Thursday, December 15, 2011

"December Full Moon 2", Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara

"December Full Moon 2"
12 x 16 inches
oil on panel

I am starting to get a real feel for this landscape. I have painted it from so many angles that I can understand how deep our hills are. Today I hiked a little trail that goes to the top of the foothill that you see in all of my Hammond's beach paintings. Its called Toro Canyon or Toro Ridge, I believe. I have never been there but I have painted the hill from the beach 50 times so I know every feature. It was really cool to be walking way out in the distance of one of my paintings. In this piece I painted the foothill in just below the moon. Even thought I didn't see it, I know its there so I can add it in. Now I can add all sorts of other features that I noticed while I was up there today.

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