Here I tried to capture the last of the glorious fall vineyards in Geyserville, not far from my home. I had to paint fast because nearby workers were pruning the vines while I was painting. This scene is next to Highway 101 and has many utility poles plunked down in the midst of the vineyard.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The chapel at Bishops Ranch, a venue from Monday Morning Painters. This painting is rather stylized, with a full moon in the upper right corner, the mysterious building behind the chapel, the small orchard trees which appear to have been pruned, the leafless trees against the sky, and the grass turned viridian from a recent rain.
Whenever I travel to Atascadero to visit my relatives who live there, I always bring along my painting gear, often painting the surrounding vineyards and Santa Margarita Lake. Here is another painting of the lake, a beautiful and peaceful place with twittering birds and fine vistas.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A drive to Calistoga proved to be a treasure trove for plein air painters. The supurb lighting that day helped me create this image. I was standing in the middle of a vineyard in order to cature the red roof of the house in the distance.
The weather turned warm and sunny, so I grabbed my painting gear and drove up Los Amigos Road and turned onto Limerick Lane to find a likely spot to paint. The morning fog just burned off, but I was able to capture the residue. With this particular painting, I had covered the painting panel with gray, leaving an impression that the day was cold.
This often painted barn on Slusser Road is one of the several I have painted of this view. Here the image is in late winter, after rains have sprouted the grass and the vines have yet to be pruned. I am alway amazed at how the barn withstands time and remains so stately.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
View from BR Cohn Winery
View from Kunde Vineyards looking through an Olive Grove
View from Kunde Vineyards looking toward San Pablo Bay
These paintings reflect how vineyards are steadily replacing the riparian forests of Sonoma County. But, as a plein air painter, I am fortunate to have the ability to paint from these locations and let others see what I see through my eyes. The Kunde Vineyard paintings were part of a Brent Jensen workshop, where he stressed simple strokes using a brush loaded with paint. The day after attending Brent's workshop, I viewed the Edgar Payne exhibit at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento. After viewing the exhibition, much of what Brent tried to teach his students was reinforced.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Another painting of the Hopkins Ranch off Eastside Road. I have painted these vineyards several times during the past few years. I like the water tower at the end of the road and the barn. Painting vineyard mustard has always been one of my favorite subjects because of its bright cadmium yellow.