I was born an artist but it didn’t exactly work out the way I intended. Be that as it may, that is not the story I am going to tell. I am going to fast forward to living outside of Boston, Ma where my husband and I raised our 2 daughters. A favorite pass time over the years was heading to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and going to the Contemporary Wing. I loved the imagery and color of Arthur Dove, a modernist who lived from 1880 to 1946. We even had this poster hanging in our family room.
I resumed taking art classes after a one year program in Honolulu while we lived there before children. In New England, I connected with a group of artists on Monhegan Island, Maine. I was in over my head but over time, I persisted in learning how to be a realist painter. That led to a somewhat impulsive one year painting trip around the world with my then 13 year old daughter. I came back with 70 paintings and wrote a book about our adventures.
Florida was next on my journey and when I got here, I didn’t relate to the scenery and remembered the Arthur Dove painting that hung in my old house. My search to find how to paint with wax emulsion which is the medium he used, led me to taking a 3 day course at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. The only problem was, it was not wax emulsion it was wax encaustic, which I never heard of. But I had paid for the course and had a place to stay….. and that was 10 years ago. I took the exact same course 3 times over the course of year 1. After learning the ins and outs of encaustic, I was still stymied by how to make the transition from a realist to an abstract painter. My teacher in Maine, Don Stone, commented that any good abstract painter had to first be a good realist painter. So, I had that part under my belt. I was just afraid to do it.
One night in a dream, Arthur Dove came to me and told me I had everything in me that I needed and fear was the only thing preventing me from doing it. All I needed to do was walk through the fear, which I did.
I enjoy encaustic collage, the brilliance of encaustic alone and encaustic monotypes.
Encaustic monotype using the hotbox
I recently added encaustic pigment sticks to my mix and they are luscious and brilliant.
Hello, my name is Kaye Shannon and I am one of the artist members of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. I am mostly a watercolorist but I love doing most anything to create something.. I paint at home and generally have a “supervisor” to watch (or sleep) over me as I go about my “creating”. These have been my cats. I have had several supervisors throughout my many years of painting. The first picture is of my first supervisor. I would like to introduce you to Booeenie. Here is a picture of her supervising her portrait and I have included her portrait after it was finished. She seemed to have liked it very much. She is now in cat heaven and I miss her very much.
I now have two new supervisors. Baxter and Izzy. I have a couple of baskets in my studio that they love to crawl in. We listen to good music as I paint and they generally curl up and sleep. Occasionally they like to creep over to where I am working and do a toe test on my wet work. Also another area they love to manage for me is the laundry. I have included a picture of their work there.
Sleeping on the job
See more of Kaye’s work here.
Gallery member Witha Lacuesta won first place in the
watercolor category at the Space Coast Art Festival (November 25 & 26)
Congratulations Witha! Sonata was the chosen artwork.
See more of Lacuesta’s work here.
Award winning watercolorist and gallery member Lori Pitten Jenkins says: “Food Inspires Me”. She is standing in front of two of her stone crab claw paintings.
Lori just received “Signature Status” in the National Watercolor Society and her painting “Bugs” won a Combined Donors Award! Come in and see her work… congratulations Lori.
It was a great evening at the opening of 100% Pure Florida! It is a wonderfully diverse show with representation by artists from across the state. A Big CONGRATULATIONS to the 2017 100% Pure Florida award winners.
Motoring by Vanessa Bates
Best of Show: Vanessa Bates, Motoring, digital, Merritt Island
2nd Place: Mindy Z. Colton, Unbridled Seahorse, sculpture
3rd Place: Caren Sarmiento, Royal Poinciana Flower, acrylic, Hialeah
Linda Barone, Red Shouldered Hawk Encroached, acrylic, Naples
John Cielukowski, Highnoon, Frostproof, FL, Acrylic, Cocoa Beach
Louise Hill, Summer Creepin’ In, Photography, Mims
Ellen Lindner, Lava to the Sea, Fabric Collage, Melbourne
Kestrel Michaud, Classy, Fabric, Melbourne
Melissa Miller Nece, Dash and Dive, Colored Pencil, Palm Harbor
Mark Palmer, Lazy Sunday, Mixed Media, Rockledge
Calling All Florida Artists! The prospectus/entry form for Fifth Avenue Art Gallery’s annual juried exhibition, 100% Pure Florida is now available. Last year was one of our very best juried show presented at the gallery. We are looking forward to another great exhibit highlighting the amazing artistic talents of artists across the state. The First Place Winner will receive $500 and a Solo-Exhibition in 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this Florida artist showcase! The deadline for entry is July 8, 2017.
Prospectus/entry form: 2017 100 Percent Call