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article imageThe 'Plein Air' of Sonoma is filled with hues of Autumn Special

By Jonathan Farrell     Oct 25, 2013 in Entertainment
Sonoma - While some people may say New England is the best place to be in the fall, artist Kathryn A. Lewis would disagree. She is inspired by the very evident signs of autumn, especially as the abundant vineyards throughout Sonoma are changing color.
"Everyday, these vineyards change, their color palate changes, just as nature changes," she said. For the past two weeks since the beginning of October Lewis has been seen with her easel and paints set-up along the side of the road along 5th Street near Napa Road in Sonoma.
 Everyday  these vineyards change  their color palate changes  just as nature changes   said  artist...
"Everyday, these vineyards change, their color palate changes, just as nature changes," said, artist Kathryn A. Lewis.
"What I am doing is what is known as painting 'alla prima in plein air' she said. "It's from an Italian term, said Barry John Raybould, some of his works and comments are featured on the Author Galleries web site. "'Alla prima' is a painting method where the artist strives to complete the painting in one session." "Rather than going back to the painting over and over doing touch ups." "The work is done while paint is still wet," said Raybold. He offers lessons and advice on his website.
Lewis is not alone in her love and work of the 'Plein air' and 'alla prima' way of painting. "Here in Sonoma there is the Sonoma Plein Air Festival and painting foundation, said Flynn O'Brien, manager of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. The Museum works with galleries and artists to feature some of the areas best artists and creative talents. The Sonoma area is home to many artists and is host to many art events like the Sonoma Plein Air Festival which has raised over $645,000 for important causes and charities.
For more than two weeks  artist Kathryn A. Lewis has been setting up her painter s easel and paint p...
For more than two weeks, artist Kathryn A. Lewis has been setting up her painter's easel and paint palates to capture the fall colors of the vineyards of Sonoma, CA.
The weather that Oct. 22 was sunny and at just after 10 AM the morning light allowed Lewis to savor the variations of rusty-red, brown and greenish-yellow as the familiar fall colors covered the vineyards. She remained at her spot until after 4 in the afternoon, that day amid some very hot fall time weather.
"I usually work with watercolors, she said. But for the past four years I have dedicated myself entirely to working with oils."
Plein air painting is to paint a picture all at once without stopping  not allowing the paint to dry...
Plein air painting is to paint a picture all at once without stopping, not allowing the paint to dry. Well-experience with water colors, artist Kathryn Lewis has dedicated herself to painting with oil paints for the past four years.
"It is not easy painting with oils, especially alla prima," said Sonoma artist and resident Larry Murphy. He knows all too well how difficult painting in any style with any material can be. And, to capture a landscape with all its delicate variations takes a considerable amount of detail and patience.
Lewis has painted eight landscapes and wants to create a significant amount so she can have a gallery showing in and around Sonoma very soon.
While California is well known for its redwood trees  especially in Northern California  there still...
While California is well known for its redwood trees, especially in Northern California, there still are trees that display all the variations of autumn colors.
When not painting, Lewis dedicates her time to retreat work. She coordinates and facilitates retreats specializing in personal growth and spirituality. Lewis said she wants very much to continue with her oil painting endeavor and hopes art galleries and those in the local art community will welcome her.
For more information about Kathryn and to contact her visit her website.
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