Napa Valley Fall

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After finding this beautiful location in Yountville during a bicycle ride last Sunday, I went back to paint. The fall colors were brilliant! Just as I was totally into the painting the vineyard workers came to trim the vines! I asked if they could do the periphery of the field first, which they kindly did instead of changing everything. All plein air painters can relate to the changing scenery when you go on location. This study will be used for a larger studio painting.  Oil on gesso board.

Zephyr Cove

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It was a lovely bright day over at Zephyr Cove today. I was just about to paint the MS Dixie paddle steamer when out of nowhere at least 50 people arrived, boarded and took off for Emerald Bay. Switched my focus out to the cove and used a lot of palette knife along with brush to execute this scene. 12″ X 16″ oil on linen.

Top of Heavenly Valley

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This painting entailed an unusual plein air excursion. I took the Heavenly Gondola and then the Tamarack lift where I had to jump off the chair carrying my gear as I reached 9,100 feet of elevation. The lift operator did not slow anything down coming or going. It was very windy, so major exposure from the sun at that elevation without an umbrella. Simple painting, but the lake colors really are what I saw this day. 12″ x 16″ oil on linen.