Dear Friends and Art Lovers!
Open Studios Napa Valley is the next two weekends, but you won’t find me there. I’m writing this from Anacortes, Washington where we are preparing for our annual cruise through the Pacific Northwest and Canadian waters. All the same, I encourage you to visit at least one studio during the event. You can find catalogs at Art Gallery Napa Valley (see link in sidebar), where you can also see my display exhibiting some of my latest artwork.
My Display at Art Gallery Napa Valley
I’ve really been enjoying the online courses taught by Birgit O’Connor. We’ve painted Atmosphereic Landscapes and Rocks, Sand, and Sea Glass. The Sea Glass really takes me back to my childhood in Seaview, WA where my mother and I could find whole glass floats on the beach.
Again, you can also get an online PDF of the Open Studios event at the Open Studios Napa Valley website. Please visit some of my fellow Napa Valley artists. I always like to visit and buy a small item or two as a way of Paying it Forward to support local artists.
Look for my vacation inspired artwork when I return in November. My next public show is the Calistoga Christmas Faire on Saturday, December 1st. I’ll also be posting my travel sketches at yachtanomaly.wordpress.com, but I’d better update the blog name somehow because our new boat is named Fifth Element!
Fifth Element sketch
Thanks for your interest!
PS You may not be aware that my images are available on many fun items such as towels, pillows, cell phone cases and now spiral notebooks at my Fine Art America website, https://ann-nunziata.pixels.com
my California Quail, watercolor batik, 18″ x24 “
Summer is winding down but you may still have time to visit a local fair. These fairs bring back happy memories from my childhood (3-legged race, anyone?)
The Napa Town & Country Fair is open now through Sunday August 12th. I noticed several members of the Napa Valley Art Association are exhibiting in professional art including yours truly.
I was happy to may my California Quail recognized for Fifth place in multi-media. It really is watercolor, but I entered it in multimedia since it’s adhered to a board with acrylic matte medium.
The professional art division along with all Senior divisions is exhibited in Chardonnay Hall. The fair is open daily from noon to 10 pm, closing at 9pm Sunday.
Several friends told me that the library hasn’t been able to give them my contact information or info on potential artwork purchases, so I’ve just updated my Gallery page.
The images on my Gallery page currently represent the original artworks in my recent exhibit at the Napa County main library. All of this artwork is part of my Watercolor Batik series. Watercolor Batik is watercolor on a rice paper ground with wax used as a resist. The rice paper is then mounted on wood panels and protected with satin varnish.
I don’t think this was the actual Cascade Falls of Moran State Park, but it is a pretty little waterfall that flows out of Cascade Lake in the park and down into Cascade bay.
We had a lovely time moored just off this little waterfall and also visiting Rosario and the historic home of shipbuilder and a former Seattle governor, Robert Moran. The construction is impeccable and “ship-shape”. Just one example- the interior doors are two inch thick solid Honduras mahogany which is not as red as Phillipine mahogany and probably totally unavailable for modern construction
FYI- Rosario is a popular spot on Orcas Island.
Our local newspaper wrote a nice article about my April Art in the Library. Here is the link if you’d like to read it:
Art in the Library April 2018
The beautiful blue-and rust Western Bluebird is actually a small thrush. They swoop over open fields to catch insects. They can also be attracted to backyard feeders with mealworms.
The bills of Western Bluebirds are not equipped to dig their own nest holes, so the presence of cavities in trees or posts, old woodpecker holes or nest boxes are very important. When building or purchasing a nest box for a bluebird, make sure you have the correct entrance hole size; the diameter is different for the eastern bluebird.
You can read about Western Bluebird nest boxes at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology NestWatch site.