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Oil Painting of Friends on the Beach in Mendocino - by Pat Meier-Johnson

Friends on the Beach – Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 11 x 14 on Linen Panel

There’s nothing like a girls weekend.

With our husbands minding the fort back home, four of us went up to Mendocino to enjoy the beauty of the northern California coast.
From left to right, Stephanie, Mary and Judy. The light was perfect as we explored a beach below the highway near our vacation rental.  All three ladies and I are members of Impact100 Sonoma, a women’s giving circle that does great things in the Sonoma Valley.  This organization not only helps non-profits but builds wonderful friendships. This weekend was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and some great hiking.

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Spring at the Valley of the Moon Winery in Sonoma

 

Valley of the Moon Winery by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 oil painting on panel

Every year after several months of cold gray weather the dark grape vines of Sonoma are touched with flecks of bright green. Within a few weeks, vineyard by vineyard, leaves emerge as a salute to spring. Grasses grow and wildflowers play a happy tune. I captured this oil painting of the Valley of the Moon Winery in Sonoma in early 2014.

We discovered the “new” Valley of the Moon Winery (originally planted in 1863) at a tasting in the Sonoma Lodge presented by Dan Zepponi, winery president and co-proprietor. Dan Zepponi is a third generation Sonoma vintner, having worked in the family business of ZD Winery since the age of five. He left to study engineering. But the vineyards called and he became involved in operations for Beringer, Chateau St. Jean, Stags’ Leap, and more and finally bought Valley of the Moon Winery and Lake Sonoma Winery.

We were so impressed with his Barbera, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir that Russ and I made it a point to visit. Just 10 minutes from our house, the Valley of the Moon Winery has a spacious tasting room that led us to a lovely outdoor seating area. Just beyond is an outdoor oven and adjacent bocce court.  The day was perfect and we took a walk around the grounds behind the winery. I caught a glimpse of this view and just had to paint it.

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