|Dick Zunkel |
The view from the front of the home would perhaps have made a better composition. However, the terrain was better suited for photography than painting the house plein air. The front porch with rocking chair reminded me of living with my aunt and uncle on an Iowa farm so many years ago. I intentionally let the water soluble ink bleed into the paper to give the scene a look that is a little more rustic than the actual beautifully restored house.
|Jenny Tero (3rd place)|
|Kaaren Marquez (2nd place)|
|Dick Zunkel (1st place)|
"The Savannah-Chanelle Winery is great paintsite with many possibilities. Well worth a return visit!"
What a beautiful site with lots to paint. Great to see so many of our artists in among the vines!
|Brad Santos |
The small summer storms that came through the Bay Area the first week of September produced some wonderful (and rare) cloud formations for our paint-out. I wandered out into the vineyard to find a spot from which to paint both vines and clouds. It wasn't until I came back for lunch that someone mentioned that the area was teeming with rattlesnakes. But the view was so wonderful I probably would have ventured out anyway.
The house wasn't really falling over! I appreciated the bottle of Pinot Noir I received in exchange for the painting.
|Marilyn Perry |
The assistant winemaker told us that these 102 year old Zinfandel vines are "head pruned" which makes picking the grapes much harder, like hunting for Easter eggs. Vines this old produce only about 1/3 as many tons per acre as young vines. But the grapes are exceptionally good so the wine commands a high price.