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.
30″ x 40″ personal study/master copy (oil on canvas)
There is so much to learn from the original impressionists and masters of classical painting and drawing. “The Gleaner’s” by Jean-Francoise Millet has always been a favorite of mine and I chose to do a “master copy” of this particular painting to learn some of his color mixing, technique and brush strokes.
Juliette Aristides is a modern day classical painter and teaches through her Atelier in the Pacific Northwest. I have not had the pleasure of attending her school but have learned quite a bit from the series of books she has published and highly recommend them.
Paso Robles, CA is a wonderful city and is also amazing wine country to visit. Summerwood, Brecon and Ecluse are some of our favorites. We are blessed to have friends who own property up there, Klender Cellars, and they make a nice, bold Cabernet. The Klender’s are passionate about what they do and hard working, as is typical for those who want to make their own wine and share it with others. Having the opportunity to see a vineyard in different seasons and being a part of harvest is a great experience. They really love what they are doing! This painting of an approaching storm is a view from their property.
Acrylics on illustration board of my son and one of his favorite sports, wakeboarding.
My son served in the US Army, and for that commitment, my husband and I are so proud of him. All of our veterans and those who are currently serving deserve our respect and thank you’s for their protection and sacrifice. I was one thankful momma when my son came home from deployment!