Posted on April 19, 2010 by ArtsyErika
Happy Monday! Today is the first day of #WineryWeek. If you use Twitter, wine enthusiasts, wineries, and wine shops are tweeting about their favorite wines using this hashtag. I would like to do my part in supporting the local wineries/ vineyards in my neck of the woods, Virginia.
Philip Carter Winery is located in Hume, Virginia and is known as the “First Family of Wine.” They will be celebrating their 248th anniversary in winning the first ever gold medal in wine tasting in America. That’s pretty special. They are also very supportive of local artists. I had my first solo art show there which included a virtual wine tasting. We had a blast!
They will soon release their 2008 Cleve, which a Bordeaux blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 35% Petit Verdot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has been aged in French and American oak for 18 months. Cigar box and smokiness dominate the nose with a hint of violets. On the palate the wine fills the mouth with black cherry and currants flavors, then finishes with firm, but silky tannins. As soon as I get my hands on a bottle I’ll be tweeting like crazy about it!
My favorite is their 2008 Chardonnay. Gold medal winner in the 2010 San Fransisco Chronicle Wine Competition, to the nose it has a delicately balanced citrus/ honeydew melon bouquet, with a honeysuckle finish. On the palate it is butter and vanilla with a hint of oak. The finish it like eating a butter cream pie. It is very smooth and refreshing.
Come join us on Twitter for #wineryweek, which was started by @TweSommelier. For more information click here.
“Philip Carter Winery”
20 x 28 Oil on Canvas. On display at Philip Carter Winery
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Posted on April 16, 2010 by ArtsyErika
“Getting to Know One Another”
13 1/2 x 16 1/2 Oil on Canvas Board, Oak Frame $219
In my earlier post, I mentioned that I’m currently taking a break from vineyards and I am going crazy with my palette knife painting flowers. I wanted to paint a colorful bouquet and give the flowers a three dimensional look, so it’s as if you can pick them right from the canvas. I did however paint this while drinking a Bonterra Chardonnay from Medocino County, made with Organically grown grapes.
It was particularly warm for a Virginia spring day so I decided that it was time to break out the wine. I drink Bonterra all the time so as I was admiring my flowers I started to use my favorite cork screw to pop open the cork. Hmmmm, it wasn’t working. “Wait a minute,” I thought, “I’m not even buzzed yet!” To my surprise, Bonterra is now using screw caps. So for future reference, don’t try to use a cork screw on a screw cap. It doesn’t work…..
(Bonterra photo courtesy of their website)
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Posted on April 15, 2010 by ArtsyErika
This is one of the first paintings I ever painted. I was practicing on painting clouds and working on my brush strokes for the sunflower petals. I completed this in under 45 minutes. I love sunflowers because they remind me of people. When I look at this painting I imagine many different conversations going on at one time like,” Hello, how are you?” “Beautiful day isnt’ it?” ” and so on. It’s not one of my best paintings, but it’s one of my favorites!
9 x 6 Oil on Canvas Board. $28
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Posted on April 13, 2010 by ArtsyErika
Now that Spring is here and the Phlox, Tulips, and Azaleas are blooming, I’m taking a quick (really quick) break from painting vineyards and I am focusing on flowers. I was driving through Afton Mountain on 64 West and saw the most beautiful wild flowers on the side of the road. I wanted to stop and pick some but I think that’s illegal! So I decided to paint some instead.
“Bloomin’ Frenzy” 9 x 12 Oil (unframed) on Canvas Board SOLD
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Posted on April 9, 2010 by ArtsyErika
Hello and Happy Friday to everyone!
Since I am literally running out the door, this post will be short and sweet:
Wine Quote of the Day:
“It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking wine:
The arrival of a friend, One’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.”
Wine drinkers make grape lovers. ha ha
This painting is currently hanging in my studio. When I am mad at my husband, PMSing, etc., I look at this and imagine walking right into an Italian bungalow, propping my feet up and sipping a glass of 2001 Paleo.
28 x 45 triptych Oil on wrapped canvas $475.
What are you drinking this weekend? Are you going to a vineyard? Wine festival? Getting together with some friends?
I would love to hear from you.
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Posted on April 6, 2010 by ArtsyErika
“Best Buds” 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 Oil on Wrapped Canvas, Solid Cherry Frame. SOLD
Spring is here and the flowers are blooming! In my vineyard travels, I was delighted to see many different kinds of flowers growing among the vineyards. I was so focused on taking pictures of the vines and grapes themselves and I didn’t even realize that I was surrounded by bright yellow and purple flowers until I nearly stepped on them. This inspired me to paint the bright yellows and purple textures. I have to admit I was alittle sad to say goodbye to this one.
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