“Winters is a city in Yolo County, California. The population was 6,624 as of the 2010 census. It is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is near Lake Berryessa. It is noted as the one-time residence of cartoonist R. Crumb and former baseball player Frank Demaree. Located at 38°31?30?N 121°58?15?W, Winters is a small city located 11 miles (18 km) from Vacaville. Winters is nearly 30 miles (50 km) from Sacramento and about 60 miles (100 km) from San Francisco, California. Winters post office was established in 1875. Winters incorporated in 1898. The name is in honor of Theodore Winters, who provided half of the town’s land.“
For this day I went all over the place to paint. This was about 15 miles north of Winters. I’m not really sure what drew me to this scene other than trying to find a different view of the range. The red roofs of the barns stood out amongst the blues and greens.
This one is a really quick study, done in 1 hour. I feel like every alla prima painting is a quick study. It’s really a toss-up if they are going to come out great or not. The only thing you can do is paint as well as you can and hope for the best.
This painting was done between 7 and 8 PM. The light was changing rapidly, and by the time I finished, the long shadows were long gone, and the cows had changed their position many times. I painted what I knew would change quickly and came back in to refine those initial marks afterwards.
There was a little festival at the park that featured wine, music, and of course art. A few of us painted Beth Winfield, who is a friend and fellow plein air painter herself. Doing these live demos always seems to get more people interested in what we do. I think it’s easier to identify with the skill involved in painting portraits as opposed to landscapes, so it’s a good introduction into what we do as plein air painters.
Wanna check the paintings out in person? Briggs and Co. is at 314 Railroad Avenue in Winters, California. The show will be up until May 31st. Support the events that make the paintings happen!
About Sergio Lopez
North Bay Area based Fine Artist Sergio Lopez. Oil paintings, gouache paintings, plein air paintings, and charcoal drawings. http://www.themainloop.com