Happiness Project

More Classes Coming Soon!

We had three paint and sip classes this month, and February we will have even more diversity. Since the inception of “Casa Dell Arte”, we have wanted to bring the community together with arts and crafts. This month we will have paint and sip, mosiac classes, paper crafts, and sip and stitch classes. We want our community to grow in the arts and have fun while doing it. 


We invite you all to check out the classes we are offering this month, and in the coming months. It is time to be creative, unwind, and have some fantastic wine while doing it all! 

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Lindsay Goodwin

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I began collecting art when I was in College. Often visiting small galleries, and University galleries and meeting with the artists. I like to think of myself as a modern day Medici. Collecting art and promoting the artists. The best way to show the artists the I love I have for their work is buying the art.

I have purchased many paintings by Lindsay. I have mostly purchased her work through Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery. One of my favorite paintings that I own from Lindsay is this one. This particular one I asked Ella to get a hold of Lindsay to paint this for me. I had admired this painting for a long time at another gallery, but the painting was already sold. I asked if I could commission Lindsay to paint another rendition of the painting. I just love the way Lindsay portrays the details. The young woman in the mirror bathed in light. Holding the mask near her face so she can see how she is going to look before going to a party. Her beautiful red dress draws the eye of the viewer directly to the subject. There are many other items on her vanity that are interesting to view as well. A picture of a girl in the background, the brass mirror, and the silver chest in the foreground. The reflection and refraction of light on the objects is tough to capture for an artist. Yet, Lindsay does so beautifully. Not only does she captures the warmth of the young woman, but the cold metal objects that are on display for us to view. We are drawn into this private moment. Yet we are not disrupting her from getting ready to go to the ball.

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Coloring Shopping

Before consturction began on our house in the Bay Area we would go shopping of sorts. We would get into our car, and go to Piedmont, CA to look for just the right color. We knew we wanted a yellow hue. There are just so many of them out there, and we wanted to find the right balance. Our neighborhood was filled with white homes. We thought our neighborhood could use some color.

When we told my Mother In Law she was not happy. She thought we were going to embarrass her. Later she would tell us that she too wanted to change the color of her house. We liked the color she wanted for her house, but she never got to change it. We are going to use the color she wanted for her on a rental house. It will be a tribute to her to paint our a rental house her color.

Anyway, we found the house, and there were no apps that gave us exactly what we were looking for back then. We had to do it the old fashion way…ask.

I knew I would have to be the one to ask, so I went up to the door. Actually, it was the gate. They had an intercom system, so I pressed the button and I asked “Do you know the name of the color of your beautiful home?”

The lady of the house replied “I do not know for sure the name of the color, but I can ask our construction supervisor.” I then asked if she would like to have my phone number so she could call me, and tell me the name of the color. She took my phone number, but weeks passed.

I lived close to the house, so we went for a Sunday drive to the house. It was house stalking. LOL! I had to approach the intercom again, press that button…from the intercom she told me…”I am glad you drove by, I lost your phone number. The color is called Desert Gold with 30% white.” Oh, thank you, I replied. Here is the house I color stalked…

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Rainy Days

We have had so many rainy days here at the winery. I must admit, I’ve seen so many rainbows lately that  I have to share…

I’m going to have to get out of the office, and take some more photos of our river. The amount of water in the river is amazing. Stay dry, and have fun!

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Mark Pettit

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Images of Venice stir my soul. There is something so seductive about that place. It may be the mystery that lurks in the shadows of my mind. It may be my romantic heart that pounds with desire. It may be that this was the place that women explored their intellent only if they were a courtesan or a nun. Such drastic divisions…either a sinner, or a savior or souls were allowed books.

The first time I saw a painting by Mark Pettit I had to have one. His painting almost come to life right in front of your eyes. There is a dream like quality about them, one could almost step inside the painting and join. I have only two of his paintings. The one below caught my eye, and I had to grab it fast. His shows sell out very quickly, so a decisive mind is a must. One does not have the luxury of waiting a day to decide. I did that once with his painting, and the painting was gone the next day.

Upon gazing at the painting the viewer becomes immersed in the bouncing waves. Smelling the flowers, and hearing the sounds of the cloth of the blind billowing in the wind. The sound of the waves continually lapping the building, and the sound of the gondolas hitting on another in a rhythm that one does not forget.

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Sock Curator

Sheba, is our Cane Corso. img_9030

She loves socks. She comes upstairs in the middle of the night and steals at least one sock. Sometimes, she even steals one sock per family member. I guess, she doesn’t want one of us to feel left out of her pack. LOL! She is 9 years old, and will turn 10 on December 24th. Her sister passed away last spring of bone cancer. She still has her little buddy Gucci. Gucci, is her four pound side kick. We will take a look at Gucci next week.

 

Here are some of the socks I found around the house.

See, everyone in our family collects something. Sheba just has a thing for socks.

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Meadow Gist

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Welcome to another week of Museum Monday. This is one of the  are pieces that I have in my collection. Every week bringing an awareness to the many different artists out there in the world. There are so many, with a variety of specialties.

Several years ago Meadow was one artist that became an obsession. Her work goes beyond just painting, but she also makes the costumes that are used in her paintings. I am the proud owner of many of her paintings. The detail of this painting is of the harp player. It hangs in my living room. All the paintings that are in my home are period pieces Meadow painted of the Revolutionary period of United States. I just love the authentic look of the characters in her art. She knows how to capture the people, and place them in an intimate moment. The viewer feels like they have just walked in on a moment that was a private one. The fabrics and colors of the materials that are used are so spot on with the depiction. The dress of the harp player looks soft and has so much volume. The look of the  gentleman’s cotton shirt looks like it has been line dried. Soft after wearing, but just a little stiff when donning the shirt. The light coming in through the window is diffused just enough to cast an aura around the harp player. Love your work Meadow!

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Homemade Play Dough

After my husband and I were married we decided that when we had children that I would stay home with the children. I obtained my Montessori Certification, and we had preschool homeschool. At least once a week we made homemade play dough. I thought maybe there would be some people out there that would like the recipe.

My kids loved this project. Cooking and doing fun crafts should be a part of every childhood.

Here is the recipe…

1 cup of all purpose flour

2 teaspoons of cream of tartar (find it in the spice section of a local grocery store)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon of vanilla, lavender, peppermint, or any essence oil you like

Add about 20 drops of food color. Count out loud as adding. We used to do one color a week. We would do one week red, next week blue, then the next week make purple. It’s neat to add the color with the fragrance. Purple as lavender, green and add apple scent, etc.

Cook all the ingredients in a 2 quart pot. Stir over the heat until it becomes a ball.

Remove from the heat, and cut in half…let it sit because it is very hot!!!  I used to roll it on the granite, since it will cool very nicely.  It will keep for more than a week in a freezer bag.

Make sure the kids don’t eat it!

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Meet Matilda…

We have several ducks at the winery, but Matilda is special. She gets so excited when someone walks to the stainless steel garbage can, that is full of duck food. As soon as one nears the food can, she is wagging her tail, and panting like a dog. I mean, it is an audible pant…HEAVING BREATHING. Our theory is…she was raised with dogs. She likes people, and likes it when people come near her. The other ducks are a little skittish when people come to close, but not Matilda.

She really has a great personality, truly, a one of a kind.