If you haven't been to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in a while, now is the time to go. The Garden has made a remarkable recovery since the devastating 2009 Jesusita fire. There are wild flowers everywhere. Yes, the flowers are likely the result of seeding, so truly wild they aren't. But they are beautiful nonetheless. The Porter Trail on the opposite side of the road from the Garden entrance is my spot in this painting. I painted this last month. The flowers were just starting their bloom. Sunny and I went for a run up there a few days ago and right now the flowers are even more spectacular.
"Off The Trail" is currently available at the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara "Local Color" art show until June 6.
Off The Trail, 11 x 14, oil on linen panel