pend d’oreille winery

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If you ever find yourself in North Idaho, specifically Sandpoint, I recommend the pend d’oreille winery. As you can see from the photo I posted, even their bike rack is a piece of art!

It is a charming bistro with a lot of good food wine and beer. We enjoyed live local music the last time we popped in for dinner. Their grilled sourdough bread is so delicious.

I am including a link to their website if you want to know more!

http://powine.com

Pond Friends

We have had a run of unusually warm weather for Early April. Into the 80’s already?!?!

One benefit to the warmth is watching the critters in my pond really wake up with the warming water temperatures. The pond is home to koi, goldfish, catfish, turtles, frogs, crayfish, trapdoor snails and a lot of insect life. I took this short video to give you a glimpse into the world. Notice a turtle appears center frame!

Ballad of the fatted calf

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The fatted calf scampered over to the fence. He assumed my presence at the wire signaled it was time for me to feed him! ‘Twas  the other way round.

Note: This is a work of fiction. The calf, lovingly called “fatty”, has many sunny days ahead, presumably.

This is a painting I just varnished today. It is an 18″ x 18″ acrylic painting. The unusual textures throughout were predominantly created with a small squeegee and a palette knife. The very short story was something that occurred to me when I was out shooting reference shots of cows in some of the local fields. I felt guilty the way they would come running up to the fence and all I had to offer was a smile…
Brian

Throwback Thursday

 

Ten years ago I painted the labels for this series of Snoqualmie wines. It was a fun experience because one of my friends was the designer at the winery… it is who you know. It was an excuse to go out to lunch and hang around under the banner of “work”. Sadly he left the winery before the project was finished.

The end result was kind of an interesting look. It was a lot of fun to see the wine in stores, every time I went to a new grocery store I would look for it! I’ve attached two pictures I took at the Snoqualmie Winery in Prosser Washington. If you are a fan of wine this is a great area to do a lot of wine tasting. There are several dozen tasting rooms and several annual wine-tasting events. It is also on the dry side of Washington State so odds are good you will see some sunshine! .

I decided to do this post as a result of instagram. I was poking around, as people do, and just happened to come across a picture of someone with one of these bottles of wine next to a glass enjoying a summers day. Hard to believe ten years have come and gone… they come and go faster now don’t they. Snoqualmie introduced new labels a couple of years ago so you can no longer find mine in stores.