Capitola Wine and Art Festival

A really fun Art and Wine Festival is happening this weekend, Capitola’s 37th annual! I was delighted to take it in Saturday morning, taking the shuttle from the Target mall (because Capitola weekend traffic on steroids- or Chardonnay). Before checking out the chock-a-block booths filled with art: glass, metal, leather, fabric, stone and paint or curated. (the gallery where my work is on exhibit) I made sure to get my toes in the sand and ocean waves!

Blown glass

Art Tents

With Melissa Kreisa and Theresa Nelson, the amazing women who are curated. and my newest little painting.

My little florals hanging with Ursula O’Farrell’s figures.

My Shell Grave and a few Birds and Teacups. (bit backlit)

Gail Ragains and  Lorraine Lawson

Melissa Kreisa  and Jay Ruland

Jay Ruland, Dee Hooker, Jane Ferguson

Jane Ferguson

Russell Powell with Theresa and Melissa.

Russell Powell

Melissa Kreisa (detail)

Gail Ragains (detail)

Noelle Correia

Carrie Clayden (detail)

Dee Hooker

Lorraine Lawson (detail)

Dee Hooker, Jeff Owen?

Good day for a hat!

Can you spot the handstand?


Busy, Busy, Busy!


Fresh of the easel – these little 6″ x 6″ oil paintings on cradled panels were dropped into deep gold floater frames and popped over to curated. (309 Capitola Ave) in Capitola, California for the 37th Annual Art and Wine festival this weekend (Sept. 14th & 15th) Over 150 fine artists and 22 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, local music and amazing food. Admission is FREE. Shuttles will be running into town from the Capitola Mall every 20 min.


Lifeguard Tower 7


Naked Ladies


Storm Cloud


Lifeguard Tower 11

Capitola Rocks

LGAA Plein Air - Capitola - Capitola on the Rocks (WIP) getting there…Marie Cameron 2016


This is how my little 8 x 8 inch plein air painting turned out after I took it back to the studio and messed with it a little…. perhaps there’s a little too much of a warm cast in the lighting but I think I’ve traded some of the freshness of color and application of the earlier stage for  a stability and structure of the final version.

Capitola Rocks - oil on board - 8x8 inches - Marie Cameron 2016



It’s still a cute painting but that’s the whole thing about plein air –  to learn how to let the immediacy and imperfections of the moment fill the canvas with life and don’t try to beat it to death with notions of what it should look like…… It’s a lesson I have to learn over and over again.