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California Coastal Landscapes

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It is almost sunset, on one of those warm summer evenings when the light touches everything with gold, and every direction one turns, there’s another picture to be painted... Read More

The photographs which were the basis of this seascape were taken in January, 2010 behind the Santa Cruz Lighthouse.  The day was gray and leaden from horizon to horizon when...  Read More    

"Low Tide Under the Arch", a landscape painting by artist Jessica Maring
"A Break in the Storm", an oil  painting by landscape artist Jessica Maring

I love beauty, and to me, nothing is more beautiful than the natural world.  I often wish I could convey the whole experience of a place in a painting--that I could paint the smell of the sea, the feeling of warm sun and cool breeze, the cry of a kestrel, the joy of being in the midst of beauty. But since that’s not possible, I hope my paintings evoke in viewers their own memories of joy in nature, of a sense of oneness with and wonder at the staggering beauty of our world, and an awareness of the necessity to care for and preserve our planet.   

“Low Tide Under the Arch”,

          Oil on Canvas, 14” x 11”

An oil painting of the natural arch at Its Beach at Santa Cruz, California                      See Larger Image

“A Break in the Storm”, Oil on Canvas, 20” x 24”

An oil painting of a winter storm on the coast of Santa Cruz, California                               See Larger Image

 

Low Tide Under the Arch
A Break in the Storm

About an hour south of San Francisco is Ano Nuevo, a low, rocky, windswept point jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish maritime explorer Sebastian Vizcaino sailed by... Read More
 

 

"Red-Tailed Hawk at Ano Nuevo", a landscape painting by artist Jessica Maring

“Red-Tailed Hawk at Ano Nuevo”,

          Acrylic on Canvas, 8” x 10”

An acrylic painting of a red-tailed hawk by the ocean at Ano Nuevo                                  See Larger Image

 

Red-Tailed Hawk at Ano Nuevo

Winter in Santa Cruz is as beautiful as any other season. This is when the power of the ocean is unleashed as great waves lash the coastal cliffs.  And then there are the times between... Read More

"Rainy Monday Santa Cruz", a landscape painting by artist Jessica Maring

“Rainy Monday, Santa Cruz”,

          Oil on Canvas, 9” x 12”

An oil painting of a rainy day on Its Beach in

Santa Cruz                                     See Larger Image

Rainy Monday Santa Cruz

The day after the great storms of February, 2010, there were waves of record-breaking height all along the California coast. This is the last cove at Point Lobos, between Big Sur... Read More

 

 

"Storm Surge Point Lobos", an oil painting by artist Jessica Maring

“Storm Surge, Point Lobos”,

          Oil on Canvas, 9” x 12”

An oil painting of waves rolling into a cove at Point Lobos, California                             See Larger Image

 

Storm Surge Point Lobos

A summer evening, low tide, the fog rolls across the Monterey bay in the distance and sailboats skim about before the breeze.  I love this place. The promontory with the pictured arch... Read More

 

 

"Summer Evening Santa Cruz", an oil painting by Jessica Maring

“Summer Evening, Santa Cruz”,

          Oil on Canvas, 9” x 12”

An oil painting of a Santa Cruz summer evening by

the sea                                          See Larger Image

 

Summer Evening Santa Cruz

 

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The subject of this painting is the Santa Cruz Lighthouse, late on a winter afternoon after a storm has passed. It’s one of my favorite places to go for a walk.  It’s a favorite with many... Read More

This painting depicts a scenic stretch of coast just south of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.  Late one summer afternoon, I stopped to take some more photos of the lighthouse, and... Read More

 

The most perfect summer day of 2006 culminated in the most perfect sunset, painting the sky and the fog lines across the Monterey Bay yellow and pink, scattering bits of... Read More

"Lighthouse Santa Cruz", a landscape painting by Jessica Maring
"California Coast", a landscape painting by artist Jessica Maring
"Sunset Santa Cruz", a landscape painting by Jessica Maring

“Lighthouse, Santa Cruz”,

          Oil on Canvas, 12” x 16”

An oil painting of the Santa Cruz Lighthouse on the Monterey Bay                                 See Larger Image

 

“California Coast”, Oil on Canvas, 9” x 12”

An oil painting of the California coast south of

Pigeon Point                                   See Larger Image

 

“Sunset, Santa Cruz”, Oil on Canvas, 8” x 12”

An oil painting looking across the Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz                                     See Larger Image

 

On the dry side of the Sierras there are occasionally summer thunderstorms.  I love this area for the wonderful colors of the rocks and the lichen on them, and the gold of the... Read More

"Griffith's Spring", a landscape painting by artist Jessica Maring

“Griffith’s Spring”, Acrylic on Canvas, 12” x 16”

An acrylic painting of a Sierra meadow and a distant thunderstorm                                  See Larger Image

 

Griffith's Spring
Lighthouse Santa Cruz
California Coast
Sunset Santa Cruz

Thousands and thousands of acres are set aside as parks and wildlife preserves in California. Of all the parks in Santa Cruz County, I believe that Henry Cowell may have... Read More

"A Path in the Park", a landscape painting by artist Jessica Maring

“A Path in the Park”, Oil on Canvas, 12” x 9”

An oil painting of a deer in the forest at Henry Cowell State Park, in California                    See Larger Image

                    

 

A Path in the Park

Perched on a cliff on the central California coast 50 miles south of San Francisco, the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, has been guiding... Read More

 

 

"Pigeon Point", a landscape painting by Jessica Maring

“Pigeon Point”, Oil on Canvas, 8” x 10”

An oil painting of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse on the California coast                               See Larger Image

Pigeon Point

Rolling golden hills dotted with oak trees and horses are the quintessential California. In early summer wildflowers brighten the green and gold carpet of native California grasses... Read More

 

"California Summer", a landscape painting by Jessica Maring

“California Summer”, Acrylic on Canvas, 8” x 10”

An acrylic painting of wildflower-covered hills & a horse under an oak tree                   See Larger Image

California Summer
"Elkhorn Slough", a landscape painting by artist Jessica Maring
"The Old Barn", a landscape painting by artist Jessica Maring

“Elkhorn Slough”, Oil on Canvas, 16” x 20”

An oil painting of the Elkhorn Slough wetlands on the California coast                              See Larger Image

 

Elkhorn Slough is a very beautiful place on the California coast about half an hour south of Santa Cruz.  All that wetland was once a factory-type dairy farm, which destroyed the land... Read More

“The Old Barn”, Oil on Canvas, 11” x 14”

An oil painting of a meadow with an old barn and a grey horse                                     See Larger Image

 

This old barn is just a short distance north of Half Moon Bay, off of California’s Highway 1, and visible from it.   I passed it dozens of times, thinking that it would make such an... Read More

Elkhorn Slough
The Old Barn