Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment

SCAPE Newsletter - August 2023

Message from our PRESIDENT

By Linda Faye Collins

Hello All,

Things are looking up, as we have had some success recently in filling some important SCAPE board positions.   

It is my pleasure to introduce Kathy McGill, a woman of many talents, who has generously agreed to take on the position of vice-president of SCAPE’s board of directors. She will be succeeded me as President next year.  I will be staying on as treasurer.   

According to Kathy, she is a relative newcomer to Santa Barbara and to painting. She moved here in 2016 after retiring from corporate life, the last 20 years of which were spent in various managerial and executive positions in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. She started drawing and painting soon after arrival, and now spends as much time as possible painting - primarily plein air landscapes in oil, but also figurative and portrait work. She also attends a weekly life drawing session to work on her drawing skills.     

  While painting and drawing are her primary passions, Kathy also serves as a Commissioner on the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Commission.  She is currently on the De La Guerra Plaza Revitalization advisory committee, including the Arts and Culture subcommittee, and she is Vice President of the PARC foundation, which supports Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation.   

The common themes here are art, the outdoors and community, so serving on the SCAPE board should be a good fit! 

It is also my pleasure to belatedly introduce another talented lady, Kellie Stoelting, who has been the Secretary for the SCAPE Board since May 2022.  

   Kellie says that she gets out plein air painting of landscapes in and around Santa Barbara and painting figures in an abstract style. Her mediums are primarily oil and watercolor, but she has experience in acrylic also. When she’s not painting, you can find her working part-time at State Street Insurance. She recently got her accident, health and life insurance license. Past work experience has included Customer Service Manager for TrueVision, now a subsidiary of Alcon, and Artist Relations Manager for Seymour Duncan, a local guitar pickup company. But by far, her most rewarding and challenging work is in the fine art of babysitting her three grandsons.  

We have also secured the Carpinteria State Park as our annual membership picnic venue.  You will want to bring your paint supplies with you as there are many paintable scenes there.   In addition, we are about to sign the contract for the use of some of the lovely Music Academy facilities for our October exhibition to benefit the Santa Barbara Trails Council.   More on those two occasions below----------- 


SCAPE Annual Membership Picnic

August 27  at the Carpinteria Beach State Park,  details to follow soon.


By Karen Glancy 

New Show - Trails, Parks, and Open Spaces


Now open for entries at  

I have posted photographs of our paint out locations on our facebook pageat Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment for our members to paint from, for the members that can’t get to the paint outs. They are labeled with the location and say photos for members in the post. 

The show will be at the Music Academy of the West October 14 - 15 

We will be counting on you all to get the word out on your social media. The Show has already had a small byline on the KEYT 6 News last Tuesday at 4 and 5 pm. 

There is a call for postcard art.  Please send it to Christine Flannery at with your name and art title before August 15.

 Richard Schloss will be the juror of selection and awards. His Gallery is at 1321 State St. and he has a book out - Painting the Light.


By Jerry Martin

The Topa Institute is located in the Ojai valley surrounded by the glory of the Topa Topa mountains. The aim of Topa Institute is to create community amidst their natural space where they -S.C.A.P.E. August Paint Out 2023

Carpinteria Bluffs Open Space

5983 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013

Saturday August 12th, 9 AM- 12PM

You will find elsewhere in this Newsletter information about the next Scape Show.  It will be on October 14-15 to benefit the Santa Barbara Trails Council.  We are pleased to join with the Council to help in their mission of to establish, maintain and improve public access trails throughout the county. 

Paintings for this show can therefore reflect any of our many public access trails.  With this in mind we will have the August Paint Out at The Carpinteria Bluffs.  The area provides a variety of vistas including fields, trees, mountains and the coast line. 

As usual the Paint Outs are open to any interested folk who may enjoy the inspiration of being outdoors with creative energies.  Invite a friend to join in the fun.

“envision a thriving, peaceful planet filled with creativity, connection, and care. We honor global traditions of perennial wisdom that create peace, healing, art, and learning”.

Member News

Calvin Liang’s

Santa Barbara Workshop

Moon Rise by Calvin Liang - Oil on Canvas

Calvin Liang’s Santa Barbara Workshop

September 20-23, 2023

4 Days Outdoor & Indoor in beautiful Santa Barbara!

See more of Calvin’s artwork at:

Fee:  $900. Only 16 seats available.

Workshop host:  Linda D. Nelson



Workshop includes:

Evening Demo on Tuesday, September 19 (a $25. value)

Two days en Plein Air on locations TBA.

Two days in Studio, learning Calvin’s methods and techniques; time painting from your own photos or his demo image.

One on one critiques at your easel.

Maps, lists of recommended eateries in the area, local features and artist’s resources.

Friday evening BBQ at Chez Nelson.

Studio venue:  St. Michael’s University Church, 6586 Picasso Rd., Isla Vista, CA.

Atelier Nelson LLC    

Calvin Liang’s Santa Barbara Workshop Description           

Calvin Liang will be teaching a 4-day workshop with two days of outdoor painting. Two days will be spent working on a single studio painting based on photos you take on location. Calvin will begin with a demonstration then he will spend time with each student throughout the rest of the day. It is recommended to bring a laptop or tablet for the studio days. Alternatively, you may have color prints of your reference photos printed locally.

Plein air painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. The lessons will include:

1.      How to plan a composition that will be effective for the artist’s intentions and preferences.
2.      How to better see and use warm and cool color in the landscape.
3.      How to command hardness and softness of the edges to create space in a painting.
4.      How to simplify the subject matter through the use of basic design, value, color and drawing skills.
5.      How to consider the reasons for different paint surface textures, and brushstroke direction over the forms; and
6.      How to get the best possible results in a short time.

Fee:  $900. Only 16 seats available.

Studio venue:  St. Michael’s University Church, 6586 Picasso Rd., Isla Vista, CA.

4.      How to simplify the subject matter through the use of basic design, value, color and drawing 5.      How to consider the reasons for different paint surface textures, and brushstroke direction over the forms; and
6.      How to get the best possible results in a short time.

Don't miss your chance to join the Environmental Defense Center for one of Santa Barbara's best-loved summer event series - tgif! We are excited to announce the return of our summer happy hour series that has been on hiatus since the beginning of COVID.  Where else can you enjoy a glass of local wine or a frosty beer, delicious bites from food vendors, and live music with 200-300 like-minded community members, all while learning about some of the amazing environmental work being done in our region? 

Only at tgif!

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