Friday, January 05, 2007

Illustration Friday: Buzz



My submissions for Illustration Friday's "Buzz" are wine labels that I did for Justin VineYards in 1992. I have submitted Honey House on another occasion so I decided to go with the buzz from wine. I did these paintings for Justin in the early 90's when his wine was very limited edition and they built a beautiful bed & breakfast with wine tasting in Paso Robles.When they choose an artist you must paint the Vineyard so this was the perfect job for me! I met them in Topanga, they used to live here and they asked me if I knew the artist who painted Strumpeter, I laughed and told them I was the artist and they wanted me to do not only the main wine label but another one for a wine they were introducing called "Nebbiolo". My labels were well received and they won several awards! I thought that only wine was judged but they also judge labels too. My art adorned a Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Chardonnay. They made them in this yellow and a soft burgundy colour. They also did a poster of my label and people collect them. You can visit there site: www.justinwine.com

48 comments:

Ginger*:)* said...

Valerie, you always amaze us with your wonderful whimsy and delightful little world of houses. This is just wonderful!

Happy Anniversary!

Alina Chau said...

that's beautiful!!

Liz Jones said...

That's lovely!! You've done so many interesting projects!!

zordis said...

Amazing and so awarding. So beautiful as all of your work. Happy 10th anyversario!

Anonymous said...

Now there's a house worth peeing on. All that and a buzz too. I've just got to find a new body and get reborn. Bad Dog (deceased)

Detlef said...

I agree with some of the others, you have done a number of different and fabulous projects....clocks, wine bottle labels. Now I'm off to get my early morning coffee buzz.

Teri C said...

It is always so fun to visit here and and hear more about your fascinating life and see your wonderful whimisical art!

isay said...

this is one solid house. It looks so sturdy!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I am very flattered. I'm glad you visited as it means I have now found your blog. Your work is really beautfiul. I look forward to returning already!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

That's more than allright!!!Cheers!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

very nice; you have a great portfolio of items

Ellen Byrne said...

Wow, Val! Just terrific!

Sherry Rogers said...

Oh I truly love this! You have a great style!

Anonymous said...

I love your art! It's so cheery. I've enjoyed visiting your site.

kj said...

val, my friend, i cannot believe the wealth and range and consistent calm beauty of your work. every week you blow me away yet again. how many paintings do you do a year?

do you want to paint my house????

:)

claudine hellmuth said...

how fun to do wine labels! I love the way they came out.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Great work, and a fun story to go along with it! Yeay!

We should meet in Malibu for coffee sometime. I sometimes bring my Mac and make a day out of it. I love the drive along the 1.

Ces said...

Oh Val, you are fantastic,. Every Friday you amaze me. I feel like a goddess came down from the heavens to mingle with her people. Your art is heavenly.

Diane Duda said...

again beautiful!

shawn said...

Oh Val! you amaze me. You're always doing something really fun and imaginative and creative. I love your wine label.

andrea said...

Hee hee -- I love how you've used the word "buzz" here. Very clever! And it reminded me that I enetered a wine label competition earlier this year that I have entered for something like 3 years straight and only ever got as far as the finalists. Maybe this year!

Fantastic image, too, Val.

Laura said...

lovely illo, enjoy all the candid stories behind your work too - thanks for sharing!

kj said...

val, i believe ces called you a goddess in an attempt to suck up to you. please know, then, that i think you are a goddess also.

heeheehee

Anonymous said...

hope his wine is as excellent as ur drawings. and congrats on ur 10th

the enigma said...

ow it's a beautiful label, love it...!^_^

Ces said...

I still think your art is heavenly.

CRISTOSOVA said...

These are really gorgeous, Val! Since I know so little about wine I am one who goes for the labels - this would have won me over instantly. Probably because it captures so well the reasons why people love wine: a soft evenenig melody, a homeground to feel good and safe in, lunar light and being up for a little mischief... eh, well, the latter at least for me.

Gabrielle said...

Oh... those are the most beautiful labels I have ever seen on wine bottles. I'd end up having to buy one of each label (attached to bottle, of course) and then I'd have to make sure the contents of each bottle was worthy of it's label.....

Michelle Lana said...

Sweet!!! Lovely work VAL!!! Great stuff you have!

aynaku said...

that's fine, I done too wine labels for local wine producer, here in Marche, Italy...anyways they really fine...and how is the californian wine? I didn't taste it yet...
;)

benconservato said...

As usual, you surprise me with where you work is... that is something I miss here in France, they don't have very personalised, attention catching labels. It is lovely your illustration. I'd buy the wine on the label :p

(congratulations on your 10th Anniversaire... you both look very happy).

Robert Vandenbego said...

Hi! I found your blog and I like it. Wine!! I love wine, here in Spain we have delicious wines like Rioja, Navarra, ValdepeƱas, Catalan cava ( very similar to French champagne). If you are interested on wines you can visit www.lavinia.com Is delicious paradise of wines in Madrid, Barcelona and Paris.
Happy New Year!

Robert Vandenbego
Madrid, Spain

Mac McRae said...

No buzz better than from wine. That was a great year. Back when school girls had tall hair competitions. Cool work.

doodlestreet said...

Oh man! That is so so so cool! I think every artist dreams of one day being able to design a wine label. I know I do! That is really neat, Val.

Say, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful comment you left on my blog about my friend Susan. That was so kind and sweet...and thoughtful to write such a warm response. It was a little tough to 'put it out there', but far far less scary once I read your reassuring words. Kindred spirtis for sure...thank you, Val.

Toni said...

Well I just finished my glass of wine for the night and how appropriate to click on your blog and find wine labels that tickle my fancy.

you amaze me Val.

Bill Z said...

wow that must have been fun! I love the painting of the house

Linda said...

I love wine labels. what a great opportunity to design one. yours are beautiful!

tiffini elektra x said...

What a fantastic blue - beautiful piece! Oh how lucky of them to have your work on the bottle! I love the nebbiolo grape - so fantastic. Makes one of my favorite wines the Barolo. . yum!

Kaya said...

Yay, wine, my favourite kind of "buzz"! Awesome concept and illustration. Happy new year, Valgal!

Courtney said...

lovely, as usual.

Big A said...

nice!

jim bradshaw said...

Now I want to do a wine label. Nice job!

Anonymous said...

I buy wine because of the labels, I know real technical! I would so buy these!

marcisenders said...

I buy wine because of the labels, I know real technical! I would so buy these!

Webgrl said...

That illo is so warm and inviting - good for wine! Cozying up and having fun!

marc said...

Hi Val,
I live a place or there is wine, it is the Beaujolais wine! I have friends vine growers who have good wine! Do you know?
Great weekend

catnapping said...

omg. i think it's so cool that you got to illustrate those labels. it's beautiful!

Anonymous said...

boy are you weird! and your family is so normal- especially your cousin Rothschild! I keep learning new things about you and love it!