Fun in the Vineyards

I’ve been having fun recently. I’ve been driving through what must be some of the most beautiful scenery on the east coast – vineyard country in central Virginia. The green, rolling hills, winding, twisty roads, and modest architecture make you feel lucky to be there. So, of course I have to try to capture it on canvas.

Last week and in the coming weeks, I visited a number of vineyards. Some, like Barboursville Vineyards, are big and prosperous, having been established 20 or 30 years ago. They have a lovely tasting room and restaurant. Some are more modest. One or two, unfortunately, are obviously struggling. The people, though, are genuinely friendly. I highly recommend a day trip or even a weekend.

Painting vineyards

Besides the leisurely drive through the countryside, absorbing the atmosphere, I take lots of photos, such as the one here. Most are to inform me about the region – color, vegetation, how things grow there. I take a few notes. If they’re available, I’ll chat with the owners. I don’t, unfortunately, drink the wine. It doesn’t take much to make be happy, but I have to stay awake and sober for driving those twisty roads.

photo Pollak Vineyards Bart Levy Art
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Reference photo at Pollak Vineyards.

 

Back in the Studio

Back in the studio, I sort through the photos, choose the ones I like best, and get started. The pictures below, show a timeline from new canvas to final painting. Unfortunately, I don’t have a series of one painting, but you can gauge the process. If you look closely, you may notice the red peeking through here and there. I like the effect, thinking it adds some sparkle that is missing when the background is white. (The old masters used gray, brown, or occasionally red.)

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What’s your favorite vineyard or other Virginia-Carolina scene?

Preliminary oil painting Bart Levy.
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At Reynard Florence. You can see lots of the Cadmium Red I use as a ground for most of my paintings and the charcoal rough sketch I use for working out the composition.

 

Process oil painting
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Getting closer. Still some red ground showing, but you can see what it’s likely to look like when finished.

 

Pollak vineyards process oil painting
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Another scene at Pollak Vineyards, in process. I did like that pond!

 

serenescene pollak vineyards oil painting bart levy art
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The finished painting – Serene Scene, Pollak Vineyards. The process image is immediately above this one.
Reflections Pollak Vineyards oil painting bartlevy art
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The final painting: Reflections – Pollak Vineyards #3. This is the finished piece for the second process image.
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Conversation – I didn’t include any of the process photos, but this is the third piece inspired by Pollak Vineyards.

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