Papapietro Perry Winery

I was recently asked to paint two sketches of Papapietro Perry’s winery. One sketch will be used as a Christmas Card and the other will be used as a birthday party invitation. If you’re in the Dry Creek area of Sonoma County, stop in and taste some of their fine wines and say hello to Barney and the rest of the friendly tasting room staff.

This is the original winery sketch. After drawing in pencil and then ink, I used masking fluid to stop out the white lights before painting.


In this final modified version, I used Adobe Illustrator to further enhance the lighting, which is unobtainable in watercolor alone.


This is the original patio sketch done in pencil, ink, and watercolor.


In this final modified version. I painted the balloons separately on paper then I used Adobe Illustrator to combine the two watercolors and to further enhance the birthday cake.

6 thoughts on “Papapietro Perry Winery

  1. Great depth in all three sketches! Esp the ceiling in the patio sketch.Great color too. Did you use pencil just to get general guidelines in first and then use your pen? thanks

  2. Thanks Cathy! Yes, I started by drawing out the basic shapes in pencil, then dove in with ink.

  3. Richard, I don’t know how I missed this gorgeous post before! I love the technical details you shared (though, fat lot of good they’re going to do ME!).

  4. Thanks Jean! It’s fun mixing traditional watercolor and digital editing with Illustrator. Yeah, it can be complex but it’s fun!

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