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O Little Town of Sonoma

12 x 12 Oil Painting of Sonoma Plaza California by Pat Meier-Johnson

Sonoma Plaza Holiday Lights (c) 2015 Pat Meier-Johnson

I love this town. There is an innocence and kindness here in Sonoma that brings together people of all kinds of persuasions, religions, ethnic backgrounds and income. Perhaps it can be said that having a town center — a true town center like our Sonoma Plaza — plays a role. In the warm months it’s all full of music and produce stands with people picnicking and sharing wine. Now in the chill months the Sonoma Plaza sparkles as though some kind of  winter fairy scattered a shower of lights over the buildings and trees from atop the palm tree in front of City Hall.

Are you still planning to shop for Christmas? Around the periphery of the Sonoma Plaza are boutiques of all kinds: Moroccan cookware, fanciful clothing like Artifax and J.James, international gifts,  jewelry, shoes, silver, leather, cheeses, and a whole row of home decor stores. The wine tasting rooms are multiplying like crazy. You can find all kinds of decor and environments and offerings from some highly talented winemakers. A couple of faves include Passagio Wines and Bryter Estates. We are looking forward to indulging in the comfy seating of the recently opened Pangloss Cellars tasting room.

There are some super restaurants here too. One of our favorites is EDK (El Dorado Kitchen) and of course The Girl and the Fig. Not to be missed is OSO and Cafe La Haye. A new Indian restaurant has opened just off the square. Memorable for its perhaps unfortunate name, Delhi Belly, we have heard nothing but rave reviews. Maybe we will be there for New Year’s Eve because we love India so much. And of course the Basque Boulangerie, which at night vents to the alley off its kitchen. If you’re walking to there after a glass of wine at Murphy’s Irish Pub at night, it’s likely the wafting bread aroma will knock you off your feet, not the wine.

So here is my oil painting I just completed, 12 x 12 on stretched canvas of Holiday Lights on Sonoma Plaza. Note the dry pavement…but not for long. We’re about to get several days of rain right through Christmas. Just what we asked Santa for (including a few other things)…we need the rain.

Happy holidays and a healthy wonderful 2016 to you all.

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Sonoma Valley Olive Festival Painting

2015 Olive Season Poster

What an amazing start to 2015! Sonoma Valley chose my painting, “Gift of the Olive” for the Olive Festival Poster. I loved working on this painting because of the way the light worked with the translucent gold oil in the decanter that played off the gray-green olive branches and bright orange persimmons.  This is indeed an honor and I have been basking in the lovely warm comments and hugs that are so plentiful here in Sonoma.

The poster is available for $15 plus tax and shipping from the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau as well as the new delightful Studio 35 gallery.  To buy a poster you can also contact me directly at patmeier@patmeier.com.

You can read all about it here.

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Sebastiani Vineyard

Sebastiani Vineyard by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 oil painting on canvas

Sebastiani Vineyard by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 oil painting on canvas

The weather was perfect when I painted this landscape of the Sebastiani vineyards.  The earth was warmed by the sun and the olive tree was moving ever so slightly in the breeze.

Samuele Sebastiani, started Sebastiani winery in 1904 buying land using money that he earned as a stonemason, quarrying cobblestones from Sonoma hills that were used to build streets in San Francisco.  This vineyard directly across the street from the winery grows Malbec and Merlot grapes. You can see an old wall built with local stone.

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Art From the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival

Mariachis by Pat Meier-Johnson 15 x 20 cut paper on watercolor paper

Mariachis by Pat Meier-Johnson 15 x 20 cut paper on watercolor paper

This is the final weekend of the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, with lots of wineries participating. My own personal favorite is the olive sampling at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards February 15 and 16. A nice way to extend Valentine’s Day into the weekend.

I created this paper collage of mariachis a couple of years ago when we first moved to Sonoma.  The sun reflected off the bright white walls of the Mission San Francisco Solano across from the northeast corner of the Sonoma Plaza. Their music welcomed the locals who came to celebrate the Blessing of the Olives, Sonoma’s second largest crop. I wanted to capture the bright blue sky and the contrast of the mariachis’ black trim black Traje de Charro suits against the white wall of the mission.

This piece is part craft paper, part snippets from some magazine advertising, and bits from some old sheet music. The sun was so bright the day I shot the picture of the mariachis that the figures did indeed seem to be flat, shadows were stark and planes of color very clearly defined. So it was an ideal image to recreate with cut paper art.

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