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Passion Morphs into Virtue: Artist, Sandi Whetzel’s Recent Painting

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Virtue in the Vines 16×16 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel
During one of my “all-things-wine” modes of thought, I saw a simple line-drawing — an eyebrow, eye, nose and lips bordered on the right side by a large comma-shaped line defining a woman’s cheek and chin. A long curved line like the left half of a parenthesis mark stretched below the right side of her chin, forming the right side of her neck. Large generic leaves flowed around her facial features like hair. Leaf veins separated the leaves into sections like locks of hair rippling down her right cheek, exposing the line of her neck. A large leaf swooped over the left side of her face obscuring her left eye, cheek and neck. The facial shape and the slim exposed right side of her neck resembled a woman’s face inside a wine goblet.  Well, I was  in “all-things-wine” mode — an inspiration for a wine painting was hatched.
I intended to create a similar style painting of a woman’s face shaped like a wine goblet with loose outlines of grape leaves representing hair sweeping over one side of her face and neck. The exposed side of her neck, expressed as a vertical curved line, formed the goblet stem. After I outlined her eyebrow, eye, nose and lips, my passion for a sensual, rather than an abstractportrayal took over. I might paint an abstract image inspired by that line drawing I saw sometime, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it this time.
I ditched the idea of making her face and neck resemble the shape of a wine goblet. It would be more sensual to render her facial features realistically, as well as reveal her bare neck and shoulders–I was seduced.
I sketched many grape leaf shapes until I was satisfied with the way they layered around her face. While sketching I observed an awkward symmetrical placement of two same size leaves that resembled horns coming out of each side of her head — thank goodness for the ability to re-do acrylic shapes. I also avoided a halo effect circling her head. It was a delicate balancing act to arrive at the most pleasing leaf configurations.
To add abstraction and a little mystery, I rendered her in shadowed reflections of the grape leaves in light and dark shades of green. To create a serene, earthy quality, I painted the grape leaves realistically; dominating in greens with color accents in the leaves and grapes only.

Choosing the painting title was difficult. I considered Vine Goddess, Goddess of the Vine, Venus and Venus of the Vine. They were all a little too obvious. Just as her focused engagement with viewers intrigues, I wanted more than an apt label to engage viewers. I thought about the beauty from within her and the vineyard — virtue came to mind. I liked the ring of Virtue in the Vines. Besides honor, integrity, purity, love, value and worth, virtue also means innocence, morality, chastity. I reasoned that her demeanor, as well as her unclothed appearance, might suggest something other than virtue to some. However, I liked the ambiguity Virtue in the Vines might foster. Conversely, the grapes have not been touched; not harvested; not made into wine — she is pristine; untouched; innocent. She is Virtue in the Vines.
See more of Sandi’s art here .  Upcoming Exhibits:  Gallery NorthWest, 625 SE Jackson St., Roseburg, OR, 8/1/13 to 8/31/13.  Opening Reception: 4:30 – 7:00 pm, Fri., 8/2/13 ~  Henry Goes Wine: the Grape Escape at Henry Estate Winery, 687 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua, OR, 8/17/13.  For tickets and schedule of entertainment, click   Sandi will will show some of her extremely shiny prints on metal.  Be one of the first to see this sleek, contemporary new print media.  You won’t believe the depth and richness in prints on metal!  vine goddess metal prints

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Virtue in the Vines 16×16 acrylic ©Sandi WhetzelDuring one of my “all-things-wine” modes of thought, I saw a simple line-drawing — an eyebrow, eye, nose and lips bordered on the right side by a large comma-shaped line defining a woman’s cheek and chin…

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"Moonlight on the Vine" Unveiled at Seven Feathers Casino Convention Center: 3rd Annual Southern Oregon Festival of Arts

Moonlight on the Vine 12×24 acrylic, molding paste and metallic pigment ©Sandi Whetzel

 This, my most recent wine series painting, is unlike any other I have created so far.  My photography cannot do justice to the textures of the designs carved in molding paste, or the shimmering of metallic gold pigment and marble-like background textures.  This one must be seen in person to appreciate its elegant intricacies.  As soon as I finish publishing this post, I’ll be adding the finishing touches to this contemporary painting.  I’m proud to show it as part of my lineup of “wine pairings” during the 3rd Annual Southern Oregon Festival of Arts.

Seven Feathers Casino Resort Convention Center will host the 3rd annual Southern Oregon Festival of Arts on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Canyonville, OR, just off I-5.  Enjoy browsing fine art and other creations by Oregon artists and artisans.  The variety ranges from one of a kind jewelry makers, pottery artisans, wood working and photography.  Artists will show abstract, floral, western and wine-themed works in oil, watercolor and acrylics.  This is the ideal place to browse for gifts or for yourself.  Enjoy live music by four local groups as you browse this select group of artisans’ distinctive offerings.

In addition to the festival, nearby in the same building are two other events.  The Jefferson State Antique Bottle and Collector Show and Sale and Stampfest 2012 for stamp collectors are both celebrating their 10th year at Seven Feathers. If you attend any of these events, please stop by my space at the Art Festival and introduce yourself.

To see more of Sandi Whetzel’s art in a slideshow, click  here , or for a more detailed look at her art, click     here .

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"Moonlight on the Vine" Unveiled at Seven Feathers Casino Convention Center: 3rd Annual Southern Oregon Festival of Arts

Moonlight on the Vine 12×24 acrylic, molding paste and metallic pigment ©Sandi Whetzel This, my most recent wine series painting, is unlike any other I have created so far.  My photography cannot do justice to the textures of the designs ca…

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