|Murphys Historic Hotel|
Scenes like these old buildings were everywhere. A plein air painters paradise.
We stayed in Murphys Historic Hotel. Previous guests include Mark Twain, Horatio Algiers Jr., John Jacob Astor, Thomas J. Lipton, J.P. Morgan, and former President Ulysses S. Grant. It's been in continuous operation since 1856.
The next morning I set out to paint. I had spotted my first location the night before: the side of the Murphys Hotel, right where I was staying! I set up along the side street, only a few feet out of the traffic and painted happily away.
|Murphys Historic Hotel Oil on 12 x 16 Canvas Panel|
After lunch, I wandered down main street to the Hovey Winery. The owners were nice enough to allow us to use the grounds for our daily afternoon critiques. And of course, we drank lots of their wine. I set up on the walk just outside the grounds and painted a portion of their beautiful wine tasting room. I like the sense of reflected light in this painting. And the flag and hanging basket of flowers added just a touch of color. I was pleased with the overall result. The owners expressed interest in using my painting in their marketing. We'll see. That would be great.
|Hovey Wine Tasting Room at Murphys oil on 12 x 16 panel|
Our first full day in Murphys could hardly have been better. I'll include pictures of the others who attended the workshop in the next post.