Monday, December 15, 2014

The French Laundry Courtyard

 The Courtyard is where you sip Champagne while waiting for your table to be prepared.

That lovely blue door is famous!

 My husband and I have been fortunate to dine at The French Laundry on several occasions but the best experience was dining next to Brad Pitt and the cast from Friends.  Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston had just begun dating and no one knew it yet.  Their group and our group had the entire upstairs for a 5 hour dinner.  Yummm!  After dinner Chef Thomas Keller paid his respects to our table and my husband congratulated him on providing the delicious meal as well as the wonderful entertainment.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bouchon Bistro

 Iconic eateries in the Napa Valley.

People outside enjoying a beautiful fall day and wonderful French bistro fare
 at Bouchon in Yountville.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tra Vigne

Another painting in my series of Napa & Sonoma destinations.

Tra Vigne in St. Helena is a lovely spot for a warm, hearty Tuscan dinner or a light al fresco lunch outside under a canopy of trees and lights.

The train tracks go right in front of the Cantinetta with their trademark black & white awnings.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Delights of Napa Valley

I just finished two small paintings of lovely buildings in the Napa Valley.  One is of Bistro Jeanty on a beautiful fall day with great long shadows.

And the second painting is of Chimney Rock Winery Tasting Room on a warm spring afternoon.  It is an incredible Cape Dutch-style of architecture found in the Western Cape of South Africa which is just striking in a vineyard.

Both are done in oils and are 8 x 10. I hope to do a few more of iconic buildings in the Napa and Sonoma areas.

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