I have totally fallen in love with watercolor artist Ali Cavanaugh’s work. Check out her new book; Modern Fresco Paintings. They are the juiciest paintings of her kids and their friends. Love love love. So I have done mine! The Team Mate and Backyard Solo. Let’s see if I can get in Florida Watercolor with these? To be continued….
Finally got to see my piece hanging at the Orlando Public Library for the Women in Arts Show. Thank you again Maria and the Women in Arts Committee!
Just found out that my piece Show A Change has won an Honor Award for the Women in Arts Awards. So exciting! The show will hang from March 9 to April 23, 2019 at the Orlando Public Library. I have another chance to win the Patron's Choice Award certificate. Library patrons are invited to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibition on-site or online at facebook.com/oclslib when the exhibition opens on March 9. The winning artist will receive a Patron's Choice Award certificate. Congratulations to Donne Bitner of McRae Art Studios who is a finalist and to all the other winners. I can’t wait to see the show!
Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is this weekend! October 13-14, 2018
Come see Heather and I in booths 88 and 87 in the south side of the park in Winter Park. There are a lot of McRae Artists at this show so I know its going to be a great one! Shows runs 9 am to 5 pm.
Show A Change
Sometimes, a painting just needs to be revisited and addressed further. This happens to me more than I readily admit but this painting was an obvious case. The first attempt was a piece called Speechless that I painted for my solo show Journey to Bliss (at Arts on Douglas Gallery in New Smyrna.) The peaceful woman on the left represented how I try to live my life; completely calm and in the present moment, absorbing and cherishing every moment for the gift that it is. The woman on the right represented how I could freeze, become speechless and loose my voice when confronted with anger, hostility and non-acceptance by a certain person from my past. This was yet another classic example of my art as therapy!
The more I stared at Speechless, once it was back in my studio, the more I wanted to change it. Was it because it was about being passive or feeling helpless? Or was it because the painting itself just didn't work. What would I say about the piece if it was a student or a fellow artist? The composition is split in half down the middle, leaving it too awkward, too clumsy, too bright, too this, too that. After a solid hour of staring at it, I figured it out. I broke my own rule about components in odd numbers. You can't divide a piece down the middle with only two fragments! So that was the solution; when in doubt, add a third eye.
In the traditions of the chakras, the third eye is the center of intuition and foresight. The function of the third eye chakra is driven by the principle of openness and imagination. This third eye may not have been on her forehead, but it symbolizes the reflection and the awareness that both my painting and my predicament were missing! I love this painting so much more now. Fixed and that much closer to healed!
Other third eye paintings I love!
Galleries and Current Shows
6th Ave Art Studios
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 9 am - 4 pm, Mount Dora Art Stroll
Friday, December 8, 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm, Mount Dora Art Splash
133 West 6th Ave, Mount Dora, FL
Beaux Arts Member Show
The Art League of Daytona Beach
Opening Reception on December 3, 2017, 1–4 pm
December 3- January 3, 2018
433 South Palmetto Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida
Art Center Sarasota Faculty Show
December 14, 2017 – January 19, 2018
Opening December 14 from 5-7 pm
Art Center Sarasota, FL
45th Annual Art Festival Beth-El
January 27, 28 and 29, 2018
400 Pasadena Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL
24" x 24" acrylics, charcoal, fabric and hand stamped paper collage on wood panel
Our Daily Painting group is at it again! Heather Earnest, Pat Weaver, Nancy Johnson and Lynn Ashford and myself have committed to the challenge. To encourage bigger works, we have redefined our goals and decided on 4 paintings a week and a blog about it on Thursdays. My first week at it resulted in only 3 pieces but they are huge and I love them!! Here's what each of us did.
Christine Peloquin; acrylics, charcoal, fabric and paper collage on wood panel
Heather Earnest; watercolor
Pat Weaver; watercolor
Nancy Johnson; watercolor
Lynn Ashford; watercolor and acrylics
I have been so busy I never got a chance to post this one before it sold. Thanks again Katie! Enjoy!
Love love love how this piece came out! Of course my model was simply a joy to work with. Worked on this at the Florida Watercolor Convention and now its finished!