Ficklin Wilcox Reception

Receptions are always a lot of fun. As an artist the intensity leading up to a show is high! So when all the work is hung, prints and cards complete, and its finally your turn to sip and mingle with friends and clients…. well that is a great feeling. And that is how it was this weekend at Ficklin-Wilcox. I had a wonderful reception Thursday Night followed by another fun and vibrant show for 2nd Saturday. The musicians were extremely talented and a joy to listen to, the port was flowing and delicious as always, and I was putting the finishing touches on a painting that was to be raffled off later that night to one lucky winner!

I was adding some finishing strokes to the raffle piece Sat. Night. Valued at $1500.00, folks could purchase tickets for $10.00 and by the end of the reception Sat. Night, someone would be getting their own Napa inspired vineyard painting. 

I was adding some finishing strokes to the raffle piece Sat. Night. Valued at $1500.00, folks could purchase tickets for $10.00 and by the end of the reception Sat. Night, someone would be getting their own Napa inspired vineyard painting. 

Abigail and Tom tasting some of Ficklin's wonderful port!

Abigail and Tom tasting some of Ficklin's wonderful port!

Christine and Abigail Sat. Night

Christine and Abigail Sat. Night

Jacob Sockolov singer and songwriter performed Sat. Night

Jacob Sockolov singer and songwriter performed Sat. Night

Joe Kye draws upon an electric array of folk, jazz, classical and rock. Using his violin in amazing ways he lit up 2nd Sat. 

Joe Kye draws upon an electric array of folk, jazz, classical and rock. Using his violin in amazing ways he lit up 2nd Sat. 

This show holds over 15 original oil paintings in various sizes. All pieces are inspired by the California Wine Culture. Since moving to CA over 4 years ago, I have enjoyed tasting wine from different regions across the state. It is fun to learn and taste the variety and creativity the winemakers put into their wines. Many wonderful afternoons were spent driving through wine country, looking at the beautiful rows of vines spanning over the mountain sides, and of course tasting ports and wines. If your into wine, ports, vineyard landscapes, or CA landscapes in general you won't want to miss this show. Showing from March 6- Early April. Ficklin will pour you a little port for your tastebuds to enjoy as you look at the original oil paintings. (Prints, greeting cards, and softcover books also available for sale)

Ficklin Wilcox - 920 20th St. #150 Sacramento, CA 95811

Small California Scenic

I recently finished a series of small California landscapes. Sizes vary from 5x7-12x16. I painted many plein air (on site) and enjoyed working in a small format. The small format forced me to be bold with my strokes and colors. It's a small surface and every stroke counts. I love working onsite - there is a special energy that can't be replicated in the studio. The wind blowing, the clouds shifting in front of and behind the sun, the birds flying, and possibly raining conditions allows me to see the land in a new way. I am responding to what I see around me and that response and emotion affects the outcome of my paintings. If it was a cool and windy day my strokes may be firmer and bolder. Quiet sunny days may have a calmer and softer approach. I hope you enjoy looking at the work and imagine taking a hike or walk with me through different parts of California scenery.

Works are on display now at Gallery 21Ten - 2110 K St. Sacramento CA - Dec. 4 -28, 2013. Prices range from $150.00-600.00 Please contact Gallery 21Ten : 916.476.5500 - for pricing and inquiries. To see titles and sizes look at my Landscape page under the Gallery Tab on my website.