Spring Forward/Fall Back

It’s the first day of spring, yet I am falling back to a painting of autumn. There is a natural lag of time between the inspiration from a season to the completion of a painting. Perhaps I am like the fashion industry which seems to have the timing of the seasons out of synch with the actual outdoor temperature.  Either I am ahead of my time or behind the time. I’ll let you decide.

I was inspired by the warm colors or red, rusts, amber, and golden leaves of the vineyard north of the Wood Family Vineyard  near our home in Livermore, California one early December. It was a bold painting for me, but it was time to ramp up my color palette.  When I felt confused by interpreting the similar values of foliage with, I used a technique to isolate the area where I was working. It was helpful to block out the surrounding color, and concentrate on a particular area of the foliage on the vineyard.

Below:  See close-up of technique of isolating an area of the photo to get the values of the foliage of the vineyard.

FallIFocus

Technical Notes:  UArt 400 sanded pastel paper mounted on Canson board.  Unison, Rembrandt, Sennelier, Terry Ludwig, and Girault pastels.

AutumnGlow

This painting is being exhibited at Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room in Livermore, California along with 16 other paintings through March.

 

 

Raise The Roof

The roof line on the right of the house in my painting, “Yellow House in the Vineyard” got a repair. In my last post the house appeared to be falling into the ground. I raised the roof line on the sun porch and tweaked the area of the vineyard that overlapped that house. This is the beauty of working in pastel which is a very forgiving medium. It was a simple fix that involved removing the initial marks with a soft bristle brush before applying strokes of pastel. Here is the original that needed to be adjusted. I think the painting above is an improvement.

 

 

Do Wine Drinkers Vote More Often?

“Tell me what you drink, I’ll tell you how you vote.” This interesting topic was illustrated with a chart in the Wine Spectator Magazine and has been going around Facebook lately. The chart shows that Republicans were surveyed to be more likely to drink Robert Mondavi and that Democrats were more likely to prefer Smoking Loon. It seems risky to divide wine drinkers into red and blue states, rather than red or white wine enthusiasts. At my artist reception held earlier this month at Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room in Livermore, I did not survey the wine choice of Morning Fog (white) or Southern Hills (red) and the political preferences of my guests. I enjoyed visiting with friends and discussing my seventeen pastel paintings that are on display for the month of March in the tasting room on Tesla Road.
Here are some of the paintings that are included in the exhibit:

"Wente Vineyards - Cresta Blanca", pastel 11x17

“Wente Vineyards – Cresta Blanca”, pastel
11×17


Vineyard Symphony, pastel, 11x17

Vineyard Symphony, pastel, 11×17


"Between the Vines", pastel, 18x24

“Between the Vines”, pastel, 18×24

Wente Vineyards founded in 1883 has a strong tradition of wine making and is a beautiful venue for my 17 paintings on exhibit for the month of March. The winery also includes handcrafted small lot wines that compliment the tradition of realism in landscape painting. And now, do you prefer red or white wine with your art?