Thursday, February 05, 2009

Pat's Radishes


I paint with a group at Pine Island Art League on Thursday mornings. One member brought freshly picked radishes for a still life painting. They were so interesting (one was huge) with their bright green leaves, red tops and white roots. We shared a piece of Yupo, a "paper" that is plastic and very smooth. It's a challenge to get watercolor to cooperate on it but it's fun because it can be so unpredictable. The other fun characteristic of Yupo is that if you don't like what you have painted, you can put it under the faucet and wash it all off. In fact, the sheet that we cut in half and shared had been painted on several times. So now you have a choice; thumbs up or thumbs down. Should I keep it or put it under the faucet?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Show Time


Here we are in "season" in SW Florida. The snowbirds and tourists are here. The roads are full of traffic, it takes longer to get anywhere. It's also the season for some of the major art shows sponsored by the local art leagues. The Pine Island Art Show and Sale is in the final countdown and will be receiving paintings on the 13th of February. Just a little over a week to go. The painting of sea grapes in today's blog was one that I thought was finished a year or more ago. I had it framed and hanging in WildChild gallery where it languished and was finally brought home. I decided to play with it and used some collage papers on it, added some dark areas and voila! it has new life. I wish I had a picture of the original because then you could see the difference, but I can't find one in my archives so far. I have decided it will be my entry in the Mixed Media division of the Pine Island art show. If it gets a ribbon, I'll let you know.

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.