This used to be on my route from our place in Arroyo Grande out to San Luis Obispo. I made a left onto Orcutt to take the back way into town. The double arrow sign against the velvety swath of dry, summer grass is the last pause before the long stretch of road through the farmland.
This huge, fluffy cloud is one of many that blessed California during the winter of 2016-2017, bringing much needed drought relief. This photo shoot was done the day after a great storm, and the skies were full of these beauties.
We used to pass this little tree on the back way to town. I'd been wanting to make some sort of art out of it for three years, and on this day the winter clouds gave me the perfect back drop. I love the simplicity a tree is all by its lonesome in a landscape.
On one of our date nights, my husband drove me all around the countryside right before sunset so I could capture the landscape during the "magic hour". This barn is on a road adjacent to the one that runs past our little airport. I've no idea why the barn has this particular shape, but it made for an interesting subject.
I have a thing for old houses - especially these small charmers. They remind me so much of my rural hometown in Western New York. For a good portion of my childhood our view from the front porch was my grandparents' modest sized, orange and white house (though, it never seemed small to me as a kid). This one is on 227, near Price Canyon Road. I had been out shooting photos of the landscape one evening and caught the last light of the day as it hit this scene.
This is another piece in the series that came from a date night, sunset photo shoot - Central California landscape bathed in the last of the summer light. This was out somewhere near the airport in SLO.
This is at the bottom of the street where we used to live in Arroyo Grande. Whenever I took the dog for a walk, we would turn around right at this spot. I never wanted her to get used to going to the end of the street, because it met such a busy country road.
This is on Orcutt Road in San Luis Obispo, right near the Baileyana tasting room. I had a friend recognize this place because he hated that those telephone poles got in the way of the view there. I painted this scene because those poles remind me of home in such a comforting way.
This is somewhere off of Davenport Creek Road in San Luis Obispo. My husband and I were on a date night photo shoot (where he drives me around so I can gather images for my paintings) until we lost the light, then we headed off to my favorite restaurant (Foremost) in town. Perfection.