Last weekend was one of fun and mirth! On Saturday, my girlfriend and I went to the Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco to celebrate the opening reception of Flower Child: Contemporary Art Inspired by San Francisco’s Summer of Love. We even went to find outfits to get in the spirit of the show!

Here is my piece from the show:

“Psychotropic Veil” 15×10 in. oil on linen mounted on board. $975

You can check out the whole show by going to Modern Eden’s website and checking out the photo gallery: 

A scene from near the gallery.

The next day I went out to Healdsburg to paint at the Warnecke Ranch at Chalk Hill. It is one of my favorite places in Sonoma County to paint from. There are paintable scenes wherever you look, but some of my favorites are the ones that look out toward Mt. St. Helena. The occasion was a joint cooperation between North Bay Plein Air, the Ranch, and Linda Rosso.

When we arrived in the morning, we had a couple of muffins and fresh-squeezed lemonade to fuel our expeditions on the land. I headed out toward the Russian River, which passes right through the property. I never made it to the river, because I found this scene. I really enjoyed the way the trees created an arch with their canopy. I heard there used to be a piano here for the resident musicians to play.

I wish I had a better photo of this painting, but this is merely a phone capture. If you would like to see this painting in person, it is now at Adastra Wine and Art on Sonoma Square. It is being shown as part of the 15 year retrospective of Sonoma Plein Air Artist Choice Award winners! Click on this link to find directions to the venue:

“Mystical Morning” 7×10 in. oil on linen mounted on board. $500

I went up to the ridge to find some of my favorite views. It was slightly limited because of the heat of the sun requiring me to stay under shade, but the ranch is pretty well set-up for artists since they do residencies here.

This was one view I considered painting.

Instead I did this classic view of Mt. St. Helena looking westward from the ranch.

I’m sorry I couldn’t get a better photo of my painting. I ended up selling it at the show! The show itself was fairly well-attended mostly by friends of the Warneckes. We also got a short tour of the architecture archives of John Warnecke, a famous architect of many Bay Area buildings and the namesake of the ranch. We will likely come back to paint here again in the fall, so keep a lookout for that!

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