I used only wine for these paintings. Nothing was added to the wines. Some of the newer paintings I used a white pen to create highlights but nothing else.
It usually takes me between 20 - 30 hours to complete each piece. It is a hobby of mine that I enjoy doing at night. By day I am a graphic designer for a winery so it seems fitting that I started painting with wine.
Not a lot of people know that I am also red/green colour blind and would always worry if I was painting the correct colour. When painting with wine I don't have to worry about that. I can focus more on the details and shading and really loose myself into each painting.
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#1 Kenneth Lake, Algonquin Park. Wine: Baco Noir
My friend took this photo while camping in Algonquin Park. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to paint it with baco noir. This wine is so dark that it really brings out the sunset feel for this piece.
#2 Tall Ship. Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Every year tall ships go through Port Colborne (the locks) and I was lucky to be able to take a great photo of one heading out into Lake Erie. I used Cabernet Sauvignon for this piece.
#3 Baby Dragon Resting. Wine: Baco Noir, Shiraz
I couldn’t pass up painting a skull or a dragon. I used Shiraz wine for the Dragon and Baco Noir for the skull. I was hoping that they would give enough contrast between the too. I also tried a bit of pointillism for the dragon to make it stand out more.
#4 Jackson-triggs Niagara Estate. Wine: Jackson-triggs Proprietors' Selection Shiraz
I painted this from a picture that I took of Jackson-Triggs Winery - Niagara-on-the-Lake. While I was there I took some of their wine to paint this picture with.
#5 Morning By The Lake. Wine: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
I painted this scene to represent waking up in the morning and enjoying a cup of coffee while viewing the lake. The entire painting is a mixture of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
#6 Morningstar Mill. Wine: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
I painted this from a cool place in St. Catharines, Ontario called the Morningstar Mill. I spent a lot of time on the mill itself as well as creating the depth of the trees in the background. I used Merlot for the Mill, Pinot Noir for the trees and Cabernet Sauvignon for the water and stone work.
#7 Vineland Estates Winery. Wine: Vineland Estates Cabernet Franc
This is where I work and I take it for granted on how beautiful it is. I used their Cabernet Franc to paint this piece.
#8 Bumblebee. Wine: Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Gamay
I took this photo from the herb garden at my work. That bee was loving all of those flowers that day. I used Gamay and Pinot Noir wine for the background and flowers and used Shiraz for the bee itself.
#9 Shoreline. Wine: Baco Noir, Merlot, Pinot Noir
I loved how blue the baco noir is and wanted to paint a close up piece of the shoreline on a lake. It was tricky trying to create movement with the water and keep the reflection of the weeds coming out of the water.
#10 Wine Barrel. Wine: Baco Noir, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
I found this wine barrel hidden amongst willows trees during my lunch break at work.The brown colour on the barrel is the Pinot Meunier and the pink colour is the Pinot Noir. The back noir is of an older batch of wine and was more on the brown side than the blue side.