The end of March I visited Savannah, Georgia. One day George and I explored the city and came upon a series of galleries where the individual artists were painting. What a treat to go into galleries not only to see art up close but also to meet the artists.
I had the pleasure of spending time with Alix Baptiste and delight in viewing his exquisite paintings. He is a self-taught artist and creates paintings of his home in Haiti. We had a great conversation while he was finishing a painting which was already sold. I fell in love with the painting entitled, "Eggplant Harvest".
Alix wanted me to have it, so the bartering went on....
And a close up...
Even though he was very generous, my budget was not. I left the gallery feeling embarrassed having entered in the bartering process. Before we left that day in Savannah, George returned to get a business card from Alix. Me, on the other hand, could not even go into the gallery to face him again.
George returned to Washington recently and to MY SURPRISE gifted me with Alix's painting! Need I say, I was overjoyed?!
The painting is displayed prominently in my living room where I get to enJOY it each time I enter the room and lose myself in its beauty and charm.
The flow of the water and pigments on paper fascinates me. Painting with watercolors is a blend of spontaneity and control and freedom. Each act of painting begins with the thought, “I wonder what will appear?” There is no formula to painting with watercolors. In the midst of painting an inner guidance says, some purple here, now.
Along with creating art, especially watercolor painting, I design workshops and classes with specific foci to explore the creative process through art media to foster self-awareness.
"Artistic expression lies in all of us and requires only a sense of trust and the freedom to allow the flowing for magic to happen."