Edible Santa Barbara magazine cover

The cover of the summer 2017 issue of Edible Santa Barbara features my painting of peaches growing at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard in Santa Ynez. I wrote an article for the issue about Buttonwood’s organic peach orchard, and was fortunate to get a tour while interviewing orchard manager Fred Munch about his 20+ years tending to the trees. You can pick up an issue this summer at many locations throughout Santa Barbara County, or read it online. Enjoy!

 

Santa Barbara Street Painting Festival 2017

This year was the 31st anniversary of the I Madonnari Santa Barbara Street Painting Festival, and I have been participating almost since the beginning (!). It’s hard to believe, actually. Many of my street painting friends have also been showing up year after year, every Memorial Day weekend, to create paintings on pavement in chalk in front of the beautiful Santa Barbara Mission. Out on the lawn, festival goers enjoy live music, food, and drinks. Hanging out with artist friends is one of my favorite parts, as is creating a vibrant scene on asphalt that will linger for a few weeks and then fade away. Here are some pics of my hummingbird and cactus flower (12×12′), and I am thankful to Wayne Kimbell for taking the amazing photo of an Anna’s humming bird that I used as a reference.


Above: The finished painting on day three of the festival


In progress…


Working on my bird, under the umbrella


The final piece, adjusted for perspective (it’s difficult to get a photo directly overhead, so the image is slightly tweaked to compensate for the angle of the camera lens)

100 Grand Show

The annual 100 Grand show at Sullivan Goss gallery in Santa Barbara (100 works of art for $1,000 or less) is a fun, eclectic group exhibit that takes place in December and January. For the first time, I entered and had a piece in the show – a painting of a cactus flower, 12 x 12″, acrylic on panel. A lot of people came out for the opening reception (I don’t know how many, exactly…but a lot). Quite a few artist friends were also in the show, so it was a fun time. Plus, I bought a painting of a beautiful cow named Theodore, by my friend Susan Shapiro. I love it!

Here are a few photos…enjoy!

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The show, ready for opening night…

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Opening reception – December 1, 2016

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Cactus flower – 12 x 12″

Theodore, by Susan Shapiro
Theodore, by Susan Shapiro

I Madonnari Street Painting Festival

It’s the 30th anniversary of the festival, and six of us – veteran street painters and friends – are working together on a 24 x 30′ street painting featuring endangered species throughout the world. Six paintings of different continents will be tied together with an organic branching framework. If you’re in Santa Barbara, come on down to the Mission to check out the festival – it continues through Monday!

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Tiger in the works…day one.

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Sharyn working on her European endangered species painting

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Photo from the ladder…painting is almost finished!

My final painting of Asian endangered species – the photo has been adjusted so that the perspective is straight-on, not viewed at an angle
My final painting of Asian endangered species – the photo has been adjusted so that the perspective is straight-on, not viewed at an angle

The entire 24 x 36' painting, photographed the day after the festival
The entire 24 x 36′ painting by our “six pack,” photographed the day after the festival – endangered species in Europe, South America & Antarctica, Asia, Australia, N. America and Africa

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T-shirts and aprons! 🙂

 

 

New Painting ~ Three Palms

This new painting is a commissioned work, and was very fun to do. No matter how much time you spend living around palm trees (your whole life, say), they never stop being amazing.

Three Palms (30 x 30″)

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Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Paintings

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital is offering grand opening tours on August 15! I’m looking forward to seeing the new building and all of the artwork. Four of my paintings will be there. If you’re interested in a tour, click the image below for more information.

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2015 Street Painting Festival

Fun times at the street painting festival this year! The festival is a benefit for the Children’s Creative Project, held at the Santa Barbara Mission, and takes place every Memorial Day weekend. My 12×12 -foot painting was based on a photo taken with my phone from the cliffs at Shoreline Park, overlooking the ocean. It features a flowering aloe and a hummingbird (the hummingbird was from another photo I took downtown). There were so many fun and amazing paintings this year – here are a few photos. Enjoy!

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Paintings for Cottage Hospital

Four of my landscape paintings were selected and purchased as limited edition prints for Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital – two seascapes (Ellwood Shores Coast and Reflections at Hendry’s Beach) and two “inland” landscapes (Lake Los Carneros and Botanic Garden II). The prints will be installed in hallways at the hospital in summer 2015.

The paintings are part of the Cottage Health System’s Healing Arts Program. As described on their website, “Using visual arts in healthcare environments has become an international movement. The visual arts have been shown to enhance patient care, relieve stress for patients and visitors, and increase employee satisfaction. Evidence-based research shows that exposure to the arts reduces use of pain medication, increases compliance with treatments, and shortens the length of stay in hospitals.” It’s an honor to be a part of this program and I look forward to seeing all of the artwork in 2015! 🙂

I Madonnari 2014 – Santa Barbara Street Painting Festival

2014_thumbAnother year, another festival! The 28th, to be exact. Such a fun event, held at the Santa Barbara Mission – and it benefits the Children’s Creative Project, which brings arts education programs (visual and performing) to schools throughout the area. Artists create street paintings in squares that are sponsored by local businesses and organizations, with sizes ranging from 6×4 up to 12×12 feet. The featured artist creates a painting at the base of the Mission steps (12×16′). And of course there is food, music and an area reserved for children’s street paintings.

This year I created a hummingbird and flower scene – similar to last year’s painting, with a new cast. It’s an homage to Martin Johnson Heade (whose 19th-century paintings featured hummingbirds and orchids in tropical settings), with a Santa Barbara twist. My bird this year is an Anna’s hummingbird, flying up to a Pride of Madeira flower (aka echium). I took the photos of the flowers in our neighborhood, and the background view of the ocean and sky was from a photo taken on one of my walks, toward the end of our street. The purple flowers were fairly detailed and I spent most of the three days painting them. Here are some photos showing the process of making the 12×12′ painting, plus a few others I took during the festival.

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This year’s street painting festival was fun! There were so many beautiful paintings, and my 12 x 12-foot piece was part of the “six pack” between the Mission steps and the concession area. Although this year it wasn’t technically a six-pack of 12×12 squares, as two artists combined their squares to create one large 12 x 24 painting and it was amazing! More photos coming soon…

Photo – copyright Michael Brown, and the Children’s Creative Project

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