I envisioned the concept for this painting to reflect the fertile valleys, rivers and vineyards that abound in the Umpqua valleys here in Oregon. I imagined the huge goblet suspended in a rose-colored atmosphere as I directed the heavenly wine streaming from the bottle into the goblet. The force of the wine landing in the bowl of the goblet caused the flow of the wine to separate; swirling up both sides of the glass simultaneously and then rippling back down again as the wine continued to pour. This energetic movement of the wine resembled terrain with lush vegetation on both sides of the goblet. A river gently cut through the wine as the vineyards on the three hills sprang forth.
I had no idea what I would title the painting until it...
As a teen, before Sandi even thought of becoming an artist, her father's modest log truck driving income did not provide many luxuries. She lived by a favorite motto: '...necessity is the mother of invention.' When something was too expensive, she took pride in creating her personal version of an acceptable substitute for that item; something she could be proud to own.
As part of her do-it-yourself philosophy, Sandi became an accomplished seamstress, fabricating her wardrobe and items to decorate her home after she married. Mesmerized by PBS TV art demo shows, Sandi started painting her hand-fashioned garments. Near her 40th birthday, the Whetzels purchased new furniture. Wall art was not in their budget. Recalling the PBS art...
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