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:
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:
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.
18″ x 24″ Aquarelle Arches watercolor block
After the drawing was completed, I did a wet on wet background using crumpled tissue paper. When that was dry, I then went in with layers of color and detail.
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.