A Sense of Place – Johndrow Vineyards

[caption id="attachment_1556" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="“Mood of Dusk” Ann Rea ©, oil on canvas, 16"x20", private collection of David and Maryann Johndrow"]“Mood of Dusk” Ann Rea ©, oil on canvas, 16"x20", private collection of David and Maryann Johndrow[/caption] This morning Ashley arrived at my new Pacific Beach studio all a glow at seven months very pregnant. Ashley is the Vice President of Ohano Real Estate Investors, who owns the Montage Deer Valley Residences. Ohana commissioned an Experience of Art as a gift for their clients Maryann and David Johndrow. Ashley was here to meet the Johdrows and me for the unveiling of the painting. Maryann and David arrived with their cute Parti Yorkies in tow, a fitting name and breed for this fun couple. The Jondrows' are vintners who own Johndrow Vineyards on Howell Mountain. I just love their tag line.  It reflects their personalities and it a great direct edict, “Find your happy place.” While Maryann and David were vacationing in Tahiti, I presented them with nine studies painted in oil at Johndrow Vineyards via annrea.com. They got to choose one study to serve as the basis for a larger scale reinterpretation on a canvas measuring 36”x48". I always offer my recommendations because most collectors get overwhelmed by the choices and obviously I have the best sense of what images will work best as a larger scale interpretation. Maryann and David chose “Above the Fog.” Their new 36”x48" canvas was too wet to veil under black velvet, as I usually do, so I revealed the painting this morning by simply opening my studio door. Maryann and David first words:  “Wow, it is beautiful!” Then they smiled and each gave me a warm hug. It was the best! This is one of the many reasons I am in love with what I do.  I love that something that I have created can evoke such a positive heartfelt response. Maryann and David didn’t leave without selecting another study for their second home, “Mood of Dusk.” Although “Mood of Dusk” is very painterly and loose, Maryann and David knew exactly where it was painted and they could walk right to that spot and show you where their grapes are grown. This is the connection, a sense of place, that I'm seeking for my collectors. The next step is to have the Jondrows' painting photographed, framed, and crated for shipment. And then the photograph of their large-scale painting will be featured on the cover of their hardbound storybook, “An Artist’s Diary of Johndrow Vineyards.”
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