Wednesday, February 16, 2011

California Artist Paul Cumes

I've been following an artist, Paul Cumes.  He lives in Santa Barbara, one of my favorite towns.  His work embodies the things people love about the California seacoast:  the beautiful light, the color, the ocean, the mountains.  Santa Barbara scenery is not his only subject matter, it's what attracted me to his work in the first place.

Paul's art speaks to me on many levels. First and foremost, it reminds me of home. I recognize the scenery.  He paints with passion.  He uses colors, brush strokes and composition boldly.  He's obviously influenced by Picasso, Matisse.    He has a distinct style; not an easy thing to achieve. And he's incredibly prolific for such a young guy. 

Paul has a blog and a web site.  Here are a few selections.

           Summerland Afternoon  
    

                                                                                              Broadway Sunset


El Capitan 
(famous surfing spot, camping area)


Pablo the Kitty


Freeway Underpass at Night 


                                                                 The Watering Jug

If you'd like to see Paul in action, painting, visit his web site and review his work. Each painting has a video showing his creation process, start to finish. 

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11 comments:

DawnTreader said...

Cheerful!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

love paul's use of color!

and pablo the kitty has an expression just like my ol black kitty rosie used to have before she did something naughty!

Captain Dumbass said...

Those are great, I especially like the first two.

Brian Miller said...

lovely....he used color so affectively to set the mood of his pieces...

Grandmother said...

I especially love # 1,3, 6- beautiful!

Pat Tillett said...

I love the colors! Very nice!
Seeing "El Capitan" takes me waaay back. It used to be one our favorite surfing spots...
Thanks!

Betsy said...

How lovely! So very colorful and fun! I've seen the California coast just once...about 4 years ago. Beautiful!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Those are beautiful paintings. I especially enjoyed the first two! Vibrant and full of energy.

Jeannette said...

a very interesting palette...thank you for sharing these. now I will go see what else you are into.

Baino said...

Yep very 'summery'

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