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.

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.