Saturday, December 01, 2007

Some Good Press

Click on the title of this posting above "Some Good Press" to see what Lisa Watson wrote about me for the Monterey Herald. Because of the article, I'm staying in the area one day longer so I can be at the Salinas "A Taste of Monterey" during the December Art Walk in Salinas. If you're in the area, stop by. "A Taste of Monterey" is on the end of Main Street, right across the street from the Steinbeck Center. Say hello, see some paintings, and taste some wine on Friday, the 7th.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Morning Light

We're getting ready to move east, and I haven't got a lot of time for painting these days. Still, I'm able to steal a moment now and then, and this is the sort of thing that happens when I do.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Grass and Fog

We spent this weekend at an Airstream rally at the campground of Lake San Antonio, CA. We had a fantastic time camping and seeing what other folks have done with their Airstream campers. It rained one night, and the following morning the grass was wet and the fog clung to the hillsides above the lake.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Landscape with Fence

For some reason, fences always strike me as interesting subjects for paintings. They delineate borders, provide perches, and are a useful tool for illustrating distance. In this case, I just liked the way these fence posts caught the evening light, and I enjoyed the two little birds who were perched on the barbed wire for all the world as if they were enjoying the sunset.


Fenceposts. Another obscure title.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fall Hills

The hills here are still the color of mountain lions - tawny brown from lack of rain. In a couple weeks, when the wet weather starts, they'll begin to green up, as in the photo I used for this painting.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sunday, Point Lobos

Point Lobos is the local (Two miles from my house) state park, and setting of several scenes from Robert Louis Stevenson books. This is how it looked Sunday afternoon.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Thursday Morning

Thursday morning the sky above my house was spectacular.

Labor Day Weekend

I'm using my long weekend to spend some time with my family and get some painting done.

I'm opening a new show on the 21st of October, and I need to finish a lot of paintings in order to be ready in time, so expect to see an increase in the frequency of my posting.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Check out my new Format!

How do you like my new format? Have a look at the bottom of the page, and you'll see that you can now order T-shirts and other products bearing images of my paintings. Just click on the pictures. Tell me what you think.

Monday, August 27, 2007

I love views that emphasize light and shadow. The valleys and canyons here provide lots of them.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

How about a T-shirt?

A long time ago I uploaded this and other images to, from where I've had postcards and posters printed. I also made this image commercially available, and I just received notice that someone bought one of these shirts. Pretty cool, isn't it? Wouldn't you like to have a Steven Givler painting T-shirt? Visit to find out how.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

September Ranch

September Ranch is two miles from our place down Carmel Valley Road. They've got some beautiful horses there, and I've always promised myself I'd paint some.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sunset, Carmel Knolls

This is the view across the street from our house as the sun is setting into the ocean. I've been meaning to paint this tree in this setting for quite a while now. I'm glad I've finally gotten the chance.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Pacific Grove

Here's a painting I did recently. My son and I took our paint sets to Pacific Grove and did some work outdoors.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Foggy Morning, Asilomar

Asilomar is a favorite local beach of mine. I love to watch the fog roll through the trees.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New Digs

Here's the new home. We won't be moving in right away, but just knowing this 3.3 acres of peace and quiet is out there waiting for us sure makes me feel good.

We spent the week mowing the grass (after this photo was taken) trimming trees, and fixing the roof on the guest house. It was hot, sticky work, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Red-winged Blackbird

I'm going to be off-line for a week. I'm taking the family to the little farm we just bought in Georgia. I hope you have a Happy Independence Day, and that you pause for a moment or two while you're at it, and think about our Independence - how it was won at the cost of some of the most brilliant lives in history, and how it has been maintained at the cost of even more.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Rattlesnake Country

YES! Thanks for the comments. Now I know that at least two people are looking at these paintings. What a relief!

Friday, June 22, 2007


Yes, it's a hillside. I guess I'm running short on snappy titles.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Near Ginger's Place

Here's the latest. It's from a photo I took on a friend's property along Chualar Canyon, which is along the Salinas Valley.

Friday, June 15, 2007


Here's an experiment I've been working on. I'm looking for ways to depict the morning light as it filters through the Monterey pines I see on my way to work. What do you think?

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Half-finished Horse

Here's the horse that appears in a study below. Tomorrow I'll add more texture to the grass and maybe darken the hilltop toward the right hand side just a little, so that the storm clouds don't come so far forward on that side. I'll also add some detail to the horse's face and deepen some of the shading on him so that he looks more rounded.

By the way, here's some exciting news: A couple days ago I signed a contract with Lyonshead Gallery, which is a prominent gallery in Carmel Valley. They have about six of my paintings now, but I'm working toward August, which will be more like my official arrival there. Visit to see the other painters they represent.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Study, Horse on Hillside

Here's a study I did of a horse grazing along a hillside. I like the way it worked out, so I'll incorporate what I learned in a larger version, which will include a darkening sky beyond the top of the hill in the background.

This painting sold the first night it went on display, so I'm even happier with it than I was already.

Mountains and Vineyard

Here's one I just finished. It's hanging at "A Taste of Monterey" in Salinas, which is right across the street from the Steinbeck Center. Tonight was First Friday, in which local shops and galleries stay open late and invite guests to look at art and talk to the people who made it. We sold 3 paintings, so it was a great night.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Oak on Hillside

Here's the finished version of the painting I started below. I'm calling it "Oak on Hillside". I don't know if my framer (Carmel Rancho Art and Framing) will have time to get it framed before my show opens on Saturday, but I'll take it by tomorrow and see if they can manage. They do fantastic work and are always so easy to deal with. By the way, the reception for my opening is at A Taste of Monterey in Old Town, Salinas on Saturday the 19th. I hope you'll stop by, say hello, and sample some local wines.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Work in Progress

Here's a look at what I'm currently working on. You can see some pieces of string and thread I've coated with frisket and stuck onto the surface of the paper. I'm masking out areas that will later become blades of grass. When all the background work is done, I'll pull off the string and rub off the frisket, and then paint in the lighter-colored grass. Since watercolor is, for the most part, transparent, I have to resort to this kind of trickery to depict light objects in front of darker ones.

South Toward Point Lobos

Here's a commissioned piece I just finished. It's a view to the south across the mouth of the Carmel River Lagoon.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Landscape with Windmill

Yes I know it's not a very creative title.

Friday, May 04, 2007


I have a show coming up at the Salinas branch of "A Taste of Monterey" so I'll be doing a number of vineyard and wine-related paintings. Here's a little 5 X 7 painting I completed tonight.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Here's a look at my latest completed project. This is a view of the Salinas Valley from a ridge overlooking Chualar Canyon. I finished this to hang with a show that will open at the Salinas branch of "A Taste of Monterey" on 19 May. If you're in the neighborhood, I hope you'll stop by.

Friday, April 20, 2007

I have two more shows coming up, one in mid-May, and one in mid-June. I'm working hard to get enough painting done to fill them both. Susan is painting again as well, and we hope to show a bunch of her paintings along with mine. In the near future I'll post some photos of her latest projects. Meanwhile, here's my latest project. It's a view of the rocky shoreline along Point Lobos, which is just a mile or two from our home. I hope to finish this tomorrow.

Red Barn

As you can see, the barn from the study that appears below has turned red in this, the final version. For some reason in this larger painting, the white of the barn seemed to make it look too much like a warehouse.

On a completely unrelated note, there has been a lot of big cat activity around here lately. A mountain lion has taken 9 or 10 dogs in the not-too-distant community of Big Sur, and yesterday, our neighbor across the street hosted a large bobcat for the better part of two hours. The cat prowled her back yard in broad daylight, and seemed completey unafraid of humans. Not the kind of behavior you want to see in a normally reclusive, nocturnal predator. Wildlife folks have warned us to keep the kids and pets indoors until they manage to trap the cat.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Here's a study I just finished for a commission I have. My customer wanted a painting of a barn, so I took some photographs of the barn at Andrew Molera State Park, which is between here and Big Sur. I should have a larger version of this painting done in a couple of days.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Side by Side

Here's a look at my finished self portrait, beside the photo I used for a subject. Incidentally, I took the photo in our (very) red bathroom, which has great southwestern light.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Self Portrait

I've been asked a couple of times now to paint more people, and recently I've felt more and more interested in giving it a try. This self portrait is certainly not finished, but I thought I'd show you how it looks after one evening's work.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Near Mission Beach

Here's the final version of "Near Mission Beach." This and other paintings of mine will be showing at the Carmel Roasting Company coffee shop at the Crossroads Shopping Center in Carmel, starting at the beginning of March. Stop by and have a look if you're in the neighborhood.

Work in Progress

This is my current project, a view near Mission Beach, just south of our home in Carmel.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Oak and Briar

Here's a look at a white oak that grows in Garland Ranch State Park, which is near where I live in Carmel Valley, CA. For a complete listing of my paintings and pricing information, please visit

Monday, February 19, 2007

Another Century Plant

Here's a closer view of a century plant. One of my favorite things about these plants is the impression left by outer leaves upon inner ones, before they grow and spread out. It's a subtle thing, and I tried to suggest it in this painting.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Trail to the Lagoon

This time of year the Carmel River swells and pushes against the sand bar that separates it from the Pacific. Steelhead fingerlings school in the cold water, fleeing from shadows of wheeling gulls, and awaiting their chance to begin another phase of life.

The Carmel Lagoon is a beautiful place, for these and countless other reasons, and I will probably never tire of painting it.

Century Plant

I've always been interested in century plants. Until recently, I've never noticed the variety with yellow stripes on the leaves. This is a small study I did from a photograph of a local example.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Trees, Late Afternoon

Here's the latest in what is becoming a series of trees. It's not completely finished, but I thought I'd post a picture to reward anyone who might still be stopping by.

To see more paintings, please click on the title of this post.

Looks like I'm bound for Iraq for a year, probably starting in July. I predict more pictures of palm trees, and fewer Monterey Cypress.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Guest Artist

My wife, Susan, finished this oil pastel just a day or two ago, but hasn't come up with a title yet. It would help if we could identify the flowers in the foreground. Any ideas?

Placing these two paintings in the same post seems to have blurred them both, so I've posted them separately. Hopefully now they show better.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Evening, East of Eden

Here are two paintings of one of my favorite views, the lettuce fields of the Salinas Valley against the backdrop of the western mountain range as the sun sinks toward the ocean.

The bottom image is 5 inches by 21 inches, and the top one is 3 X 10.

Lots of hopeful news about my paintings these days. A local group of coffee shops has asked me to hang my work on their walls, and a local framing shop asked to display one too. They also want to carry my prints.

Meanwhile, paintings at Mimosa of Carmel continue to sell well. It's hard to believe that less than a year ago I hadn't sold a single painting.

Lest I begin to think I deserve any credit for these little successes, I hasten to remind myself that God is exceedingly gracious and provides for me beyond my wildest dreams. To Him belongs the glory.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Evening, Carmel Beach

The trees along Carmel Beach catch the light of the setting sun.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Tree, Carmel Lagoon

Here's the next in what's becoming a series on local trees. These are just outside the Carmel Lagoon, and Point Lobos is visible in the background.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Tree, Carmel Beach

Well it's been a long time coming, I know, but I think this painting is worth the wait. I'm pretty sure it's the best I've ever done. It's one of the many cypress trees along the beach at Carmel, and in the background you can see Pebble Beach Golf Course.