Santa Barbara Street Painting Festival 2013

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


Lake Los Carneros

Lake Los Carneros, in Goleta (just north of Santa Barbara) is beautiful anytime of year. In springtime it’s full of wildflowers and a great place to walk. I enjoyed painting the view of the mountains and reflections in the water recently, and look forward to doing more.

I Madonnari Street Painting Festival 2012

Another fun year at the 2012 I Madonnari Street Painting Festival in Santa Barbara! So many beautiful paintings and a great time hanging out with friends. Thanks to everyone who came by, and my friend Sophie who modeled and helped paint on the last day.

Images of 25th Anniversary Street Painting

Thanks to Mark Chun for sending along these great composite photos of the street painting we created for the 25th anniversary Here are the two murals created from details of WPA paintings (see images below) and some information about them.

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I Madonnari Street Painting Festival ~ 25th Anniversary!

A group of six artists including myself created a street painting (30 x 24 feet) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Santa Barbara I Madonnari Street Painting Festival. The painting was actually two WPA murals depicting workers in agriculture and industry. We had a lot of fun and the weather was great, except for a couple of windy afternoons that led to my having an allergy attack on the the last day of the festival. Other than that, it was perfect. Friends, art, food, music…I’m already looking forward to next year!

It was impossible to take a photo of the entire painting, due to its size. On the day after the festival, professional photos were taken from a scissor lift used for picking fruit from trees. Looking forward to seeing those images. In the meantime, here are a few of various sections of the paintings, taken at different times during the three-day festival. Note, we started on Thursday before the festival to get a head start. Click on images below to see larger photos.

Food and Farms art show reception

The reception on October 20 was fun – thanks to all for coming out!

It’s Pumpkin Season!

Looking forward to making pumpkin soup from the pumpkins I got at the farmer’s market yesterday. Love pumpkins…doesn’t everyone?

Classic Organic Squash

If you’re ever driving north from SB and have a little time, swing by the Classic Organic Farm and Market in Gaviota, just off the 101. You can stroll through the fields and buy great eats at the produce stand. It was  a very warm summer day when we visited, and the squash flowers were in full bloom. I’d like to go back and see how the 10-foot sunflowers are doing. And what’s growing in the fields now.

Farmers’ Market Veggies as Art

farmers market produceI’ve always been impressed with the way that some farmers set up their tables at the market. One standout is the lovely arrangement at The Garden Of, which features an array of onions, Japanese and Persian cucumbers, and flowers on a beautiful blue fabric backdrop. You can see it in the photo for this blog’s masthead, and in the painting at left. Thanks to Shu Takikawa for his inspiration!

September is here

Yea… September is here (!) and the Celebrating Local Food and Farms show is up at Community West Bank (until November 30). The exhibit features my paintings of local farms and gardens, and some scenes from the SB Farmer’s Market. The branch is located at 1501 State Street (corner of State and Micheltorena) and open weekdays 9-5 (till 6 on Fridays). If you’re downtown, come on by and check it out!