15in x 22in, watercolor on paper
Going back to the Spanish land grants, Bien Nacido Vineyard is home to some of the finest grapes in the Santa Maria region of the central California coast. There are grown the varietals of chardonnay, pinot noir, and Syrah grapes.The terroir gives these grape varietals their unique flavor and aroma. Many vineyards purchase grapes from Bien Nacido Vineyards.
As a member of SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting the Environment), I was privileged to paint en plein air as a guest of the vineyard. It was a true honor and one I will not forget. My easel was positioned on a small knoll that looked down upon the flat vineyards with undulating mountains in the background. The day was good for painting; warm, bright, fresh and clear.