Focusing On Painting

12″ x 16″ oil on paper

In the beginning of summer, there was a question that I needed to ask myself, “How much time with social media is too much time?”. As I do my best to get my work “out there”, I realized that for me, it was taking over the already limited time I had to paint so I decided to just focus on my painting. I started by making a plan to finish a stack of paintings that I had set aside quite awhile ago before starting anything new AND before posting. I plan to stick with this plan in order to produce more work and post less.

Here are the paintings that I have completed:

“Poppies In The Vineyard” (22″ x 30″ rework/acrylics on watercolor paper)

“A Vineyard Row” (22″ x 30″ rework/acrylics on watercolor paper)

“Blueberries” (12″ x 16″ oil on primed watercolor paper)

Now that the stack has been completed, I feel much better about focusing on new projects. Until next time, take care and enjoy the last bits of summertime fun and warm weather!

Beach Scenes 10 & 11

8 x 10 oil

Painting plein air at Sycamore Cove Beach. Painting in the sand with people around is a challenge, especially since I am so new to plein air painting, but I enjoyed the experience and look forward to many more times to paint this way. The first scene, below, seemed rather stiff to me so I painted the same scene a second time with mainly a palette knife and a bit of brush work. Between realism and impressionism, I seem to have two extremes of styles but as I continue painting and grow as an artist, I hope to have one distinct style of my own emerge.

Poppies In The Vineyard

22″ x 30″ oil on heavy weight gesso’d watercolor paper

Finally finished! I have completed 12 vineyard paintings and now plan to photograph and make prints to sell. I will add more to this collection at a later date but for right now it’s time to move in a different direction and on much smaller canvas’.

I chose to do an impressionistic style with this painting and still managed to put way too many hours into it. Working large just takes too much time and I get bogged down with detail. Although I am pleased with how this turned out, it was a struggle because the surface of the paper felt like working on a chalkboard so from now on, I will stick with oil on canvas.

Here are photos of the progress:

Our Beloved Valley

IMG_0090“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.

IMG_1874For 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