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What a Year of Art

Oil painting of grape pickers by Pat Meier-Johnson

The Pickers – oil painting by Pat Meier-Johnson (study) Wine Country Series

It has been quite a while since my last post. It’s been quite a year.  Travel and numerous art shows and commissions throughout the year have provided me with a real deadline…sometimes I need that kick in the pants.  I am finding great solace working in the studio. The noise of the election season continues and at times it is almost deafening. I feel like pulling a pillow over my head and going into hiding, but instead I put on some good music, set up the paints and get lost in the studio until Russ comes and hauls me out.(It’s always surprising how dark it is at the end of the day this time of year.)


I have opened an etsy store just for my closeout items.  Visit us at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PatMeierJohnsonArt  I have a number of pieces that have been in shows and Open Studios and galleries. So I am running out of room as I make more pictures.  This might be a way of great way to pick up a real deal on original art as a gift for the holidays.  You can view and purchase my other works at my ongoing online store, http://patmeierjohnson.com/  anytime.

In addition to numerous shows in Marin and Sonoma, I am honored that several of my paintings won awards this year including the following:

New Beginnnings: Honorable Mention – Marin County Fair

Painting of Sonoma Land Trust Baylands Restoration Project

New Beginnings (Sonoma Land Trust Restoration of Baylands) – 10 x 30 Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson

The judges at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair awarded three of my paintings and two of Russ’ photos this year. I am particularly fond of these paintings – Piggy Dreams and The Toast, award-winners in the Agricultural and Lifestyle categories and a third prize winner, By Any Other Name:

Award-winning painting of sleeping pigs honored at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair

 Piggy Dreams – 16 x 20 oil painting on panel by Pat Meier-Johnson. Award-winning painting at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2016 

Artist Pat Meier-Johnson paints three girls celebrating with a glass of wine. Winner Sonoma Harvest Fair 2016

The Toast – 20 x 20 oil on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson SOLD

Painting of autumn roses in Sonoma by Pat Meier-Johnson

By Any Other Name  – roses and peonies in a blue vase 12 x 12 oil on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson

Russ and I have also been exhibiting together at Open Studios at the Marin Society of Artists and also currently have a show called “Side by Side” at the Parkpoint Health Club in Sonoma. Our reception was full of friends and we’ve met a number of new locals too.  The club is just a few blocks from our studio and a really nice place to work out.

Recently I have been doing some experimenting with colors, inspired by the bright hues of autumn.  This one in particular is a vineyard in southern Oregon. 

Oregon Vineyard in the afternoon - oil painting by Pat Meier-Johnson

Vineyard in the Afternoon (Study-Not for sale)

So come visit the online store and web site and even better, come visit when you’re in the neighborhood. I wish you the very best holiday season and a peaceful, happy 2017.

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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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Al’s Place Oil Painting accepted by Arc Gallery

Al’s Place – Sacramento Delta Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 11 x 14 on Canvas

How exciting. My first oil painting to be submitted to a gallery has been accepted into their catalog and will be featured online by San Francisco-based Arc Gallery in their “Like a Tom Waits Song” exhibit starting in early May.  I submitted this painting in response to a call from the gallery for art of any medium that is evocative of a Tom Waits song. So I  started to imagine places where Tom Waits would hang out and sing his songs.

Russ' photo was great to work from. The only thing missing was, well, a pianist. So I asked him to model for me in our hallway where a decorative entryway table was just about the right height.

Russ’ photo was great to work from. The only thing missing was, well, a pianist. So I asked him to model for me in our hallway where a decorative entryway table was just about the right height.

Fortunately Russ took a great photo at Al’s Place in Locke on the Sacramento Delta quite a few months ago. The locals’ politically incorrect name of the bar is “Al the Wop’s“.  You can see the name painted on the window of the restaurant and silhouetted onto the piano in this picture.

Originally a Chinese restaurant that opened in 1915, it became the only non-Chinese business in town when Al Adami and an associates bought it in 1934 from Lee Bing and continued in the business till 1961. It continues as a real Tom Waits-type whiskey bar and food joint in a run-down building.

I like the way the light streams through the window and casts letters on the face of the piano and filters through the beer bottles on the table. The buffalo head can’t be ignored either. The theme and the scene were great for a palette knife, pure oil colors and and gritty strokes.



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