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Billsboro Winery Plein Air

Billsboro Lavender

6x6 inches, Oil on Board, Plein Air


This is the last painting I created for the 5th Annual Billsboro Winery Plein Air Competition.  This is a lot of work for the owners of the winery and I so appreciate their dedication to the arts.

The patch of Lavender in this painting is not really in bloom yet.  But I have an artist's licence and took the liberty to suggest it.  I've passed this rock more than a few times, telling've GOT to paint that!  So yesterday, at the last possible hour of the event, I did.  I love it, but left it there for sale.   $ 110.00 with frame.

And while I'm promoting my Plein Air paintings at Billsboro, let me show you my larger piece below:

Sanctuary View

9x12 Inches, Oil on Board, Plein Air

This painting is the result of much trouble with the police and my dead battery.  I was in about 1.5 hours on a dairy scene when out of no-where the Yates County Sheriffs arrive.  They tell me that the property owner called them and want me to leave.  Oh gee, I thought the shoulder of roads are public domain.  Well they ran my plate, my licence and then ran me off!

Shaken up, I went back to the winery to report my unfortunate experience and was referred to this wildlife sanctuary.  So I set up to paint, scraped off the prior work and started on this piece.  Everything was going well.

I had peace and quiet.  I was safe.  I basked in the sounds of cows in the distance and birds at the sanctuary and I painted for about 3 hours.  Just enough for my battery to drain!  Yes I left my headlights on. Thank God the owners of the winery are kind folk and one of them came to jump my car.

I've been using the creative side of my brain so much, that the left side shrunk to the size of a walnut and leaving headlights on proves it. - Brande 


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