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.
#11 Carriage House Doors At Vineland Estates Winery. Wine: Merlot
These are the doors going into one of the buildings at my work place. I loved the look of them, how they are surrounded by the stone work. The merlot that I had was perfect for this since it was sitting in my fridge for a good 6 months. The lees had enough time to darken and thicken so that I could achieve those darker areas.
#12 Weathered Vineyard Post. Wine: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Shiraz
I painted this grape vine working its way up the post at the end of the vineyard row. I used Cabernet Shiraz to do the post and Pinot Noir for everything else. I spent a lot of time trying to create the age lines on the top of the post.
#13 Lonely Tree. Wine: Pinot Meunier, Shiraz
This is a tree that I would see every day heading into my work. Just a lonely tree out in the field. I couldn’t resist the chance to paint it. I used Pinot Meunier to paint the tree and the background and I used Shiraz to add the shading in the tree and the ground.
#14 Cluster Of Grapes. Wine: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
This isn’t a very big painting (4 x 6″) but I spent a lot of time on it and tried to create detail in the leaves. I used Pinot Noir for most of the painting and went through with Cabernet Sauvignon to add the darker shades.
#15 Nocking Point/green Arrow. Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
I follow Stephen Amell on facebook and every Friday he would do a FanArt submission. I thought that it would be a great idea to integrate his winery with his tv character. I used Cabernet Sauvignon which is one of the wines that his winery, Nocking Point Winery, creates. The wine glass tips over producing arrow shaped spills from the wine itself. He added it to the list of other submissions and it received close to 1.7k likes which was great!
#16 Stone Bridge. Wine: Baco Noir, Pinot Noir
This stone bridge is located right by the Morningstar Mill. I loved painting the stone work on it. The baco noir that I used in this painting was from a different batch of wine and as you can see it had a more brown colour than the blue colour that is in the current batch that I have.
#17 Tranquility. Wine: Pinot Noir
I love painting muskoka chairs (Adirondack chairs). This was the first painting that I did of a lake scene. The Pinot Noir really showed that peach/pink colour.