It was fun to take the Wildling Art Museum Studio Art Tour last Fall in the Santa Ynez Valley, so I thought doing the same in Santa Barbara would be an interesting diversion for a weekend with an artist friend from out town. Artist as spectators was fun for two day, but by night, we had to hit the studio and get some work done ourselves! Here’s the parts of the tour that we managed to see during the two days in chronological order. Click on the photos to view them larger. Warner Nienow in his studio, with many glowing still-life, landscape, and architectural paintings. Still life paintings by Warner Nienow. Judy Nienow with some of her architectural paintings. For a more light-hearted genre, Nienow paints scary dolls! See below! I can definitely envision these in Culver City’s Billy Shire Fine Art. More paintings by Judy Nienow. Marlene Struss in front of some of her Cubist seeming collages. Smaller prints of Struss’ work. Jamee Aubrey in her studio filled with natural light and landscape paintings in progress. John Rowbottam with a botanical piece. He also showed some landscape and figurative work. B. J. Stapen in her studio overlooking Santa Barbara, surrounded by her lovely landscapes. The view! Betsy Gallery demonstrating how she cuts the small chip of colored glass for her lovely mosaics. Gallery, like many of the other artists, had an inspiring garden to walk through on her way to the studio! One of Betsy Gallery’s intricate glass and ceramic mosaics. Ann Shelton Beth by one of her many serene seascapes. A painting by Ann Shelton Beth. Holli Harmon by two of her energetic figurative paintings. Harmon’s still life paintings on tapestries. A figurative painting by Holli Harmon. Thomas Mann in front of a few of his American and European landscapes. Thomas Mann next to a landscape in progress. Ann Sanders in front of some of her pastel landscapes. A giclée on canvas of one of Ann Sander’s pastel landscapes. Gerry Winant by some of his oil landscape paintings. Next we went to El Zoco Artists Complex and saw the studio of Marilee Krause. Krause in front of some of her pastel and watercolor works. A landscape by Marilee Krause. Tom De Walt in his studio at El Zoco Artists Complex, in front of some of his sea and landscapes. Landscapes by Tom De Walt. Francis Scorzelli in his studio at El Zoco Artists Complex, with some small and large scale abstract works. Pamela Hill Enticknap in her charming studio in Carpinteria, displaying some sketches that inspire her beach-narratives and figurative work. Some of Pamela Hill Enticknap’s figurative work. Dorothy Churchill Johnson by one of her large-scale paintings in progress. Dorothy is having a solo show at the Elverhoj Museum in November. The reception is on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 27th, from 3-5 pm. Dorothy Churchill Johnson in front of three of her large-scale realistic paintings. Thanks all, for an enjoyable tour!