Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Recycling art



I don't think I'm the only watercolor artist with a portfolio or two filled with unsuccessful paintings. Those who paint on canvas with acrylics or oils can cover part or the whole painting with gesso and begin again. Watercolorists usually end up with a pile of paintings; it could be experimental works, practice, or something started in a class and not completed. Someone once said that you have to paint at least 350 bad paintings. Being and optomist, I don't think most paintings are ALL bad, there may be a little jewel in there somewhere; so I go around my painting with a small plain mat and look for something interesting. If it's a small portion, 3X4 for instance, I can use it on a note card. Each notecard is a mini piece of original, one of a kind art which goes into a clear bag and is sent to the gallery. The best part is, people buy them!

Monday, February 16, 2009




We just completed our annual Art Show and Sale on Pine Island, and what a sale it was! We were holding our fingers crossed as this is our only fund raiser for the year and it was a smash success. We are so grateful that people were still willing to buy local art. Of the things I sold, some I had posted earler in my blogs, the Kingfisher, the Sea Grape Leaves and the little paintings of Useppa Island are all in new homes. One other that I haven't posted and I can't find any pictures of it is a Parrot painting of several that I have painted. I guess I forgot to take a picture of that one. But, I do have a picture of one that is similar so that is the one that is up today. So, now I must get busy and get the brushes wet.

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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.