Peacock Painting Party in St. Lucia

Peacock painters aplenty!

We held the Peacock Painting Party at Island Mix on Sat 12th March,  and it was a great experience. Ten lovely ladies created their own unique paintings, inspired by peacock feathers.

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I was so happy to see how they were able to apply my techniques, but add their own personal flair to each design.

Interestingly, some of the paintings had similarities – though, none of them looked like my demo painting. The greatest similarities were between family members, whether or not they sat together.  Hmm.

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Paintings by Liz and Finola Jennings Clark, © 2016 Finola Jennings Clark

As artist, blogger, bee-keeper, Director of Business Development and Marketing at Cultural Development Foundation, fellow St. Lucian Finola put it on Facebook;  “Took big Sis with all her jet lag, to art class… Here are our two peacock paintings. Not bad Huh? Hard to tell who’s the pilot n who’s the artist!!! “

Venue for the Peacock Painting Party

I am getting ahead of myself, first, here is a 48 second video I took just before everyone arrived, to give you a sense of how idyllic the waterfront setting is at Island Mix.

Thanks to Nadia Jabour, of Island Mix, for this opportunity. We were having so much fun painting, that when we neared the 3 hour mark, Nadia offered to order in pizza for us, and so we were able to keep going for another hour.

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View from Island Mix, Art emporium, the day before the workshop.

The day before the workshop was rainy, and I was worried the rain would blow in on us while we painted, but we had a beautiful sunny morning for our peacock painting party.

In fact it was so bright when we took our group photo at the end, that the details of the paintings are hard to make out. Next time I will try to photograph some of the individual paintings.

Meanwhile, artist, jeweller and art teacher, Alcina Nolley, sent me a clear image of her painting to share in this post.

Alcina Nolley
Alcina Nolley’s painting from Donna’s workshop, © 2016 Alcina Nolley

And can I say how lovely it was to have such a diverse set of artists for my first group painting session?  The age range was about 60 years, from a teen to a retired art teacher.

Some of these ladies were new to acrylic painting, others have graphic art backgrounds, or paint on fabric and glass etc, and sell their products – one of them even had a painting of hers sell in the shop area while she was taking the workshop!

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Group photo of Peacock Painting Party, Island Mix, St. Lucia

I knew a few like Kim, whose daughter had attended my semi-private art lessons the last time I was in St. Lucia – this time they both came. However, many of them I really only know through social media. And there were a couple new faces.

However,  St. Lucia is a small island, so we ALL had mutual friends and many of the ladies knew each other very well, so it was a fun group.

Carnival, 16"x60" tripych, © 2015 Donna Grandin. $1600.
I brought this triptych as an example of one of the many ways I myself have played with the peacock feather theme. It is now available at Island Mix.

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and based on the success of this event, I plan to book another workshop when next in St. Lucia.

There are several people who have expressed an interest, they are just scattered about – St. Lucia, Burlington, Cobourg, even Texas!

If you would like to attend a Peacock Painting Party, contact me at donna@bluerootsartstudio.com, and I will let you know if/when I am planning something in your area.

Also, more of my peacock feather-inspired abstract paintings can be seen here.

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2 thoughts on “Peacock Painting Party in St. Lucia”

  1. Nice…I’m not an artist (I’m a writer) but I drank coffee this morning in a mug I painted myself at a pottery painting party at Cedars Pottery in Antigua so I know how fun and fulfilling these can be. Glad to hear it went well…a you know your blog is one of my happy places on the internet.

    1. Hi Joanne,
      Integrating objects of art into our everyday lives, enriches our experience. When we surround ourselves with the fruits of creativity, we nurture inspiration and positivity in ourselves, and those who enter our world. As Julia Cameron would say, we’re “refilling the well”. 🙂 So glad we can do that for each other!

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