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Detail The art direction asked to include a specific piece of architecture, a weathervane that hinted at the name of the winery, and a landscape of California hills and vineyards. This was my first go at it. First attempt Okay, the designer liked it, the client liked it, but it wasn't quite right for the label. They wanted less texture, less brush strokes, less saturated colors, made to look a little old, more atmosphere in the distance...and while you're at it, loose the weathervane. I started from scratch and painted this.... I am honored that Bridlewood Estate Winery has my work represent their Central Coast Syrah and Central Coast Chardonnay. A shipment of a case of Sarah 2006...(to answer Bill's question from yesterday: I paid for it.) Cool that they have an engraved version of my illustration on the box. How cool is that? Ask your local wine shop to order some fo ...

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detail 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. detail 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. detail 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 ...

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