It seems like forever ago that I started these two vineyard pieces for an exhibit. On Super Bowl Sunday I finally finished!
The challenge I perceived to be the creation of two identical pieces of a vineyard, one in spring and the other in fall. Instead I had all sorts of design challenges not the least of which one was slightly narrower than the other. Also I was going against my long ago learned lesson of creating work to someone else’s specifications and the muse was having none of it. Several times I nearly tossed the works in the trash but something, perhaps persistence pushed me through to each new problem. And then something completely unexpected happened. Someone saw them on the design wall, unfinished and wanted to purchase them!
This happened to me once before when I’d created two pieces for an upcoming exhibit. I was a member of an exhibition group then and had made these two pieces titled Summer in the City #1 and #2 about a hot summer day in San Francisco. I posted them on my website and they sold immediately. I had nothing left to exhibit until I thought…what a good problem to have!
I am never saying never again to the vineyards but if I ever do repeat I will go for a much larger format.