Shore to Summit exhibit

Marcia Burtt, Camino Cielo, acrylic, 20×36 in.

July 12 through September 1, 2019

From a swath of wet sand, climb the tangle of trails to expansive overlooks, joining our artists as they capture journeys to the beach and mountains with realism, minimalism, and formal experimentation.

Emerging and disappearing paths through cropped trees along the Coast Range inspire us to imagine what is beyond the frame. The beauty, details, and clarity of realist paintings capture a specific moment and location but don’t give away the whole story.

Experiments with textures and colors imply forests and rocky shores, while mountain ridges and ocean glimpses are distilled from simple lines and washes. Deconstructed landscapes reveal the properties of the materials that form both the paintings and terrain.

MARCIA BURTT GALLERY • 517 Laguna St., Santa Barbara, CA • 805 962-5588 • Th–Su, 1-5

Icons of Preservation: Oak Group exhibit

Break in the Weather, acrylic, 18x20 in.

Gallery artists and Oak group members Marcia Burtt and Bill Dewey will be an exhibition benefiting The Land Trust of Santa Barbara County, earmarked for the Gaviota Creek Restoration Project.

June 29th – Aug. 27th

June 29 4p – Opening Reception.

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery
11 E. Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA  93101

In Color

Evening Light (From Harbor Island #3)

Marcia Burtt Gallery, 517 Laguna St. Santa Barbara, CA 805-962-5588 Th-Su 1-5pm

Color narrates the story of gallery artists’ paintings and photographs in our “In Color” exhibition. Realist and stylized views emphasize landscape extremes.

Natural phenomena expand the realist’s palette. Bright sunshine intensifies color: flowers and new green grass form broad expanses of color on canvas. Sky and land are transformed by sunset pink, orange, and bright yellow. Urban and suburban settings insert the surprising and unnatural into the natural with brightly painted walls and manufactured accents.

Optical effects from complementary colors make trees vibrate and backgrounds shimmer. Monochromatic studies accentuate atmosphere, and rainbow-colored abstractions create new realities.

The Artist’s Garden

ranch retreat

This secluded ranch has a quiet 19th century feel, yet is 20 minutes by car from Highway 101 and the town of Santa Maria, and a half hour’s drive to Pacific Coast beaches. Sowle Ranch is situated in a winding valley traversed by a dirt road passing through the creek bed. The Casita is on one end of the central quadrangle, the ranch house is on the second side, a grape arbor with picnic tables on the third, and large straw-bale art studio on the fourth. The studio has a Yamaha Ariel electronic piano, and the walls are nearly completely soundproof.

There are covered porches on both east and west ends of the studio as well as a bank of north-facing windows inside, set up for painting on gloomy days.

Cottonwood and sycamore trees, fresh air, pure and delicious well water, and ready-to-pick flowers and vegetables surround the buildings. A large swimming pool forms the center of the quadrangle, solar heated May through October. An infrared sauna for your use is available on a nearby covered porch.

The garden and buildings are surrounded by utter privacy, quiet, twelve hundred acres of cattle rangeland, and hills full of wildlife. In wet years, the running creek is a great painting feature.


This historic ranch was originally over 4,000 acres. It was divided into three parts in the 1930s. Sowle Ranch retained the corrals, hay barn, and ranch bungalow built in 1914 from redwood that floated ashore after a shipwreck off Pt. Conception. A tiny 1880s stone schoolhouse once served this rural canyon; it stands next to the cowboy house a hundred yards behind the ranch house compound.

Marcia Burtt featured in Athens Embassy catalog

Marcia Burtt has been a proud participant of the Art in Embassies program that is put on by the US State Department. “Art in Embassies (AIE), a program within the U.S. Department of State, creates vital cross-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchanges.” Her art has been recently been exhibited in Athens, Greece.

The Art of Plein Air Painting

Marcia Burtt is a featured artist in the just published:

The Art of Plein Air Painting: An Essential Guide to Materials, Concepts, and Techniques for Painting Outdoors
by M. Stephen Doherty

You can find it on Amazon here:



Lightweight alternate acrylic setup

used by Alison Levine

“Here are pictures of my setup using a Masterson Stay-Wet Palette minus the sponge.
Instead of the sponge I line the bottom with a piece of Jack Richeson gray palette paper.
I’ve attached two clear pill organizers using strong adhesive Velcro cut to size. The seal to this box keeps acrylic paints from drying out for many days. Continue reading

Sarasota workshop

Lovely beaches, beautiful paintings and big brushes in Florida!

Recommended Supply list


Workshop Supply List

You may bring any medium you like and any easel you are comfortable with.
If you want to learn to use the acrylic medium, bring:
paint box
minimum 3-color acrylic paint palette plus white
homemade palette for mixing
cotton rags
spray bottle
stool or other support for your open paint box
at least once good large brush made for acrylic
canvases, panels, or boards gessoed with white primer, size recommendations
Professional grade acrylics compared -link to Lindsey Bourret’s
Choosing the Acrylic Paint that’s Best for You

Plano 2-tray tackle box

Plano 2-tray tackle box

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Limited Palettes

You can get along with any of the three limited palettes below, or you can get all of the colors I like to use. You’ll have to work harder using fewer colors, but either the limited OR full palettes below should allow you to mix nearly any color you see. Continue reading