Donna DeLaBriandais, A.I.S. Oil and Watercolor Sonoma County, California Wine Country Impressionist PleinAir artist - 2015 (c)
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Sonoma County, California
Plein Air Impressionist Painter:  A Signature member in the American Impressionist Society and member of California Art Club.

UPDATES:  SKETCHCRAWL - SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, starting at 11:00 am.  Meet at Jack London State Park ($10.00 per car fee required),London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen,after the entrance drive right to the upper parking area and then walk (short walk) to the upper picnic area where you will meet me and I will give you instructions on the various places to paint in the park;  vineyard, stone winery, House of Happy Walls, Wolf House, Pig Palace, Cottage, etc.  You can sketch or paint, then return to the picnic area at 1:00 pm to share your art and meet other artists and eat your lunch as well.  You can then return to do your art for the rest of the day. (cancelled if raining or wet).

Sketchcrawls are arranged through a worldwide forum, see for more information and history. Go to the 46th sketchcrawl and then to "Forum."All ages and experience are welcome and free.  No instructions, just fun and a chance to sketch or paint with others.  Bring a sketchbook, pencil, pen, stool, or any supplies you wish to sketch or  paint with, also bring your lunch and drink.   I look forward to seeing you at the park!



Plein air magazine "",  featured my artwork August 2012 with Outdoor Painter.  I was also featured with the Mendocino Plein air Paintout in September 2013. I once again participated in this 2014 plein air event.  then click on tab Mendocino as they featured my Yosemite painting workshop, see August 2012 featured artist on Judson's web site. 

 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.


This is one of my favorite images


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, wineries and her"Artrails" open studio, each second and third weekend in October.   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.  Donna 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.

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.


My painting " Solitude is on the Spring 2014 Cover of the Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education catalog. The below cover was selected for 2011.



Sunset is the best time for me to paint in the Lavender fields at Matanzas Winery. You can purchase a print of one of my paintings in their tasting room.


             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.

August 2012 link.

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