Jan. 23 & 24 - 2 hour challenge

I missed a few days due to some family stuff, but am back on track. Yesterday and today I had a lot of fun spending time in the studio. I started working back into one of my vineyard wine barrel pieces. For this landscape I am using a couple different photo references for the sky and vines, but changing the colors completely. For me having the reference is great for getting the composition and idea down, but why not change up the palette and create more harmony.

I still have a ways to go, but it was a good start - lots of juicy layers of oil.

More progress today. I'll continue to work on this piece the rest of the week along with some Woodland / Forest illustrations.

My art background is full of drawing and design, but it's been a few years since I've focused on my drawings. I started teaching drawing and illustration classes at the Crocker Museum this year and had a bit of a renewed appreciation for it. Teaching these classes on top of planning my babies nursery has got me on a illustration kick. I've been creating Woodland/ Forest Friend drawings and can't seem to stop. I don't know where these will go or for how long I'll create them, but I like that I'm tapping into a different process and creative path than my norm.

Creating the Vineyard Series

Take a look at my painting process and get an 'insiders' look into my studio.

I've been painting on wine barrels so it takes a little prep to get my surface ready. Thankfully AJ has been helping me take the barrels apart and rebuild them the size I want.

I've been painting on wine barrels so it takes a little prep to get my surface ready. Thankfully AJ has been helping me take the barrels apart and rebuild them the size I want.

Each painting takes a lot of planning and layers of paint. I often combine multiple images to create dynamic panoramic views. These paintings are based off of real places, but I often have to change the setting a bit to fit the format of my painting. I like the freedom I have to make these changes. I am more interested in recreating the beauty of wine country than representing a specific place.

Each painting takes a lot of planning and layers of paint. I often combine multiple images to create dynamic panoramic views. These paintings are based off of real places, but I often have to change the setting a bit to fit the format of my painting. I like the freedom I have to make these changes. I am more interested in recreating the beauty of wine country than representing a specific place.

After I am done painting them, I apply a few layers of varnish so they're nice and shiny.

After I am done painting them, I apply a few layers of varnish so they're nice and shiny.

Studio Shot

Studio Shot

AJ and I like to drive to wine country and take photo references. Each wine region has its own beauty and feel. We're lucky to be so close to a few different ones. Behind us is Helwig Vineyards in Amador County.

AJ and I like to drive to wine country and take photo references. Each wine region has its own beauty and feel. We're lucky to be so close to a few different ones. Behind us is Helwig Vineyards in Amador County.