September 3, 2014

Foggy Trees

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

Rubbing the sleep from my eyes, this is what I saw when I emerged from my tent, on our last camping trip.

I wanted to capture the smoky depth of the hills in the background before the  fog burned off, combined with the emerging light in the foreground. I had to work very quickly and paint the last bits from memory.

August 31, 2014

Vintner's House

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches

Back at the vineyard, I decided to paint the owner's house. He was not impressed. Me neither, now that I think about it.

August 29, 2014

Orange Forklift

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - Click Here to Bid

A painter I took a workshop with told the story of painting a cow looking at him over the fence at a farm. He was painting this for a plein air shootout contest. After a little while the cow wandered off and he wondered how he was ever gonna finish the piece. Just short of the closing bell, he was considering whipping the main figure out, when he looked up and saw that the same cow had returned to look at him. He quickly sketched in the rest of the figure and turned in his piece. Did he win? I can't remember.

In any case, this is pretty much what happened to me with this forklift. The sky was still purple in the early morning, and the building were starting to glow white/yellow and the bright little orange forklift was just sitting there. A voice in my head said "you'll never be so lucky", and sure enough after about half an hour someone came and drove it away.

And then just before I was going to pack up, it reappeared. 

August 27, 2014

Town Square

Acrylic on Panel - 5 x 7 inches - Click Here to Bid

The fountain and gazebo smack in the middle of town. 

August 25, 2014

Styled Vineyard Flat

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - Click Here to Bid

... so I really simplified it for my second version.

August 24, 2014

Styled Vineyard

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - Click Here to Bid

I chose to focus on a small piece of the landscape with a mind towards making it more abstract...

August 22, 2014

Vine Ridge

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - Click Here to Bid

Another scene with grape-heavy vines, trees, straw fields and blue skies. The week was full of 'em.

August 20, 2014

Fruit Trees

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - Click Here to Bid

These are my dad's fruit trees. Well, some of them. 

August 19, 2014

Sonoma Hills

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - Click Here to Bid

I found a nice spot in the shade and saw this great view up and around the vineyard.  

August 17, 2014

Tasting Room Red

Acrylic on Panel - 6 x 6 inches - Sold

This is the planted garden at the entrance to a tasting room in Sonoma. I made this a lot more complicated before I simplified it. Should have started with that.