View of Sonoma County

Last weeks plein air painting was done at the Vintage Gardens Rose Nursery where they have four thousand antique rose varieties. It is February so nothing was in bloom so I decided to paint the view from the nursery which includes Mt. St. Helena. My palette for this painting is cobalt blue, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light and titanium white.

“View of Sonoma County”, 16 x 20, Oil

Graton Farm

I live in Sebastopol but near the small beautiful town of Graton, CA. On my walks I go past this beautiful farm which faces west so you see the coastal Northern California mountains. My palette is Cobalt blue, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Light and Titanium White. I use Gamblin Oil paint and mix all my colors from these four tubes of paint. I painted this plein air two weeks ago and the owners of the property were very gracious to let me and my small group paint at their place.

“Graton Farm”, 16 x 20, Oil #Graton, CA

Glass and Cherries

This plein air still life was painted the Friday before Christmas on a beautiful sunny day here in Sebastopol. It consists of lots of pieces of hand blown glass as well as a wine glass and a glass bowl of cherries. My palette is Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Light and Titanium White. I use Gamblin oil paint. This painting is all about value and shadow.

Glass and Cherries, 16 x 20, Oil

A Christmas Story

“A Christmas Story”, 16 x 20, Oil

This is a recent plein air still life. It has a beautiful pottery vase with white poinsettia, a snowman by Gloria Elliot, a beautiful hand blown glass canister from my relatives in Sweden and a red glass Christmas tree ornament. My palette is Cobalt blue, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Light and Titanium White. I use Gamblin oil paint.

The Artists House

Last Fridays plein air painting was an actual plein air painting of my artist friend Patricia and her husbands house here in Sebastopol. This is where I paint on Friday every week weather permitting. My palette for this painting is Colbalt Blue, Cadmium red light, Cadmium yellow light and Titanium White. I use Gamblin Oil Paint.

“The Artists House”, 16 x 20, Oil,#SonomaCounty

My Fall Display

“My Fall Display”, 16 X 20, Oil#scarecrows#fruit#Roseville

My latest plein air still life is my fall display which includes a Roseville Futura Vase, pumpkins, fruit, hydrangeas from my yard and a scarecrow. My palette for this painting is Cadmium yellow light, Cadmium Red light, Cobalt Blue and Titanium White. I use Gamblin Oil paints and I mix all the colors.

Daisies, Pottery and Pumpkins

Here is the latest plein air still life that we did on Friday. It includes a Roseville Futura Vase (Black Flame) with gerbera daisies, 2 little pumpkins and a tea pot by potter Stephen Fabrico. My palette is phthalo blue, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light and titanium white. I use Gamblin paint. We missed a few weeks due to the fires, heat and smoke here in Sonoma County.

Daisies, Pottery, and Pumpkins, 20 x 16, Oil#Roseville#FabricoPottery

More Sunflowers

This was a plein air still life that we did about three weeks ago. It is sunflowers in a Natalie Blake vase who is a Vermont potter. I had her work in my gallery in Bradford, Vermont. My pallete is Phthalo blue, Cadmium yellow light, Cadmium red light and Titanium white. I use Gamblin paint.

More Sunflowers, 28 x 22, Oil, #sunflowers,#NatalieBlake