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.

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.