For the month of June the Virtual Paintout gang visited Napa Valley, California, USA. I fell in love with this gorgeous castle, called Castello di Amorosa.
This 12th century style medieval castle is a fully functioning winery! The building began in 1994, and has become world famous. Dario Sattui, the owner who fell in love with medieval castles while touring Europe as a young man in an old VW van, is the great grandson of Vittorio Sattui, an Italian immigrant who founded V.Sattui Winery in 1885 in San Francisco.
The whole story is fascinating, and I loved reading it and touring the castle via Google street view.
Here is the original location (as always, you can
enlarge any pics by clicking on them):
I dinked around in Photoshop, playing with color ideas:
The line drawing on the birch wood panel:
First I painted the values underpainting. I wanted an old, aged effect:
Here is a crummy photo with glare, showing the blues being added. I used Ultramarine blue. In Medieval days it was a sign of wealth to use that blue, it being an expensive color to create from genuine Lapis Lazuli.
Some close ups:
And here is my finished castle, complete with actual images from inside and outside the castle. The gargoyles sit atop stone walls, guarding the entrance to the castle drawbridge. The iron dragon is outside, hanging from chains. The rest are painted images from inside, most on the walls of the Great Room.
"For the Love of Castles"
Castello di Amorosa
Napa Valley, CA USA
8x10 acrylic on
birch wood panel
I hope you enjoyed visiting Castello di Amorosa.