Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Napa Vineyards

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The Napa Valley Art Festival is coming up on May 31 at COPIA in Napa, CA. I wanted to get some local paintings done for the festival so I came up to Napa for a few days to paint.

It started out kind of foggy and then it burned off as the day moved along. This scene is just north of the city of Napa.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Vineyards in the Napa Valley

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This is a painting I did in the Napa Valley up near Calistoga. I caught a glimpse of this scene as I was driving by so I went back and found a good place to set up and paint from.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Yountville Vineyards - Sold


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This is a painting I had done a while ago but wasn't quite satisfied with it so it went into the stacks of paintings. I wanted more vineyards pieces for the upcoming Napa Valley Art Festival so I went through the stacks remembering this piece and knowing it was really close to working. So I lightend and intensified the top plane of the vineyard and touch up the trees in the distance. Viola! Now I'm really happy with it and it sold at the Napa event. I know the new owners will give it a good home!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Garden in Alameda

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Alameda had a garden tour and the painters selected for the Alameda Plein Air were invited to paint at these private gardens. About a dozen artists came to the event and we each were given a garden to paint. I was planning to paint at the main garden when I thought I would check out this smaller garden down the street. The owners had done a wonderful job of making a beautiful retreat with many private areas in their backyard. I chose this one to paint.

Thursday, May 1, 2008