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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:29

Painting Fields of Lavender

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Donna DeLa Briandais has been painting the lavender fields in the Wine Country of California for more than 10 years. The peak blooming time is exactly this time of year — late June and early July — so we asked her to share information about her most recent efforts.

Donna DeLa Briandais Painting in the Lavender Field, 2012, oil, 16 x 30 in.
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"I paint the background of the landscapes softly with little detail in order to emphasize the lavenders," DeLa Briandais explains. "I use what could be described as an Impressionistic painting style and mix all the shades of lavender from a number of different reds and blues, rather than work with just tube colors. The trick is to avoid having the colors become too garish by shifting some lavender mixtures towards blue and others towards purple. As with painting any natural form, one has to consider the particular type of lavender and the landscape in which they are grown. I add greens to the underside of the lavender plants.
Matanzas Creek Winery, by Donna DeLa Briandais, 2012, watercolor

"I have painted dozens of lavender paintings over the years, mostly with no figures. Occasionally I add some farm workers in the field, but I really prefer to instill the paintings with the same sense of stillness and natural beauty I sense when I'm out painting. I enjoy painting alone on location as well as with members of plein air painting groups. I am a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and a member of the California Art Club and the North Bay Plein Air Painters." For more information, visit
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Steve Doherty

Plein air painter, fine art lover, author, and collector.


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