I was inspired by recent visits to the Knowlton Gallery in Lodi and a visit to the Haggin Museum in Stockton. The Knowlton Gallery’s current show, ‘Finding Beauty, Backroads Close to Home’ was landscape paradise, especially Clark G. Mitchell’s pastels. The Haggin Museum is exhibiting the Pastel Society of the West Coast’s 25th Annual International Exhibition. That was pastel heaven to drink in all the styles and techniques of other pastelists. It’s been a long winter and a slow to start spring as well, so these two trips within a few days were quite a tonic to shake off the winter dust and begin painting again.
This week I painted two little 5×7’s. The first was of oaks and their afternoon shadows, inspired by the recent trips through the rolling foothills.
The second 5×7 is a vineyard.
Today I had a landscape in mind to paint but the blue iris bloomed so I had to paint it while it’s fresh. Tomorrow I’ll paint the iris fully open in the third space. This is a half sheet of Art Spectrum’s Colorfix paper. 13x 19