An exhilarating day at Ironstone Vineyards

 Dina will place Roots Before Branches print about her soon to be born son's crib.

Dina will place Roots Before Branches print about her soon to be born son's crib.

I was a little bit apprehensive, but relaxed, actually tired this morning as I woke at 5:15 am.  I was driving to Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys for my first Art Competition and Festival where I had been assigned a booth space to showcase my work and meet art show attendees.  Luckily my good friend was with me and she helped me relax, set up and organize my booth.  I was so busy this week with work, that I didn't have time to even make title/price cards for my paintings!  After all, who was actually going to buy anything from me (I thought).

My plan was to sit quietly at my little space and work on my iPad, but I was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness and curiosity of the art show viewers.  I met some incredible people who were so glad that I had been put in their path.  I was able to tell my story and why I painted what they saw. Folks bought notecards and this lovely expectant mother bought a 16x20 giclee print of Roots Before Branches! I was so excited to use my new square to process credit card purchases!  

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My painting had a very interesting placement, definitely front and center.  However the downfall was that no one could see the 3-D detail in the heart leaves.  This was a wonderful event that I hope to be able to take part in again next year.  What a beautiful special place!

The artist reception was a wonderful wine and food pairing - delicious.  Ironstone has some tasty, inexpensive wines!  Looks like some wine maybe making its way home with me tomorrow!

Show goes thru May 11th.