Monthly Archives: February 2017

September 5, 2016: Wild, Wild, Wild Kratts!

It wasn’t too long after the Dolores Park picnic that the family made a trip up to Santa Barbara to visit my wife’s cousin and her daughter. We got to SB on Sunday evening and scouted locations for some landscape painting. My wife lived in SB for five years while she went to college, so she knew the area and suggested I take a look at the courthouse.

We drove by a few times, figured out where I could set up, and were on our way back to the hotel when we saw the most amazing thing! The Wild Kratts were going to be at the Arlington on Monday evening and there were still tickets available!

Now, if you’re like me and my son, you love the Kratt brothers and you would know that being able to see them live in Southern California is almost unheard of! Almost…

So, we ponied up the money and got two tickets, and I have to say, the show was AMAZING! They even wore creature suits!

But I also spent six hours on Monday landscape painting at the courthouse and was pleased with how it turned out.

FullSizeRender (1)┬áThere are so many beautiful locations in the Santa Barbara area, I’m afraid I won’t be able to stay away, so be on the lookout for another Central Coast beauty soon…

August 1, 2016: Dolores Park Picnic Panic!

I finished my MFA on Friday, July 29, 2016 and after all the work, the fourteen-hour days and interpersonal development, nothing sounded better to me than spending the entire weekend painting. There was going to be a class picnic the following Monday and I thought, “I’ll get my painting in Saturday and Sunday and just spend Monday shmoozing and hanging out…”

And then on Friday night, my friend asked if I would help him seal his concrete garage floor.

That sounds easy, right?

By Sunday night, I had outrageous blisters and hadn’t painted a stroke, so there was nothing for it but to bring my paints to the picnic.

I settled into the crook of a large tree and, except for the constant smell of burning marijuana, it was a lovely time.

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A huge thank you to Matt Silady for recording my progress!

PleinAir_DoloresParkI gave the finished painting to my friends as a thank you for letting me stay at their house for an entire month! Couldn’t ask for better friends, although I’m kind of hoping that the next time we hang out, we can avoid blisters. I think we’ll just get a pizza.