Studio Days and Nights

Friends, students and collectors are curious to know how much time I spend in the studio? Do I paint everyday? Do I get distracted because my studio is at home? These are valid questions. After all, many percieve artists' to create when they feel inspired or all of a sudden have an epiphany of inspiration. I love when I get that epiphany from heaven, but the truth is that many days I have to get my booty into the studio and work, even when I'm not in the mood. I try to paint four days a week, for at least five hours at a time. I also teach a few classes a week. It's not painting time, but still art time.

There are a few paintings on the easel right now. I am really enjoying my new surface - wine barrel staves.

There are a few paintings on the easel right now. I am really enjoying my new surface - wine barrel staves.

I've dabbled in painting vineyards since moving out to CA. Wine country is vast and beautiful. I like to work from numerous photo images, plein air studies, and sketches to create panoramic landscape paintings.

I've dabbled in painting vineyards since moving out to CA. Wine country is vast and beautiful. I like to work from numerous photo images, plein air studies, and sketches to create panoramic landscape paintings.

I keep a regular painting schedule which makes it easier to be in the studio even when I don't feel like it.  I occasionally get distracted in the house studio, but its usually just long enough to switch a load of laundry before I'm back painting. I take a lunch break and will often spend a little of it out on my back patio enjoying the sunshine and flowers (gardening is another passion of mine). Some nights, if I'm in the mood I'll sneak back into the studio for some late night painting. My pups keep me good company.

This photo helps depict the size of the wine barrel paintings.

This photo helps depict the size of the wine barrel paintings.