18″ x 24″ watercolor on Aquarelle Arches watercolor block
I have been working for quite some time on a vineyard series of large paintings which include acrylics, oil and watercolor. This particular painting was taken from reference photos taken at quite literally the crack of dawn! Although this painting maintains my typical control with the paint, it is more stylized then my usual realistic approach.
Beginning stages of the painting:
“Blueberry fields in the morning” 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas
Santa Rosa Valley, CA is a 6.861 square mile stretch of hills, farmland, some horse ranches, homes and paths for hiking. The farms mainly produce avocados, blueberries and lemons but many home owners have oranges, grapefruit, apples and more.
For me, this area offers so much inspiration for painting and drawing. On one such venture, I headed over to Gerry Ranch which has acres and acres of blueberries and is also a beautiful wedding venue site. The owners were so gracious and have allowed me to wander there property to sketch and take photographs.
From our yard: Bacon avocados (who knew you could grow bacon on a tree?!), Meyer lemons and mandarin oranges