On the Yolo Causeway

There is a stretch of freeway that connects Davis to Sacramento. It goes over rice fields and when it rains it looks like a lake. A great place for artists…and hunters, though the two never meet. So whenever my husband is driving I snapped photos and paint.

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Yolo Basin, 10 x 4 inches, watercolor

Pence Gallery Garden Tour

I had a fun time yesterday at the annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour. Lovely weather and a convenient home gardens to walk to made this a very successful garden tour.

This was my first to paint on site. I was a bit nervous as to “what am I going to paint” anxiety all week because where I was painting was at the gallery itself. But as it turns out it wasn’t as bad as I thought.

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Plein aire painting at the Pence Gallery. Oil, 8 x 10 linen panel.

Plein Air Painting

Out and about at the Capay Valley Vineyards for the Yolo County Arts and Ag Project. Breathtaking views! First time I’ve tried out my new laptop pochade box from *Guerilla and it works quite well. It stores all my paints and gamsol. My brushes I carry separately. Though built for a 9 x 12 inches panels, I can also paint 8 x 10 in. panels or any size smaller with the adjusters. Looking forward to doing more plein aire with this pochade art box

 

*You can also go here for more Guerilla pochade boxes.

Isle of Innisfree Commission

Commission piece based on a stock photo of the Isle of Innisfree. The client had fond memories of this place but wanted warmer atmosphere and a teal color boat. (The color of the boat in the photo is more green). The size is 24 x 36 inches, my first big landscape. I had to say when I started it was freeing to work big. Below is a small study reduced down proportionately to 6 x 9 inches. In the slide show is the beginning on the larger canvas.

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Small study, 6 x 9 inches
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stock photo of the Isle of Innisfree

Laying in the grisalle on larger canvas

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