[caption id="attachment_507" align="alignleft" width="490" caption=""Sundown Vines December" Ann Rea"][/caption] My latest series of Tim Mondavi’s Continuum vineyard has just been uploaded to annrea.com, where you can see the collection now. My Naples, Florida patrons, who sponsored this series, have just acquired three of the field studies in addition to their commissioned custom large-scale painting. I’ve chosen “Sundown Vines December" as the basis for their canvas. I'll develop this image on a larger scale refining the color and composition. I’m clearing the decks today so that I can devote my undivided attention to creating the final canvas. I can’t wait to dive into the color and movement of this piece. I was so heartened to receive Sandi’s response to working with me that I asked if I could share her message. She agreed, “We are so happy. You are the first artist with whom we have personally worked. Although we knew Robert Rauschenberg and know some other contemporary artists, we have only collected prior works of art. This has been special in many ways.”- Sandi Moran Beyond the vineyards, the clear California light, and the interesting winemakers that I get to walk the land with, this kind of response from my collectors is what moves me. I have met the most enthusiastic, appreciative, and delightful collectors over the years. The finished product is not for me. It’s for them. It just provides me with a vehicle to live my life’s passion and take this creative journey. I’m grateful to them. Next I’ll be starting a series of the Russian River for collectors whose Healdsburg ranch runs along the Russian River. From the top of Prichard Hill in Napa to the Sonoma Valley, inspired color is everywhere. And I can’t wait to paint it.