Fine Art Paintings

I have Marilyn Dorsa to thank for introducing me to fine art painting using oils and acrylics.  Every year Marilyn and Frank Dorsa sponsor painting classes at their beautiful La Rusticana d’Orsa estate vineyard in Los Gatos.  Wherever your eye rests there are magnificent views of the valley or intimate vignettes just begging to be painted.  Whether it is a lily pond or a bronze sculpture, grapevines or oaks, or the many rescue dogs roaming the grounds, everything is inspirational.  A wonderful camaraderie is shared by the students and instructors over classic Tuscan-style lunches prepared by Chef Franca Coletta.  And of course they serve La Rusticana d’Orsa award-winning wines.

Most of the time I paint with a pallet knife.  It is fun to spread buttery oil paint on to a canvas like frosting a cake.  Delicious!

Fine Art Painting theme by Chris Davenport Dok
Setup for Peach Roses
Setup for Peach Roses

This is the real-life setup with flowers and fruit.

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Peach Roses
Peach Roses
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Setup for Celebration at the Ranch
Setup for Celebration at the Ranch

This is the real-life setup with flowers, fruit, and vegetables.

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Celebration at the Ranch
Celebration at the Ranch
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Chris Davenport Dok Portrait
Chris Davenport Dok Portrait

Portrait of Chris by Marilyn Dorsa at La Rusticana d’Orsa

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Setup for Roses and Cantaloupe
Setup for Roses and Cantaloupe

This is the real-life setup with flowers, fruit, and vegetables.

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Roses and Cantaloupe
Roses and Cantaloupe
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The joys of Cooking
The joys of Cooking
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Farmer's Market
Farmer's Market
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Yellow Roses and Ivy
Yellow Roses and Ivy
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La Rusticana Vineyard
La Rusticana Vineyard
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Peaches and Sunflowers
Peaches and Sunflowers
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