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The Santa Ynez River
New Paintings
Written by Jeremy Harper   
Friday, 27 April 2012 18:26

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The Santa Ynez River
oil on canvas
24x48


This is a view I've driven past a thousand times and have had the urge to paint it for nearly a decade. It is where the Santa Ynez river deposits into Lake Cachuma. The River scooped out a bowl in the cliff face and depending on the time of day the cliff looks quite dramatic. I learned my lesson a few weeks ago trying to paint along the roadside here in the afternoon. Only and hour or so into it the wind started to howl like crazy and I nearly got blown right off the road. Next time I tackle this view I will head up early for the morning light and hopefully less wind. Those bigger canvases act like sails.

 
Spring Snow Above Ojai
New Paintings
Written by Jeremy Harper   
Monday, 16 April 2012 15:55

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Spring Snow Above Ojai
30x40
oil on canvas

These past few weeks have been pretty exciting weather wise. From late season drenching downpours to low elevation snow levels. We even got a good dose of thunder and lightning last week. Recently I went up Highway 33 behind Ojai to capture some of the weather on canvas.

 
From Mustard to Sea
New Paintings
Written by Jeremy Harper   
Friday, 23 March 2012 18:48

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From Mustard to Sea
10x30
oil on canvas
sold

   This was painted before our little miraculous end of winter rain. It was one of the driest winters on record, and warmest as well. It always surprises me to see the spring flowers pop up despite drought like conditions. A pleasant Gaviota surprise.

 
Emmawood II
New Paintings
Written by Jeremy Harper   
Sunday, 19 February 2012 17:59

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Emmawood II
oil on canvas
36x48
$3000

Having one of the most relaxed schedules on earth I wonder why I am always in a hurry and running late for just about everything. I think its just the way of the modern world. For a while now I have been making smaller paintings due to these self imposed time constraints. I had been missing the feeling of painting bigger. That freedom of mind and body that it takes get the job done on a larger canvas is so liberating. This one was an absolute blast to make and ended up being one of my personal favorites as of late.

 
Hello Sunshine
New Paintings
Written by Jeremy Harper   
Sunday, 12 February 2012 16:45

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Hello Sunshine
oil on canvas
12x24

Dark late November clouds were unleashing a cold windy rain all night. I hadn't slept well and wasn't feeling motivated to do anything at all. I dragged myself out of the house and down the road to Butterfly Beach to check the surf. The weatherman told me to expect more rain throughout the morning but he was wrong. A clearing wind brought morning sunshine that illuminated the cliff and sparked some inspiration that grew as my coffee kicked in. For a number of reasons I knew I wouldn't be painting that weekend, but later found that I was also wrong. 

 
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