Life is hectic for everyone, so carving time out to do what we enjoy needs to be a priority. My husband and I, along with our two very sweet Boxers, enjoy a bit of local traveling which includes going to Paso Robles.
We have been going to Paso for nearly 35 years! The first 25 years we went waterskiing and wakeboarding at Lake San Antonio then good friends of ours introduced us to Paso’s wineries and vineyards. The beauty of the area has been the subject of many of my paintings including this painting I just finished today. Summerwood Inn & Winery has been a favorite of ours and we have stayed at the Inn on several occasions. On one particular rainy stay at the Inn, I fell in love with the rainy day view looking out onto the patio toward the vineyard and knew I had to create a painting of the scene.
This 10″ x 26″ oil on canvas, so far untitled. Here are a few photos of the process:
18″ x 36″oil on canvas
This is one of those paintings that I just want to lay on the ground, flat on my back in absolute relief that it is finally over! I began this painting a year or so ago but after the initial block in, I decided to change it to a night scene. Once completed, I was unhappy with its somber mood so I decided to change it one more time. After each major change, I would set the painting aside for months, but a few weeks ago I knew it was time to get it done.
The smart thing I SHOULD have done in the very beginning was make a few small, different color studies which would have saved me a lot of time and frustration. Some artists would have scrapped it and began again but I built the canvas using 2″ wide stretcher bars and was unwilling to scrap it. I also loved the composition and on my third attempt painting this scene, I changed some of the background which now that it is done, I am really happy with.
Has anyone ever gone through changing their painting several times? I always work out my composition ahead of time but from now on, I will make sure to work out the color ahead of time. Below is the process of my initial composition, second painting (somber, nighttime version) and finally, the completed painting.
8″ x 10″
Sketches done of this simple still life of garlic and earthenware. I quickly sketched with ballpoint pen and then did a 5″ x 7″ value study in oil. My aim was to be able to work quickly in color in order to finish in one sitting. Well, I continue to struggle between speed and accuracy, so the final painting took two separate sessions, about 6 hours total.
I am currently finishing up a large painting in oil, but plan to get outside, work only with larger brushes in order to capture the scenery at a much quicker pace.
Until next time, blessings to you all.
I am happy to announce that my 30″ x 40″ painting of the local walnut grove has a new home.
Quick painting of the front counter at “Rabalais Bistro”, Santa Paula, CA
In my zeal for setting a goal to complete more paintings this year, I began two large watercolor paintings and an oil painting. The 10″ x 26″ oil of a rainy day in Paso Robles, CA is just in the beginning stages and before I continue going any further with this, I plan to work on several smaller color studies, using different palettes to bring a little more ‘life’ into the final painting.
For the following painting, I began with a sketch, next, a black and white contrast study for this pumpkin patch scene, then began the watercolorBefore getting too far with the watercolor process, I decided to scrap this project because it would look much better done in oils.
Finally, in this last piece I have the drawing done and just a tiny bit of watercolor placed but will hold off until I get a value study done to get the greatest impact on the final painting.
So what began as an energetic beginning to 2019 has slowed down to a snails pace and with it, doubts and frustration. I welcome any thoughts or feedback.
Well, it’s back to the drawing board for me!
Have a great week🎨