Santa Cruz Island Winter Day

Yes, I often go back into my photo archives and paint Santa Cruz Island — especially from the winter when the island is green.

We went there with some friends from Missouri and while they hiked, I painted! I think I sold the one that I painted that day, but since I can’t go there every day, I have to be satisfied painting from my photos.

It’s interesting, while I’m painting, I can hear the surf and the absence of man-made sounds. No cars, trucks, machinery. Twice a day, you hear the boat that brings people to the island. 

Tomorrow I’m plein air painting at the beach. I think it’s going to be foggy – but painting at a foggy beach is better than not painting at all!