Art ~ Fuel for the Soul by Barbara Desrosiers

Art speaks from the soul of the artist.
Guardian I draws a direct line from my art to my heart.
In the late 1980’s, before I had seriously accepted my call as an artist, I had an experience which left me shaken. I woke out of a sound sleep to see a 7’ figure, glowing green and wrapped as a mummy, bending over me. To say I screamed is an understatement. I didn’t sleep well the rest of the night. This visit burned into my mind and this figure has appeared occasionally in my artwork since.
I shared it with my friend who happened to be both an Episcopal priest and a Jungian analyst soon after it happened. His explanation shocked me; he said that I had been visited by the Archetype of Creativity. Now here is where you roll your eyes and brand me a crazy woman. It’s okay, I can accept it. The fact of the matter is that I have not been able to shake this vision for one minute since it occurred. I have researched the Archetype of Creativity and have found nothing to corroborate the explanation I received, and yet it’s the only one that actually rings true. It was within the next couple of years of this visit that I found myself returning to college for my BFA.
Until now I have not mentioned this figure to many people at all and it has, as mentioned, sometimes appeared in my work but not in the forefront. A few years ago when I had my first or second iPad it was suggested by a friend that I begin having a conversation with this figure by drawing it. So I did. Hundreds of drawings on my iPad, all of which I filed away in the dark hole of cyberspace. Recently another friend said that it might be time for me to readdress this figure. Thus began the Guardian Series. It is time to go public. This series is drawn directly from the original drawings on my earlier iPad.
I am now bringing some of them into my current iPad and reworking them into compositions that speak from my soul. The stages are varied, but consistent in the fact that once I have a basic composition I will layer and filter and manipulate until the piece sings almost finished to me. Then it is transported to Photoshop where I do final polishing before printing.
The print is not the final image, although it could be. I will then mount the print onto a cradled panel and work over it with cold wax and perhaps oil sticks and other collage materials. The image you see here is the final digital version yet to be mounted and worked with wax.
To see the final image you can come to Fifth Avenue Art Gallery where it will be hung in the exhibit Sleep Walkers from February 27 through March 31. After that you can see it on my website The series will consist of between 9 to 12 images and all will be mounted on 18×24” cradled panels.

9 Guardian 1, B Desrosiers lo res

Art has been and continues to be the fuel that nourishes my soul. Perhaps you might find some fodder in your night time excursions of the soul also.

CALL FOR ART ~ Treasure Trove

July 30 – August 26, 201

Fine, Fun, Functional Art

We are so excited to invite artists and crafters to participate in our August show: Treasure Trove! We will transform the front room gallery into an eclectic shopping boutique, full of hand-made one of a kind, treasures. We want all kinds of fabulous creative thinkers and doers to be part of our very first TREASURE TROVE!

WHAT: TREASURE TROVE, a juried art and craft show and sale.
WHERE: Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in EGAD (Eau Gallie Arts District)
WHEN: The exhibit/sale will run from July 30- August 26, 2018.
WHY: Because we love treasures! We want to show all of Brevard the amazing talents of the artisans in this show. Fine, Fun, Functional Art and Crafts!
More about the show and how you can participate: Show Prospectus


Many artists paint from photographs, their computer monitor, and an assortment of other reference materials. Myself as well. However, painting outdoors on occasion, has helped me immeasurably when using photos as reference while working in my studio.  The experience gained has helped me to better interpret what the camera distorts and misrepresents. A good example is shadows. The shadows and darks in  a landscape most often reproduce as dark masses, lifeless in color. Your outdoor experience teaches you to understand the subtle value and color variations that you can now incorporate into your work.


Get out there, paint from life. You don’t have to invest, in all the paraphernalia related to plein air painting (French for “in the open air”). Just take a minute to look around your own back yard. Paint a tree, your fence, set up a still life in a sunny spot. You can make a painting from almost anything.


Have fun with this, don’t expect a masterpiece. Consider this an exercise to enhance your results in the studio. Do this, and it will change the way you look at photographs!

My finished painting will be on display at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery for the month of February. I welcome your comments and thoughts, If you decide to give this a try, send me your image for my feedback. Email to, attn: Bill


Go to: Bill’s page for more about his background and to view a sampling of his artwork.


Judy Edwards… Inspired

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 alone



Encaustic monotype using the hotbox

I recently added encaustic pigment sticks to my mix and they are luscious and brilliant.


Meet Kay Shannon

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.
 IMG_0673   Booeenie
 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.

See more of Kaye’s work here.

What’s Your Creative Inspiration?


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.