A Toast to Love and Wine 30x24 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel
It's a very romantic wine pairing. It's a wine fantasy. It gives new meaning to red, red wine.
My original concept for creating this painting was for the viewer to see a beautiful sunset through the wine glass placed on the beach. As you take in the scene you would eventually discover just the highlighted silhouette of a lovely lady nestled in the glass. She was going to be more obscured by the shadows in the wine so that you didn't see her first thing.
However, after I all it took to highlight her so well, I didn't have the heart to obscure her in the shadows of the wine at all. And if I were to obscure her more, there would have to be more interest in the sky to hold the viewer's interest before discovering her.
Then, the man climbing up the stem of the goblet, was to be the second element of surprise. To carry that off, I probably should have indicated a beach line to ground him some to the beach. Well, maybe these are ideas for another painting. Sometimes in the painting process, you just have to go where the painting leads you.
As it turned out, it is up to the viewer to decide if he is standing on the beach, climbing up the goblet to get to her, or, if he found her under the sea and is raising her up. Or is it all a dream? And what about her? Is she dreaming of him, too, or is she totally oblivious to what is taking place? That's totally up to you, the viewer. You decide. Maybe that's partly why this painting has had so much appeal—each individual viewer gets to imagine their own story line for this painting.
“Here's to love and wine!” Enjoy!