Saturday, January 19, 2013

30 in 30, #18 – 75 degrees in January

Fortunately, I didn't commit to posting a finished painting every day this month, or an oil painting, or a good painting. We spent the day enjoying a gift of a sunny, 75-degree, beautiful day with some friends, and visited a couple of wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley. My oil paints were in the car, but I was enjoying other things and didn't feel like setting them up. So I grabbed my sketchbook and my trusty Winsor & Newton pocket watercolor box and did a quick sketch of a corner of the patio at the Demetria Estate Winery. What you can't see in this sketch are the 200 other people crowded in the patio area, two of whom were sitting at that table in the corner. I was trying to capture a few of the color notes, but the wash and the iPhone photo turned everything blue but the bit of gold wall. It was very crowded, but oh my, it was a beautiful day. The landscaping of the winery grounds is gorgeous, and God's frosting on the cake was the low winter light, turning everything to gold. I hope to return and have a few hours to paint one day.

1 comment:

  1. Incredible colors!! The blue is stunning. Who needs 200+ people to cover up such great architecture??

    Glad to see it before I head to church. Then I'm having my 1st "official" guest in MY house. My old pal from Phoenix College, Maybelline. Hugs!!


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