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

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

August 24, 2014

Styled Vineyard

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

August 22, 2014

Vine Ridge

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

August 20, 2014

Fruit Trees

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

August 19, 2014

Sonoma Hills

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

August 17, 2014

Tasting Room Red

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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.

August 15, 2014

Cheese at the Market

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It was a grey cloudy morning at the farmer's market, but I liked the way this little bit of white peaked out from beneath the red tent of the cheese merchant. I meant to add in lots of people once I'd sorted out the scene, but I got so good at ignoring them as I worked on the truck that I forgot to add them back in, except for the few on the edges.

August 13, 2014

Eucalyptus

Acrylic on Panel - 8 x 10 inches - Click Here to Bid

I've never painted these peeling trees before, though I have often wanted to. Finally found myself standing in a field, face-to-face with a whole bunch of 'em. So, this happened.