„Please send me some photos from your walks in the vineyards“, said my painter friend Sabina last fall, „I’d love to paint grapes!“. So I went up there and, although I live around the vineyards for many years now, I started seeing colours there I had never noticed before. My camera captured hues from dark, blackish blue and purple, to light pink, golden yellow, bright fresh green, crimson red and everything in between. I was spellbound and felt so inspired, that I started to paint grapes myself.
If you know me, you know, how much I like to use circles and dots in my paintings. So painting grapes felt quite natural for me. Yet grapes on paintings have a tendency to look either oldfashioned or kitschy somehow. And the difficult thing was, to develop a new take, while hanging on to the fascination of my first impressions.
So the first little sketches in colour developed into a whole series, that kept me busy for a whole year of painting. And next to making and drinking wine, painting wineplants and grapes is one thing, that is capable of making people forget their sorrows and dwell in most delicate moments of happiness. Or, I should also hope, looking at paintings, that capture the abundance and the magic that comes from this astonishing plant, that produces so much from almost nothing.
Chees to you!