Wednesday, December 24, 2008
We will paint at Duggan’s Reef this Friday. The restaurant will not be open (it will not open for lunch at all this season) but we can paint on the beach, where there is plenty of shade, or on the deck of the restaurant. And we can use the bathrooms in the restaurant.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We're looking for volunteers to be responsible for arranging our weekly expeditions for one month stints. All you need to do is come up with ideas of good painting locations and contact the appropriate person to set it up. The only two criteria we have are that there is some shade and we can have use of a bathroom. I've volunteered for the month of January... that leaves 11 more months waiting to be picked. Come on! Help us out! If you can volunteer to do this, let Emy know.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
After meeting each week to paint together, we've inevitably grown closer to each other. So it's only natural that the Palletteers are among the friends who gather to celebrate one of our member's birthdays. In addition to the conviviality of the occasion, it's fun for all of us to read the cards that the guest of honor received. Do you recognize today's birthday girl?
Friday, December 12, 2008
We loved painting on the grounds of Christiansted landmark, the former Pink Fancy Hotel yesterday. Cooled by the Christmas winds, amidst twittering birds and crawling tortoises, Carolyn, Emmy, Sondra, Brenda, Jane C, Eleanor, and I easily found "something" (I found "many things") that caught our eye for the morning's painting. As you can see, three of us attempted to capture the same 'scene" from slightly different angles, one in oils, one in watercolors, and one in acrylics. It's always amazing to see how our individual styles emerge in our paintings! Please note that several of the paintings pictured above are still "works in progress" :^) but lunchtime called and we stopped painting to follow that call to Cafe Fresco for a delicious repast! By the way, that's where we'll be painting next Friday, so gather your painting stuff and join us at Cafe Fresco in the Penthany Courtyard at 9 on the 19th!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Frederiksted offers so many things to capture one's imagination that each of us ended up painting entirely different scenes. While I positioned myself in front of the lottery office and (amidst many congenial "sidewalk superintendents") focused on painting my favorite restaurant, Carolyn did a view from a rooftop and one on the beach, Emmy painted the waterfront, and I understand that a few others painted by the market area.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
What do the Palletteers do with their artwork? During the past year I've seen our members' artwork featured in gallery showings, public shows (Good Hope School, Botanical Gardens..), private shows, museum exhibits, charity functions, and at Arts & Craft Shows too. I thought it might be interesting to our readers if we showed and told about our members "doing their thing."
Kate, Brenda, Jane and I participated in last weekend's Starving Artist's Day at Whim.
I was so busy that I didn't get a chance to get a photo of everyone's "booth" but thought you might like to see some of how we exhibited our work, dressed, etc. anyway. What's it like to be in a show like this? If you think it's hard lugging your paints and stuff to go painting every Friday morning, imagine spending time pricing your artwork and getting it ready to display, lugging a tent, your paintings, and setup stuff to the site early in the day, setting it all up, and then spending the day hawking your wares! Another artist (not a Palletteer) commented to me on my courage to put myself out there and go for it! I'd never thought of it that way: hard work? Yes. courage? No. I think that one of the rewarding things about painting with the Palletteers is that we are all very supportive of each other and that instills a good amount of self-confidence in one's own abilities. As to showing your art, the affirmation one receives from the public--even those who don't buy your artwork but tell you how much they like it-- makes it all well worth the effort. I got a big grin each time someone came into my booth, examined my plein air paintings, and realized that they "knew that place!" Ok, I get weird highs! It was a great day and so neat seeing some of you there too. Seeing familiar faces is part of the fun of the day! Thanks to Carolyn and Emmy for offering to watch my booth while I ran to the restroom! Thanks to those of you who brought your friends by too!
I'll try to keep up with everyone's stuff this coming year at Art Thursdays and the various shows. Feel free to take your own digital pix and either post them here yourself or email them to me and I'll post them for you.
If you believe, however, that this blog should only be devoted to our Friday doings, let me know and I won't continue this little deviation.