Tuesday, January 8, 2013

School Demonstration

Painting demonstration by Karen Lynn Ingalls, at St. Apollinaris School. Here - painting upside down.
In December, I gave a demonstration and talked to the students at St. Apollinaris School in Napa. Sandra Cassayre Moore, their art teacher, who invited me, is also a fellow Napa Valley Open Studios artist.
The students had lots of great questions!
The students had lots of great questions! And we packed a lot into our time. You can see more about it, including photos Sandra just sent me of student's paintings, on my art workshops website blog, here, at NapaValleyArtWorkshops.com.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Installing "Sunset Meadow"

I've been quiet lately! (Trust me, it's only online, and it's mostly been because I've spent the last year working very hard for Napa Valley Open Studios.) Coming back to the blog, I found some draft posts I never published (how could I have missed them?). I thought I'd share them with you now. 

Sunset Meadow • © 2010 Karen Lynn Ingalls
(lit only by a spot light and natural lighting, on an overcast day)

In this post, I shared photos of Sunset Meadow, and some of my other paintings, in the home of a collector who has also become a good friend. Since these were taken, he sold this home and moved the paintings to his new place – I'm glad to have these images! The sky of Sunset Meadow is the image I used for my blog banner above – in case it looks familiar. So, here's the post:

Here are some photos of Sunset Meadow in its new home....

Sunset Meadow in its new home.
Carneros Creek Cows is on the wall to the left of the doorway.
© 2010 Karen Lynn Ingalls

I love it against the brown walls. The photographs above were taken on a dark day, and the painting seemed to glow even more than usual.

Old Barn, New Vines • © 2010 Karen Lynn Ingalls

A number of my other paintings keep it company. Here are some more photographs, taken on a sunnier day. Old Barn, New Vines was painted of vineyards on Franz Valley School Road, on the way out to where my studio is now. The new vineyard is all grown up now, and the scene looks quite different.

Mayacamas Meadow • © 2010 Karen Lynn Ingalls

The trees in Mayacamas Meadow are actually not too far from the tree in Sunset Meadow. It is, in fact, the same meadow, though the paintings were painted six years apart. I now live just around the corner from it (I'm so lucky to be in the same neighborhood as these beautiful spots!).

Old Barn, New Vines • © 2010 Karen Lynn Ingalls

These two paintings, A Gathering of Oaks and View towards the Lake, were painted of scenes on a small local ranch, where I used to live.

View of the main room, taken when Sunset Meadow was first installed • © 2010 Karen Lynn Ingalls

Art makes a difference in a home.... Whatever kind of art we choose to live with, whatever colors we surround ourselves with, it all affects how we feel, which changes our relationship to the rest of the world. Beauty does matter. I'm glad to see how my paintings worked in this beautiful space.