Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Oceania Marina

Traveling is not only fun, but an inspiration for my art and photography. Our last trip was a Baltic Sea cruise. I was very much looking forward to visiting those countries. Little did I know that the ship, Oceania Marina, was just what I would love. It was like a floating gallery. As soon as you walk in, you can't help, but be in awe of the grand staircase and tables.  It was Lalique!!

It was also impressive to look around and see art on the walls from some very well known artists. As I read the labels, I noticed that there seemed to be an art tour available. The information desk supplied us with the head pieces and we enjoyed an afternoon of looking and learning about the art and the artists. It was  surprising to even see pieces from a local Miami artist.

The ship also has an artist loft with an artist in residence. She held classes on board, which I was happy to attend. It was relaxing, a way to meet other  artists or just people interested in art.

All in all, a fabulous inspiring trip!

Monday, July 15, 2019

What's in Bornholn?

Every time I go on vacation, I try to visit the local galleries and museums. I also look for street art and artists. My last vacation was one of my best ones, it was a Baltic Sea cruise on Oceania. My ship experience is another topic to write about, and I will; a floating gallery.

One of the towns we visited, was Ronne, Bornholn in Denmark. There were adorable shops, a town square and a few ceramic studios. We stopped at Handlavet Keramik. It was great to see the artists at work and their beautiful pieces in the gallery section. I especially liked the pastel colors,  the clocks and the straight lines of the bowls and vases. I told them I would come to Miami and share their pieces.

Here they are! Enjoy!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Miami Watercolor Society 46th Annual Spring Exhibition

It is always an honor to get juried into the Miami Watercolor Society exhibitions. It is even a bigger deal when a great artist, that you admire, selects your piece. I am proud to announce that my painting "Here Looking at You" was selected by Iain Stewart to be part of the 46th Annual Miami Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition. Details below. You are all invited.

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Place: Wirtz Art Gallery (First National Bank of South Miami)
           5750 Sunset Drive
           South Miami, Fla. 33143

"Here's Looking at You"

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Pattern Design Vs Fine Art

Art has always been a  part of my life. As a kid, I enjoyed coloring. As I got older I enjoyed sketching, but never planning on it being a career so I never took art classes in school or college. It was always something I did in my spare time, as a hobby. It came naturally. 

Once I retired, I decided to paint full time, take some workshops and give selling a shot. I found that my hobby became a part-time job that benefited me with my anxiety.   I then became familiar with pattern designs. I love creating art for home decor products and patterns work best.  The problem is that pattern design is learned and most of the work is done via a computer. I can no longer pick up a brush and do what has come naturally. 

I believe many artists are like me, curious about working with different mediums, with different objects and with a desire to create. As much as I love pattern design, it is something I need to learn.. I took an online course and created the two below. Since I  have forgotten all that I learned,  any pattern I create now will need to be done by hand. If in the future, I have time, I will definitely enroll in a course. 

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Art On Fire

Living in South Florida gives us the opportunity to leave Miami and exhibit at a neighboring city. The Gold Coast Watercolor Society has a current exhibit - Art on Fire - Just Add Water in Pembroke Pines. This was a juried exhibition and I am proud to have two pieces in this show.
If you missed the opening reception, there is still time to see these works of art.

Location: Studio 18 in the Pines
Address: 1101 Poinciana Drive
Pembroke Pines, Fla. 33025
January 18-2019 - February 20, 2019

"Wash Day' - watercolor  (available)

"Funky Feathers" - watercolor (available)

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Reciprocal Consciousness Exhibit

Reciprocal Consciousness is a South Florida Pen Women Art Basel Collective Exhibition. The National League of American Pen Women Coral Gables Chapter, along with members of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton Chapters, will participate in Reciprocal Consciousness. A group show that will bring the best art created in South Florida to ArtServe in time to celebrate Art Basel week.
We will be exhibiting works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography and more. In addition, we will have music and refreshments .
Invitation with date, time and location plus my pieces in the show below.

"Let's Sail" - watercolor

"Funky Feathers" - watercolor

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