Recently I've been rediscovering oil painting.
It's been fifteen years since my brief introduction to oil painting in an art class in college.
Last month I pried the caps off those old tubes of paint and started experimenting.
And it has been so much fun!
During a recent visit to Santa Barbara I snapped some pictures for painting inspiration.
My mom and I walked (as we often do) up to the Mission, whose recognizable facade is usually viewed from this vantage point from the beautiful rose gardens at the foot of a wide lawn in front of the Mission.
I've found that photos that are less beautiful--less picturesque--and less busy--
tend to work better for artistic inspiration for me.
I think I feel more free to interpret when the original image is not something
I'm trying to re-create in all of its photo-perfect detail.
So I walked down into the overgrown field to the side of the lovely gardens
and captured this glimpse of the familiar landmark:
And here's my interpretation:
The Santa Barbara Mission in Oil: