I am moving to Napa Valley. Or Sausalito. I have been very fortunate to have been to many beautiful places in my life (South of France, Italy, The Algarve, Crete) and now I have one more location to add to the list: Northern California.
For my big birthday, I was so lucky to celebrate, first in the the hip city of San Francisco and then on to Napa Valley. Amongst the wine tasting and great meals, I truly fell in love with the landscape.
The blue/purple mountains surround the warm, rust branches of the grape vineyards, and then are set against the chartreuse green grass. It was truly breathtaking!! I spent most of my time painting the landscape in my mind. And it was not even peak season.
No, no, it was not the wine talking!! As anyone who knows me well, probably finds great humor in me vineyard hopping, as I am not a big drinker, to say the least.
The artist in me is ready to pack my easel, palette, and canvases, and move to Napa. I would retire my still lifes and reinvent myself as a plein air painter in order to soak up the glorious scenery and enjoy each season of the wine making cycle. The East-Coaster in me might even get past the fact that it rains and its sunny at the same time.
For now, I dream.
Western Excursion by Slidely Slideshow
March 13, 2017