Challenged

Home Portrait as I received it to finish

Home Portrait as I received it to finish

My unusual challenge was to complete a commission of a watercolor painting which had been started though not completed by another artist before she passed away. It was an unusual challenge, but I decided to take on the challenge. The Arches watercolor paper had been damaged and I found that Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground is a wonderful product that will restore the surface of the paper.
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I decided to change the direction of the vineyard rows so that the viewer was directed to the home which was the focal point of the painting.

Repair of home portrait, watercolor commission

Repair of home portrait, watercolor commission

The watercolor ground made changes possible. Some time was spent determining the specific tube colors that had been used to add continuity to the piece.

"Walker Home Portrait", watercolor commission

“Walker Home Portrait”, watercolor commission


Although many artists advised me not to take on this challenge. I felt that it was important to support my clients in their project. In the process it was a opportunity to learn from the challenge. It is impossible to match the hand of a different artist since brushstrokes are like signatures, but I did include both names in the lower right.
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Grapes to Wine

"Between the Vines", pastel, 18x24 “Between the Vines”, pastel, 18×24

The exhibit “Grapes to Wine in Art” is on display at the Livermore Library. My pastel, “Between the Vines” is included in the gallery show which is one of the programs related to wine country living. The event pairs art, the book, “A Good Year” by Peter Mayle, movies, lectures, and geocaching that involve the community with all things wine related. It was good to see so many at last night’s artist reception enjoying the variety of art. The show features pastel, watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, photographs, collage, and painted ceramics.

“Between the Vines” is a studio painting inspired by a spring scene at a local Livermore vineyard. I was drawn to the profusion of wildflowers between the rows at Wood Family Vineyards. The vines shown with perspective awaited pruning and reached to the clouds in the sky.

Painting notes: landscape with one point perspective on Wallis museum paper. I used an underpainting of pastel washed down with water.