LPAPA Best of Plein Air 2016

“Spook Mountain”
Available at Forest & Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach and online at dailybrushwork.com

I’m honored to have two paintings juried in to the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s Best of Plein Air Show this year! LPAPA is a fantastic group and I love participating in the events and art opportunities they offer. It’s a privilege to be a part of such a great collection of artists.

“Spook Mountain” is available in the gallery in Laguna Beach and online (link above). I painted it out in Yuma, Arizona around Christmastime while the grandparents, Scott, and the kids climbed around on the rocks and roasted hot dogs. The view was just incredible with the atmospheric lighting separating each mountain receding in the distance. I really had the sense that I was painting the space and the air.


This little watercolor painting was also juried in to the online show and is available here. I often do watercolor sketches while my kids play in the water and explore the tidepools. This was my view while I painted “Crystal Cove Breakers.”



The Best of Plein Air Show opens June 2nd and runs through June 27th at the Forest and Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach. The opening reception is on Saturday, June 4th, 5-8 pm. Come out and see this great collection of plein air work in person!

Forest & Ocean Gallery
480 Ocean Ave
Laguna Beach, CA  92651

California Art Club “Golden State Sunshine” Exhibition

“Shadow of the Rock”
oil on linen

I’m thrilled that my painting “Shadow of the Rock” has been juried into the upcoming California Art Club exhibition, “Golden State Sunshine”! The exhibition opens May 27th at the Altadena Town & Country Club in Altadena, California. It’s an honor to have my work included in this show. Thanks CAC!


Contact Altadena Town & Country Club

2290 Country Club Drive

Altadena, CA

Evening Etude

 “Evening Etude”


oil on linen

I live in a beautiful place that often feels overrun by people and cars and freeways.

It can be difficult to find undeveloped spaces. I think this challenge speaks to one of the gifts that art can be to all of us who have to fight for time and space, for peace and reflection.

Painting these places and moments encourages me to seek out and appreciate the beauty around me, take the time to notice and give thanks for this land and light.

This painting is one of several studies I’ve done recently of Crystal Cove State Park, a strip of wild land between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar that looks much the same now as it did a hundred years ago when William Wendt and his contemporaries painted here.

“Evening Etude” is available now at Forest and Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach as a part of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s exhibit – Inspired by Van Gogh.

Fun with Gouache

{Agapanthus at Villa del Sol}

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately doing small paintings in gouache,
inspired by James Gurney’s recent posts and videos.

I can fit everything I need into a little bag and can complete a little sketch in whatever time I have, whether it’s 20 minutes or two hours.

My watercolor kit includes a travel set of transparent watercolors, tubes of gouache (lemon yellow, cad yellow, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, viridian, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and permanent white), a few paintbrushes, a homemade palette, watercolor pencils, a pen, and a moleskine watercolor sketchbook. (Just add water!)

{Summer Reading}

I can pull out my things and be set up in minutes. I’m loving the way the opaque color gives me flexibility in how I build the painting. In this small format I can experiment and play around with different subject matter and different combinations of media.

{Classic Hume Lake}

(right detail)

(left detail)

{Keeping Watch}

{Boats at Rest}

I highly recommend checking out James Gurney’s blog, Gurney Journey. He has all kinds of clever and inspirational ideas for those who want to take their painting and sketching outside and work from life. So much fun!