Friday, November 28, 2008

Palletters paint: 10 ladies dancing...12 drummers drumming....

What a great way to put us into the spirit of the season as we painted new clothes, gave new hairdos, and freshened up the instruments of these colorful cutouts that were originally painted by the Palletteers (no one could remember how many years ago). These holiday characters will be on display during the St. George Botanical Garden's Christmas Spoken Here event next weekend. Even though we missed lunch and painted until 2 (OK, it wasn't really so bad because we all had had enough turkey the day before so that we could easily afford to miss lunch), and our backs hurt and our necks twinged afterwards, we loved the camaraderie of working together on a project, and felt really blessed by the sweet breezes provided by the Christmas winds that had arrived last weekend, so we enjoyed being able to do our part to help make the Garden's fundraiser weekend a success. Ginger

Friday, November 21, 2008

Buccaneer by the Palletteers

It's always interesting to see what each Palletteer chooses to paint. I have long wanted to paint the lily pond on Buccaneer's golf course (holder of many errant golf balls that had stopped for a dip on their way to the second hole), so I went directly there and found a great spot to paint; the lilies cooperated fully, greeting me with open blossoms! Carolyn found a cool spot in the restaurant's entry area, but her new watercolor paper was not cooperating! Everyone else headed into the restaurant or to the beach to paint some Buccaneer vista that caught their fancy. Lunchtime will be remembered for the magic genie who came to visit and give us a good laugh!
As can be seen, we may not always finished, but we always love what we're doing!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Starving Artists need palletteers to volunteer!

The Landmarks' Society is short of volunteers for Starving Artist's Day, as the gala is the night before. Anyone interested should contact "Sara Zuckerman" at Whim.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Palletteers: Interested in Oil Painting Workshop in March?

Bruce Williamson, an artist who gave an oil painting workshop here last winter, will return for a repeat performance March 24-28. He needs to know how many people are interested ASAP. Most of us who took it last year liked it so much we plan to take it again. His website is if you’d like to see his work. If you know of anyone else who might be interested, please pass this on.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Palletterers: Is this Synchronicity?

I attended the reception for Haitian Relief last evening and was so proud to recognize the signatures of quite a few fellow Palletteers on the artwork! It was a great gathering of people in support of a worthy cause!

Afterwards we went to the Top Hat for dinner and I found out that this coming Wednesday night will be the opening for their next show, featuring Portrait artist RALPH WOLFE COWAN. Cowan is considered one of the top portrait painters in the world, famous for his portraits of Princess Grace and H.H. Diana. After the Palletteers' recent attempts at portrait painting, what synchronicity to have the opportunity to meet an artist who has mastered this art. His flower paintings will be a treat too, reminiscent to me of Georgia O'Keefe! You can see some of his work at The artist will also be at the Top Hat Thursday evening for those who can't make it Wednesday night. Both nights, from 5PM.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Portrait Painting Palletteers week 2

The Palletteers spent the morning portrait painting again today and we all agreed that this week's efforts were an improvement over last week's. Thanks, Jan for your hospitality and guidance.

Pretty good work by the Palletteers, eh?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Palletteers: Benefit Reminder

Don't forget to drop off your artwork donations at the Walsh Gallery on this coming Wednesday, November 12th from 2:45- 6:00 PM, or Thursday, November 13th from 9-12, for the Haitian relief benefit coming up next weekend. If you are on another island or away, call Mandy Thody at 340-773-2202 and she will arrange delivery help. See the October 2 blog entry for more details. Thanks for your help with this effort.

Portrait Practicing Palletteers

We had an interesting time at Jan Giles' yesterday, taking a break from our normal landscape painting and working with live model, Nancy. Ever the teacher, our hostess began our session by having us do quick pencil sketches of Nancy in various poses, to relax us and her. Then we dug out our paints and spent the remaining time working on our "Nancy portraits". For some of us, this was a first time doing portraits; for others, it was a return to something they'd done many years ago; for a few, it was a continuation of doing something they've always loved to do; for all of us, it was fun! Quiet reigned; as each of us focused on our painting, you'd never know it was a studio full of women! As expected, our results varied, but if you're familiar with our members, you could probably tell who did what. Sorry I didn't get a photo of our model for you to compare to our artwork. Hmmm. Maybe that's good? :^) We liked all the paintings! Maybe we'll do it again next week.