More Ghosts to Follow

Where is the ghost in the window headed? Why the Second Annual Tinsel and Treasures Art Show, Sept. 12, in Northern California of course! More 5"x7" original haunted house watercolors to follow. Do you dare join them? Hope to see you!

A Toast with HalloVine!

I was given an art opportunity that both thrilled and scared me. I'm sure you've all experienced these moments. Of course, I immediately said "Yes!" Later, I thought how in the heck I was going to accomplish it?

I was asked to create the 2009 HalloVine wine label art for the Napa Valley winery Madonna Estate. So taking some inspiration from Bacchus, I grabbed my paint brushes and my watercolors and worked. I actually painted two finished peices, very similar to each other. The originals, both available for purchase, are 8"x11" and will soon be listed in my Etsy shop.

A Little HalloVine History
I am the fifth in the series of notable Halloween artists to create a one-of-a-kind collectible HalloVine label. The label idea was created for the love of Halloween and in celebration of the most "spirited" day of the year, Halloween. This year's vintage is a 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Each year the actual wine is different, and each year a new artist is selected to illustrate the label. HalloVine is the perfect wine to sip on a chilly fall evening waiting by the fire for Halloween.

The winery owners admit that this is the most colorful label that has been created for HalloVine wine. That's me...color all the way!! The wine makes an excellent accompaniment for all your Halloween festivities. What a treat to see an actual wine for Halloween on the table!

Madonna Estate is a family owned and operated winery that has crafted fine wines for 87 years. The Bartolucci family has their origins in Italy, and today Andrea Bartolucci, his wife Susan, and their two daughters, Brette and Taylor are partners in the winery. They are the third oldest family still making wine in the Napa Valley. The daughters are the fourth generation family members to be involved in the winery. I also don't have to tell you, that Sue is an avid Halloween collector and very talented artist herself! You can see her wonderful art at

What sets the wines of Madonna Estate apart from other wines is that the grapes are organically grown in the Carneros District of Napa Valley, and they are dry-farmed. The dry farming makes the grapes smaller, but more intensely flavored because they have not been pumped up with water. The grounds are beautiful and the winery staff are so helpful and knowledgeable! They treated my eBay group, PFATT, to a spectacular tasting and tour last year.

Madonna Estate has a full service tasting room, where ten wine varietals may be tasted daily, with the exception of major holidays. The tasting room is open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm. The winery is located at 5400 Old Sonoma Rd. Napa, CA. the corner of Old Sonoma Rd, and Hwy 121. You do not need an appointment for tasting. Two picnic grounds are also available for your enjoyment. You may visit the website at , or call 1 (866) 724-2993, or (707) 255-8864 for more information.

You may order your HalloVine wine at Tinsel and Treasure Art show, Sept. 12, at the Alamo Women's Club, Alamo, Calif. We won't be actually selling the bottles due to state laws. Ordering is easy though! I will be there and can sign a label, if you'd like. The wine will be shipped directly to you. You may also order it from the Madonna Estate website, or by visiting the winery. This wine is a must for all lovers of Halloween and wine.

I was given a bottle from last year and I just love having it out on our wet bar. Of course, I will have to drink it this year, but save the label. What a great collection that would be, right? Halloween wine labels?

Happy Haunting!
~ Iva

Here's the second piece I painted that was not used on the label. Can you see the slight changes I made?


Sneak Peeks for Tinsel and Treasures Art Show Sept. 12


Black and orange paint is splattered here and there, paint brushes sit in a cup of water, watercolor paint tubes are strewn here and there and all around are the beginnings of Halloween and Christmas art for Tinsel and Treasures Art Show, Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 am - 2 pm, at the Alamo Women's Club, in Alamo, CA. If you haven't heard about the show, head over to the website,, to see the 14 talented women who will be joining me for a day filled with fun and frolic! And don't forget to see the show blog, where you can read about the history of some of the artists and see the delicious art that will be available the day of the show,

This year, Ulla Milbrath will be teaching four make and take sessions, each an hour long for $20 per session. You will get the chance to create one of two Halloween ornaments or one of two Christmas ornaments. Or, you can stay all day and make all four! They begin at 10 am and continue every hour, starting with the Halloween theme and then alternating to Christmas. If you don't have time to make it and take it, you can buy a kit and make it at home. A sign-up page is being created, so stay tuned! If you have questions, please email

It certainly will be an artful adventure!


Is this the right one?

Hunting for pumpkin stew takes some least the cat's skills. You see this witch has a cat that twitches it's whiskers when the perfect pumpkin is selected! What do you think? Is it the right one? Now available on eBay.


Fall is in the Air

Oh my...where has the time gone? Summer is slipping away, I feel a nip in the air which means fall is just around the corner and I need to shift into high gear to prepare for my upcoming show Tinsel and Treasures, Sept. 12, for lots of Halloween and Christmas folk art.

And then, I'll be off to teach some special classes Sept. 26 & 27 in Southern California at Gilding the Lily with my friend and dollmaker Colleen Moody. (Details soon to be announced.) Next, I'll lead a Haunted Halloween Beeswax collage class Saturday, Oct. 3, in Walnut Creek, CA, as part of a one-day, two class event Mistresses of Macabre Part I with Daniela Costa, of The Art Life. Busy, busy, busy!!

So I keep on painting and creating. Just added a couple new original ACEO watercolors in my Etsy shop. Hope your summer has been grand!