Painting the Wine Country

Starting a new painting for my Napa Valley gallery in Yountville, California: Gallery 1870. I begin sketching up the composition with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. As you read through my blog you may click on any of the pictures to see enlargements.

The vines are washed in with Sap Green + Liquin and Pthalo Blue + Liquin.

We’re sketched up and ready to begin painting.

I start with the sky because it’s the source of light for the piece and sets the color mood. “Painting Forward”, the most distant hills are blocked in first, then the closest ones are painted with warmer mixes. The Napa River, glistening in the sunlight, winds through the valley below. The silvery strand is made using the corner of my square tipped, Bright brush.

The tin roof of the old barn has a beautiful patina of rust caused by years of exposure to the elements.

Tall evergreens line the back of the vineyard.

We’ll be working on the vines, sign and wildflowers in the next session. I hope you’ll come follow along!

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One Response to “Painting the Wine Country”

  1. Evelyn Hart Says:

    I’m loving this one already!

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