Saturday, November 20, 2010
Here, at Yoakim Bridge Road and West Dry Creek in Healdsburg, sits a pretty little house, barn, and vineyard which I painted last summer, but the scene is even more inspiring now with the colorful autumn leaves.
Once again the autumn vineyards shimmer with all the golden colors of the season. Here a Napa Valley vineyard caught my attention in the late afternoon. The shadows moved fast, so I could only capture the image with a few strokes of my brush before taking the canvas home to finish from a digital photo.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Diverging from the usual photos of my artwork, here is a photo from my recent trip to Nepal and Tibet. The trip was not your usual vacation, nor was it for the meek. Our accomodations were rustic and many on the tour suffered from altitude sickness after ascending to 12,000 - 14,000 feet along the Tibetan high plateau. I am pleased that I made the journey to see such a mysterious country.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
On a drive out West Dry Creek, I spotted these bracero houses. The narrow, twisty road has lots of traffic, visitors driving who are out wine tasting in the area, all in all a leathal combination for setting up a plein air painting. So I took a photo and worked from it instead.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Last week's plein air workshop with Tom Soltesz yielded a couple saveable plein air paintings. Tom's style of color application is much more muted compaired to mine. But I did come away with some valueable painting knowledge. Mixing big piles of paint before tackling the scene was helpful to learn. Without continually mixing as you go, the plein air painting is finished in lightening speed (provided you know where to put the paint). I liked the way Tom applied the highlight areas on the tops of trees. "Sort of William Wendty", he says.
Friday, July 30, 2010
It was just another day in paradise for plein air painters. We were invited to Oak Hill Farm along Highway 12 in Kenwood on a Sunday so that we would not be in the way of the farm workers . Oak Hill Farm has wonderful, organic produce, as well as wreaths and other fun stuff. I painted this above the Red Barn, looking across a field of Eucalyptus that is grown for flower arrangements and wreaths. While painting there, I had to look out for rattle snakes and bees. Oak Hill Farm sells some really tasty honey from the bees who live in the hives located near my plein air painting setup.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Earlier in the week, I painted this image in the Healdsburg garden of a fellow artist. It was a delight to be invited into this serene scene. The air was filled with the songs of many different kinds of birds, a gentle breeze, and the sweet scent of flowers.
Matanzas Creek Winery is a favorite spot for Monday Morning Painters during the lavender blooming period. In fact many of us have painted there over and over again, so that we almost don't have to look at the scene because we can paint it from memory. But both the gardens and the umbrellas are subtly changing, with the addition and disappearance of these features from one year to another.
The Lavender Barn is off to the left. This was a venue for our Monday Morning Painter's group. Most of us were located under a huge oak tree painting in the same direction. Someone said it looked like we were having a convention, but we were just trying to stay cool on that blistering day.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
This is one of the first wineries I visited when I came to California back in 1962 and it still has a fascination for me. I love it's terra cotta colored roof with the cobolt blue hills in the background, as well as the gnarly old winter vines. When I first visited the tasting room, the Redwood Highway was a two lane throughfare alongside Pastori Winery. Now those two lanes have become a frontage road, where I stood to paint this, alongside a four lane freeway.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Here we are: me, Char and Marcy, in Laguna Beach awaiting Greg Larock's demonstration. As well as being an accomplished plein air painter, Greg is a remarkable instructor who has the ability to pass his knowledge along to his students with great ease.