Whimbrel & Godwit at Hendry’s Beach, Santa Barbara

Whimbrel & Godwit on Hendry’s Beach, 16 ” x 20″ acrylic on panel

This one’s using a technique new to me: painting with fluid acrylics diluted to watercolor consistency (very watery) on a clay-coated panel known as Aquaboard. Once coated with matt acrylic varnish you get a durable non-reflective surface that doesn’t need to be glassed. I’ll be trying same technique in the smoother-finished Clayboard, and on a primed wood panel also manufactured by Ampersand.

It will be hanging in Gallery 113 in downtown Santa Barbara through May.

Blue-Winged Teal at UCSB Lagoon

Blue-Winged Teal #1, UCSB Lagoon. 15" x 23" watercolor on Arches 300lb hot-pressed paper.
Blue-Winged Teal #1, UCSB Lagoon. 15″ x 23″ watercolor on Arches 300lb hot-pressed paper.

This time of year the lagoon in the middle of the UC Santa Barbara campus is full of waterfowl of many species. If you jog past, these Blue-Winged Teal ignore you and keep on dabbling like the one in the background, but if you stop and aim a camera at them they quickly drift away.

Mallards feeding at Lake Carneros, Santa Barbara

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Mallards #1, 15″ x 23″ watercolor on Arches 300 lb. hot-pressed paper

Behind this paddling female were a whole lot of mallards of both sexes milling around with their bills down, but their eyes watching me.  I watched them back for ten minutes and they almost never took their bills out of the water.  Must have been something good to eat down there.