Going to the zoo!

What is your favorite animal at the zoo? We went a while back and I have always been fascinated by Flamingos as they just seem outrageous! Amazing colors, weird shape, very long strange legs and a strangely beautiful face. I took several photos of them that day and thought I might try my hand at painting them. With their aesthetically pleasing neck and slightly different way of standing on one leg or occasionally two, I found it a bit difficult to capture them perfectly. I decided to give up on perfection and go for fun.

These Birds are Crazy. 8″ x 10″

It is fun in a kind of crazy way. Going back to landscapes or cityscapes for a while in the future, or maybe some big abstracts. I just need to find a venue where I now live to sell my work. Any ideas are welcome.

Going to the zoo!

Lemons are Yellow

9″ x 12″

In the backyard of our California home we have an abundant Meyer Lemon Tree. At first it does not look like you are going to have many lemons. Then they slowly start arriving. The little buds show up and they must grow and divide, as all of a sudden there are lemons everywhere.

Last year I made Limoncello, Lemon Bars, Lemon Marmalade, Lemon Chutney, Lemon Pie and etc. So in other words, if it had lemon in it or on it I made it. This year I am making the Limoncello, but little more than that! This year I will paint the Lemons, not bake the Lemons.

Lemons are Yellow

Ewe Look Lovely

This is another smaller painting. 8″ x 10″.

My studio is now smaller, so I have been working smaller.

Today walking downtown I was asked if I would consider having a show at a local venue, so maybe I need to start working on some bigger pieces, so I could have a show there.

Keep you posted!

Ewe Look Lovely

And then there were grape vines

Living so close to Napa, makes it easy and wonderful to go wine tasting at a very wide variety of vineyards. One of my favorites is Crocker and Starr where they sell the Sauvignon Blanc and delicious Cabernet Franc. The last time we went wine tasting, I took lots of photos and painted a couple of vineyard pieces. These are smaller pieces, so about 8″ x 10″ and 9″ x 12″.
Trying to capture grapevines is not as simple as I you think. There is the idea of wonderful wine, the simplicity of the vines and difficulty of trying to capture the essence of the place. I added a little gold leaf to try to bring out life of the vines.
And then there were grape vines

Back to the Art Studio

It has been an interesting year or two. I was without an art studio for over a year, so it made it hard to want to paint, as I do love working in my studio. But the new studio in California is up and perfect. All new lights, new attitude and time to get back to painting and drawing. It works great, as my new husband loves to watch sports, and I like to go to events, but can’t listen to them or watch them on the television.

This is called “After the Fire” and is 3’0″ x 4’0″. There were many fires right before I moved to California, and we needed something to hide the instant hot water tank above the washer and dryer, so this came into being and is suspended from the ceiling hiding the tank and making laundry easier every morning.
And the Ducks Liked the Boat

This is a 11 inch x 14 inch painting of a photo I took right before Christmas. We were out shopping for a Christmas Tree at a Christmas farm, but it was so crowded I wanted to get away from the masses, and walked to discover this rather derelict row boat sinking in an irrigation canal. I took a photo and was amazed how beautifully it came out. Once I had some time in my studio I put it on canvas. It was certainly different looking for a tree in California than in Washington State.

I am still looking to find a group of art friends, as I have not yet acquired any, where I now live outside of Sacramento. Nor have I found a venue for selling my work, which sold well and often in Washington. If you have suggestions please contact me at dianabennett.artist@gmail.com

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