Colin Schildhauer's Explorations of Sea and Land
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SOLD 20x16 (oil on canvas) That short-lived evening light when all glows warm.
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16x20 (oil on canvas) There's something stoic about sea stacks. It might be the fact that they were once connected to the bluffs, and that after the ocean's relentless crashing waves against they form a natural bridge. The bridge keeps them connected to their roots, but the ocean swells persist. They hold their grasp until their collapse, standing tall before the setting sun.
SOLD 20x16 (oil on canvas)2018 The hazy sky transmitted the morning light in a rippling effect, shimmering gold immersed the Gaviota Coastline.
20x16 (oil on canvas) 2017 This nocturne was painted under the light of the December 2017 Supermoon.
20X16 (oil on canvas) Shark Fin Cove is named after the sedimentary precipice that towers over the crashing waves. It has a beautiful little beach to enjoy lunch and take dip in the emerald green water.
SOLD 16x20 (oil on canvas) 2018
SOLD 10X8 (oil on canvas) This particular sunset was a tangerine orange. The clouds stratified the light as day turned into night.
SOLD 8x10 (oil on canvas) 2018
SOLD 8x10 (oil on canvas) 2018
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24X16 (oil on canvas) Naples is a hidden gem with beautiful views of the Gaviota coastline. While traversing pastures of livestock and open fields, I often hit the Naples trail, binoculars in hand, searching for birds. This particular day a turkey vulture rode a thermal just before my easel.
24X16 (oil on canvas) I made this painting at Jalama Beach moments before rain started pouring down. Painting oils in water becomes an impossible task, so I packed up my gear and headed out for a surf. The lone fisherman stayed in the breakers patiently waiting for a bite.
SOLD 9x12 (oil on canvas board) Autumn brings some of Goleta's most vivid sunsets. There's something about the brisk evening air, and foreshadowing of winter that for me evokes a feeling of peace and tranquility.
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24X18 (oil on canvas board) There was so much energy in the water this evening. I painted this while sitting on wet cobblestones until the tide pushed me home and the sun set.
SOLD 12x24 (oil on canvas) A common sight to see as a lobster fisherman are the relentless flocks of Gulls anticipating to scavenge an overseen piece of bait. They become your audience as you you navigate from trap to trap, laughing when traps are empty and cheering when something’s caught. Here I portrayed them on a cloudy evening, worn out from a long day, as their shape begins to blend in with the light wind swell off the west tip of Anacapa.
SOLD 12x24 (oil on canvas) This painting conveys a beautiful warm evening looking east on the backside of Santa Cruz Island. I really tried to accentuate the warmth of distant point by the cool shadow of the foreground and ever present seabirds wrapping up the day, returning to their roost for the night. Anacapa is off in the distance.
SOLD 12x24 (oil on canvas) This painting was inspired by a sketch I made during a break between pulling lobster traps. Sometimes when there is enough moisture in the air, and the lighting just right, distant cliffs and mountains take on a monochromatic tone as they gradually fade off into the distance.
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14x11 (oil on canvas) Heading down Highway 1 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, I painted San Gregorio minutes before a storm engulfed the coast.
6x12 (oil on canvas board) A Goleta ode to Leonard Cohen.
SOLD 18X14 (oil on canvas board) Refugio is one of my favorite beaches to surf and paint. The distinct shape of the rock point catches offshore swells wrapping them though the inside cove.
16x20 (oil on canvas) On a clear day at Farren you can see all the way to Point Conception. It's fun figuring out how to convey 48 miles of depth in a small 20x16 painting.
SOLD 14X11 (oil on canvas) Spring is one of my favorite times along the Gaviota Coast. Here the emerald green hills of Farren reflected bliss.
SOLD 10x8 (oil on canvas) I grew up tide pooling Devereux point. I've always been fascinated with the intertidal ecosystem and all the cool critters that inhabit it.