Thursday, February 11, 2016

""Figueroa Mountain from The Firestone Vineyard", Zaca Station Road, Santa Ynez, California


"Figueroa Mountain from The Firestone Vineyard", 24x30 inches, oil on canvas, $1200

Coming out to the Santa Ynez Valley makes me realize there are so many things to paint! There is so much I need to do, it's overwhelming. I'll have to do it one painting at a time and hope I get there. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"Full Color R Beach Moonrise", Goleta, California


"Full Color R Beach Moonrise", 9x12 inches, oil on panel, $280

This is an interpretation of what I remember about an amazing moonrise at Ellwood a few months ago. 

"Windy Sunset on Old San Marcos", Santa Barbara, California


"Windy Day on Old San Marcos", 6x8 inches, oil on panel, $120

Never would chosen this turnout but it was so windy it was the only option. Turns out it's a great view...

"Yellow Theme at Eiling's", Santa Barbara, California


"Yellow Theme at Eiling's", 6x6 inches, oil on panel, $100

This was done in the studio but it's got that plein air feeling. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

"R Beach Memory", Ellwood Bluffs, Goleta, California


"R Beach Memory", 6x8 inches, oil on panel, $120

Made this at midnight in my little studio room thinking about all the times I've been here throughout my years. Nothing but thankful to fate and nature for providing such amazing inspiration.

"Leadbetter from Afar", Santa Barbara, California


"Leadbetter from Afar", 20x30 inches, oil on canvas, sold

Sometimes it's nice to step way back from your subject. Even if you are in the sun and wind. 

"Gold and Green Courthouse Nocturne", Santa Barbara, California


"Gold and Green Courthouse Nocturne", 30x40 inches, oil on canvas, $2500. 
It took me months to finally finish this painting. It's just so hard to motivate to paint outside at night when everyone else is all cozy in their homes.

"Butterfly Beach Sunset Arch", Montecito, California


"Butterfly Beach Sunset Arch", oil on canvas, 16x20 inches, sold 

Love this tree for its beauty but mostly for its shade. I do have professionally made limited edition prints of this image. A 16x20 print on canvas is $350.

"Getting the Point", Del Mar Cliffs, San Diego, California


"Getting the Point", Nov 30th morning, Del Mar Cliffs looking towards Torrey Pines and La Jolla. 15 x 25 inches, oil on canvas, $600.

I really enjoyed being in Del Mar this weekend. I was able to come out to these cliffs a couple times to paint in the morning. Unlike Santa Barbara, San Diego's Coast faces west, not south. So all the coast and cliffs are in shadow through the morning.

"Torrey Pines Morning 2", Del Mar, San Diego, California


"Torrey Pines from Del Mar Morning 6x6 inches, oil on panel, $100
I had a good time trying to keep this painterly and full of color. Hoping I can do bigger one tomorrow morning...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Torry Pines from Del Mar Morning, San Diego, California



"Torrey Pines from Del Mar Morning", 6x8 inches, oil on panel, $130
I had a good time trying to keep this painterly and full of atmosphere. Hoping I can do bigger one tomorrow morning...

Dueling Theaters, Santa Barbara, California

 Dueling Theaters, 30 x 24, oil on canvas, sold

More Mesa Vibrant Memory, Noleta, California


More Mesa Vibrant Memory, Noleta. 11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, $300

Hammond's Point Sparkle, Montecito, California


Hammonds Point Sparkle, 9 x 12 inches, oil on panel, sold

"Ellwood Memory", Goleta, California


"Ellwood Memory", 30 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, sold

Saturday, January 16, 2016

"Coral Casino Winter Clouds", Butterfly Beach, Santa Barbara, Montecito, California


"Coral Casino Winter Clouds", 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, $1200

I made this week after a few storms passed. It left the air cool and clear. These winter days are something else in Santa Barbara. They make you happy for the Suns warmth, rather than in the summer I've been feeling like hiding from it. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

"Big View East from Gibraltar Road", Montecito, California


"Big View East from Gibraltar Road"
24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, $1600

The wind was so strong all the screws of my easel unwound from all the shaking. I set my car up against the wind and tied up the easel to the trunk. I almost gave up many times but in the end I was able to skate down the hill with this.

"Hendry's Red Sunset Memory", Santa Barbara, California


"Hendry's Red Sunset Memory"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I was purposely trying to leave purple out of this painting and wow, what a great set of colors! I did it  completely from memory, and I even added the next point even though you can't see it from this spot. It helps add a nice middle grey ground. 

"Butterfly Beach For K&K", Montecito, California


"Butterfly Beach for K&K"
12 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, sold

Another commissioned piece that I ended up doing at home from memory. More rainy days please!

"After the King Tide at Padaro Beach", Summerland, California


"After the King Tide at Padaro Beach"
24 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, sold

This was the first time I ever painted here. I arrived as the king tide made its way up the beach and into a few yards. Someone actually took a picture of me setting up... plein air extreme!

"Sojourner Cafe Nocturne", Santa Barbara, California

"Sojourner Cafe Nocturne"
11 x 14 inches
oil on canvas
sold

This was commissioned by someone who met their future husband here. So many great memories for myself and many others. Its amazing how something so familiar and integral is all of the sudden gone.

"Hammond's Fall, of The Tree", Montecito, California


"Hammond's Fall, of The Tree"
15x30 inches, Oil on Canvas, sold

I arrived at noon to a crystal clear day with a gentle fall breeze. Some arborists where taking a break from cutting down the large Eucalyptus at the point. By the time this painting was done they reduced it to almost nothing. I'm sad I've lost part of the focal point in a dozen prior paintings. I'm happy I got to be there for its last day.
 — at Hammonds Beach.

"Dream Foundation Auction at the Bacara", Haskell's Beach, Goleta, California

"Dream Foundation Auction at the Bacara", November 7th, 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, donated to the Dream Foundation.

I have done many live paintings for weddings and plein air events. Never have I done one purely from memory. When the event started I walked out to the bluffs and did a quick sketch of the sunset. I noted the colors and how pink and warm everything was. I went back to the show and painted what I remembered...  and everything I know about the place from 40 years of experience.

"Hendrys Windy Morning", Santa Barbara, California

"Hendrys Windy Morning", 11x14 inches, oil on canvas, donated to Roosevelt School Auction
The colors and the wind where out this morning. November 9th
 — at Hendry's Beach.

"Crystal Morning at Hendry's", Santa Barbara, California


"Crystal Morning at Hendrys", 12x16 inches, oil on canvas, $420

I was expecting rain and clouds but instead arrived at Hendrys to another beautiful morning. Big surprise. I never would have attempted to capture the glare a few years ago. Now I realize that's where the magic is. Can't wait for my next chance to do it again.

"Hot Springs Island View", Mountain Drive, Santa Barbara




"Hot Springs Island View", 20x30 inches, oil on canvas, $1200

The first cool morning of the fall and I took the opportunity to drive into the foothills. Besides the perfect air and ridiculous view my highlight was a 4 point buck that walked up on me. He didn't even notice me until he was about 10 yards away. He was looking at my easel and slowly looked up and we locked eyes. He instantly jumped about 10 feet in the other direction. Hilarious. — at Mountain Drive.


"Yin Yang at the Devereux Slough", Goleta, California


"Yin Yang at the Devereux Slough", 15x30 inches, oil on canvas, sold

"Pirate Ship and Full Moon over the Harbor", Santa Barbara, California


"Pirate Ship and Full Moon over the Harbor"
16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas, sold

One of my favorite paintings of the year, I made this out on location with another artist friend. This is the Spirit of Dana Point, a schooner that docks here every year. My great great Swedish Grandfather owned a ship similar to this in Ninilchik, Alaska.

"Hendrys Fall Sunset 2", Arroyo Burro, Santa Barbara, California


"Hendrys Fall Sunset 2"
24 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, sold

As the sun starts to set lower along the horizon we are get some great angles of light on our cliffs. I made sure to walk this painting around the Boathouse after I finished it.
 — at Boathouse at Hendry's Beach.

"Goleta Estuary Triptych", Goleta, California

"Goleta Estuary Triptych", 3 24x30 inch oil paintings on canvas, sold.

It's a good thing I have all sorts of easels. A studio would help but the porch works after the summer months.
 — at Goleta Beach Park.

I do have these paintings available as prints. All 3 of them printed and stretched on canvas would run $1400. I will only be making 10 copies of them so they will be very limited edition. Please email me at chrispotterart@gmail.com if your interested!

"Miramar in Blue Two", Montecito, California

"Miramar in Blue Two", 24x48 inches, oil on canvas, sold

Look, they rebuilt the Miramar exactly like it was! So smart...
 — at Miramar Beach.

I painted this in the fall of 2015 and they had not actually rebuilt the Miramar. I did it in memory.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"The Little Yellow Mission", Santa Barbara, California

"The Little Yellow Mission", painted from memory on my front porch. Santa Barbara, California. 6x8 inches, oil on panel, sold

I thought I would have fun with the mission from memory. The yellow is actually my underpainting smeared. After blocking in the rest of the forms I just couldn't bring myself to get rid of that wonderful Indian Yellow.

"San Marcos Mountains with Clouds", Noleta, California

"San Marcos Mountains with Clouds", view from my front porch, Noleta, California. 6 x 8 inches, oil on panel, $120

Its funny how we can ignore the beauty that is right in front of us. I had fun on my front porch this morning as the clouds pushed up against our mountain view.

"Early Light on Goleta Gap", Goleta, California

"Early Light on Goleta Gap", 6x8 inches, oil on panel, sold


"Harbor Entrance with Clouds", Santa Barbara, California


"Harbor Entrance with Clouds"
24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, sold to someone that was at the restaurant while I was painting this. Lucky guy!

"Devereux Point Agave", Goleta, California

"Devereux Point Agave", 6x8 inches, oil on panel, $100

Another one from memory of my favorite spots.

"Carpinteria Salt Marsh Patterns", Carpinteria, California

"Carpinteria Salt Marsh Patterns", 14x11 inches, oil on canvas, $350

Before the modern day we had a lot more views like this. Marsh to foothills to mountains...

"De la Guerra Movement", Santa Barbara, California


"De la Guerra Movement"
20 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I love painting this street and its an extra bonus to have clouds moving by. Its pretty amazing to think that all of those walls are basically the same color white. You learn there is no white and there is no static color to anything.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

"Butterfly Beach Sunset Arch", Montecito, California


"Butterfly Beach Sunset Arch"
16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I do limited edition "Giclee's" available of this painting. A 16 x 20 inch print on canvas would be $300. Please email me at chrispotterart@gmail.com if you are interested.

"Moonrise over the City", Studio painting of Santa Barbara, California


"Moonrise over the City"
11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, sold

I made this at home in the studio from memory. I was trying to reserve my color and keep it toned.