Tuesday, May 9, 2017

At Nordstrom!

When I was a young girl living in Miami Beach, newly arrived from Cuba, and walking down Lincoln Road, I could only look at the windows of the high end shops and dream. My dreams then were to one day be able to afford those beautiful things. If any one had told me then that I would be selling my art at shops like Bloomingdales and now Nordstrom, I would have said they were crazy.

Well, this crazy idea is real in 2017. What a year!  All this thanks to my licensing partner DENY Designs. They have made it possible for me to sell an art piece at Bloomingdales and now a throw pillow, "Blades of Grass",  at Nordstrom. To say that I am excited is an understatement. To have my Mom still alive and celebrating with me is fantastic.

Stay tuned.....lots more art and opportunities in my future!



"Blades of Grass" - watercolor abstract art






Wednesday, May 3, 2017

GCWS - Members Love Watercolor Exhibit 2017

If you missed the opening reception to the Gold Coast Watercolor Society exhibit, you still have time to view the art. The Members Love Watercolor Exhibit runs through June 3rd at:

Sunrise Civic Center Gallery
10610 W Oakland Park Blvd,
Sunrise, FL 33351




"Let's Sail" - Watercolor
 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Miami Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition 2017

What a coincidence! Spring is here, lots of blooms all around including my juried piece at the Miami Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition. You are  invited to the opening reception:


Date: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 6-9 pm
Place: The Wirtz Gallery
Address: 5750 Sunset Drive
                South Miami, Florida





"Paper Flowers" - watercolor'
Available for Purchase

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Florida Focus Exhibit

Florida Focus on Art 
2017

Happy to announce that my piece "Return to Wynwood" was selected for the Florida Focus exhibit at Gold Coast Watercolor Society - Fort Lauderdale.

"Return to Wynwood " - watercolor


Reception:
Thursday, March 30th
6-8pm. 
Art Serve - Ft. Lauderdale 
Exhibit runs from March 25- April 15th, 2017.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring at Bloomingdales

Spring is here and the news I was patiently waiting to share with you, I am now allowed to share!
I was informed today by DENY Designs that my art on canvas, "Color My World", is now available for sale by Bloomingdales. Never in my wildest dream did I think I would be designing for the home and to be selling at Bloomingdales is beyond words. I am also now keeping another secret from you. Stay tuned for another reveal in the near future. 

Besides painting in various mediums, I now paint for art exhibitions and for art licensing on products. This just proves that it is never too late to start something new in your life. .You may say, but I thought you had retired....and I have. This is definitely not work for me. I tell my family that if I was not doing this, and getting paid for it, I would be paying for therapy. Art is my therapy and it makes me happy. Hope it brightens your day. 






Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dandy Lion

All of my life I have known that Dandelion is a weed, a very important one in nature, but have you ever heard of a Dandy Lion?  Well, neither had I until today at the Lowe Art Museum. 

We had our regularly scheduled meeting, but to our surprise, we were given a sneak peek at the new exhibit, Dandy Lion. To add even more excitement to this preview, we had a tour of the exhibit by Shantrelle P. Lewis, the curator. 

What exactly is a Dandy?  A Dandy (per Wikepedia) is a man who dresses elegantly and fashionably, He exaggerates his manners, including the way he stands and moves, and the way he speaks. He promotes himself. This Dandy Lion exhibit "highlights young men in city-landscapes who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities." It is a way of young black men to express their sense of fashion, individuality and creativity. Fashion has always been used by black men to rebel and stand out. These emerging photographers and film makers bring us the black man as an individual with style and artistry, no longer a thug with sagging pants as shown by the media. This pride in appearance, demands respect.

 




The exhibit makes you look at these beautiful creations, in far away and local places, as well as the Dandy as a day-to-day member of his community. Shantrelle P. Lewis is not only articulate and knowledgeable as she discusses the exhibit, but you leave wanting more. She is excited and passionate about this Dandy Lion project.




Here's a video for your enjoyment. Click HERE.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Watercolor Workshop with Vladislav Yeliseyev

Many of you know that I have been drawing and painting my entire life. In 1977, I took an oil painting class and fell in love with this medium. It wasn't until I retired that I decided to take up watercolor. I am mainly self-taught in all mediums, with a class here and there. The Miami Watercolor Society offers workshops with some great artists from all over the USA, but I had never taken advantage of them. The new year inspired me to sign up for the workshop in January with Vladislav Yeliseyev.  

Watching Vlad demonstrate the first wash.

What made me decide to take this particular one after all these years? This artist's style is loose. It is very difficult to paint loosely after starting with oil. His style is fantastic. I was so intimidated that I even thought about losing the fee I paid and not attending. I forced myself to go the first day. There was so much to learn, but I was not handling my drawing well, perspectives were giving me the hardest time. I decided to try the second day and before I knew it, I wanted more and more. Speaking to the others in the class, I found out they were just as intimidated and as anxious as I was. Vladislav does not live far from Miami and I may just take another class at his art school in Sarasota. 
Thanks Vlad for the inspiration!.

First wash and wondering if anything would come of it.

The final product.

Same technique with color. I call this one "Sailing with Vlad"