What Inspires Me - Laurel Sherrie

Huasna Valley (pronounced 'waazna') is very close to me, both in location and in spirit.  I've been going there to paint for many years.  It's history lies deep in the Mexican land grant era, and it's name is from the Chumash Indians.  If you haven't explored here, you really need to add it to your list!  It's near Arroyo Grande, CA.  I've heard it used to be an official town and had it's own post office, and you can still see the old school house from 1907. For an in-depth history of the region, see http://www.southcountyhistory.org/huasna.html

For its proximity to the coast, it has an entirely different climate than my own mild ocean-influenced weather, and it has oak tree varieties not normally found in the South County area, but like those north of the Cuesta Grade.  It's a magical valley, narrow and long, and you wind for miles through thick oak forests and up and down hills with long valley views and intriguing humpback hills.

Here are some of earlier paintings I've done of Huasna Valley.

I have been known to jump in the truck with painting gear & my 2 big black dogs for early morning painting trips, catching the morning shadows, often using a palette knife instead of brush on small 6" x 8" canvases, which have been very popular with my clients

I'll be going back out there soon, now that we are getting some sunny mornings! The July & August morning fog has been much more persistent this year - not so good for painting, but it does keep us cool!  So, I'm keeping close watch each morning.  The truck is packed with painting gear, Princess & Jett are eager!  We're all ready to jump as soon as I see a glimmer of blue sky.

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Encantado De Huasna
Huasna 3 paintings: Stormy Morning, Evening Glow, Huasna Valley Clouds
Huasna Morning Oak Dyke Ranch
Huasna Easter Colors
Princess and Jett
Laurel Painting
Encantado De Huasna
Encantado De Huasna
Huasna 3 paintings: Stormy Morning, Evening Glow, Huasna Valley Clouds
Huasna 3 paintings: Stormy Morning, Evening Glow, Huasna Valley Clouds
Huasna Morning Oak Dyke Ranch
Huasna Morning Oak Dyke Ranch
Huasna Easter Colors
Huasna Easter Colors
Princess and Jett
Princess and Jett
Laurel Painting
Laurel Painting