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Glory Days
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 18:52

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Glory Days
oil on canvas
30x48
$2500

This is a very special place high above Rincon Point. I am blessed to know such paintable locations like this one.

 
The Secret Garden
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 21:11

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The Secret Garden
oil on canvas
36x48
NFS

  There are quite a few of these cherished gardens in and around Santa Barbara. Some are old and some are made to look old. Of course the aged and weather worn ones are the best. This is one of the true authentic mansions of the past with the rich history engrained in every pillar, fountain and 100 year old olive tree.

 
Dream Home
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Friday, 20 December 2013 19:02

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Dream Home
oil on canvas
30x40

  This one was a commission for a friend of mine that I went to elementary school with. She was selling her dream home in Summerland and moving into a more spacious area of the county. I've gotten used to painting the coastline on such a regular basis that painting this home was a great challenge. For all the angles to come together in a believable way took some serious concentration. The personal rewards on this one were rather satisfying.

 
Today's Ledbetter
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 21:38

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Today's Ledbetter
12x24
oil on canvas
$700

Where the land meets the sea in SB. Ledbetter Point is always worth a paint. I was just down there again this week with the seagulls and the joggers for a couple of smallish ones. My little Holiday sale is coming up this Dec 21, 22, 23rd for anybody interested. The very bottom of State Street in front of Surf n Wear's Beach House. I hope to see you!! Sincerely, Jeremy

 
The High Sierras
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 23:11

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The High Sierras
12x48
oil on canvas

   This is a warm and dry version of the first one I did from this location. I was a little south of Lone Pine last weekend for a family reunion. My dad and his siblings were born there in Lone Pine way back in the early 30's. My great great grandfather was John Baxter. Baxter Pass, Baxter Lake, and Baxter Mountain were all named after him. His cattle and honey ranch is still in working order today. My cousin David Baxter runs the show up there on the ranch now.

 
The Way She Is
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Sunday, 11 August 2013 16:04

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The Way She Is
oil on canvas
24x48

Some friends of mine ordered up this particular view of the renovated wall which was quite challenging. Rewarding in the end but it took some serious concentration to make it all line up right. Jimmy Conners was doing a photoshoot and even borrowed my chair for some of the shots to appear in a New York magazine. There were plenty of distractions but I got into a groove and got-er-done. Its good to be pushed out of our comfort zone at times.

 
The Way It Used To Be
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Friday, 19 July 2013 15:48

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The Way It Used To Be
oil on canvas
36x60

The Biltmore Hotel went through some major renovations a few years ago. The old wall got a face lift as well. The sandstone pillar stood strong for many many decades with that one little lamp on top to light the night. Now it has a big wheelchair ramp with an iron railing. The overall look isn't quite as clean and classy as the old way. Its still the best beach around!

 
Point Magu Deep Water
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:27

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Point Magu Deep Water
oil on canvas
16x20
$700

Ive been told that there is a natural submarine trench off of Point Magu. The deep water pulls in open ocean energy from distant storms and the water swirls with greater intensity around the rocks of Point Magu. The old PCH route wrapped around the outside of Magu Rock and is now closed due to road erosion and dangerous landslides. I like to jump the fence where it says "no trespassing" and paint that deep ocean energy from time to time. Its one of my favorite places around to connect with nature.

 
Playin Hooky
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Friday, 17 May 2013 05:07

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Playing Hooky
oil on canvas
24x48
 
 
 The old one room school house in Nicasio hasnt changed at all in over a hundred years. West Marin has kept her charm after all this time. 

 
Fields of Gold
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Monday, 08 April 2013 16:31

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Fields of Gold
40x60
oil on canvas
$3750

 The 2012 Gaviota mustard bloom lasted for months. I want to get up there again and take full advantage of the prolonged springtime gold rush but this horrific wind has me concerned. After a very dry winter and these extreme winds I have a feeling the fields of gold aren't going to last as long this year. If you haven't had a chance to see it yet take a drive up the coast to the Gaviota Pier and back. You wont be disappointed!

 
Mesa Lane
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 22:25

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Mesa Lane
oil on canvas
20x30
$950

This popular path to the beach was quite warm and vibrant on both of the days it took to get it right. Although the second day went from hot and sunny to cold, breezy and foggy half way through the day. I had laid enough in color-wise to finish it in the pea soup fog.  

 
The Queen In All Her Glory
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Monday, 04 February 2013 18:42


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The Queen In All Her Glory
18x36
oil on canvas
$1300

She honestly does look this good sometimes, although when she does there are usually about two or three hundred people gathered on the beach and in the lineup to enjoy her offerings. I got a special wave out there yesterday, one in a decade is what I was calling it. Quite a point she is, The Queen of The Coast!

 
Moonlight Over the Salt Marsh
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Saturday, 12 January 2013 01:05

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Moonlight Over the Salt Marsh
16x20
oil on canvas
NFS

 This one is similar to the painting below in that there wasn't really a moon positioned like this in my composition. In the piece below the full moon rose near the scene I was painting that day so it seemed so justifiable to put it in. In this painting there was no moon at all, I just thought it might look nice so I threw it in. That is one of the best things any landscape painter should know......there are no rules....you can do whatever you like!

 
Rising Moon Setting Sun
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 18:21

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Rising Moon Setting Sun
12x30
oil on canvas
$850

It was one of those days were I was directionless and could not find a place to paint with time running out. Driving down Cabrillo I found a lifeguard tower that was lit up beautifully as the sun sunk towards the horizon. Realizing that I only had about an hour of light I put a halt to my car and my contemplation. As I painted the somewhat mundane scene a full moon rose over the distant mountains. It was actually much further to the left way out of my composition but I scooted it over with a subtle ocean reflection. The end result ended up being one of my current favorites.

 
Harbor Duo
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Thursday, 06 December 2012 19:29

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Harbor Duo
16x20
oil on canvas
$650

 
Back For More
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Friday, 16 November 2012 18:43

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Back For More
10x20
oil on canvas
$550

This painting was from one of the recent trips I took north to The Bay Area and beyond. I foolishly neglected to paint the tiny sailboat that was dwarfed by the gigantic freighter. As I learned in a workshop some years ago, "you want something to look big you put something small next to it.....you want something to look yellow put something purple next to it."  I've also heard that a painting is never finished, although I don't believe that one.

 
Oh Yea!
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Friday, 09 November 2012 23:05


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Oh Yea!
oil on canvas
24x48
$2200

Yes indeed, the meadow by the sea, no place I'd rather be!

 
S-turn at the Mouth
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:07

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S-turn to the Mouth
12x24
oil on canvas
NFS

 Rincon came to life yesterday but I missed it. I am good at doing that. My 5 year old boy is getting VERY close to being able to swim on his own. So when that happens and I finally am able to convince him that he needs to surf as much as I do we will both be out in the line-up with much greater consistency.

 
High Tide at Moremesa
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Monday, 01 October 2012 19:09

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High Tide at Moremesa
30x40
oil on canvas
$1300

Its been a while since I have posted anything. I just got so busy with all of these shows. The Sojourner show is still up until the 6th of October. Artwalk was this past weekend, The Moremesa show by The Oak Group will go up in the Faulkner today. That Faulkner opening is this Friday the 5th at 6pm. All are welcome! Im in a couple of Funk Zone shows this coming weekend. Ive got some new work going up this week down at The Palm Loft Gallery too. Busy busy busy. I will also try to post a little more often. I have a couple for these next few weeks.

 
Flowing Full Circle
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 18:52

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Flowing Full Circle
24x36
oil
$1500

Its not everyday you are driving along the California Coast and you see this type of fantastic scene. A fresh water cascade flowing out of the Big Sur Mountains right onto the wet sand? It seems like a movie set more than a real life landscape. This one along with 26 other Los Padres Forest paintings will be on display through October 6th at the Sojourner(134 E. Canon Perdido St.) in downtown Santa Barbara. There will be a wine and cheese reception this First Thursday the 6th of September from 5-8pm. Come early rather than later to get a good look at the art!

 
Vibrant Big Sur
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Friday, 31 August 2012 19:24

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Vibrant Big Sur
oil on canvas
30x40
$1750

My 5 year old boy Theo was with me for the second weekend in a row to paint and explore the Big Sur coast. I brought a dozen of his favorite toys and set up an elaborate train layout in the back of my camper shell. My brother Blair was with us for this trip and we were painting just a few feet from a 500 foot vertical drop so Theo had to stay on lockdown. I had my back to the open passenger window of my truck where Theo was leaning out much of the time to check on us as we painted. He behaved so well for the first hour but as time went on he leaned out the window more and more with requests to move onwards. I was practically giving him a piggy back ride in the end there and some of his youthful energy overflowed into this painting.

 
Summertime
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Saturday, 18 August 2012 14:43

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Summertime
oil on canvas
24x48

The Devereux Lagoon is one of those extremely paintable locations in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area. Just drive out there one day and paint it and you will see that I'm telling the truth. Its all laid out for you! The perfect composition awaits with foreground reflections and distant mountains rising from the hazy atmosphere.

 
Sunday Above Cachuma
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:51

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Sunday Above Cachuma
 oil on canvas
18x36
$1300

Its unusual for me to paint on a Sunday afternoon. I think its just ingrained in me after all those years in school or the workforce to take a Sunday off. Sunday is a fine day to paint. I learned that again just last week there above Lake Cachuma. I'm getting some pieces together for an October Los Padres Forest Watch show at Santa Barbara's Sojourner Restaurant.

 
Serene Goleta
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Friday, 06 July 2012 16:03


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Mountain Heat
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 19:41

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Mountain Heat
8x10
oil on canvas
$375

One hot afternoon up Gibralter road I found myself extremely distracted. Engulfed in a mini tornado of screaming deer gnats I laid down the paint in a hurry on two small canvases. This first one turned out better in my opinion. The thirsty little flies became overwhelming in numbers and by the second attempt I had to flee the scene.

 
The New Goldmine
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Thursday, 07 June 2012 18:03

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The New Goldmine
16x20
oil on canvas

It was my 7th trip to West Marin and I was at a loss as far as knowing where to paint.  Feeling that I exhausted my resources I needed a new angle from my favorite views of past years. During the MALT show I got a tip from a fellow painter and two days in a row I ventured up the private dirt road and over the hill to some vistas that blew me away. "Now this is a goldmine" I thought with a smile on my face. There were 360 degree views with about ten obvious paintings in sight that needed to be made. The greatest thing about it was its extreme proximity to the little town of Nicasio where the annual art show takes place.

 
Up Gaviota Way
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:20

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Up Gaviota Way
oil on canvas
10x30

There was a series of mustard paintings this spring that just had to be made. It blankets the foothills in areas so extremely thick and yellow at this time of the year. I can't pass it up. It feels like two or three months have past and it is still blooming above Rincon point where I painted last week. This one is in a current show at the new art museum at Westmont College. 

 
Seasonal Shift
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 15:25

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Seasonal Shift
24x48
oil on canvas

Here is one of the six I will display in West Marin for this year's MALT show to benefit the farmlands of the area. There was a nice of mix grasses new and old. The wispy clouds slowly swirled above making for an interesting sky. I'm looking forward to getting back up there on the 19th for the show and the very paintable scenery.

 
The Santa Ynez River
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. 

 
The Owens Valley
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Thursday, 02 February 2012 22:29

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The Owens Valley
oil on canvas
15x30
$650

Yet another simplified approach here. There are days when there is only an hour or so to prop up the easel and lay out a composition. This was one of those times. I remember telling my ride , "I'll see you in an hour"  up there at the foot of the Sierras. No time to contemplate, let it flow like a steep little mountain creek. There is always time later on the porch to fine tune a canvas and make it somewhat presentable.

 
Carpinteria Salt Marsh
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Monday, 23 January 2012 17:48

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Carpinteria Salt Marsh
oil on canvash
10x20
$475

Art and music should be able to speak for themselves. If you hear a song a few times on the radio and begin to love it or see a painting you like right from the get go its not a result of some words you read explaining how great it is. This "blog" thing seems quite ridiculous to me at times. Trying to come up with something clever to say usually backfires on me. I guess just a simple little explanation of where the place is should be enough. I have been gravitating towards the simplified approach in this one lately. Perhaps I'm just being lazy, but I like the outcome nonetheless.

 
Golden Gaviota
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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 17:09

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Golden Gaviota
8x16
oil on canvas

This stretch of coast is pretty amazing. The last untouched southern Californian coastal ranches will likely be developed someday. Until then I will continue to head north with my fingers crossed to fill another canvas and ride another wave.

 
High above Summerland
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Saturday, 24 December 2011 16:00

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High Above Summerland
oil on canvas
12x24


December is the best time of the year to sell paintings. I have been extremely busy fine tuning new and old paintings for my end of year sale. I started this process weeks ago and have been neglecting the urge to get out into nature and create something fresh. Just a few days ago I woke up early and set out to fill an empty canvas with something new. I found myself high above Summerland for this one. It felt so good to lay the paint down, it was like getting my fix. I am truly looking forward to the new year with so many good clean fixes on the horizon.

 
Yosemite
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Tuesday, 06 December 2011 18:25

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Yosemite
oil on canvas
30x40
$2200

Being overwhelmed by such old time standards like this come easy to most. The whole Yosemite Valley stuns millions of people every year. I got a chance recently to paint the iconic place and it was as incredible as I had remembered. It was over a quarter of a century since my last visit as a kid and the first time since I began plein air painting a decade ago. One of the things I enjoyed as much as the scenery was the way in which the people attending the spectacular ongoing event were awestruck in pure amazement everywhere I looked. Its the kind of beauty that can pull out the nature lover in absolutely everyone.

 
The Hills of Marin
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 21:03



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The Hills of Marin
oil on canvas
14x16 inches


Going up to West Marin is an annual affair now. This coming spring will be my third year in the MALT show. One of the directors of the show mentioned that the artists are always putting in cows and sheep in their paintings but the native wildlife don't get the attention they deserve. I have a bigger more panoramic painting I did of this same scene that needs something. I'll post the bigger one in a few months with a coyote and a red tailed hawk and a deer or three.

 
Triple Perfect
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Friday, 11 November 2011 18:25

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Triple Perfect
oil on canvas
12x16


I like this little painting a bit more than I should. It just evokes memories of a recent perfect day up in Oregon. Many times I have surfed and painted in the same day, and quite a few times caught fish and painted on the same day but never had I surfed, painted, AND caught a fish (a salmon even) all in one day. I had salmon for diner that night with sea salt on my ears and a glistening new wet oil painting to enjoy.  

 
Hammonds Meadow
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 04:45

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Hammonds Meadow
oil on canvas
36x60


The sky was quite subtle when I started this painting. The clouds continued to explode upwards until gradually the entire sky was completely gray. I did this one for some good friends up in the bay area. Tomorrow morning at around 5am I will head north stopping in Yosemite to paint for a couple of days before I deliver it to its new home. I haven't been to Yosemite in a quarter of a century. Its great up there,  as good as anywhere on earth.  

 
The Carpinteria Bluffs
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 21:26

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The Carpinteria Bluffs
oil on board
8x20inches


This was the clearing after a late spring rain. My brother and I were down there getting blown around by the cold wind. I liked the contrast of the Pampas Grass with the Eucalyptus grove in the back followed by afternoon mountain shadows and the sky of course. Perfect for the vertical format.

 
Miramar Beach
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 18:51

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Miramar Beach
24x48
oil on canvas
only giclee available

I love it down there,  its just about the best beach on earth,  but don't tell anybody that!

 
Arroyo Hondo Preserve
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Written by Jeremy Harper   
Saturday, 17 September 2011 15:22

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Arroyo Hondo Preserve
16x20
oil on canvas

This was late afternoon in a deep Gaviota canyon just a half hour before the steep hills threw a shadow blanket over the valley floor. The light changed so dramatically that I packed up and went home with it unfinished. "I'll go back up there and finish it soon," I thought. But there were aspects of its simplicity that started to grow on me. A few days ago a woman came by my studio and liked this one more than any of the other "finished" ones. She ultimately decided on this one and took it home. That was a good reminder not to overwork certain pieces which at times can take the life out of a painting.

 
Perfection
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Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:39

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Perfection
18x36
oil on canvas

Of course it wasn't really that good. I can add a few clouds if I want. I can make a mushy ankle high day into glassy reeling perfection if I think that looks better. And if I see even a hint of yellow somewhere I can flood the foreground with it. Its fun,....why not? That really was a beautiful day though.

 
Climbing Gibralter
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Saturday, 13 August 2011 02:00

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Climbing Gibralter
18x36
oil on canvas

Last February a  friend invited me up the mountain to paint our front country. It was absolutely freezing up there. My nose was running like it does when you are on ski lift. My friend was a few yards above me and witnessed the frenzy of paint and long strands of snot flying off my face in the frigid wind. He got some pretty hilarious shots of the icy madness. I was wiggling all over the place like a lunatic to stay warm. Thats the way it goes sometimes painting out in the elements. Our Oak Group show titled "Front Country" is up now at The Faulkner Gallery until the 27th of August for all who may be interested.

 
Seven-Seventeen-Eleven
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Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:47


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Seven-Seventeen-Eleven
oil on canvas
10x30

The second one of the summer afternoon painted on the 17th of July at around 7pm. The mountains didn't look all that interesting until the end of the day. The first painting was so dull compared to this one. The Franklin Trail in Carpenteria will re-open to the public sometime in the future. As you get up to around 2200 feet this is your view looking towards the ridge with Whiteledge off to your right. All are welcome to The Oak Group reception coming up on August 5th at The Faulkner Gallery from 5-7pm.

 
Above It All
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Saturday, 16 July 2011 00:53

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Above It All
14x25
oil on panel

The weather man said that the fog would probably not burn off. I don't mind painting in the gloom but it's been foggy for a while now and I was leaning towards some high elevation summer warmth. I never can figure out why more people don't go up there. Aside from a car or two the only other things I saw where a fox and a Whiptail lizard which was nearly two feet long and looked a little bit like a slender Gila monster.

 
East Valley Orchard
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Saturday, 02 July 2011 18:32

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East Valley Orchard
15x30
oil on canvas

This one is not quite finished yet. I did it yesterday afternoon for an upcoming Oak Group show titled "Front Country". It was hot back there. The shadows grow larger by the minute late in the day so you have to work fast. By the time I was wrapping it all up the entire valley was engulfed in one massive cool shadow.

 
Aloe With a View
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Sunday, 19 June 2011 15:36

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Aloe With a View
16x20
oil on canvas

You can't walk into a doctors office now-a-days without spending a few hundred bucks. For a guy like me without insurance the barter system can really come in handy. I had a couple of questionable sun spots on my forehead burned off and the good doctor agreed to a trade. He loves South African Aloes and has an incredible garden full of them. Upon his request I made my way up the hill and painted this one for my friend that I will give to him later today.

 
The High Sierras
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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 16:33

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The High Sierras
15x45
oil on canvas
$2200

There was a storm coming in and I was in a rush to get up into the mountains before I got inundated with weather. From about Lone Pine on the views right from the 395 are amazing. This is about a quarter of a mile south of Lone Pine. By the time I finished this painting the mountains were shrouded in dark clouds. The three days I spent further north in Mammoth were filled with freezing cold snow and howling winds. I managed to get in a few more paintings despite the weather.

 
Coming Home
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Friday, 13 May 2011 22:21

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Coming Home
oil on canvas
36x48

Last September I painted this big golden hill in West Marin. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and no cows roaming around either. It was quite boring so yesterday I threw in the clouds and the cows. I will take this one and five more to a show in Nicasio next weekend. It's a fundraiser by an outfit called MALT. They permanently protect farmland from development. It's a good thing!

 
Secret Spot?
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Thursday, 05 May 2011 16:21

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Secret Spot?
oil on canvas
10x20

This is a perspective I enjoyed from the hill but passed up time and time again.  It's a view that isn't very telling at all and it somehow disguises the s-curved shape of the point. One guess is that it really isn't so secret after all, its down on the Ventura/Santa Barbara county line. A little corner of the coast we call Rincon. On Saturday May 7th this painting along with about fifty more from my brother Blair Harper and I will be shown at The Palm Loft Gallery from 6-8 pm. The show will hang until June 26 and I encourage you all to have a look. The reception this Saturday will be good with food wine and an excellent live jazz band.  

 
Deep Cito
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Monday, 25 April 2011 17:39

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Deep Cito
10x20
oil on canvas

This one was painted from Ortega Ridge in Montecito. I was looking up towards the mountains past one of the last remaining citrus ranches in town. Its great that there is still a little bit of farming going on around here. Before too long there will be a bunch of ridiculously large mansions sprinkled in down there.

 
Winchester Canyon
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Thursday, 14 April 2011 18:35

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Winchester Canyon
oil on canvas
10x20

This farm on the edge of town is right by the Winchester Canyon off ramp. I suppose our whole city looked a lot like this a hundred years ago. You don't have to go far at all to get out into the country here is Santa Barbara. Gaviota has become my new favorite place as of lately. Painting and surfing out that way for the day is as good as any exotic destination on earth.

 
"Beach Deck"
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Monday, 28 March 2011 01:31

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"Beach Deck"
oil on canvas
18x36

My friend Ted has this place down in Fernald's Cove that is known around here as "the beach deck". Some of the old charm from a bygone era still remains in these parts. I'm actually not opposed to the new glitz and glamor at all, its just that I have a great appreciation for the dying days of the Montecito that I grew up in. It was a fairly normal and humble place in the 60's, 70's and the first half of the 80's. There is a place for sale on the top of this point that I saw listed for over fifty million dollars. Believe me I would buy it if I had that kind of dough kick'n around.

 
Ampelos Vineyard Santa Ynez
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Monday, 14 March 2011 17:09

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Ampelos
oil on canvas
27x40

This is actually two different paintings, a dip-tych on top of a cropped 24x48. I did them a couple of months ago, or was it October? I have a horrible memory. My brother and I are doing a show together on May 1st down at The Palm Loft Gallery in Carpenteria. The Gallery owner asked us to paint surf spots which suits me quite well, but its always good to mix it up and paint inland every once and a while. There is plenty to be inspired by over them hills.

 
Her Majesty
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Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:14

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Her Majesty
18x24
oil on canvas

She sure is pretty. I was amazed this day by her beauty, so glassy and uncrowded. The swell came in a full day early and only a handful of locals enjoyed the Queen's pristine offerings. My last wave was all the way to the freeway and I walked back up the point elated. I saw the snaking river mouth and raced home to get a couple of canvas'. Returning an hour later I set up my easel and tried to not let the waves distract me. If it wasn't hard enough to work under the spell of the sea two beauties in bikini's showed up. Nearly a dozen obnoxious photo crew members littered the river bank directly in front of me. I felt sorry for the poor gals so freezing cold an all. An hour passed and they left. The wind came up slightly and it got crowded and I was finally able to concentrate. What a day!

 
Point Magu Rain
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 20:08

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Rainy Day Resurrection
oil on canvas
30x40
$1900

This painting was started a few years ago about an hour or two before a torrential rain storm. I got rained out that day and it sat in my shed in an unfinished state for way too long. As it collected dust and spider colonies I would periodically come across it and contemplate painting over it. Just recently I pulled it out and finished it from memory. It has life again, awoken from the dusty damp painting cemetery.

 
Warm Winter Days
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Saturday, 12 February 2011 01:19

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Warm Winter Days
oil on canvas
12x24


I cant remember a warmer winter. I'm not complaining, its just been a little strange to have so many 70 degree days in January and February. This is a view from Eucalyptus Hill Rd looking down the coast. I have seen it painted many times before but hadn't attempted capturing that captivating window to the sea until this week.

 
De La Agua
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Saturday, 29 January 2011 02:32

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Rincon From The Water
oil on canvas
24x48

The waves just wont stop coming. One 75 degree day after another and relentless glassy surf continues to greet our shores. Rincon actually looked exactly like this these past few days. Doing "research" for this painting has been quite enjoyable. I took my camera out into the lineup in a zip lock bag and got a dozen descent shots to work from. Its always nice to reacquaint myself with "The Queen"

 
Pomegranate Trio
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Thursday, 20 January 2011 18:23

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Pomegranate Trio
oil on canvas
24x30


I was painting an old truck on Santa Cruz island last year that wasn't turning out so good.  On the horizon I saw our Island Packer boat coming to pick us up and felt too rushed to continue with this size canvas. It sat in a basic outlined form for many months and finally last week I turned it upside down and threw some pomegranates on top of the truck sketches leaving just a hint of the old GMC.

 
The Gaviota Coast
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:12

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The Gaviota Coast
16x20
oil on canvas

This painting is of the stretch of coast directly in front of Arroyo Hondo on the 101 Freeway. There is a large rest stop there for parking and a steep trail to the beach under the train trestle. This piece was the most widely used image of mine I had ever seen. All to my surprise it kept popping up. First on the glossy cover of the Art Walk invitation to the annual Museum of Natural History art show. Then in the news paper covering the same event, and then again blown up huge in a State Street store front window lit up at night as an advertisement for the show. I didn't think too much of the painting at first but after all that it started to grow on me. Now its hanging in my bathroom.

 
The Aquatic Cycles
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Friday, 31 December 2010 22:38

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The Aquatic Cycles
oil on canvas
36x76

This is the largest plein air painting I have ever done. Its similar to one I did before, painted from the same spot for a guy here in town. Directly behind me the marsh emptied into the sea making a full circle from evaporated ocean to sky to stream to marsh and back to sea. My sister came up with the title. Thanks Jane.

 
Low Tide Sheen
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Saturday, 18 December 2010 20:46

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Low Tide Sheen
oil on canvas
10x20


I did it again, I drove over to Summerland on a hunch and sure enough was inspired beyond belief by the same old beautiful cliff. This one sold the same day I painted it which is always a good feeling but now I have to send it off tomorrow and I'm going to miss it.

 
Point Arena Light House
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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 18:29

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Point Arena Light House
oil on canvas
15x30
$750

The little northern California town of Point Arena is a destination few ever experience. Its about 3.5 hours north of San Francisco on HWY One and there isn't much happening there. I lived in SF for six years back in the early 90's and would go to Point Arena a few times a year for the surf. One thing I never did was drive the extra five miles northwest of the town to the light house. Last spring I finally drove out there in the early am after some uncomfortable car camping and made a painting of the rugged point. Other than a few families of native dear and a couple of camper vans of non native tourists I enjoyed some blustery solitude that may have been a once in a lifetime experience.

 
Summerland Serenity
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Saturday, 04 December 2010 17:36

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Summerland Serenity
oil on canvas
8x24


Mont Sainte-Victoire was a mountain near Cezanne's house that he painted nearly a hundred times. It obviously inspired him over the years with all of its different moods. There are about a hundred places right around here that inspire me like that. If I live long enough I'll probably paint this place a hundred times. Nature sure is incredible isn't it?

 
Santa Cruz Island Looking South
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Saturday, 20 November 2010 22:31

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Ridge View looking South West
oil on panel
12x39
NFS

This diptych was a finished painting until the good man that bought it decided he wanted to add a third piece. I happily accepted the request and will probably get started on that today. I will paint one more panel to the left. Way off in the distance a silver fog bank was contemplating coming ashore. It tried time and time again but kept changing its mind. I wish you could have seen it.

 
Point Magu
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Thursday, 11 November 2010 19:47

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Point Magu Sunset
oil on canvas
10x20

Last Sunday there was a collage workshop that I was signed up for in Santa Monica. It was through my boys preschool and as an artist it seemed fitting that I would attend because I am on the art committee there. I wasn't looking forward to spending a day in LA but then I remembered that stretch of coast that hugs Highway One. "I could paint on the way home, and I'll even bring my board and who knows, maybe there will be some surf" So I willingly went and it was worth it from the get go. As I rounded Point Magu the sun rose above the south land in a sky of pink. I forgot to set my clock back so I got there an hour and fifteen minutes early.  My mistake enabled me to ride a few little glassy gems out at Topanga point. Wet and smiling I arrived. Five hours later I was back on the road heading for Point Magu to paint. The sun set quickly and it got more gorgeous by the minute. As I cleaned my brushes and palette the whole sky turned bright orange and actually appeared to be on fire. Not a regrettable day at all like I had played out in my head in the very beginning.

 
Points North
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Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:19

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Pidgeon Point?
oil on canvas
20x24

 I had surfed in Santa Cruz a bit earlier and my bones hadn't thawed out yet. The sun never really came out that late October day and I had pretty much given up on painting until I got to Half Moon Bay's Great Pumpkin Festival. There were about a billion people there all trying simultaneously to get in there cars and head north right in front of me on Highway One. Two CHP's told me that I would be sitting in traffic until midnight and suggested I turn around and go back on the country roads over the coastal range. Back south I went, glancing at several paintable points as the last light came in strong under the cloud layer. If it wasn't for that horrendous traffic I would have never painted. I still am not exactly sure what this place is called.

 
Painting of West Marin
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Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:01

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Painting of West Marin
oil on canvas
16x20

My recent trip north to West Marin was not as productive as I would have liked. The weather simply wasn't cooperating. It rained my first day and then a fog bank rolled in that was thick enough to chew on. I got up high on an east facing ridge close to a place that I had painted before for this little one. Its a long drive for just a couple of paintings. Without good friends along the way I don't think I could justify the journey again.

 
Lifting Fog at Point Magu
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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 01:08

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Magu Rock
oil on canvas
18x36

I pass by this place a few times every year and end up stopping just about every time. The deep ocean out beyond the rock pulls in some pretty captivating energy from the far away storms of the Pacific.  Its one of the most inspiring places for me in Southern California. Today the fog created a moody mix of grays and blues that added to the soothing sound of the sea.

 
Morning Light at Butterfly Beach
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Tuesday, 05 October 2010 16:50

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Morning Light
oil on canvas
6x12


When painting this location I prefer the calm water/reflections and a vibrant cliff face. The early morning sun really lights up Butterfly Beach. By afternoon the warm colors of the earth hide in the cliff shadows and the sea becomes textured with wind ripples.  

 
June Lake Loop
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Wednesday, 29 September 2010 04:10

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June Lake Loop
16x20
oil on canvas

The last of the Sierra series of late. One more painting, a jump in the lake and the long drive home. I'm actually going back up there this Friday for a family reunion to do it all again.

 
Isla de Santa Cruz Looking West
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Monday, 13 September 2010 20:17

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Central Valley Looking West
15x30
oil on canvas

We paint like crazy when we go out to the island. This was the fourth painting for the day, the first being a similar view looking east. I like painting fast. The smarter subconscious can do a better job than the over-contemplating conscious. The results aren't always good but I liked these two views looking east and west. My brother and I already "had a few on the stringer" and a swim in the sea to top it all off but the late afternoon light was irresistible.

 
Upper Owens River II
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Saturday, 04 September 2010 02:07

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Upper Owens
oil on canvas
24x48

When group shows creep up on me like this one has I have to move quick. That wouldn't be the case if I didn't procrastinate so hard on everything I do. I was way up in the Eastern Sierras last week painting for this weeks show at The Faulkner Gallery. With days to spare I drove straight to three places I knew would work, and that is why this piece is the second of its kind for me. There was a long train of mooing cows this time so I threw them in. You are all welcome to enjoy the incredible show and reception on September 10th from 5:30-7:30pm. There are a handful of paintings in this Eastern Sierra benefit by my fellow Oak Group artists that make me look like a total beginner. I would hate to ever think that I didn't have a lot to learn. Seeing the walls of The Faulkner yesterday truly confirmed that. (The Faulkner Gallery is in Santa Barbara's main Library and the show will hang until the end of the month)

 
Looking East
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Friday, 27 August 2010 02:17

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Looking East
oil on canvas
15x30


Last weeks trip to Santa Cruz island with the Scape group was a productive time for all. During the summer in the hot dry valley it seems as if the ocean is a thousand miles away. Fortunately we had access to some old Jeeps to transport us down to the much cooler seashore .

 
Steep descent
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Saturday, 14 August 2010 19:38

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Steep descent
oil on canvas
30x48
$2200

The falcon view from above. Always worth the drive. Even more so when there is something creative happening on the ridge. I found an open patch of dried grass and walked down out of sight from the road. I can never figure out why people tend to congregate down at Starbucks rather than up on Camino Cielo. In a greedy way I'm happily convinced it will always be like this.

 
One two three
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Monday, 09 August 2010 19:44

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One two three
oil on masonite
17x27
NFS

If I can't muster the energy to get out into nature I can always paint a still life right on my porch, or in my driveway like this one. I put these pomegranates on the roof of my camper shell right at about eye level. They seemed larger than life from 16 inches a way and I feel like I captured that illusion somewhat in the painting. This happens to be one that I don't really want to see go, but a new crop is just around the corner.

 
Tower Ten
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Sunday, 01 August 2010 19:46

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Tower Ten
18x24
oil on canvas
sold

This is another painting from Emmawood. I get attached to certain pieces for one reason or another. I had been holding on to it for a few years now and was a bit reluctant to let it go. I think it just grew on me as the months passed by. So many teachers of any art form will tell you its about the process not the end result. I have to remind myself of that sometimes when they are carried off in the back of someones car.

 
Emmawood
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Saturday, 24 July 2010 06:30

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Emmawood
oil on board
20x29


There really aren't that many people that will recognize this place. The surfers will know. Its one of those places that almost always has something to ride even on the flatest days. I saw a great white once way out there on that reef with Bobby Goodman. Ask him about it.

 
Painting of the Rincon lineup
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Tuesday, 13 July 2010 03:10

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Rincon Panoramic
17x54
oil on canvas
commission

This is a view of Rincon that I could go back and paint time and time again. A good friend of mine owns a ranch up the hill and allows me in to paint every so often. The waves don't have to be perfect to look good from above. Its always hard to tell just how big it really is when looking down on the lineup. I have a way of exaggerating the quality of the waves in most of my ocean paintings. Its all those countless fantasy doodles of perfect setups from the early days that jump out from my subconscious.

 
The Santa Barbara Courthouse
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Friday, 09 July 2010 18:07

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The Courthouse
16x20
oil on canvas

The architecture of the Courthouse is pretty impressive. Just being down in that sunken garden somehow relaxes me. The wide variety of plants and trees and the massive archway never gets old. My parents got married there in that courthouse back in the late 60's. For many reasons its one of my favorite buildings in town. Its a challenge to paint though unless you simplify and omit many of the minor details like I did here.

 
Summer Solstice Fig Tree
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Tuesday, 22 June 2010 23:34

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Dancing Fig
18x36
oil on canvas
$777

Alameda park has a tremendous variety of trees. They all look so incredible in the late afternoon sunshine with the long cast shadows. This Mortan Bay Fig tree is one of my favorites. Some of the twisting bending shapes take on an almost human like energy as if swaying to some groovy hippie beats. There will be plenty of grooviness this coming Saturday for the annual after parade party in the park. Happy Solstice!

 
Knowlwood Tennis Club
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Tuesday, 15 June 2010 04:02



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Knowlwood
oil on canvas
commissioned work

This place is great, a unique get-a-way from the ever evolving world. Some say Santa Barbara is like a bubble protected from the rest of the planet. Well, inside of the Santa Barbara bubble one can find smaller bubbles. Montecito is one of those little bubbles, and inside that bubble is the tiny little bubble called Knowlwood. The club is owned by its members and there is a cap on the number of members and the only time a spot comes up is when a family opts out of the membership. Its a pleasant place,  so clean and friendly. Painting there reminded me at times of the seventies, a quieter time. For me that was a time of innocence. There are still places in this fast world that surprise us....its not all gone, there will always be tiny bubbles.   

 
Gaviota Mustard
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Wednesday, 09 June 2010 03:12

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Gaviota Mustard
oil on canvas
20x50

Long ago this was the location of the worlds largest Orchid farm. The broken and tattered greenhouses are still standing but the only flowers you will see now are the wild ones in the field. The Dos Pueblos Ranch is currently for sale for about a hundred million . I know there are some plans for development in the area, to what extent we will soon see. I've tried to help a bit in the recent years to halt it all by donating art to fundraisers. The only way any of us can truly put a halt to development is to stop making babies. Do you see that happening anytime soon?

 
One thousand steps
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Wednesday, 02 June 2010 21:02

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One thousand steps
oil on canvas
36x60

There is a little high end couch store right next to The Wildcat Lounge that will participate in First Thursday. So Thursday June 3rd from 5-8pm come by for a beer (free) recline in a nice couch and check out some art. My brother and his friends organized this little group show and there will be an array of interesting art from figurative to abstract to landscapes. Hope to see you!

 
Painting of Miramar point
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Wednesday, 26 May 2010 05:41

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Miramar from the water
36x60
oil on canvas
$3500

It may take forever but I would like to paint the entire coastline from the water.I've spent a pretty big part of my life looking back towards the land while surfing and its a perspective worth exploring. For this one I paddled a surfboard out into the water with a camera in my teeth. Its rare that I work from photos and I'm actually more opposed to it than I ever admit(except for now of course)but to paint this from a boat wouldn't work for me. I tried it once from the back side of Santa Cruz island and too much mental energy was going into the rocking and swaying and not enough into the application of the paint. So unlike the rest, this painting was done in the studio.

 
Schooner creek in Drakes Bay
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Tuesday, 18 May 2010 22:07


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Schooner Creek
12x24
oil on canvas
$750

This creek flowed at a snails pace under the bridge I was standing on last Saturday. Directly on the other side started the massive marshy estero that eventually snakes its way into Drakes Bay. Although its not quite summer I was still reminded of Mark Twain's quote "the coldest winter I ever felt was the summer in San Francisco".  It was very cold, foggy and then an icy wind picked up in the late afternoon. I love it up there. I made a new friend on the beach, a 900 pound elephant seal that allowed me within 5 feet of her. I'll post some pics of her on Facebook.

 
Sketch of Bird Refuge
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Tuesday, 11 May 2010 22:32

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Sketch of Bird Refuge
14x17
oil on masonite
sold

The term "sketch" is only slightly pretentious compared to some of the other terms used in painting. This was a warm up for the second one that didn't turn out any better, just bigger. The other terms that I've always struggled with are "plein air" meaning that the painting is done out doors, and "alla prima" which means that the painting is done all in one go. That's how I paint, most of the time anyway, but I always feel like a pretentious idiot when explaining to people these simple ideas in French and Italian. Perhaps I should wear a beret next time I go paint and try out a fancy European accent.

 
Floating Persimmons
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Sunday, 09 May 2010 15:20

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Floating Persimmons
16x20
oil on canvas

There was an older painting of a sunset at Butterfly beach that I wasn't crazy about.  One day last December I had this urge to paint these persimmons and was out of canvas. I started my recycling project with a loose series of circles marking where I wanted the fruit. I wanted them to be big, filling the canvas. The previous painting didn't turn out so great and I didn't care how the latter ended up either. It started and finished as a carefree exersize. The grays and orange in the sky matched some of the newer painting so I left a bit for background. Creating is often best when there is absolutely no pressure to do well.

 
Painting of West Marin
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Wednesday, 05 May 2010 17:32

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Valley Green
36x48
oil on canvas
sold

This one is from the recent trip to West Marin. I was up on a ridge looking down the valley of green from early morning to mid day. It was one of those perfect weekends for the out doors. I painted four paintings in two 80 degree days all along the roadside where thousands of bicyclists passed me by. Its the thing to do up there in West Marin,... get on your ten speed,start peddling, and enjoy the view.

 
St. Mary's of Nicasio
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Saturday, 01 May 2010 21:49

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St. Mary's of Nicasio
10x20
oil on canvas

The little town of Nicasio has been there for over one hundred and forty years. The thing that separates this place from other old towns in America is that nothing has changed.  They started with five main buildings and there are still five main buildings. Its like stepping back in time to the old wagon train days. The architecture and farming lifestyles remain the same in this little town in West Marin. Its refreshing after driving up the 101 and seeing one disgusting mega mall after another from Santa Maria to Salinas and Gilroy to Navato. There are places being protected form the inevitable sprawl.

 
Hammonds
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Tuesday, 27 April 2010 00:32

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Painting of Hammonds last fall
11x32
oill on board
sold

My good pal David just bought this one for his new place out in Maine. I think his wife had her heart set on something else. Dave grew up here and when you go away its places like this that pull you back. Now he doesn't ever have to come back. He can simply look up on his wall when the snow is coming down next winter and just relax.

 
The fire stops here!
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Friday, 23 April 2010 06:18

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The fire stops here!
14x32
oil on board
sold

The name of this place isn't exactly clear to me, its when you are about to go up the pass on the way to Lake Cachuma and there is that "bridge to no where" as some call it. That's where one of the many fires stopped. I think the Jesusita fire might have finally given up at that point. This was one of the Oak Group "paint outs", where we meet to paint and hopefully spread some awareness about an area that is potentially at risk of some kind of bulldozing and/or housing tract. I thought I would find some arrow heads or grinding bowls in the charred earth surrounding me but after over an hour of carefully searching I realized that no one in there right mind would set up camp so far away from either a food or water source. Back to my painting I went, not distracted by waves, trout, or arrowheads.




 
Commissioned painting of Santa Barbara
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Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:12


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Looking down East Beach
24x48
oil on canvas
commissioned work

This painting was done from the grassy knoll on the banks of Mission creek. Its become the local turf of some of SB's most motley crew. The inebriated homeless type. They were actually not bad. You had to get used to hearing the gravely voiced swear words every second or two. One man named "Hobo" and his pitbull stuck close to my side from start to finish on day two. I felt like we actually became friends. He told me all about his life of a cowboy, raised in Montana on the wrong side of the tracks. He lost two of his sons to drugs and one of his wives to cancer. He holds rodeo records and proudly boasted of "pissing on a cop" the night before. Painting out doors always brings something interesting into each experience.

 
The Carpenteria Salt Marsh
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Friday, 16 April 2010 16:37

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The Carpenteria Salt Marsh
oil on canvas
32x72

This is one of the bigger paintings I've done in a while. I'd love to do more large paintings but where in the world am I going to put them? I will probably tweak this one a bit before I say its finished. Going back to the Marsh three times to get this far was enjoyable. I see something new every time. Yesterday it was the outrageously beautiful sea birds that I still need to look up in the field guide. Last week I saw the large cinnamon colored fox again bouncing around in the wetlands. Once I saw a dozen four foot long sand sharks in the swimming pool clear water of the estuary. Perhaps the best thing about this place is that there is never anyone breathing down my neck. I can always paint in peace.

 
The Rock Fireplace
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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 14:41




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The Rock Fireplace
11x15
oil on panel

This was the last of the nine. I painted the gesso on bit thick which adds texture, sometimes a good thing, sometimes not so good. I normally like a little texture for an" added element of experience" as they told us in art school. Of course it works better on big abstract pieces. It tends to confuse the eye in areas of detail on little paintings. I'm never really striving for perfection so it usually doesn't bother me even if it is a minor hindrance.

 
The Red Door
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Sunday, 11 April 2010 18:58

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The Red Door
13x17
oil on panel

This painting had to be done twice. The first time was 100% unsuccessful. The second turned out OK. It was done for the cover story of the upcoming Montecito Magazine. The house is quite interesting, its the old stone mason cottage in the Riven Rock community of Montecito. I found that assignment really challenging, but like most challenging things in life, very rewarding in the end. Everything was so close up and intimate, personal to the current residents and perhaps no others. Nine paintings of the beautiful little sandstone home and surrounding area will be seen on the stands for six months. Check out the next issue of the Montecito magazine coming out in May 2010.

 
Painting of Montecito from QAD
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Friday, 09 April 2010 16:30



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Painting of Montecito from QAD
oil on canvas
24x48

This colorful spring painting is a work in progress for a friend that commissioned me to do a couple of very SB/Cito scenes. I think they will be wedding gifts. The points below are Sharks cove and Hammonds beyond that and even further out Ledbetter point. There used to be some kind of slaughter station there in the cove below where the cows and/or meat would be loaded onto boats, hence the name Sharks.


 
Green Flowering Aloes
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Wednesday, 07 April 2010 22:25

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Green Aloes
11x14
oil on panel
$220

There are many stages to the flower of the Aloe. They usually start off pale green and spear shaped then slowly evolve into a colorful explosion of small tube like appendages reaching out from the stock. The full evolution can take weeks or longer and every few days they morph into something more complex until finally the flower begins to wither and die. Due to the similar climate we have to South Africa, we are seeing more of these gems around Santa Barbara all the time.

 
Burn area recovery
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Sunday, 28 March 2010 16:03

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Burn area recovery
30x30

No serious landslides this past rainy season, and plenty of greenery making a comeback from the charred burn areas. Its looking good up there. This is one of the 25 new paintings I have in my current show which will be coming down in a couple of days. I hope you can all make it down there to see it. Its in The Faulkner East off the side of the main gallery in the Santa Barbara Library. Hours are 12-5pm today and 10-8pm Monday and Tuesday. Check it out!

 
Looking East towards Anacapa Island
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Saturday, 20 March 2010 16:59


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Looking East towards Anacapa
18x36
oil on canvas

I took the Island Packers boat out there for a day trip. Its just about the most worthwhile thing you can do with a day.
There is something so raw and untamed out there, like going back in time a few hundred years. The Santa Barbara Channel Islands National Park is probably the most under appreciated National Park in the country, which is actually a good thing.

 
Railroad track gone trail
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Saturday, 20 March 2010 06:22


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Sunset at The Bluffs
12x24
$500

There were a lot of incredible days this past winter. The weather was mild, every month had a string of 77-80 degree days. We had a good amount of rain, and a tremendous amount of glassy overhead surf. This was one of those great days....warm and glassy all day long with pumping surf. What more can you ask for?

 
Pomegranates
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Friday, 12 March 2010 21:18

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Pomegranates
6x12
$150

There was a serious significance to the pomegranate according to one man that I spoke with. I cant remember what he said. His adamant tone stuck with me more than the actual words. So I looked it up.Originating  4000 years ago in The Middle East this super food is one of the highest in antioxidants. Its considered by many to be "the tree of life". Pomegranates little ruby red jewels burst with delicious flavor and make for a great still life.


 
South African Aloes
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Monday, 08 March 2010 02:17

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South African Aloes
18x24 inches
$550

South Africa is an amazing place for a multitude of reasons. Go there all and enjoy. I remember staring out the bus window taking in the countryside and seeing these gorgeous plants decorating the scenery. Now I have my own moderate collection to watch grow....and sometimes paint.




 
Early spring
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Friday, 26 February 2010 17:51

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Early spring
oil on canvas
24x48
only giclee available

It really is wise to do good deeds. Yesterday a young lady was lost and late for work. She got off of the bus on the wrong stop. CVS pharmacy was short on a manager and called her in from the opposite side of town. It would simply take too long for her to walk the long mile down the road to CVS so I offered to drive her. Instead of buying a cup of coffee  I helped a perfect stranger on her hurried journey to work. The whole rest of the day went incredibly smooth. The ocean served up some rare tube  rides for me that morning and later I sat perched on a warm green hillside in bliss painting the afternoon away. It really was a perfect day, and I credit the golden rule. What a great little reminder to constantly try to be good to one another.

 
My favorite place
New Paintings
Written by Jeremy Harper   
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 20:45

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Hammonds meadow
10x30
oil on canvas
sold

I just love this place. King Neptune has served me more overflowing platters of exhilerating joy here than anywhere else(in the form of surfing waves). Its quite a place. This was last fall before the grass turned green in the meadow. It looks great both ways.

 
Bittersweet beauty
New Paintings
Written by Jeremy Harper   
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:24

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Shipwreck
8x24
oil on canvas

Its a sad thing to see all these nice boats wash up on East Beach every winter. They are so girthy when you get up close, and they all have names. I'm reminded of beached whales.  The ocean is so beautiful yet relentless at times.

 
View of the Indicator
New Paintings
Written by Jeremy Harper   
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:19

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This small painting of The Indicator was done last October during one of the last little south swells of the season. I painted it quickly in a loose uninhibited way. Many might consider it a sketch, but I somehow like it just as much as some of my more evolved paintings. I enjoy the simplicity of it.

View of the Indicator
8x16
oil on board
$350

 
Rainy day painting
New Paintings
Written by Jeremy Harper   
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 18:54

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Rainy day high above Rincon
10x20
Oil on canvas
   

I recently took my good friend Joe up the hill to shoot some pictures. We both rushed our way through the last little bit of light and ended up with some interesting images. The sky was completely clouded over aside from a peachy horizon that later turned totally pink. Check out Joe's site at JoeCurrenPhotography.com in his blog section.