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"Santa Monica Mountains" Accepted into Southern California Inspirations .NWS Oceanside Museum of Art

Santa Monica Mountains 14 x 21 watercolor on paper Honored to be selected for this exhibit. National Watercolor Society:  Southern...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

One Person Exhibit at Wente

East of Yountville 12 X 16
My one person show of watercolors is coming up in October. The reception is Sunday, October 7 from 1 to 3 at the Wente Estate Tasting Room at 5565 Tesla Rd, Livermore. The show runs from October 1 to 30 and is open 11 to 4:30 daily. I have all the paintings finished as of yesterday! and will have new ones from the Sonoma Plein Air event last week as well. Email me if you want directions or have questions. There should be from 20 to 25 paintings, you never know until you hang them.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sonoma Plein Air 2007 Part 2

Descending Oaks 14 x 14
Hill at Kunde 12 x 16
Ridge at Sonoma 12 x 16


On Monday morning we signed in, had our paper stamped and went out to paint. I was on my way to Jack London State park, when the road to Valley of the Moon Winery caught my eye. So I painted in the shade of a tree in the driveway of the tasting room . Went to my hosts, unpacked and started out to the State park again, but on a whim decided to go up to the top of Moon Mountain Rd to see what was there. The light on the Valley was incredible , so I painted there starting at 3 :30.
On Tuesday, we were invited to paint at the Bouverie nature preserve, in Kenwood, I think. I painted Ridge at the Preserve on Tuesday morning there, then drove down the road and painted Hill at Kunde Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday I tried to paint in Petaluma but it was cloudy and it was an unfinished painting. In the afternoon I went far down HWY 121, and painted Descending Oaks in partly sunny, windy conditions. I saw my first clydesdale while painting (I keep track of wildlife I see while painting but this was a first!) That evening I went into town and painted behind Sebastiani. It is also an unfinished painting.
Thursday morning I stared at my paintings and made adjustments to finish them. Thursday afternoon, I was feeling good about my progess and I drove back to Kunde where Early Autumn Colors Sonoma just about painted itself. It was my personal favorite of the week and I brought it to the gala friday night where it got bid up above retail for the foundation. The purpose behind the event is Art education funding in Sonoma County, a very worthy cause and one that inspires me.

Sonoma Plein Air 2007 part 1

Early Autumn Colors Sonoma 11 X 14
At the Top of Moon Mountain 11 x 14

At the Valley of the Moon 14 X14
I just got back from the Sonoma Plein Air Paint Out on Saturday night! It was a wonderful experience to spend 4 1/2 days doing nothing but paint in a beautiful setting. I met some wonderful people, the artists, volunteers, my hosts, and the art collectors were all great.
I had a personal step forward, in my quest to get more versatile, I have been trying to get more comfortable with smaller sizes. I love to work in half sheets and have been getting slightly smaller. At this event I was very comfortable working in smaller sizes and happy with how they turned out.
I painted 9 paintings, 6 that were finished, 2 that have issues I am still working on. And only one that is not worth trying to finish. So I am pretty happy. And I sold 2, in a venue where I am new to collectors. More paintings from Sonoma next post. The web site is http://www.sonomapleinair.com

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Red Devil Summer

During my open studios my demo did not get very far. Here is the very abstract version of an earlier painting I finished during our heat waves this summer. It is what happens when I paint in the studio. It reminds me of art nouveau and Peter Max. I need something with red in it for over my fireplace and I think this looks like flame stitched fabric.


Red Devil Summer

Watercolors I did in Tucson

Tucson 2
Tucson 1
We went to Tucson in July and it was a completely different place to paint. The mountains have their "bones" exposed, shear rock with very little soil or vegetation. The colors are completely different. Here are two I did looking up at Pusch Ridge.