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.

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.