Sunday, March 27, 2011

You're Invited!

Featured Artist at Regale Winery & Vineyard: Exhibition & Reception
Local Atmosphere: Paintings by Giselle Gautreau
Sunday, April 3- 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
2040 Summit Road
Los Gatos, CA

Exhibit dates: April 2 through May 30th, 2011
Tasting Room Hours at Regale
Weekends: Noon-5:00

Fountain at Regale
Oil on canvas
20"x30"
©2011 Giselle Gautreau

A portion of sales to benefit the Loma Prieta Public Education Fund

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cove

Cove
Oil on canvas, 20"x20"
©2011 Giselle Gautreau

Private Collection

Moss Landing, revisited

Moss Landing
36"x48"
Oil on canvas
©2011 Giselle Gautreau

I love Moss Landing. Driving down Highway 1 toward Monterey, my eye is always drawn to the salt marshes & bright orange moss that is visible from the road. With the ever-present Pacific marine layer, the fog just makes this orange color glow. I started this canvas well over a year ago, and because it's a lot bigger than I normally work, it was very slow going. I'd put it away for a while, put it back on the easel, and continued to breathe life into it until I really captured that feeling... of that light-illuminated fog, the reflection of the water, and the glow of the orange moss. In this, I wanted the air to feel as palpable as the land.

Elkhorn Slough

Where Slough Meets Sea
Oil on canvas
36"x48"
©2010 Giselle Gautreau

This is a big canvas for me. I mean, really big. Most of my work falls into the 12" or less category, with my "big" paintings being at 20"x20". I loved working on this. Time and again, as I painted my landscapes on a small scale, I'd think "ah, but what if this were bigger?" There's something about walking into a room and being drawn in by the scale of the art. That's what this painting is for me. Maybe my new "small" will be the 20"x20".

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sentinel

Sentinel
12"x12"
Oil on panel
©2010 Giselle Gautreau
This painting will be on view at Regale Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The show opens next month and will continue until the end of May.

About the painting: A couple of years ago we took our first ever trip to Yosemite. On our road trip with the kids, I really enjoyed taking in the changing landscape. We left the Santa Cruz Mountains, went through Silicon Valley and then headed across the Central Valley before getting to the Sierras. The Central Valley really struck me in it's flatness and how most of it seemed dedicated to agriculture on a grand scale. Field after field, orchard after orchard went by, and once in a while a small cluster of houses. This tree stood out... a cypress in the middle of nowhere, with the Sierras in the distance.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Birds, Bees & Trees


Opening this Friday, at Redtree Gallery in Cincinnati

Birds, Bees & Trees

Drop me a note if you can make it to this show. I won't be able to attend, but 10 of my paintings will be there.

Participating Artists include:
Giselle Gautreau
Susan Najarian
Sarah Puckett
Angie Unger

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Confide: Gathering of Birds


Confide
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
6"x6", Oil on panel

On view at Many Hands Gallery, in Capitola, CA
May & June 2011

Approach: Bee In Flight


Approach
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
6"x6", Oil on panel

Available

Observed: Bird On A Wire

Observed
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
Oil on panel, 6"x6"

On view at Redtree Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
March 8 through April 2, 2011

Up And Away: Bees

Up And Away
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
Oil on panel, 6"x6"

On view at Redtree Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
March 8 through April 2, 2011

Perch: Bird On A Wire

Perch
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
Oil on panel, 6"x6"

This painting will be on view at Many Hands Gallery, in Capitola, CA
May & June, 2011

Companion: Bees


Companion
©2011 Giselle Gautreau
Oil on panel, 6"x6"

This painting will be on view at Many Hands Gallery in Capitola, CA
May & June, 2011