image size: 16 - 3/4" X 7"
Floated in 23-1/4" X 14-3/4"
Light Oak Frame
After a few weeks of consistently cold and rainy weather, the last storm of the season lifted. And I felt joyful to be able to go outdoors to sit and paint the rain-washed field out at the Bluffs.
The Carpinteria Bluffs is one of the last few remaining coastal open spaces in Santa Barbara County. It is visited by the White-Tailed Kite (a threatened species). A breeding colony of Harbor Seals is located on the adjoining beach below the bluffs. Because the Bluffs was under the threat of development for a number of years, a local organization, The Citizens for the Bluffs formed with efforts to preserve the land as an open space. They have since been successful in raising funds to purchase a large portion of the land. The Citizens group remains dedicated to its original mission of acquiring the entire Bluffs property. It will launch a subsequent fundraising campaign toward that goal if and when the landowners of the remaining 29 acres of Bluffs property are willing to sell the property to the community at a fair market price.