This week, I’ve attached three art prints I created from a photo shoot in a winery located on the hills above Napa Valley in California. The winery grounds were very beautiful and all items of landscaping design (such as these urns) were imported from Europe. From different points on the estate there are tables and chairs that took in the view of the valley below. Everything is elegant and done to allow you to enjoy the beauty of the winery while you enjoy their wine. The fountain itself is designed to have water quietly cascade down the sides of the urns and effectively creates a peaceful, serene setting!
This week I am featuring two art prints from my Gardens Gallery of large urns that I found in a garden fountain. I found the fountain at a Napa Valley winery, just outside of the tasting room. The fountain was quite large and had a distinct old world charm to it. Doing some research and questioning, I found out that the owner had these urns custom-made and shipped in from another country for that specific look. They sit on platforms in a shallow pool of water, with water bubbling up through the middle and coming out the top…just subtle enough to lend that soft bubbling water sound as it washes over the top rim and trickles down the outside of the urns.
With this as an inspiration for a couple of art prints, I chose a technique called gothic to recreate that old world painted look for these urns. This technique uses bold brush strokes and earthen colors giving the prints warm, aged tones.
“Wine Tasting” is an art print I am featuring from my Street Scenes/People Gallery. The print is done using an impasto oil technique of an outdoors setting used for wine tasting. This style uses bold brush strokes and strong primary colors. I like what the bold brush strokes have created. There is a lot of detail in this art print, yet the large brush strokes simplify the shapes while creating warm texture. My goal in this art print was to draw the viewer in and make them want to spend time wine tasting in this setting. The shaded area in the foreground becomes more prominent with the subtle sunshine in the background. Not one to miss details; let’s not forget the one wine glass left on the back table. Is it left or is it yet to be served?
The setting for this particular art print is the Kuleto Winery in Northern California. The winery is privately owned and a reservation is required for tours and wine tasting. It sits way up on a hill overlooking the Napa Valley. This particular setting is one of many they offer to sit and enjoy the afternoon sampling wine. Can you see yourself enjoying an afternoon with friends wine tasting in this setting?
As we go into another weekend of holiday madness, whether it be shopping or decorating or social engagements, this time of year takes on a frenzy all its own. My goal with this post is to take you on a side trip to slow the pace down and relax. I did this photo shoot last year and frankly haven’t figured out what to do with these shots until now. This is just a fun set of shots with a holiday focus.
We are going to a winery – Chateau Ste Michelle to be exact. They are located in Woodinville, Washington just to the east of Seattle.
I had discovered their wine a couple of years ago when I was hosting my employees for a Holiday Party. I didn’t realize at the time that they were located in the Seattle area, nor did I know at that time I would also be located in the Seattle area…funny how it works!
We had all of our girls and their better halves together during the Holiday Season last year when we were living up in the Seattle area (we lived in San Diego for 24 years so it is “up” for me). One of them remembered I loved this wine and that the winery was located up there…I had totally forgotten about it. As a group, we decided to go wine tasting.
The winery definitely has the “Chateau” look.
The tasting room is adjoined to the gift shop…funny how that works….and I was really impressed with the talent of whoever arranged the holiday fare….
See…simple post, nothing mind blowing…just fun! I think it’s time for a glass of wine….Thoughts?
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I do a fair amount of custom work with my art prints. The other day, one of my clients contacted me with a request that I wanted to share. Her request concerned a series of art prints she purchased last year. One of the prints is the first one I am attaching. The scene is a fountain of large urns located on the estate of the Kuleto Winery in Northern California. The art print is done in an impasto style of oil painting which uses large dramatic brush strokes. The print is in a landscape format (longer width than height) and after months of looking at her print grouping, she realized it would look better with one of her prints being in a portrait mode instead of the landscape. The print in question is the one below.
Fountain Urns 1
So her request was “Can I have this in portrait format?” My response was no problem….it will create totally different prints, but here is what I can do…
Fountain Urn 2
and the other print becomes……
Fountain Urn 3
By just cropping the art print differently, I have not only created two new art prints, but also given her the ability to keep a theme together on her wall and still mix/match landscape and portrait mode in her presentation.
I was going through some of my stock photography from a few years ago when I came across these prints. These three prints were taken on the grounds of the Kuleto Estate. The Kuleto Estate is a winery located above the Napa Valley. I highly recommend anyone going to the wine country in Northern California to schedule some time for a tour. It is by appointment only and is off the beaten path, but the grounds of the estate and their wine are both incredible and worth the effort. That said, the estate has an eclectic mix of imported items giving it a look somewhere between Tuscany and Mexico. These shots are part of one of the main fountains. I thought the urns and iron pot lent themselves well to a sepia look.
The texture of the pot and the grapevine planted in it, make this an old world look which the sepia tones augment. This pot along with similar ones sit by the fountain. The fountain is comprised of large urns that bubble water….see next picture.