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Painting of the Week: “The Road, the Lake and a Vineyard”

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“Traveling with my grandparents in their classic Buick from Grand Rapids to Manistee to go camping every summer is my earliest memory of road trips. With the radio tuned into something like ‘Cruising to the Oldies,’ the beauty of the open road stretched before us, the enchanting scenery passing by us on our journey.

“In my home state of Michigan, this scenery is often strikingly beautiful. I remember these early trips to be just that. Heading to the lake, enveloped in the sense of safety and joy provided by my grandparents’ company. Admiring the layering of summer greens, trees that formed a canopy over the road without a house in sight. The destination was their Airstream trailer — where campfires, s’mores, beaches and board games were sure to be on the agenda — but while on the road, that all remained just anticipation.

“That is the joy of the road to me. It’s so beautiful as a destination in and of itself, and yet, it also holds the anticipation of where you are headed. As I grew older, there were many other road trips, each extraordinary in their own way. The areas of Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas have become very special destinations for me, and I love the roads that take me there. It is that area that inspired this painting. This is about the road that leads to the lake and the vines, and the joy of catching the sunset on your journey.

“Cheers to your own path, and the roads that take you there!”

“The Road, the Lake and a Vineyard”

Size: 20 x 20 x 2
Medium: Mixed media
Price: $320

To purchase Stephanie’s artwork, click here.

MBTB Tasting Room Painting of the Month: “Dancing Through the Vines”

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Each month, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Shelby Township — which has a long-term exhibit of my work in its main space — focuses on a different painting, giving guests the story behind it. The latest one is “Dancing Through the Vines.”

The story: “Celebration of life is a recurring theme in my work. When giving me advice, my wise mom, on more than one occasion, said, ‘Don’t take life, or yourself, so serious,’ and so in my typical fashion (I cant help myself), I took that seriously. Her words are something I have to work at, and remind myself of. My paintings help me do that: They are reminders to me to focus on celebration and the pure thrill of being alive.

“The title of this piece could have been many things: ‘Dancing to the Beat of My Own Drum’ or ‘Dancing Through Life’ or ‘Without a Care in the World.’ But I chose to put her in the vineyard, tying her to another theme in my work, which is wine country — another place for joyous celebration. ‘Dancing through the Vines’ is meant to remind us all of my mom’s sage advice: ‘Don’t take life or yourself, too seriously.’ Remember to take time to celebrate, to honor your own aliveness and the special people in your life.

‘She is created in acrylic, and her body has been collaged from my palette. I paint on a plastic that you can peel your paint off. The more interesting leftover paint — or acrylic skins, as they are called — end up as collage in my work, as it does here. The wine label is also a skin.

“Now that you know the story behind ‘Dancing Through the Vines,’ today I raise a glass to you, encouraging you to celebrate the small victories, and your own aliveness. Cheers!”

Size: 20″ x 20″
Medium: Acrylics
Price: $320

To purchase this painting, visit the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room. To purchase other paintings, click here.