I’ve needed to put my sketchbook and paints aside for a short period of time in order to mat and frame quite a few of my paintings for three upcoming art shows. Being an “empty nester” is a pretty exciting chapter in my life and I am able to pursue my art as well as be involved with so many amazing artists. Having 9+ paintings would be a pretty penny to send out to a professional framer so I’ve spent a lot of time matting the artwork myself, having glass cut and this weekend my husband will cut the frames for me., then the final stage will be putting it altogether. It is a lengthy project but I actually love being a part of this stage preparing my artwork for shows.
The Thousand Oaks Art Association is a wonderful group of talented people and I am so pleased to have two of my paintings in this show. If anyone is local, come on by to see all the beautiful work on display.
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.