Wine and Art

Paintings at Belle Fiore Winery All November

November 6, 2018
Belle Fiore Winery is showing ten of my still life paintings during the month of

Zorn palette grid in Juliette Aristides’ book

October 9, 2018
Juliette Aristides included Michael Lynn Adams' Zorn limited-palette exercise grid in her book, "Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques from Inside the

Michael Lynn Adams
Ashland Art Salon Presenter, Oct. 28

October 9, 2018
On Sunday, October 28, I will be the featured speaker at Ashland Art Salon. I’ll talk about my evolution from a goofy kid (that’s seven-year-old me in the painting above) to nationally recognized artist and co-founder of an international art conference, The Representational Art Conference

Great Uncle Jim
Richard Cranch Greenleaf

artist, collector and beloved

February 22, 2017
Richard "Jim" Cranch Greenleaf (1887-1964) spent his boyhood on the family estate in Lenox, Massachusetts. Tutor educated except for one term at Middlesex School, he never attended college, and he never worked. He inherited his wealth from his great grandfather John Greenleaf and grandfather

Crystal Gazing and a Limited Palette

February 21, 2017
Recently old photographs of my family have fascinated and inspired me to reinterpret them in paint. Its a special way to connect to some really wonderful people. Here, for example, is my aunt Lolo, and my father, Richard in 1927. They were Americans both born in Paris, France during the 1920s when

John O’Donohue on Creativity and the Divine Imagination

January 8, 2017
The late poet philosopher John O'Donohue's concept of beauty goes far deeper than popular culture's superficial view. He wrote, "At the deepest level, creativity is holiness. To create is to further the dream and desire of the creator. When the world was created it was not a one-off, finished

Leather Box
Short Video Demo

January 4, 2017
This leather box originally belonged to my grandfather, Lewis G. Adams. He has been my life-long inspiration and hero. An American art student in Paris during the 1920's, he became a major architect in New York City. He was also an accomplished watercolor painter. Above all, he was one of the most

Meyer Lemons
Annotated Video Demo

January 3, 2017
Meyer lemons are wonderful. They have a magic balance of tart and sweet. Perfect for making all manner of tasty treats. My favorite? Margaritas! The bounty of lemons arrives in late fall to early winter. I love that summer sunshine is packed in these beautiful fruit. These lemons were picked from a

Three New Roses

January 1, 2017
Maybe it’s California’s drought…   Walking in our backyard after a morning drizzle and seeing droplets on their leaves and petals compelled me to paint these lovely roses. The water is so precious in California now. A beautiful rain storm washed months of dust from our garden

Fresh Bread Provence
Annotated Video Demo

December 31, 2016
Fresh bread glistening and warm, the centerpiece of an perfect breakfast in Saint Remy de Provence. Savoring a gorgeous June morning with these treats, large cups of cafe au lait and hours of conversation is a wonderful time to

Santa Rita Hills
Annotated Video Demo

November 4, 2016
This is the view from the Lafond Winery's picnic area in Santa Barbara wine country's Santa Rita Hills. Lafond is hands down our favorite Santa Barbara County winery. The tasting room manager and staff are good friends as is the winemaker. Plus, many items we have purchased from their wonderful

Zorn Limited Palette

September 27, 2016
Andres Leonard Zorn (1860-1920) is known for using a limited palette. It is believed that Zorn reduced his palette to as few as three rather earthy colors - Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Medium, Ivory Black plus White. There seems to be some disagreement over the exact number of colors on his palette.
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