Painting for a Purpose

Watercolor Demo #4: July 2, 2011

Imagination Landscape loosely based on daytime oil  landscape painting by James McNeil Whistler. I used two colors only: Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber.

Demonstration Painting for Kaaren Robertson's Watercolor Class
Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education
8"x12" June 2011
Collection of the Artist 

Watercolor Still Life Demo #3 July 1, 2011

In 1989 I returned to the Gardens of Giverny to the home of Claude Monet. I purchased a large quantity of silk flowers at the garden, which I had shipped home, thinking I would use them for still-life painting, some day. It's funny they've been sitting in that box, unopened, for 21 years, until I was asked by Kaaren Robertson to substitute for her watercolor painting class...

So, with a single light sourse, I set up a still life for the class to work from, using the flowers I've been saving for all this time.

I kinda like painting in watercolors (again)

Vase of Flowers
14x12 June 2011
Private Collection 

Father's Day June 19, 2011

Who can say exactly what makes a good father great?
Sure, he takes care of his family and works hard to give them what they need...
But his greatness lies in the way he embodies what he teaches.
he doesn't have to preach-
he is what he believes,
he lives for what he loves,
and he doesn't see anything extraordinary
in the sterling example he sets.

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

With love.

Lt. jg James H. Stein
U.S. Merchant Marines 1944

Thread of a Master: Lockwood De Forest

The Master Craftsman Lockwood De Forest came through Santa Barbara at the turn of the 20th Century leaving behind him a legacy of landscape paintings depicting the Santa Barbara area in it's primal state. My favorite of these are his Moonlight Nocturnes; painted on location, without any aid of light to see his canvas other than the moon.

Last October, (thanks to my patron and Art Collector, Gary Breitweiser,) I was privileged to attend an "Initiatives in Art and Culture Seminar" focused on the Arts and Crafts Movement in New York, in New York City. On one of the walking tours I visited the Park Avenue Armory where De Forest carved his name into an armoir, Honoring his contribution to the 17th Regiment National Guard who served in that location. Lockwood had a hand in decorating one of the rooms as well with Imported teak wood from India. He used the same theme, and wood to design and decorate the front of his house in Mid-Town Manhattan.

Last week I became aware Lockwood had his home in Santa Barbara at 1815 Laguna Street. Just before teaching my Wednesday landscape painting class, having only moments to explore where this location was, I saw the house. From the street, through the pouring rain, I could barely make out the upstairs window; carved in Indian Tradition, with Elephants in the framework. This was cool!!

The next evening at Sullivan Goss, and American Gallery, During the art walk on First Thursday, I was honored to meet Kellum de Forest, the grandson of Lockwood. He was there at the Gallery celebrating the show, 40 Days and 40 Nights- Paintings by Lockwood De Forest. I especially enjoyed sharing with him the paintings honoring his Grandfather, and discussing the subtleties of Lockwood's vision and sensibilities around his night vision.

I felt a thread and been connected, and once again I felt inspired to paint with purpose.

Top Photo: Room designed by Lockwood de Forest; with windows by Tiffany
Second Photo: Lockwood De Forest's name on 17th Regiment Honor Roll
Third Photo: Lockwood De Forest's Home in New York
Fourth Photo: Lockwood De Forest's Home in Santa Barbara
Bottom Photo: Van Stein and Kellum De Forest at Sullivan Goss