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.
First of a series of tiny paintings. Yolo Causeway Series.
This painting is part of a series of miniature dollhouse sized paintings of the Yolo Causeway. While my husband is driving, I snapped photos with my smartphone of the vast rice fields stretching across the width of the Yolo Causeway freeway. These photos then becomes references for the mini paintings.
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.
Still working on this commission. Here I’m establishing the general based colors. And I’m definitely working with bigger brushes like 3/4″ to 1″. Taking David Shelvino’s workshop prepared me for working big. I have to say I do enjoy working a lot larger.