The Palletteers of St Croix is a fun-loving, open group of serious painters of all skill levels who meet weekly to share the beauty and challenge of painting plein air on the island of St. Croix. They have been featured exclusively in the following shows: Art in the Garden, Palletteers @ Polly's, Art @ Top Hat, Upstairs at the Comanche, and The Palletteers Paint St. Croix (at CMCA). Email them if you want to join them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aha! Here's an internet trick for you! Put your cursor, the arrow-that-turns-into-a-hand, on the picture above (One of Melissa's quick sketches) and click, it will open in the size that it was uploaded. This was a large version, 1300 X something. The other photos are smaller.
If you post your own paintings or photos on the internet, and you don't want them to be copied, just make the size really small, like 200X100 pixels, for example, and if downloaded into someone's computer, the picture cannot be enlarged very much at all without it just turning into a nice abstract design. Like the little? caterpillar here.
If you want to download a picture from the internet into your own computer, put the little arrow-that-turns-into-a-hand on the picture, and RIGHT click. A window-menu will open. Find "Save Picture As..." and click that. A 'Save Picture' window will open. Look at the top, find 'save in', and remember where it's going, so you can find it!! Left click 'save'. And there you go!
Alexis Lavine Artist and fellow Palletteer Alexis Lavine is offering her annual workshop, A Caribbean Artistic Adventure, February 24, 25, and 26 from 9:30AM-4PM each day. Check out her website http://www.alexislavineartist.com to learn more about her background. Contact her at email@example.com for more information.
Roseway Just received news that the Roseway is coming back and part of their itinerary is a plein air painting workshop as she cruises to the BVI March 15-19, 2009! To get more information about the cruise, click http://www.worldoceanschool.org/. Instruction will be by artist Colin Page.
Two great sounding workshops! Both have limited enrollment, so act quickly if you're interested in participating.
It is always a great experience to paint at some of the historic sites on our island, and this morning, at Estate Grange, was no exception. There are so many interesting things to paint this former home of Alexander Hamilton, that we were really surprised when each one of us decided to paint the Bell tower, located near the greathouse's patio. Has that ever happened before? As you can tell by the photo, no two paintings are alike, each showing the individual style of its artist. Can you tell who painted which painting? Melissa, who joined late in the morning, impressed us all with her quick acrylic of ... guess what? Yes! The bell tower!
Hint: If you left click any photo with your mouse, you can enlarge it big enough to get a really good look.
HAITIAN RELIEF BENEFIT Palletteer members have been asked to donate a piece of art-work to the Haiti Community Support Inc. (http://www.haitisupport.org/) for their Art Benefit for Emergency Relief for Haiti fundraiser taking place November 13–15 at the Walsh Gallery on St. Croix. This VI non-profit conducts rural development in Haiti's remote mountain region. Recent hurricanes and escalating food prices have created a terrible crisis there right now. Officials with the UN's World Food Program recently declared that all-out famine may be around the corner if immediate help isn't forthcoming. It's been said that Haiti is our hemisphere's Darfur. We can't watch it happen and not try to do something. 100% of money raised is going directly to Haiti - to double the children's hot meal program, and toward establishing the town's medical clinic, to help fight the malaria, infections, worms and anaemia and other poverty-derived conditions. You won't get anything in return except good publicity, the organization’s thanks, and the gratitude of our Haitian neighbors only a few hundred miles from here. There are no restrictions on medium or size or materials. Pieces will be accepted at the Walsh Gallery on November 12th from 2:45 to 6:00 pm and November 13th from 9 to 12. If you are on another island or away, call Mandy Thody at 340-773-2202 and she will arrange delivery help. Thank you for whatever you see fit to send to help make this genuine and essential effort a success.
ARTIST TREE We've also been invited to participate in the St. George Botanical Gardens' Christmas Gala by donating art-work for the annual Artistree, THE best selling tree at the Christmas Gala every year. Many of you have all been a part of it in past years and the garden really appreciates your efforts. This year the tentative theme will be Carnival Christmas and they would like to really fill it up by putting at least 60 pieces of art on the tree! Betsy will again be donating the frames for the pieces. They would love if you could donate at least two 3x3 paintings for this tree (more if you want!). Art-work can be dropped off at Gallows Bay Frame or sent to Connie Lemco at 72 Estate River #34, Kingshill, VI 00850. They will need them by the last week of November. We all love to paint at the Botanical Gardens and this is one way we can show our appreciation for being there for us to enjoy!
Last week we painted at the St. George Botanical Gardens. We met several challenges to our painting morning: 1) it was really hot and even standing in the shade provided little relief, and 2) after all our recent rains, the mosquitos decided to pay us a visit. But we persevered and still enjoyed the sense of serenity the garden offers, its varied plantings and choices of subject matter, and the sheer joy of painting in such a lovely setting. Pictured above are Marilyn's watercolor of the reflection of one of the garden's magnificent trees in the pond and Emy's oil paintng of the Greathouse.