Saturday, January 30, 2010

Women Who Art - Student Spotlight

A long overdue spotlight shines on one of our "resident artists" ~
Caroline Foresta. Caroline has been painting with us, minus a
few weeks for traveling, since the first class. Caroline's mother
was a water colorist who came to painting late in life. She passed
away this summer and, I think, through painting Caroline has been
able to honor and reflect on close held memories of her mother.
Since Caroline has finished two beverage themed paintings, I am
going to highlight them together.

Pink Martini
For her very first painting ever ~
Caroline chose to recreate one of my
martini paintings, in colors to match her
new kitchen.

She worked on the lines and colors of this painting
for a number of weeks.

Until it all came together and she finished by
signing her name.

For her second painting, Caroline cut and
pasted a Margarita glass, along with colorful
flowers, to a sheet of paper.

She used this image as the basis for her new piece of art.

To keep things cohesive, Caroline used a
black and white checked background on both paintings.

By the second painting she grew more confident,
and became more free with her color choices and
the application of her paint.

The two striking paintings - side by side on an easel.
Looking at these pieces, one can imagine themselves sipping
an ice cold beverage, sand between their toes listening to
somebody croon "It's five-o'clock somewhere" .

In fact, I think this piece looks quite lovely on my front
porch ~ anyone up for a frothy margarita?

Caroline - Your mother would be delighted and proud.
What a wonderful legacy she has left through her art,
and one which you are now passing on to your grand daughter.

For this, and for the joy you bring to our painting group,
I raise a drink in your honor. CHEERS!

1 comment:

  1. I like how you work with colors and forms, just great. As being synesthete I live a life in colors. Synesthesia means that I see colors when I see words and numbers.I transform this in paintings of names and birthdays.


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