“Along the path at Scuplterra”

9″ x 12″ Aquarelle Arches watercolor block

This is #17 of my daily painting and even though I didn’t get this one done in an hour or even a day, it needed to be completed. Friends of ours had brought us to Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles and not only was the wine really good (“nummy” as one of our dear friends phrases it), the grounds that had meandering paths were filled with sculptures. 

Awhile ago I had begun a vineyard series and by the time I started on this, I was burned out on painting clusters of grapes so I put it away for quite a few months but pulled it from my “to do” stack a few days ago and completed it today. As I normally work, I began with a sketch to figure out my design then did a textured effect for the background with burnt sienna and finally went in with the detail work. Planning each project ahead of time with sketches and maintaining control of the paint and detail has typified my work but I have a goal to loosen up my style like so many amazing plein air, as well as studio, watercolorists that paint with broader strokes and washes.

Question to Artists… 

I have been debating whether or not to take an online art instruction class and would like to get other artists thoughts on the subject. Staying fresh and challenged in my art is important to me and it has been awhile since I’ve taken a class (which I always get so much out of) but I’ve never taken an online course and need to know if it is worth it. Someone on WordPress mentioned Roos Schuring and although her style is completely different from my own, her work intrigues me and I would love to learn from it. Since her class is a bit pricey, I thought I would ask around to other artists and see what you think. 

#15 Morning Hour

3″ x 4 1/2″ watercolor “thumbnail” sketch

Well, I sure didn’t have to go far to find a tranquil scene to paint! Early one morning, I happened to walk out the back door at just the right moment to see the sun peaking through some of our avocado trees with their great diagonal shadows across the lawn. I have a couple of larger paintings that I have just begun but plan to get this little gem onto canvas in the near future.

California Delta

Whether boating, fishing or camping, there are miles and miles of the river to enjoy in Sacramento, CA. About 5 years ago we had taken a few boating trips to the Delta with our family and some friends and will forever cherish the memories of the time spent here. A great thing about boating on this waterway system is that you could dock your boat and go find a restaurant to eat at then hop back into your boat for more hours of enjoyment. And let me tell you, Sacramento has a lot of really great restaurants! We are up here for a wedding and will enjoy that but we are definitely missing being on the water! I guess we’ll have to plan a trip here in the near future.

There are also acres upon acres of vineyards and wineries. The Sugar Mill is a historic site that has been converted to house many wine makers and you can enjoy tasting as well as picnicking and live bands on the weekend.

#12 View From The Highway

5″x7″ oil on canvas panel quick study

It had been quite a few years since we’d used our trailer but last summer my husband and I become “empty nesters” and decided to clean it up and take our two Boxers on a road trip to Idaho. We saw beautiful countryside and met quite a few really nice people along the way. Idaho had such amazing landscape and I found myself constantly taking photos from the passenger window as we traveled down the highway. This is an oil sketch of one such scene.