a freshness to my process.  This is our lovely bird refuge here in Santa Barbara and the black ducks are called coots (as in that old coot- never hear that expression anymore).  They were entertaining  Georgie while I sat on the bench working.  The colors here are so bright from the nourishing winter rains that we’ve desperately needed and received- Ah, thank you heavens above.

Coots at SB Bird Refuge original painting available here

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I’ve also gone up the coast to Gaviota, just north of Santa Barbara to paint this area for a SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment) fundraiser show that will take place at the Bacara Resort in April. I love this group- participating in offering my art to give back to the earth for all She gives to me.  I have the deepest honor for Her abundance and beauty. Namaste.

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Of course Georgie loves to accompany me on my outings and he is such a mellow, sweet presence.

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Funny, I returned the following week to do another painting and thought I was doing an entirely different piece- more loose and free.  But, when I saw them together I realized how similar they are so am offering this one unframed in my etsy shop here

One of my professors in art college all those years ago once said that we paint the same picture over and over again- makes you wonder.

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I leave you with another infamous Santa Barbara winter sunset from my deck- we get an incredible show in front of our house every evening.  This is what I look at while I cook our dinners and it infuses our food with extra chi, I’m sure of it.

Blessings for beauty in your world~

 

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