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Art Gallery

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Our Tasting Lounge is also an art gallery, proudly showcasing the work of North Bay Area artists.


thumbprints cellars founder and winemaker, Scott Lindstrom-Dake, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in

Fine Arts and a Minor in Art History from Dominican University. It was during his last semester there that he started making wine as a hobby.

Sourcing grapes from Sonoma County’s top vineyards has become Scott’s artistic medium and although he finds the science aspect

of winemaking fascinates, his approach to crafting some of the worlds best wines is more artist.

It’s this artistic expression that leads him to experiment with unique varietals

and interesting blends — all part of an ongoing allure to create yet another masterpiece!

About the Artist

David Aughenbaugh


I was raised by a photographer and then went to art school. I have built a 30 year career in the film industry, including being part of the visual effects team for “First Man” which won the Oscar for Visual Effects in 2019. I am now focusing my time on photography and digital painting an loving it!

I see myself as a surrealist. My work is not always strange or fantastic which many associate with surrealism, but those qualities are not requirements. Art is a mystery. The effect on the viewer is automatic and yet happens over time. It is also cumulative.

Visually, I like to explore abstraction. I like to evoke curiosity and a sense of mystery. I find power in simplicity, and joy in detail — getting lost in complexity. Nature is a perfect subject for this kind of journey, because there is fascination to be found at every scale, from the awe of wide angle perspectives to the smallest detail. Nature bears the minutest scrutiny.

The guitarist Robert Fripp said that any piece of music takes a certain amount of time to have its effect on the listener. “If a given piece takes four minutest o have its effect, and you fade out after three and a half, you have wasted three and a half minutes.” I think the same is true of visual art. You get a first impression, and then you experience grows. This is one reason I work at large scale. The viewer is invited to linger and explore. – David Aughenbaugh

David Aughenbaugh

Tap the arrows to browse surrealist art.


The Campfire

Arctic Super Zoom

by David Aughenbaugh


This animation was intended to be a similar experience to that of watching a campfire or a fire in a fireplace. Like a fire, it has no narrative content. And like a fire it has no cuts or transitions. It is a seamless flow of changing images. Watch it the way you would watch a campfire.


This promotes a specific kind of experience—like a trance but not exactly a trance. The thinking mind tries to engage and “make sense” of the visuals but can’t and has to surrender. You end up in a pleasantly focused state, which may include a sense of anticipation and discovery as your creative mind takes in the flowing visuals and finds familiar or fantastic forms passing through.


There is a sense of well-being and clarity. Creativity and inspired problem-solving always occur in some version of this state. For example many people have reported getting their breakthrough ideas while in the shower.


We are attracted to trance states. We enjoy many activities that can induce one: dancing, music, exercise, even hobbies and hand-crafts like knitting or model building, or simply watching a spider spinning a web.


The surrealists of the last century said that all art functions on a surreal level, but it tends to have layers of “meaning” on top that complicate the issue. One of their goals was to eliminate those extra layers so that the art could function directly.

With these videos I am similarly exploring how to work with the viewer’s focus and experience.

A Very Big image

Once I completed this piece, I started to think about it. How big is this image? The answer surprised me. The zoom is made from 31 images. Each one is approximately 27,000 pixels across, and each one is a subset of the previous, in a sort of nesting dolls fashion. (27k is the largest image I can load into After Effects —the software which I used to create the animation.) The images create a seamless flow from wide to magnified.

Going in, each new image covers the center portion of the previous image—about 20% of the previous image. This new image area is rendered at 27k. The next image is the center portion of that one, and so on 31 times.

So, now if you look at it the other way, going backward from the smallest to the largest, each one is approximately five times larger than the previous.

So I have 31 images at 27k, each one is five times larger than the previous. Let’s do the math: 27k times 5 to the 31st. That is a very big number: 780,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

Divide by 300 dots per inch (photo resolution) Divide by 12 inches per foot

Divide by 5280 feet per mile

That is still a very big number.

Divide by 5.88 trillion miles per light year = 220,000 light years. That is larger than the Milky Way Galaxy.

Arctic Super Zoom

by David Aughenbaugh



For more information about our Art Gallery, please visit our Tasting Lounge located at 

102 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, or call (707) 433-2393.