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What’s in YOUR Goblet? Going with the wine flow…Sandi Whetzel’s Recent Wine Art Fantasy

Ruby Red 11×14 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel

I was fascinated by an idea to paint a woman’s face nestled inside a wine goblet, but I was undecided about incorporating that idea into a winning painting– I like my art to be sensual or whimsical, but not cartoon-ish. I had no problem envisioning a feminine face conforming to a goblet shape–But just a woman’s face inside a goblet, without anything to complete the top of her head-shape, yielded an awkward cut-off head effect. I was stuck. I hadn’t decided how to resolve the incomplete-head-issue until I saw a woman with the most vibrant red hair I’d ever seen. That extremely red hair sparked the solution to my exceptional painting concept.

First I painted a beautiful woman’s face inside the goblet. Then I painted red wine pouring from a wine bottle above her face, flowing onto her face, spilling over the goblet and around her face, like hair tresses. It is a robust wine flow, but it is an abstract/surrealistic painting–I can take liberties in the painting execution. Maybe execution is a poor choice of words considering my prior reference to a cut-off headMaybe it is justified, if it helps you see the dilemma I was facing. (Sorry–I’m on a roll with metaphors.)
Ripe and sassy, this elegant red is firm and sinewy, yet balanced; it shows fine length and freshness, lingering easily and persisting on the lively finish. Several painting titles came to mind, but Ruby Red just seemed to fit better than any other.
I’m anxious to hear if Ruby Red is received as enthusiastically as I feel about her. I’m considering silk-screening the image onto women’s black wine apparel. What do you think? Is it a dramatic rival to other wine diva-themed shirts on the market? Can you imagine this sizzling image printed on shiny metal? 

I’d love to read what you think in the comments section below.
٠Other News: Sandi Whetzel’s Wine Art Illuminates Roseburg Valley Mall’s Artisan’s Gallery with her shimmering prints on metal
I am excited for Roseburg area shoppers to see how shiny, shimmering, sleek, lustrous, scintillating and slick my wine art prints on metal appear. You just have to see them to believe how dramatic they are. See all five wine metal prints available for purchase at Artisan’s Gallery .    This is a newly-opened shop inside Roseburg Valley Mall, located at 1444 NW Garden Valley Blvd. #250, Roseburg, OR. They offer fine jewelry, unique gifts, art, and a precious metal exchange. They are right next to the book store and a must-see holiday shopping destination.
New Store in Roseburg Valley Mall
 

You can order a shimmering print of Ruby Red on metal here

See more of Sandi’s art here .

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What’s in YOUR Goblet? Going with the wine flow…Sandi Whetzel’s Recent Wine Art Fantasy

Ruby Red 11×14 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel

I was fascinated by an idea to paint a woman’s face nestled inside a wine goblet, but I was undecided about how to incorporate that idea into a winning painting– I like my art to be sensual or whimsical, but not cartoon-ish. I had no problem envisioning a feminine face conforming to a goblet shape–But just a woman’s face inside a goblet, without anything to complete the top of her head-shape, yielded an awkward cut-off head effect. I was stuck. I hadn’t decided how to resolve theincomplete-head-issueuntil I saw a woman with the most vibrant red hair I’d ever seen. That extremely red hair sparked the solution to my exceptional painting concept.

First I painted a beautiful woman’s face inside the goblet. Then I painted red wine pouring from a wine bottle above her face, flowing onto her face, spilling over the goblet and around her face, like hair tresses. It is a robust wine flow, but itis anabstract/surrealistic painting–I cantake liberties in the painting execution. Maybe executionis a poor choice of words considering my prior reference to a cut-off headMaybe it is justified, if it helps you see the dilemma I was facing. (Sorry–I’m on a roll with metaphors.)
Ripe and sassy, this elegant red is firm and sinewy, yet balanced; it shows fine length and freshness, lingering easily and persisting on the lively finish. Several painting titles came to mind, but Ruby Red just seemed to fit better than any other.
I’m anxious to hear if Ruby Red is received as enthusiastically as I feel about her. I’m considering silk-screening the image onto women’s black wine apparel. What do you think? Is it a dramatic rival to other wine diva-themed shirts on the market? Can you imagine this sizzling image printed on shiny metal? 

I’d love to read what you think in the comments section below.
٠Other News: Sandi Whetzel’s Wine Art Illuminates Roseburg Valley Mall’s Artisan’s Gallery with her shimmering prints on metal
I am excited for Roseburg area shoppers to see how shiny, shimmering, sleek, lustrous, scintillating and slick my wine art prints on metal appear. You just have to see them to believe how dramatic they are. See all five wine metal prints available for purchase at Artisan’s Gallery .    This is a newly-opened shop inside Roseburg Valley Mall, located at 1444 NW Garden Valley Blvd. #250, Roseburg, OR. They offer fine jewelry, unique gifts, art, and a precious metal exchange. They are right next to the book store and a must-see holiday shopping destination.
New Store in Roseburg Valley Mall
 

Click for wine prints
See more of Sandi’s art here .

Continue reading What’s in YOUR Goblet? Going with the wine flow…Sandi Whetzel’s Recent Wine Art Fantasy

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

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…

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