I was so busy I didn't have a chance to take photos to share, but I hope everyone will keep in touch – and have a wonderful time with your painting! I'd love to see how your work develops.
I also finally decided on my catalog image for this year's Napa Valley Open Studios catalog – Hillside Vineyard (Tilted Heart). I painted it of the vineyard of friends, a beautiful spot high on the hillside far above their ranch house, and further above the valley floor. As it was nearing completion, I suddenly noticed that a shape in the tree branches looked like a tilted heart – hence the title. I had a lot of affection for this little piece (11"x14") throughout its painting process, so it seemed appropriate.