Sonoma County, California
Plein Air Impressionist Painter
Donna's art background includes the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a summer at LaRomita School of Art in Italy. She received her BA degree from the University of San Francisco. She is a professional artist with her signature membership in the American Impressionist society and also a member of the California Art Club. She exhibits her work in galleries, juried exhibits, open studios and local wineries. Donna enjoys teaching drawing and painting through the Santa Rosa Junior College and various art centers. She is a longtime teacher and painter in oil, watercolor and drawing.
Click on her WORKSHOP pages on the upper left for upcoming workshops in watercolor, oil or drawing. She is a contributor of articles on painting in art magazines and was included as a "Spotlight"with Southwest Art magazine in 2008. Also one of her paintings was selected in the juried art collectors book by Alcove publisher, titled: The American Art Collector - West. Her beautiful painting titled "Wildflower path to Spring Lake" was on the Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education Spring Catalog. Check out her next FALL short courses in painting and sketching!
Donna DeLaBriandais is a third generation native of Santa Rosa, California. She finds inspiration for her paintings in Sonoma County and the north bay. Donna's landscape paintings reflect the beauty of the area. Her style is painterly and spontaneous, as she expresses her impression of the subject. Donna's paintings are exhibited in galleries in California and Arizona and Chicago.
My painting "Wildflower Path to Spring Lake" was on the cover of Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education Spring 2011 catalog.
SELECTED COLLECTORS: Kaiser Permanente, University of San Francisco, Cardiology Assoc. Art collection Rohnert Park, Plein air Magazine collection, American Shield, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation,Charles Schulz private Collection, several So.Co. wineries, Shambahala Retreat Center, private collections in France, England, Italy, New Zealand and the United States.
Donna DeLaBriandais, A.I.S, a signature member in the American Impressionist Society.
Plein air painting is a french term for painting on location in the open air.
The impressionists painted on location or en plein air......My favorite time to paint is late evening when the sun is low and the shadows are long.
Late afternoon is the best time for me to paint plein air. Here I am painting in the lavender fields.
EVENTS: The August 2012 on line issue has a feature profile article on me painting on location, www.OutdoorPainter.com/artist.../painting-fields-of-lavender.html
Also check out www.judsonsart.com/featured-artist as they featured my Yosemite painting workshop, see August 2012 link.
This Spring I spent time painting in Carmel/Monterey area and attended a workshop with Guido Frick, a German Impressionist painter, who was a student of Sergei Bongart, the famous Master Russian/American Impressionist painter. This was an interesting trip full of Art! I have also studied under some additional students of Sergei over the years; Jerry Stitt, Joseph Mendez. I love these painterly and colorful styles. It is a mesh of appropriate values with color applied in an expressive manner. When I paint, I fluctuate between impressionism and expressionism and this type of painting excites something in me.
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