Chalk Hill Artist Residency

View from the top of the hill overlooking the Ranch & the Chalk Hill Artist Residency

View from the top of the hill overlooking the Ranch & the Chalk Hill Artist Residency

This is a glimpse into my days spent at the Chalk Hill Artist Residency program in Healdsburg, CA.  I was fortunate to be selected to spend 2 weeks this July at the Warnecke Ranch to focus on painting.  My plan was to draw inspiration from the unique colors of the landscape to make a series of small oil paintings. I focused on observing, feeling and recording the atmospheric conditions particular to the Russian River area.

I got to work immediately upon arrival.  First I set up my studio to make it comfortable for painting and then I went out on my first of a series of walks and hikes to photograph my surroundings.  I like to take photos as a memory and inspiration for my paintings.

My daily routine was perfect.  I woke early and had my coffee and breakfast on the front porch overlooking the chickens and community garden. After breakfast I would stretch and meditate.  Then I was ready to start painting for the day.    I was offline all day and was able to focus completely on painting.  In the afternoon and early evening I would go for a walk and photo session.

My intention was to just let the paintings happen and try not to plan too much.  I figured I could edit them later in my San Francisco studio.  At the end of the two weeks I created 23 paintings ranging in size from 6″ x 6″ to 30″ x 30″.  I’m looking forward to presenting them at the Open House on Sunday, August 24, 1-4pm at Chalk Hill Artist Residency
13427 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg, CA and a selection for my upcoming show at Collector Art in Berkeley in September.

The studio in a re-purposed barn.

The studio in a re-purposed barn.

This is my studio set up at the Chalk Hill Artist Residency.

This is my studio set up in a re-purposed barn at the Chalk Hill Artist Residency.

My palette and paints set up and ready for painting.

The palette and paints are set up and ready for a day of painting.

Paintings in progress

Paintings in progress

Mornings on the front porch overlooking the garden.

Mornings on the front porch

Drinking coffee and watching the chickens peck around in the garden.

View from the pond to the Resident House

View from the pond to the Resident House

Most of the time it was just me and my shadow.

Me and My shadow

Me and My shadow

Small Paintings in the studio at Chalk Hill

Small Paintings in the studio at Chalk Hill