Earth's Bounty - mixed media paintings
A visual feast for the eyes, these contemporary paintings by Carolyn Wilson are rich in texture, line and color. This series of small, still life paintings celebrate earth's bounty. They honor a beautiful bevy of fresh fruit and vegetables found at Farmers markets, backyard orchards and gardens. The same wonderful fresh local produce that inspires chefs to create 'farm to fork' dishes, so maybe these paintings could be called 'farm to frame'?
A fine artist for 25+ years, Carolyn's primary ingredients are watercolor and ink. A love of drawing is evident, and visible ink lines are often an integral part of her designs. Her addition of hand-colored tissue paper collage creates a tactile quality. The complexity, mystery and subtlety of these multiple layers add depth to her creations.
Carolyn's work has won many awards, and she is published in the book "The New Encyclopedia of Watercolor Techniques" (2010). She participates in Sonoma County Art Trails Open Studio event annually each October.
There will be an Artist Reception for Carolyn Wilson
Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 2-5PM.
FEBRUARY EXHIBIT: CLOSE TO THE HEART
EXHIBIT DATES: February 1 – February 28, 2021
Sonoma County artists, Linda Baretta, Beverly Bird, Sally Cataldo, Marsha Connell, Karen Miller, Tosya Shore, Michelle Hoting, Jo Tobin-Charleston, Carolyn Wilson present “Close to the Heart,” a new perspective on this Valentine season – things that are uniquely special to each individual artist. Shore’s “Walk this Way” is a watercolor showing a tender moment in an older couple’s day – a scene that would touch anyone’s heart. Miller’s contribution is “Cat in a Quandary,” a pastel painting of her quirky cat in her favorite room where all her best creativity lives. Barretta brings us “Schoolhouse Beach,” an oil painting of a favorite local scene along the Sonoma Coast, painted with blooms beneath her feet. Her piece glows with sundrenched color and the vibrant beauty of the red wildflowers. Wilson’s choice, “Yosemite Valley Winter,” is a mixed media piece that takes us to this magical place in the peace and tranquility of a snowy winter scene. Bird’s “Seeing Reds” is an acrylic painting that highlights traditional tokens of love – flowers and sweets – in delicious shades of red. After the past crazy, dark year, the warm feelings expressed through this exhibit open the door to a beautiful spring and hope for better times. “Because each artist’s choice is special, they resonate with the viewer,” noted Wilson.
New Artist: The Gallery is pleased to announce a new member artist, Sally Cataldo. A water media artist, her expressive abstract paintings are a reflection of observations of her environment. Working in acrylic, watercolor, gouache, her paintings are forceful designs of sophisticated color combinations, dynamic shapes and unique use of line. Whether purely abstract or a subjective interpretation, they catch the viewer’s eye and don’t let go. Internationally renowned, Cataldo is a published, award winning artist who has exhibited widely and participated in Sonoma County Art Trails for a number of years. Sallycataldoart.com
The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features a members’ show along the same theme, ”Close to the Heart.” The exhibit highlights a variety of takes on this theme in watercolor, acrylic and oil. In addition to the artists named above, Willow Laland, Donna Schaffer, Gail Morgan, Ron Sumner, Victoria Kochergin, and Laura Roney are showing their work in this exhibit.
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