Monday, April 26, 2010

Wildling Museum Auction

Yesterday I attended the Wildling Museums annual BBQ fund raiser at Rancho Arbolado. I had donated a painting for the event that was to be auctioned off to help raise funds for the museum. The winning bid was excellent and the museum staff was very happy. The couple who bought the painting were really nice people and my congratulations to them. While I was there I had the chance to go on a jeep tour of the ranch and do a quick hike to shoot some reference photos.

The lupine and poppies were in bloom throughout the ranch as well as many other native plants.

I also ran into a couple who own another ranch in the valley. They had invited me to paint on their property 2 years ago so I will make it a point to get out there in the next 2 weeks. They are a very nice couple with one of the oldest ranches in the valley. The husband is from one of the original families that settled Solvang.

We stopped for a glass of wine on the jeep tour. This area offered views to the Pacific Ocean and the view is one thing that sets Rancho Arbolado apart from most of the ranches in the valley.

All in all the BBQ went very well thanks to the museum staff who did a great job. The weather was awesome which was in contrast to when I was there to paint months ago. It was windy, muddy and cold when I went there....stuff you deal with when painting plein air.


Mick Carney said...

Can't wait to see how you interpret this landscape. Given the way your value range was dealt with in some of your recent postings I think you have found a venue that will give you extra range for expression.

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks Mick....I'm looking forward to painting some more of the ranch from these and photos taken back when I did the painting. Such a great looking area.

Marian Fortunati said...

Ohhhh myyyyy Those lupines are WONDERFUL... I hope you got a good painting from it.

Congrats on the sale... It's too bad they didn't give you a percentage... Then it's a WIN WIN for everyone!!

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Marian,
I was further up the day I painted there...I took a ton of ref photos though and will do some from here soon enough.
I would have loved to have been given a percentaeg of this sale but no dice...hahaha. All for the museum which could really use it too.