I’ve been wanting to do some projects about wine and this beautiful and bountiful area I live in. While riding my bike around Napa Valley and Livermore Valley, I think about how lucky I am to live here. After doing my Viva Frida woodcut in the Art Nouveau style, I wanted to do something similar, with wine as the subject. My inspiration was Alphonse Mucha, the late 19th century poster artist. I found a willing model (my granddaughter) and photographed her in similar poses as Mucha’s poster models.
I sketched a lot of leaves for the layout, scanning everything so I could make printouts of different sizes of elements to then redraw the final sketch. It’s easier for me to work that way.