Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Wine Down Monsoons!

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More Wine Down Photos!!!


Wine Down the Music Trail....in the rain!






David and I picked up and travelled with art in tow to Wine Down the Music Trail Festival at the Blue Cow Pavillion (i.e. the Floydfest site) near Meadows of Dan, VA and at the edge of Rock Castle Gorge. We were able to set up on Friday, the 4th. Saturday came, and with it, great music, a little rain, and a couple of sales. Being under "the big top" with the wineries was great, especially when it rained. Which we learned VERY well on Sunday. Talk about a monsoon. It stormed straight from 2pm on. The festival essentially got washed out, and at around 3:30-4pm, everyone in our tent decided there was nothing left to do but sample the wine some more. Luckily we had sweat shirts with us, as the temps dropped to the low 60's very quickly. It was great being next door to our friends from The Chocolate Spike in Christiansburg. Their fudge ROCKS, especially with a good, strong red wine!

In the end, the festival was a bunch of fun, we got to meet some really cool new folks, we made some money, and got to drink some amazing wine! Not a bad way to spend a weekend, and WAY better than the 100 degree temps at Sidewalk earlier in June.

Be on the lookout for new works and new outings coming soon!!! I do have 5 new works at The Cheshire Gallery in Roanoke this month of July, and I am on a "feature" wall. Check it out!!

Until next time, may all your trees be happy trees!

joli

Rocky Top Outing (with cows!)






David and I enjoyed a wonderfully HOT day at the top of the family property in Floyd, an area we call Rocky Top. I started a painting of an expansive view towards Pilot, looking down across the property, our house in the distance. We had some visitors shortly after I began painting.....Dad Wood's cows! They literally came out of the woods, down the hill, and the herd encircled our set up with the Isuzu and my easel for a little while, then they made their way down the slope to the creek. We had to dodge a few storms, so I painted VERY quickly. The result was a picture very loosely painted. I am still working on the finished product and not sure if I want to tighten up the image yet. I love the painterly quality and might keep it.