Every year the Pence Gallery holds the annual Garden Tour in Davis. Certain gardens are chosen for their designs and use of native Californian plants in their yards. I had an opportunity to be the artist on-site in two of these gardens.
These two paintings were from one home and were done from photographs. I attempted to paint plein air but the hot afternoon sun sweated my oils that I found difficult to work from. Painting exteriors scenes is something I normally don’t do. I think my approach here became more illustrative than painterly.
These paintings will be exhibited along with other arts done during the garden tour for the month of June at the Pence Gallery.
This past Saturday was a ranch visit for the Yolo Arts & Ag Project. Heading down straight on Hwy 16 from Main Street in Woodland, I find myself heading to the small farm town, Esparto. I passed the migrant camp where my son had tutored farmhand children.
It’s a beautiful farm. Came first to a pond set up with an gazebo for entertainment. After checking in and scouting around for possible places to paint, I came upon open fields with the mountains as backdrops. No matter what farm or ranch I’m at, I always go to the mountains. And with a building.
This painting is my second attempt. It worked out so much better. The weather had started cool but got up to the high 90’s after a couple hours. Yet there appeared to be thunderclouds coming from over the mountains. The clouds were in a beautiful formation.
My goal with this painting was to create distance. I particularly paid attention to color – Darker and brighter colors in the mid and foregrounds. The mountains a more grayish blues with hints of yellowish brown to create distance. Another goal was to capture the intensity of the midday sun. The building worked out perfectly for that.
I had a wonderful chance to participate in the Woodland First Friday Art Walk. I was showing with two photographers, Kent Smith and Gwen Kaltoft. It was there I sold all 4 paintings that I was exhibiting.
Then another one was sold at the Yolo Arts Council Gala.
All of these paintings were done at Turkovich, Pete Cattle or Mezger Zinnias Patch.
I want to thank Gwen Kaltoft and Mark Mezger for their purchases!
Nothing but Zinnias 2013, Zinnia Patch, 8 x 6 in., oil on canvas panel
Walking Alone, 8 x 6, oil on canvas panel
Blue Mountains 2013, 8 x 6 in., oil on canvas panel
White Shed, Zinnia Patch 2013, 8 x 6 in., oil on canvas panel, SOLD
Yolo Arts provided a way for local artists to paint plein aire on different farms through the county. It’s a monthly visit to a farm that has invited artists to paint. In November there is an auction of the paintings plus wine and food.
I’m happy to say I had sold a painting the only one that I had done. Next year I hope to participate in more farm visitations.
This small pastel worked on a watercolor background was entered into the Yolo County Fair about 2 to 3 years ago. Whether it won anything or not, I don’t remembered. But what I remembered that the buyer was willing to buy it even though she thought that it was not up for bid It was and was not known to her. What a compliment!