Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Miami Watercolor Society 46th Annual Fall Exhibition

It is always an honor to be juried into an art exhibition. It is even a bigger deal when you are up against the great talent of the Miami Watercolor Society members and the juror is the amazing, Paul Jackson.

I submitted two entries and the one below was chosen. It was painted from a photograph by my friend, Niki Simon Blacker. Niki lives in Miami Beach and has a morning routine, which entails feeding all of the stray cats in the area. She also takes great photos as she walks past the art deco buildings, storefronts on Lincoln Road and out to the sand, sea and birds. I have been inspired by many of her photos.

If you are in the area, please join us for a fun evening of beautiful art and a little wine.

"Deco Drive" - Watercolor

Friday, September 7, 2018

National League of American Pen Women

You may ask what is the National League of American Pen Women?
It is the oldest women's arts organization in the United States (1897).  It is made up of professional writers, journalists, painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, choreographers, art teachers and directors. I am proud to say that I am now a new member of this prestigious organization.

This Saturday is our exhibition. Hope you can attend and enjoy the talent of all of these women.

"Starry Night" - Acrylic on Canvas

"In the Distance" - Acrylic on canvas

A Visit to Bernice Steinbaum Gallery

Bernice Steinbaum (BS) was a name I had heard over and over. She is an art dealer, curator, gallerist,  speaker and author, but she is also legendary, a pioneer, caring, witty and fashionable. Imagine my excitement when I found out that the field trip for the Lowe Docents would be a tour of Bernice's gallery and home.

Her New York gallery was one of the first to showcase women artists and artists of color. She made a move to Miami's  Wynwood area and is now in Coconut Grove. A walk into her home/gallery is a feast for the eyes. There are so many things to see, explore and enjoy.  The tour was made even more special because Bernice is funny, witty and each piece came with a fabulous story. She told us about the artist and the creation of the pieces

It was a delight to walk into each room of her house. The creativity and art pieces don't just adorn the walls, but the ceiling and floors. As an artist, the visit to her gallery was very inspiring. The stories she told us about Cuban artist, Pavel Acosta, and how his pieces were created with the paint chips from crumbling buildings in Cuba touched me. It showed the passion to create even without art supplies. 

This was an experience I will not forget. 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Umbrella Sky Project

I had heard about a beautiful umbrella installation that took place in Portugal and thought how great it would be to see that. I did not have an idea at the time that the installation would end up in my city. 

The Umbrella Sky Project has been in many cities, such as Paris, Lisbon, and even Pensacola, Florida. It was then that the City of Coral Gables thought, why not here? This week we decided to check them out. They are on Giralda Street which is a closed, pedestrian street with restaurants and shops making it easy to stand in the middle of the street and look up.......which is exactly what we did.

Someone described the colors of the umbrellas a a bag of Skittles candy. It is definitely eye candy. If seeing this installation, having lunch on Giralda under the umbrellas was not enough, our local TV station decided to interview me.

The installation will be up for 60 days, I recommend getting a color boost to your day.
To view the story/interview on TV, click HERE
“I paint so it’s so inspiring. I couldn’t wait to be under these colorful umbrellas!” said Rosie Brown from Miami.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Bird Watch

My environment inspires me daily. The lighting and the colors, the shapes of the clouds,  the movement of the ocean bring inspiration to any creative person.  I always enjoy watching the tropical birds and have painted a few small pelicans. In April, I was spending days at my sisters where my Mom lives.  In order to entertain her, I decided to paint a larger pelican from a photo I had. My Mom is biased, of course, and a fan of my art. Her "oohs and aahs", and continual praises, were  the encouragement and support I needed. I then decided to work on a series. I went on to do a second and a third. A recent short trip to Sanibel Island was just the inspiration I needed to work on a fourth one.

Below are the ones I painted recently. Stay tuned for one more

"Fluffing my Feathers" - watercolor (available)

"Nest Hair" - watercolor (available)

"Sandy White" - watercolor (available)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Miami Watercolor Society 46th Annual Spring Exhibition

It is always a great honor to be juried into a show. The bar seems higher each year at the Miami Watercolor Society. This show is even more special because the painting selected by the juror, from the two I submitted, is the one of my granddaughter at the Miami-Dade Public Library. 

Please join us for this fantastic exhibition and see my piece in person. The information is as follows:

Location: Coconut Grove Festival Gallery
                 3390 Mary Street
                  Miami, Florida 33133
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 7 - 10 pm

"Her Passion" - watercolor

Friday, April 13, 2018

My Style? Don't Have One.

I always admire artists that you can definitely tell who they are by their art. It may be because of their subject matter, style or palette. This is great for marketing and business. I could do that since I have been told that seascapes are my "thing" and I love painting them.

I have given it great thought because I know people are right, my beaches seem to sell faster than anything else and will identify me. However, I find that I am inspired by the world around me and that is what makes me paint.I also get inspired by various mediums. Although, oils were my first love, I moved on to acrylics, watercolors and, most recently, alcohol inks. My subjects are varied, the only common source is that I love color, but it is mostly about my surroundings or inspirations from friends and their photos.

Here are a few samples of what I have painted lately...........