12" x 9"
S O L D
I just returned home from a wonderful week painting in Sonoma. The Sonoma Plein Air annual paint was truly an amazing experience. Last week I got to paint in some beautiful places and in spite of being rained on several times I produced a lot of paintings.
I have to admit that I was a bit starstruck when I first got there and was introducing myself to the other artists. Several of them had artwork I'd admired even before I ever thought to pick up a paintbrush. Jacobus Baas, Debra Huse and Keith Wicks were all painters whose artwork I'd seen years before I began painting myself. Meeting everyone was a highlight of the trip. Of course each and every artist I met there was friendly, kind and as unique as their artwork.
The weather was the biggest challenge of the week. When it wasn't super windy it rained. There were only a few times when we had mild temperatures and blue skies. The painting you see here was painted in the morning after a night of rain. The winds hadn't picked up yet and it was a pleasure to paint in the warm sun. The fast moving clouds caught my eye as they moved over the hillside. I wanted to capture the rolling hills of Sonoma and the dramatic clouds in one scene together. Just beyond the white buildings in the painting is a barn where all the artists met for lunch, Randy Higbee even dropped in to deliver frames.
Below are a two photos of the gala dinner (before everyone arrived) that was held at the end of the week. Cline Cellars winery hosted the event in their barrel room. The whole place smelled like wine. Each artist chose a painting to bring to the event for a silent auction where part of the proceeds are used to fund arts education in the local public schools. Out of 40 paintings 30 were sold that night. I've never seen such so many big supporters of the arts under one roof, it was awe inspiring. Even John Lasseter, the head of Pixar Studios, was there showing his support by donating a lunch at Pixar for the live auction. In addition, the wine, food and company were all excellent that night. My painting was one of the ones that sold too, it just couldn't get any better.