Life can be serendipitous. It's good to have a plan, but often what unfolds has no resemblance to your grand scheme. Continuing from yesterday, I'm going to take this short week to feature more wine label work and the serendipitous way it came to me.


It wasn't by design or hard work, but had it's seeds in my seeking a little rest and relaxation.

We spent a weeks vacation in San Francisco and Napa Valley and I was floored by the beauty of the region. I had been busy with commissioned illustrations and hadn't painted a landscape in far too long.


This was before I had a weblog, so I thought I would do a few quick sketches for fun, post them on my illustration site, and tell family and friends what we did on our summer vacation with an email and a link.... more travel log than portfolio piece really. Within a month I got my first call to paint a landscape for a California wine label. Gotta love Google.

finished illustration

  1. September 9, 2009 -

    What a lucky break, Larry! The painting turned out beautifully!

  2. Brendan
    September 9, 2009 -

    Larry, I love your landscapes. I especailly love the first one above. It's nice to see some of the other work that you do (and just for fun)! Keep them coming! (By the way, where can we get the wine with your label on it?) Peace, Brendan

  3. September 9, 2009 -

    Thanks Lief and Brendan @ Brendan and Stephen These paintings are done rather quickly, but It's a big decision to change the public face of your company and the pace slows down considerably after it leaves my hands, corporate meetings, test marketing etc. Stay tuned Brendan, all shall be revealed.

  4. Bill Graf
    September 16, 2009 -

    Hi Larry, This illustration looks great, I love the textures! Have you ever considered a trip to the North Fork here on Long Island, there are plenty of Vineyards out there! Sincerely, Bill

  5. September 21, 2009 -

    Thanks Bill. My brother-in-law did live on the North Fork a while back. We did visit the region and had some very nice wine too. Who knew!

  6. July 2, 2010 -

    Beautiful work! Nothing lucky about it. You are perfect to do these. I've painted chateaux and done some labels but yr perfect!! BRAVO