IT'S NO SECRET. I've love Australia. I spent a nice chunk of time there in 2003 and rang in 2004 in the Sydney Harbour. I love wine. I spend a fair number of evenings in the front porch sipping on something red after the girls are asleep AND MY NEXT SHOW HAS A WINE THEME. I love line drawings! They are one of my favourite types of art. I love owls. My last art show centered around them and was graced by a couple of live beauties.
I got an email last year inquiring about creating a line-drawing owl image for a special wine out of Australia - and it was the Universe calling. DESIGN FOR A WINERY was something on my LIFE LIST. Check! I thought I'd share a picture of the final product. This is a shiraz and from what I hear it's been a BIG HIT DOWN UNDER. Canada is a bit of a stodgy country when it comes to importing wine SO I WILL LIKELY NEVER GET TO SAMPLE THE WINE. But, I hope if you're in Australia you will have a glass for me and toast the greatness of the internet. [ We are about to start work on the 2011 design. So cool. Vinous has been fantastic to work with (thanks Tim!). ]
HEY. My friend Brené Brown brought to my attention that it's END MALARIA DAY. So let's help END IT. Seems like the right thing to do. There's a cool book called: END MALARIA: Bold Innovation, Limitless Generosity, and the Opportunity to Save a Life. $20 from evey sale will go to Malaria No More. That's 100% of the Kindle price, and 80% of the hard copy. That's pretty awesome. I bought mine.
Today: This is the last Girl Tribe day before Pilot starts everyday preschool! (Geeez, that was a quick 3.75 years!) We have lots of fun things planned to distract Pilot + Poet from the fact that they are getting checkups (and likely needles) this morning. I am not anticipating this doctor visit to be SMOOTH or QUIET. Or easy. Or happy. Or free from drama. But it is my hope that the nightmare will be forgotten over icecream for lunch and an afternoon at the pool with friends. (I know I will forget the drama when I am sharing a bottle of wine with my besties tonight for our celebration dinner.) Wish us luck!