11″ x 14″ oil on canvas
My husband and I have dear friends that own a small vineyard, Klender Cellars in Paso Robles, producing an amazing boutique wine. Throughout the year, we have had the privilege to see their vineyard during its many stages and have participated at harvest time. Owning a vineyard is hard work so it was easy to come to the conclusion that access is definitely better than ownership! Their vineyard is always fascinating and has been a tremendous source of inspiration for me with my painting. On one particular visit, my friend showed me a birds nest that was in the vines of the Cabernet grapes that were still green.
Shown below is my concept sketch and stages of my painting.
Realism using watercolor on illustration board. Pardon the flash highlight in the center, I forgot to photograph this before it was framed.
Simple 7″ x 7″ monochromatic watercolor study
Every year my three kids have been so sweet to me for Mother’s Day and this year I was able to get a quick oil sketch of some of the flowers I received. I have two larger paintings that I am just beginning and will take a lot more time so these small daily paintings are great for a warm up.
5″x7″ oil, daily painting study
Working on an 8″ x 10″ canvas board, I like how this turned out, but it took longer than the hour/hour and a half I’ve designated for these daily paintings so I’ll go back to 5″ x 7″ boards to continue working on speed and technique.
12″ x 12″ oil on canvas
The weather is warming up in SoCal and whether you’re a student, homemaker or working the daily grind, it seems like we are all anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Even though we had quite a bit of rain this year (for us) the past years of drought have hit this area hard and I’m hoping the lakes have filled enough to get out there and enjoy the water. Here is a personal still life of one of the sports we love to do….. waterskiing, wakeboarding and boating.