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  • Above the Bay, 24x36
    Above the Bay giclée , white inner mat

    Above the Bay Giclée (11×14)

    This painting is the largest in a series I painted at this location, which showcases the gold meadows of California. The inspiration comes from the Moore Creek Preserve, open space below the University of California at Santa Cruz campus. In this location, I found inspiring views of the Monterey Bay. The oak meadow, with its path, leads the viewer down the mountain to the sea. The golds of the fields complement the blues of the ocean. Cumulus clouds march in from the west. – mh

  • Big Sur Morning, 9x12, framed
    Big Sur Morning

    Big Sur Morning

    In the spring, I go on retreat with several of my painting friends to an area close to Big Sur. From this location, we are able to get an early start painting and catch the light coming up over the mountains to the east. This painting was made in the early morning with the sun lighting parts of the Bixby Bridge on highway one as it travels along the coast to Big Sur. – mh


  • Breath of Spring Giclée (11×14)

    Sycamore trees are heavy drinkers – they grow along rivers and streams, and are native to California. In the Autumn, their large leaves turn a golden brown and are often the last deciduous tree to lose their leaves. Breath of Spring portrays spring, when the Sycamores are just forming their leaves. The new leaf buds have an orange hue, which are complemented by the distant blue hills. – mh

  • Coastal Color, sage green inner mat

    Coastal Color Giclée (11×14)

    Wildflowers in bloom create brief explosions of color on our West Coast landscapes. I’ve stopped and painted several times at this spot on the coastal highway just north of Big Sur. Here, in June, gold wild yarrow is complemented by blue mist-muted mountains. – mh

  • Coastal Spring Giclée (11×14)

    The California coastline has many bays and headlands that are pleasing to the eye. I found this scene looking south from the Pigeon Point Lighthouse area, on a day when the clouds were quite remarkable. The blooming wild mustard and the oxalis formed a colorful foreground, and an overgrown trail led my eye into the scene. The headlands of Año Nuevo, breeding ground for elephant seals, lies in the distance. The yellow flowers of spring are complemented by the lavenders of distant hills and cloud shadows. – mh

  • Continental Edge, image detail
    Continental Edge giclée , white inner mat

    Continental Edge Giclée (11×14)

    California’s Pacific Coast, just south of Big Sur, is truly awe-inspiring. I observed, and then sought to capture in this painting, how nature’s contrasts abound – tiny wildflowers set against mighty cliffs, the fluid ocean eroding the solid cliffs, mists arising from the ocean, and mountains fading in the distance. – mh


  • Dynamic Coast, image detail
    Dynamic_Coast, white inner mat

    Dynamic Coast Giclée (11×14)

    I was inspired by the colors of the Big Sur coast. The orange-reds of the ice plant complement the cobalt and viridian of the sea. Dark waters in the shadow of the cliff add contrast to the sea foam. The ochre sandstone lights up against the dark granite. The waves crash and swirl below me. The original is a studio painting developed from my plein air experiences at this location. – mh

  • Forbidden Beach


         “On my way to visit Local Color in Big Sur and replace paintings that have sold from there, Rich and I often plan a hike somewhere along the coast. On one of our visits, we hiked out to the beaches at Andrew Molera State Park. We took the high trail, a new one for us. Part way along stood an old log cabin amongst tall eucalyptus trees.


         “After about a mile, we climbed to a vantage point above the sea. Further along the coast, and looking North, was a quiet stretch of beach. In the foreground were many colors of wild flowers, including the wild golden achillias which so complement the blues in the sea. The sky was clear, so the ocean had patches of turquoise which so describe this part of the California Coast. The light sand makes for clear water near the shore.


         “This beach is fenced off so getting close was not an option. I took several photos that I later used as references for this painting.”


    – mh

  • Light on the Slough

    “California’s Pacific Ocean coastline is dotted with sloughs and estuaries of the many rivers and creeks which wash out to the sea. These often brackish bodies of water provide habitat for a myriad of plants and creatures. Along the Pajaro Valley in Watsonville CA, are many sloughs. This location offered a view of the farmland beyond. It is home to many birds. (The Spanish name for bird is Pajaro.)


    “In this particular spot, I was attracted to the light on the trees as the sun set to the west, casting shadows and streaks of warm light. I included a blue heron in the painting, one of my favorites among the graceful birds that inhabit the area.” – mh


  • Luminesscent Sea, 11x14, framed

    Luminescent Sea

    One day there was a break in the rain and the sun appeared through the clouds. The Sea turned a luminous shade of green. I painted feverishly to capture the moment. This location is close to a favorite surf spot on the East side of Santa Cruz called Pleasure Point. – mh


  • Mission Morning Giclée (11×14)

    The fog was thick as I set up my easel to begin this painting at the Carmel Mission. The architecture challenged me to create the three-dimensional illusion. Perspective lines take the viewer to the flowering bougainvillea. As the fog turned to rain, I backed into a covered walkway to finish my morning’s work. – mh

  • Morning Shadows Giclée (11×14)

    I awoke early to be up and out at 6am to paint at this location before the wind came up and made plein air painting impossible. (An artist’s canvas can relate to wind just as does a canvas sail on a yacht, but to different effect!) The shadows attest to the early morning hour. The color of the sea here in Big Sur always delights. – mh

  • Pacific_Edge, 11x14, framed trimmed

    Pacific Edge

    “I am fortunate to live close to the Pacific Ocean and protected areas along the coast. A favorite itinerary of visitors to the area is to take a ride along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. ‘Pacific Edge’ was painted at a pull off along this route.

    “The waves were large this day and the tide was high. Off shore rocks broke the waves, creating cascades of ocean spray into the sky. An intriguing home sits on the bluffs overlooking the sea. The blue of the sky and ocean are complemented by the gold cliffs leading down to the sea.”

    – mh

  • Point Lobos Giclée (11×14)

    I am a frequent visitor to this ‘crown jewels of the California State Park system’ – Point Lobos State Park. This was painted from my images of the ocean at Whalers’ Cove in the Park, with the Carmelite Monastery beyond. By today, the trees have grown up around the monastery, obscuring its presence in the view. – mh

  • Poppies on the Coast Giclée (11×14)

    During one of my morning walks along the Pacific coast, I found this sparkle of color, set off by the blue ocean beyond. Red poppies are rare as natives in the California landscape, so I imagine these were planted by an ambitious gardener. There were other wildflowers among the color spray – alyssum and lavender sweet peas. The sun struck one of the red poppies, creating a glow. I took several photos and later created this painting in my studio. – mh

  • Michele in her Soquel Studio
    Michele teaching at lighthouse field

    Private Lesson


    I am offering private landscape painting sessions by appointment. These offer more flexibility and personalized attention than could be afforded with group classes. Sessions are roughly 3 hours in duration. Instruction is set up to meet your individual needs – the great benefit of a private lesson.


    You will want to first decide whether you are interested in learning about plein air painting or studio painting. I include both in my professional work myself, and I have taught both. Studio painting is especially useful for really large paintings. Plein air painting, which is painting out in the natural landscape, often works better with smaller paintings – and that is particularly true on windy days. The plein air approach adds challenges to the painting experience – primarily access challenges (getting our gear to where the “perfect view spot” is located”), weather challenges (looks like rain!) and light challenges (painting as the sun and shadows are moving requires rapid development of the paintings before the scene changes right before your eyes.)


    I will work alongside you, demonstrating various steps and guiding you with instruction regarding value, color, shape, line, texture, and edges as they relate what we are painting. If in studio, you may choose to work from your own reference material, photos and / or plein air sketches. Or I can provide such. Once you are registered on line, I will contact you to arrange a date and time, and to make a basic plan for what type private class session will work well for you. A suggested materials list will also be sent to you after you register.

  • Redwood Mist, 24x30

    Redwood Mist Giclée (11×14)

    Occasionally, in the early morning hours, the fog is lifting from the redwood forest. This forest is where I’ve had my outdoor ‘gallery’ at the King’s Mountain Art Show every Labor Day weekend for over 10 years. The rising sun sends streams of light through the trees, illuminating a magical land. The tall, vertical trees contrast with the diagonal rays of the sunlight. Redwood Mist is my interpretation of this phenomenon. I felt the need for new texture, so I used plant materials – ferns and salvia pieces – as stamps to add texture to the woodland foreground. – mh

  • Michele in her Soquel Studio
    Hausman Studio in Soquel, California

    Semi-Private Lesson for 2

    Title:                   Semi-Private painting instruction for 2

    Date/Time:         TBD – Michele will contact registrant

    Location:            Michele Hausman Studio, Soquel CA, or a plein air location to be agreed


    Two participants:      This item allows 2 people to come to a Michele Hausman painting session for instruction together. You will choose whether to arrange the session as a plein air activity somewhere in Santa Cruz County, or to be held in Michele’s Soquel Studio. Total cost is $110 for both students. At $55 each, this is a good, affordable choice for those who wish to experience art making with a friend, partner, child, parent, or anyone with whom you will enjoy spending time learning from and sharing with Michele. (And this can be a fun gift!)


    Preregistration Required – you will be contacted by Michele soon after your registration is received. For each participant, she will want to know your painting skill level and the subjects of interest for your painting. At that time, you can schedule a date for the painting session.

  • Michele in her Soquel Studio
    Hausman Studio, interior view

    Six Saturday Classes: Expanding Your View

    In the class series, we will focus on painting natural landscapes. All six classes will be held indoors in my Soquel studio. Each student will work at their own pace with individual attention during the painting process. Through the course of the six classes, we will each be developing the various skills and techniques of seeing and painting to move from smaller images to larger.


    I will demonstrate the various steps and guide you with some basic color mixtures and provide instruction regarding value, color, shape, line, texture, and edges as they relate to the project for the class. Learning to “quick sketch” will aid you in exploring your composition in more detail before committing to a large format. This class is intended to expand your knowledge base for creating a strong painting.


    You will work from your own reference material, photos and / or plein air sketches. You will bring three or four images to work from during the series. We will explore the elements of painting together. Simple value sketches will be made before moving on to color. Different formats and sections of your references will be painted, before moving to a larger format.


    I will contact each registrant to assure participants are all of a level to learn well together. A suggested materials list will be sent to you after you register. And we’ll all have fun!  – mh

    CLOSED. Class is full.

            Class registrants (who have logged in) can view the class materials and notes here.

  • Tenacity Giclée (11×14)

    On the Cypress Trail in Point Lobos Park stands this tree, roots exposed but clinging to the steep hillside. The often strong coastal winds are made visible by the shapes of branches of these trees. The cypress remind me of graceful dancers. After completion, I named this painting Tenacity for its reflection of the human qualities of hanging on against all odds and persevering against adversity. – mh

  • Under Gray Sky, 11x14

    Under Gray Sky Giclée (11×14)

    The Monterey peninsula is often shrouded in fog. This painting was created along the drive to China Cove in Point Lobos State Park. Gray sky accentuates color in the cliffs and trees, while fog adds an element of mystery and softened texture. – mh

  • Ursa Curious


         “One autumn, while visiting Yosemite National Park, I set up my easel to paint the reflections of Half Dome in the Merced River. When I had almost completed the painting, a black bear came snuffling along the far side of the river. I grabbed my camera and took several pictures. Richard came to help me pack up just then, and we decided a fast exit was in order as the bear looked our way.


         This painting was created in my studio soon after, from my memories and from photos.


    – mh

  • Vineyard Afternoon Giclée (11×14)

    I stopped by this scene while driving home from San Juan Batista after a painting trip. I was inspired, but I felt an urgency to capture the fading light of the late afternoon as long shadows descended down the golden hills. The vineyard rows lead the viewer’s eye back to the rustic barn even as the shadows bring the eye down to it. -mh

  • Wave Action, 24x36

    Wave Action Giclée (11×14)

    After days of plein air painting along this remarkable coast, I returned to my studio and found one small painting which I felt captured the energy of the waves. I began work on a large version of that study – a studio painting inspired by a particular day of painting at Pescadero State Beach, when the tides and waves were crashing and yet the wind was quiet, a rare combination. Wave Action, a 24” by 36” painting, then developed over several months. I felt this large size was required to portray the energy of the ocean.  – mh

  • Wildflower Garden Giclée (11×14)

    On my morning walk along the coast, I came upon this patch of flowers planted by some generous gardener. The red oriental poppies added a bit of surprise to this otherwise native collection. Photos and a small study made that week led to the larger studio painting, “Wildflower Garden.” – mh