Thursday, April 7, 2011

Morning Light at the Vineyard

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

When I first arrived at the Vineyard at Florence (Texas) to hang my solo exhibit there, there was much talk about a pastel drawing that I had just finished the night before. Apparently, just the week before, a couple had gotten engaged on the very spot that was the subject of my artwork! Well, I had been seeking the light …

Shown here is “Morning Light at the Vineyard” from the grounds of The Vineyard at Florence, Texas. This is the backyard of the “Villa Firenze” where my art hangs and you may taste some delicious wines (their award-winning Forte is my favorite). The vineyards themselves are off to the right of this viewpoint.

I used a handmade Italian paper that I brought back to Texas with me. The lightest part of the image is the pure paper. Are the shadows not wonderful! I have sold a couple of giclée fine art reproduction from this image, but will soon have the original back on exhibit at the Villa Firenze.

Come on out this weekend for their spring arts fair and the “Old World Stone Carving Competition.” There will be about a dozen stone carvers working for your dusty pleasure and I will be creating on an angel in pink limestone.

The Vineyard
8711 FM 487
Florence, Texas 76527
Contact: KAMBRAH GARLAND at 512-924-7447 or ph. 254.793.3363 E-mail:
The competition will be judged on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm by no less than 3 independent judges. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be given.

Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


And a follow-up on the Greenhouse Gallery’s Salon International 2011 (oil painting competition). I was so excited walking into the gallery with over 400 paintings hung floor to ceiling (what is called “Salon Style” hanging) – two women showed me where my painting was and there was a big white ribbon on it! Whoot! I must admit to a childlike delight (literally jumping in the air) and an overall giddiness throughout the reception … and weekend. The award was the judge’s Honorable Mention. And the painting is “Buskers in Firenze” and depicts my street performing colleagues Mimito and Francis that I met while I was streetpainting in Florence, Italy.


And I recently received notice that voting for the People’s Choice Award goes on through the 20th of April. I could really use your support in this and I understand that one computer may vote every 24 hours. I hope that you will visit the page below and choose the star rating of your choice by clicking on it. (left start is low score of one while the far right star is a high five).

Thank you so much for your interest and support!