Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ready to show at Studio Blomster

These are two of the paintings that will hang in my first solo show at Studio Blomster, in Guerneville, on August 2nd. I am excited about this opportunity!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Painting at Flowers Winery

My friend Dar works at Flowers Winery in Cazadero. Yesterday, I joined her for lunch (unbelievably delicious wild Alaskan salmon grilled on a cedar plank) and after lunch I painted. The landscape everywhere you look around this winery is breathtaking! While I painted, I got to watch a big hare hopping along through the vines.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Car painting on the coast

Earlier this week, I went to paint on the coast. I had thought I would be outside painting, but it turned out to be a quite windy day. I decided to paint in my car. I parked in a pullout across the road from one of my favorite barns (which I have painted a few times before). I kept looking from my left, at the scene I was painting, to my right, at the beautiful light and cloud formations on the horizon. I could enjoy the sea breeze through my open windows. I will try to remember to post a picture of the painting when it is finished. 

Out painting!

Several days ago, I drove up to the top of the very long road on which I live. I reached the fence which blocks off the road and declares: "End of county maintenance. Enter at your own risk." I considered this, but I could see that there was a clear, open path and that the only risk seemed to be running into a rattlesnake. I made sure to make noise as I followed the path. It was a very hot day, so it turned out that the real risk was burning myself to a crisp! After a couple hours (when I could no longer stand the heat), I moved my stuff to a shady spot to paint a bit more without a direct view of the scene. Back in my studio, I have changed the composition by removing much of the hill in the background. I think it will be successful in the end; will try to remember to post a picture of the finished painting when it's done.