Vineyards and Wineries

vineyards and wineries series - pinot noir, pinot gris and on the vine by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 16x20x1.5

Colours you can taste

Vineyards are amazing places. They stand the test of time, forever defying the elements. They weather the seasons and achieve balance. Eventually we pour them into a glass and they fill the senses. Some experiences in life are so rich and fantastic that we wish they could all be bottled. A winery cultivates and captivates just this and more.

Visiting vineyards and wineries is near and dear to me. I grew up in a valley where the apple orchards we loved were all replaced. Grape vines did quite well in their place soon and our communities began a new tourism, wineries. It sounds easy, but a lot of hard work went into these new businesses. I admire them all for their fierce and bold tenacity. Not every year is exactly as you would like it in the growing cycle. There are risks and I am fascinated by the process.

Wine trails often take me to places where the view is a painting of its own. This summer I was invited to take part in a premiere event with the Bay of Quinte Art and Wine Festival. To my delight I was juried in and welcomed with true county spirit. I was happy to share my art with this new audience. Adding to this opportunity, I was asked if I would like to paint on site. I prepared 3 paintings of vineyards and wineries for this. There was just enough time to paint 1 of them at the event. The people were very fun to meet and I enjoyed answering everyone’s questions, giving them as much information as possible.

Here are the 3 paintings and I hope that there will be more as time goes by.

Vineyards and Wineries

Vineyards and Wineries is a collection of colourful county and country landscapes painted with acrylics on gallery canvas. Paintings are 16×20″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore a variety of favourite vineyards across Canada. Favourite picks! Brushes explore the beauty of grapevines from the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario in this series. What began with traveling to wine festivals has become an inspiration. This is evident with renderings of Prince Edward County, West Kelowna and Osoyoos – all brilliant in hue. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about the time honoured tradition of growing grapes, harvests and winemaking all in this beautiful country of Canada.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Gris

On the Vine

vineyards and wineries series - pinot noir, pinot gris and on the vine by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 16x20x1.5
Vineyards and Wineries series – Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and On the Vine by © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 16x20x1.5″

On the Vine

on the vine by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 16x20x1.5

West Kelowna, B.C. – Okanagan

Deep in the heart of the Okanagan, fruits and grape vines grow in harmony. West Kelowna is home to several wineries. There is a beautiful abundance here on the vine. The growing season is full of gorgeous colours. Late September is an exciting time for visitors seeking sunshine and wine. The temperatures remain summery and the grapes are perfection. Nature is at its peak and I am inspired to take a few photos for a future painting.

A year later I am finally painting these red and blue violet orbs that sparkle in the light. Their beauty and charm come from the quality of terroir – soil and climate. It is fascinating to imagine the volcano which once created here… 60 million years ago. As a result the soil is part volcanic and part clay.

Fall is a favourite time for The Okanagan Wine Festival. I like to arrive early, when everything is perfectly imperfect and not too busy. Every day life and no rushing around. The area has changed quite a bit since I grew up here. Much of it is still deliciously the same. People come here to connect with the fresh produce. Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery is a nice surprise. It is its own piece of heaven with a delightful view. My painting is but just a tasting or companion to this wonderful part of the Okanagan Valley where the light inspires me to paint often.

on the vine by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 16x20x1.5
“On the Vine” © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 16x20x1.5″

Vineyards and Wineries

Vineyards and Wineries is a collection of colourful county and country landscapes painted with acrylics on gallery canvas. Paintings are 16×20″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore a variety of favourite vineyards across Canada. Favourite picks! Brushes explore the beauty of grapevines from the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario in this series. What began with traveling to wine festivals has become an inspiration. This is evident with renderings of Prince Edward County, West Kelowna and Osoyoos – all brilliant in hue. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about the time honoured tradition of growing grapes, harvests and winemaking all in this beautiful country of Canada.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris

pinot gris by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 16x20x1.5

Oliver, British Columbia – Osoyoos

Desert, vineyards and mountains. Repeat these and you have the Okanagan Valley. Behind the billowing clouds of this rainy October day, it is a good day for a road trip. Literally I am driving through rainbows, one after another. How magical and how lucky am I to be running an errand for a friend who has several cases of wine to pick up here and there. Even some pinot gris wine, and so this journey takes me to Osoyoos. What a drive! So many beautiful wineries and uniquely different themes.

Osoyoos comes from the Sylix word for “narrowing of the waters.” Aboriginal people have lived here for thousands of years. A deeply rooted culture was here before these vines were planted. One thing that has not changed is the beautiful pale green sage brush and the dry grasslands. There is something captivating here in the wide open spaces. A feeling of freedom, which I am eager to capture with my paint brushes.

The harvest is an exciting time here. It is hard not to fall in love with this land and the pinot gris grapes with every visit. My eye traces the contours of the hills, paths and vines. Rows upon rows of vineyards, which go on forever. This is a biologically rich ecosystem, and greatly respected. It is also the home of the burrowing owl and the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery.

pinot gris by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 16x20x1.5
“Pinot Gris” © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 16x20x1.5″

Vineyards and Wineries

Vineyards and Wineries is a collection of colourful county and country landscapes painted with acrylics on gallery canvas. Paintings are 16×20″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore a variety of favourite vineyards across Canada. Favourite picks! Brushes explore the beauty of grapevines from the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario in this series. What began with traveling to wine festivals has become an inspiration. This is evident with renderings of Prince Edward County, West Kelowna and Osoyoos – all brilliant in hue. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about the time honoured tradition of growing grapes, harvests and winemaking all in this beautiful country of Canada.

Pinot Noir

On the Vine