The watercolor paper for this painting was prepared with a base of gesso. I like to apply watercolors to this surface as I can move the paint around easily and create the natural easy feeling I want for the piece. The home is Burns Cottage in Columbia, California. I named it French Laundry because a French laundry was on the same site back in the early gold rush days. I chose this view so that I could paint all the irises that were in full bloom. I stood at the end of the row of irises and painted en plein air on a recent sunny spring morning.

This painting is on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display. 

- Catherine McCargar

French Laundry

Watercolor painting on paper

Signed on front

20" h x 14" w 
0 lbs. 2 oz.



Catherine McCargar
Walnut Creek, California

Getting to Know Catherine

Catherine McCargar created her first work of art at five years old, a snowman drawn on blue construction paper. A group of artists invited her to try plein air painting and she fell in love. In her eyes, “the time spent composing and recording in the open air is invaluable to breathe life into a painting.” Catherine currently lives in California and loves tending her garden and being creative in the kitchen when she’s not painting. Fun fact: she occasionally writes stories for her granddaughter with accompanying ink drawings; she recently wrote a series called “Baby Owl Learns to Fly.”