Author Archives: TheArtistOnTheRoad

Preston Vineyards and Farms

Over the past month, I’ve visited Preston Vineyards and Farms several times for produce, sketching, and of course, wine tasting. The property is situated in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley and is a beautiful place to visit, especially in fall. … Continue reading

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Westerbeke Ranch

Westerbeke Ranch is a hidden gem located a few miles west of the city of Sonoma. Used primarily for retreats and conferences, the property delights guests with its lush gardens and meandering paths amid native oaks. Of particular interest are … Continue reading

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Hotel La Rose

A quick 20 minute sketch today while out with my sketch group “Ready, Set, Sketch!”

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Zazu Kitchen

The Zazu Kitchen, located in the Barlow section of Sebastopol, CA., is an authentic farm to table restaurant. They grow much of their own produce and put together the menu after hunting through the gardens to see what’s ripe. A … Continue reading

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Pauline’s Vineyard

Vince Tofanelli and I walked his mother’s vineyard this morning while he told me wistful stories of growing up. Afterward I sat for a couple of hours sketching the property, located in Calistoga (north end of the Napa Valley ). The mustard was in full bloom and with the … Continue reading

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Winter Mustard

With the help of December rains, mustard is in full bloom all across Sonoma County. After three years of putting off painting this scene, today I finally took the time to sketch it with my good friend Phil McDonel.

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Dry Creek Valley Sketch Tour

Last weekend, the Ready, Set Sketch! group toured the Dry Creek Valley by bike. It’s one of the most beautiful rides in Sonoma County. Resting on a hilltop along Chiquita road, I sketched an owl box standing high above the vineyard covered landscape. Lambert Bridge crossing Dry … Continue reading

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Patterson’s Pub

Sketch of downtown Windsor. I have yet to check out Patterson’s Pub but I’m sure the inside is worthy of a sketch and a pint.

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Oak Hill Farms

Traveling highway 12 just outside of Glen Ellen, it’s nearly impossible to miss the towering tree roots designating the entrance to 45-acre Oak Hill Farm. The roots are what’s left of an overturned eucalyptus that met its fate during a … Continue reading

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The Raven Theater and Ravenous Cafe

Few things are more entertaining than seeing a live performance at a local theater followed by a cozy dinner. With television and the internet dominating today’s casual entertainment crowd, it’s a real pleasure to get out among the living and … Continue reading

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