This is the result of a beautiful day on the American River in the foothills of the Sierras, plein air painting this vista in the little goldrush town of Lotus, CA. The painting is on reserve for a month but is available for sale. Please email me if interested.
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This brings back memories of an idyllic day of wine tasting with family and friends last summer. We went to Buellton which is north of Santa Barbara, CA. It's a beautiful area that doesn't have the crowds that you might find in other well known vineyard areas in California. This is the area that is seen in parts of "Sideways" the movie.
I painted this in watercolor on Aquabord, a surface where the paint sits on the surface rather than being absorbed as it is when paper is used. It's a completely different way of working for me but gives a refreshing effect. Another nice thing about this surface is that I can spray a sealer on the painting and then it can be framed like an oil or acrylic without using glass to protect it.
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