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

Although originally from the East Coast, Catherine McCargar has been a Californian for many years. Her representative impressionism reflects the California landscape and her world travels. Throughout her portfolio, she creatively plays with her color palette, giving each work her distinct style. She paints regularly in her home studio, and has been a selected member of the San Francisco-based Jade Fon Painters group for over a decade. Through this, she has gained experience painting outside on location in all sorts of weather together with a group of accomplished artists. The experiences, observations, and critiques of that plein air group strongly influence her work today.