I've been working on this one for quite a while, that is, more than a week. It is a commission from the owner/vintner at Chateau O'Brien vineyard in Linden, Virginia. He plans to create an artificial wine cave excavated out of a hillside on his vineyard property. The cave will be earth-sheltered and kept naturally cool as a place to keep the barrels of maturing wine. There will also be a small tasting area and a pavilion (wooden trellis in drawing) where people can sit and sip. The walls of the building will be piled up in boulders from a local quarry so that it looks like a mountainside, with the central door and opening looking like a mine entrance or perhaps a treasure cave. The buildings behind the barrel repository are existing utility structures for winemaking equipment. You can see some rows of vines in the upper left area. I hope to do lots more wine-related art. I get paid for this one with a case of Chateau O'Brien's fine wines.
"Wine Cave" is ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper, 17" x 13", July 2011.