Dave Gallup

The Southern Sierras and Yokohl Valley

These pieces, created on location (I paint primarily en plein air, French for "in the open air", to study the way light reveals our world) during a painting trip to the Visalia area this last March, will be part of a new exhibition: Paintings from the Southern Sierra Foothills - Celebrating 100 Years: Capturing California's Preserved Lands and Historic Districts (that's a mouthful) at the Old Mill (El Molino Viejo) in San Marino, CA. The opening reception will be on Thusday, October 1 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Hope you can make it! This paint-out and exhibition, organized by the California Art Club in conjunction with the Sequoia Riverlands Trust, is one of a number of exhibitions and events to celebrate the CAC's 100th anniversary of its founding in 1909. Yokohl Valley Sunset Framed_s

Yokohl Valley Sunset, 6" x 8", Oil on canvas panel, © Eric Merrell

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Battle Mountain Ranch, 12" x 12", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Exhibitions at the Old Mill are free year-round and open Tuesday through Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays)

The Old Mill (El Molino Viejo) [Map] 1120 Old Mill Road San Marino, CA 91108 626/449-5458 www.oldmill.info

Other artists in the exhibition include John Budicin, Karl DempwolfDave Gallup, Ray HarrisScott W. Prior, Junn Roca and Jason Situ.

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Battle Mountain Ranch (Detail)

Sequoia Riverlands Paint-Out

battle-mountain_s1 Battle Mountain Ranch, 12" x 12", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

I've just recently returned from painting in the beautiful foothills on the western side of the Sierras, just outside of Visalia. A few locations including a working ranch were made available to a small group of artists for the week. The flowers are pretty spectacular right now; fiddlenecks, poppies, lupine, "popcorn" flowers and others. The drive to get to the locations took about an hour from my campsite at Lake Kaweah, sometimes a little more, as they were pretty far removed from the main roads. But the drive was amazing - like old postcards of California you can find in antique stores - cows grazing in a field of flowers, foothills and the Sierras in the distance. Some of the other artists painting up there were Karl DempwolfDave Gallup, Ray Harris, Scott Prior, Junn Roca and Jason Situ.

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Yokohl Valley Sunset, 6" x 8", Oil on canvas panel, © Eric Merrell

I hope you can see the subtleties in the backlit hill above, those were really the reason for the painting. Both of these pieces were painted on location during the trip. The opportunity was made possible by the Sequoia Riverlands Trust, a wonderful group dedicated to preserving their area of the San Joaquin Valley and bringing attention to their part of the state. Along with all of the ranches interspersed throughout, there are thousand of acres of stone fruits, citrus, walnuts and all sorts of other produce filling the valleys.

The photo below is from the first morning - when I woke up the thermometer read 32 degrees and my truck had a layer of ice on it. Pretty chilly. Luckily, the nights warmed up into the balmy 40's after that. (Nobody else ended up camping, they all stayed in hotels! So of course I had to tease them about their sense of adventure.)

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