Bodega Head

Bodega Harbour small file

It’s really fun to do custom collaborations. My collectors, who are real estate brokers, saw Sunwashed Vineyards and wanted to know if I could paint a similar piece for their LOGO. They are based on the Sonoma Coast in California and their trademark is “the Pacific Ocean in your front yard, Wine Country in your backyard”. Kathleen sent this aerial photo of Bodega Bay to give me an idea of what they were looking for.

Sketch Erba

She and Dennis want Vineyards and Poppies in the foreground, Bodega Head and the sweep of the beach in the distance. My sketch is shown above.

SD4214  Vineyards and Beyond Step 1

They loved the sketch so the basic composition is drawn up on the canvas in a thin oil wash.

SD4214  Vineyards and Beyond Step 2

The mass of vines are now washed in. I use Viridian Green + Liquin in the most distant vines, while the closest ones are covered with a thin mix of Sap Green + Liquin.

SD4214  Vineyards and Beyond Step 3

I’ll start painting with the sky since it’s the source of light for the piece. My mixes are as follows: #1. MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + White. #2. Pthalo Blue + White. #3. Cobalt Blue + White. #4. White + a little Cadmium Orange + a bit of MUD. #5. MUD + Alizarin Crimson + White.


SD4214  Vineyards and Beyond Step 4

The sun pours into the painting from the left so the lightest blue #2 is used for that side. Mix #3 is reserved for the sky at the far right. The two are blended together in the mid part of the blue sky. The darker portion of the clouds are painted with Mix #1.

SD4214  Vineyards and Beyond Step 5

Mix #5 makes the middle tones of the fluffy clouds.

SD4214  Vineyards and Beyond Step 6

The portions of the clouds illuminated by the sun are painted with Mix #4. By working wet-into-wet I’m able to keep the edges of the clouds really soft. This way they drop back into the distance. Then the horizon of the ocean is painted with a muted mix of MUD + Ultramarine Blue + White. That’s it for today. Hope you enjoyed following along. Hugs,

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