Winter in the Canyon

Gwen in afternoon light, Cottontail Springs

Living on Cottontail Springs Ranch has been wonderful. We are loving it. 
The canyon is full of rich color and filled with interesting sounds.

Oaks and Sycamores

Changing seasons

Sycamore leaves and reflections


Cottontail Springs Ranch and Studio

Morning East View
David and I have moved to Cottontail Springs Ranch, located in the hills behind Cayucos, CA. After painting on the ranch, neighboring ranches and local beaches for many years... it feels like moving into a painting!

Cottontail Springs Studio telephone 805-995-1772.

Late afternoon on Cottontail Springs Ranch


Elizabeth Tolley Presentation Oct. 4, 2011

Plein Air Painting:

Capturing the Truth and Beauty 
of the Landscape

October 4, 2011  7-9pm 
San Luis Obispo Art Museum in San Luis Obispo, CA

Admission to the lecture is free.

You are invited to join Libby Tolley for an evening slide presentation on Landscape Painting as she shares her paintings and her thoughts about plein air and studio painting.
Sweet Springs 2011

Libby will explain and show how she gets to know the heartbeat of the land and is able to go from transcribing the landscape to translating it. Choosing the subject, simplifying, color and design all work together to express the poetry of the land.

As important as working on location is for developing an artist's sensitivity to light, color and shape, a studio is an important place for study and creating large works.

Plein Air, Studio, field sketches and paintings in progress will be displayed during the lecture.

During the evening she will talk about the path she took and continues to take in developing as an artist.

At the end of the evening Libby will be available to sign her book, Oil Painter's Solution Book.

Libby is this year’s award juror at the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival. Her painting, "Daybreak" won the Best of Show Award in the 2006 Festival. In 2010 she received the best of show in the Glenna Hartmann Memorial Invitational for her painting, "Into the Light".

August afternoon in Sweet Springs 2011

Made in the shade... Gwen on location September 14


FINDING BEAUTY: Backroads Close to Home

In the Golden Light of a Winter Sunset, Montana de Oro


 FINDING BEAUTY: Backroads Close to Home
You are invited to join Libby at the opening reception 
this Saturday, May 14, 2011
1 - 4 PM
Knowlton Gallery
Lodi, California

The show will continue through June 25th.
For more information: (209) 368-5123
Join Libby and fellow artists for the show's opening reception this Saturday. Each artist will give a short talk about their region and the art they painted. This four-person show also features work by acclaimed artists Kathleen Dunphy, Clark Mitchell and Charles Muench, each depicting scenes from their local  regions. 

Winter Glow, Cuesta Inlet 12 x 12

Blessed Evening 16 x 20

Fall Morning on a High Tide, Cuesta Inlet 8 x 10

Sunrise, Turri Ranch 10 x 16
Summer Morning Mist, Turri Ranch 9 x 12

Between Showers, Old Creek Beach 12 x 16