The Representational Art League will be at Moonstone Crossing Winery, 529 Trinity St. in Trinidad for a three-month show including two art changes, and two receptions. The first reception was already held on Oct. 1, and the second will be Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday from noon to 6p.m.
The Representational Art League prepared for their exhibit at Moonstone Crossing Winery not only from visiting vineyards but also by gathering together to set up still lifes related to wine, resulting in a fun day of painting and camaraderie. For other sources, they used family and friends' photos of Mendocino wine country.
The Representational Art League exhibit at Moonstone Crossing Winery has been planned since well before May of this year, giving league members enough time to visit wineries, paint "en plein air" and shoot reference photos. One such July visit was to the Winnett Winery in Willow Creek, home and vineyard of Sharon and Dave Winnett. Timed with the blooming of lavender and roses amid the vineyard, ripe pickings from overloaded cherry trees and a cool visit to the barrel room, the members had much inspiration to capture.
The Representational Art League will be showing all new work at Moonstone Crossing Winery in Trinidad starting Saturday Oct. 1 and running through Dec. 29, 2011. For this three-month show, the league decided to paint the romance of all things related to wine.
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The Red Beech Staggerwing is at home in the hangar directly below it in the painting. It's a 1939 Model F17D, wingspan 32', length 25' 11 1/2", height 8 ', maximum airspeed 222 mph, and owned by Tim and Mona Daly. Great fun painting a local treasure.
Once a year or so I visit lovely Mendocino, on the Northern California coast. This watercolor comes from a street there and shows the interesting eclectic architecture one finds in the town. And, yes, the Siamese cat was there, but I took artistic license and moved him to a different spot.
I just learned that this painting won 2nd place in a Daniel Smith art supplies watercolor contest. Very happy about that. It's currently on display at the Trinidad Art Gallery in California through the end of May 2011.
This past February I had the good fortune to go to La Penita, Mexico, for a 5-day plein air oil painting workshop. Here is my painting from Day 3 --- after I had a major breakthrough and began to figure out this medium that I am not well-versed in! It was painted in the garden of a fellow student, Juan.
On day 4 of our Mexico trip, we went to an exclusive beach-side community. The lovely crescent-shaped beach was called Kissing Beach. After I painted this one I went for a swim and then had a lovely lunch of fresh seafood. A day in paradise!
In July 2011 I will have an exhibit of my tiles at the Fire Arts Center Gallery in Arcata. I am busy getting ready for it, trying to get a piece or two fired every week. Here is one that I just took from the kiln, of a red-wing blackbird. These are one of my favorite birds --- a true sign of spring. I am pleased with the bright colors I've achieved with high-firing (Cone 10, about 2300 degrees F.). My show will have cats, birds, flowers and landscapes.
This spring the Representational Art League held a portrait challenge---and what a challenge it was! We all did portraits of the same model, Kristin, who posed for us. For my portrait, which I did in watercolor from a photo in my studio, I placed her in a store setting (in this case, Moonrise Herbs, a local Arcata store). I took photos from the store and used a photo of Kristin when she searched in her red purse to find a lipstick. I called this painting "Where's my Credit Card?"
The end of the year, our Representational Art League will have an exhibit of wine-related art at the tasting room of Moonstone Crossing, a local winery in Trinidad. We are all busily working on art for this. Here is a start of a watercolor I am doing. This shows just the first layers. The scene is of grape pickers working during a cold October night, picking Pinot Noir grapes for a rose wine. I am working from a photo taken by Terry McCarthy at Navarro vineyards in Anderson Valley. The painting has progressed since this stage and has proven to be much fun to paint.
Fernbridge is turning 100 years old in 2011. Its cement structure has a tremendous history to its credit withstanding the many floods and being the important guardian to the Ferndale Valley. This 11" x 29" watercolor painting honors its longevity and a major transportation vehicle to the valley people.
Spring is in the air with this 11"x 15" watercolor painting of the "Bee at Work". There are so many special moments in nature. This little bee was intent on pollinating the pear blossoms, so it just had to be painted.
This 13.5" x 17" watercolor painting of "Egret Encounter" captures two egrets sparing over food. The egrets, usually seen as solitary birds, were feeding in a local pasture field and were very aggressive towards each other.
I titled this painting "Local Treasures"...wine and cheese of Humboldt County! Did you know Humboldt County has about 23 wineries??? The cheese is the wonderful Cypress Grove "Humboldt Fog"...a semi-soft aged goat cheese of the cleanest, purest goats milk in the area...yielding goat cheese from heaven in my opinion! I'm ramping up to paint a handful of paintings that are all about wine. It'll be fun. 8" x 10" oil on linen panel.
I think ranunculas are my favorite flower. I set this little arrangement up and of course my husbands' great grandmothers' teapot found a way into the composition. I love to paint that curvy, silver, tarnished old pot. This one is 5" x 7" oil on board.
Every year a group of ladies get together and rent a house boat on Lake Shasta, CA. We have been doing that for about 10 years now. I always take a lot of photos so when I get home, I have references to create the wonderful landscapes of that area.
"Humboldt Crabs at Arcata Ball Park" is an open edition print celebrating the long tradition of Crabs Baseball in Humboldt County. The team, founded in 1945 is the oldest continuously-operated collegiate baseball team in the country. 2011 marks the 67th consecutive year of Crabs baseball. The team is based in Arcata, California, approximately 250 miles north of San Francisco, and play their home games at the Arcata Ball Park.
"Cacique" is a high-fire tile that I brought to La Penita, Mexico, as a gift to the gallery owner who hosted our plein aire oil painting workshop. Caciques are related to orioles and grackles, and several of them reside in the garden next to the house we rented for our trip. A fabulous bird! I hope to post some results from my workshop soon!
"Alibi" depicts some of Arcata's beloved landmarks---wonderful old neon bar signs on the north side of the Plaza. This painting won Honorable Mention in the Winter 2010 Humboldt Arts Council Juried show at the Morris Graves Art Museum.
The Representational Art League was formed in 1987 by a group of serious, producing artists to create, display and promote representational art in Humboldt County, California.
Styles of the artists vary from impressionism to realism, from whimsical to narrative. Paintings are in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and colored pencil.
Business meetings are held monthly and include a critique session of members' current work. The members support and encourage each other and interact in the pursuit of improving their art.
One major exhibition, at least, is held annually featuring all new works.
A few of the major accomplishments by the league have included: developing and sponsoring with the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, the first "Art and Wine in the Park," which continues to this day: also establishing an art scholarship trust fund by curating the 1991 North Coast Invitational art exhibit in the Eureka Inn.
The league donates cash awards to Redwood Art Association juried and judged exhibits, and also to the Humboldt County Fair.
The league has remained small, by choice, and membership is by invitation.