I feel like I risked my life to do this painting. A couple years earlier, when I had also been invited to the Los Gatos Plein Air invitational, I had called the number on the business card to this place and the woman of the couple who owns it told me it was up a steep winding road. I thought she was just trying to put me off and so I decided not to go. Actually, she was being very considerate and honest. This year, I was already staying at a place that involved driving up many winding roads and this vineyard now seemed not so far away. My hosts had even made introductions and let them know to expect me. Well, I could not believe it! The road was only wide enough for one vehicle and yet it was a two way road that wound around curves overlooking a steep cliff! I finally got to the top and found myself literally at the end of the road. Thank goodness for cell phones and their amazing reach. Just about then my phone rang and it was the vineyard owner asking where I was. Of course I had no idea! I had already gone through a coded gate and another gate, and yet somehow was not on his property. He told me to turn around….which was not possible unless I wanted to go off a cliff. I slowly and carefully backed up, thinking how they could be telling the story of the artist whose car went off the cliff next year, but decided CANCEL CANCEL on that thought. Finally I arrived at the vineyard. The owner was just as nice as could be and told me many a visitor had arrived there in tears. So I felt pretty badass because as afraid as I was, I wasn’t crying. That is, until I looked around at the beauty of this place….Breathtaking!
Later, I thought to myself “I don’t think I’ve ever been this far away from other human beings” when a minute later a car drove up! It was the woman who I had spoken to a couple years ago. She was so friendly and considerate. She didn’t want to drive past my painting, on her own land, for fear of kicking dust up into it. We chatted for a half hour or so and then she left. I decided to re-position the canvas and the whole thing went flying into the ground. Lots of dust! But I managed to continue. I was cold and hungry but inspiration kept me going.