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 sagebrush 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.
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.