Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Apple Tree: Winsome and Nubile (Now residing in a winery!)

Apple Tree: Winsome and Nubile
14" by 11"
Open Acrylics
I'd like you all to know that I have several paintings for sale at a local winery. Apple Tree: Winsome and Nubile is the latest addition to a collection of my work focusing on landscapes that are currently up at Jenkins Winery in Wynola, CA on the way up to Julian, CA. (Julian is an old mining town from the CA gold rush that is now popular for apple pies, cider, and a real change of seasons even in Southern CA).

The winery is in a peaceful spot surrounded by the grape vines and apple orchards. My favorite of their wines is an apple wine called Dolcezza. My impression of Dolcezza is that it is much like a refreshing lightly dry white wine, but what makes it playful is as I sipped I caught the scent of apples. So if you are in the area stop by and see a variety of my artwork. For directions follow this link: http://www.jenkinswinery.com/Hours_Directions.html

In the right you can see one of my silver leaf portraits featuring an African Grey.
Here is a link to my post on silver leaf portraits.

More plein air landscapes in oils, acrylics, and watercolor.

If you are looking for Jenkins you'll see this sign out front.

The Wine Bar

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ephemeral Light

Ephemeral Light
6" by 9"
Mixed Media
by Amber Goulet
I have been playing with landscapes as subject matter of late. I'm enjoying the opportunity to employ abstract design, focus on mood, and play with broad symbolism. Above is my most recent finished work.

I was focusing on conveying mood through lighting. I blocked in the scene en plein air (on location) with open acrylics. Then later I used my photos from that day to finish this piece with oil pastels. I'm enjoying how the texture of the canvas is emphasized when oil pastels lightly overlay the acrylic underpainting. I believe the textures created add to the dreamy quality of light in this painting.