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Welcome to 2015 …


Selfie with my painting "Crotoplosion"
Selfie with my painting “Crotoplosion”

I’d like to thank you all for following my painting adventures last year, and I look forward to sharing new experiences with you in 2015.

I have some exciting things planned, some I can talk about … like teaching art classes in my studio in Burlington, and some that are still hush hush.

Blue Roots Art Studio
Blue Roots Art Studio

This year, I want to build a series of Fernscape paintings, combining realism and abstraction, for a solo exhibition.

Since my last solo exhibition in St. Lucia in 2012, I’ve been experimenting and looking for something in my art.  I’ve had some breakthroughs, and now I’m ready to work on a solid series.

If the art I did before could be seen as my Sunny Tropical Foliage & Flower series, then I think you could say the work I’ve been doing lately could be seen as part of a Night Garden series.

There are yin and yang forces at work here, the light and the dark, the night and the day.  Somehow it feels necessary to complete the circle, to represent both sides.

What are your goals for 2015?



Rained out, but spirits not dampened!

Art Classes in St. Lucia with Donna Grandin

Yesterday I taught my first art class in St. Lucia, and it was lots of fun. It almost wasn’t though. I woke up in the morning to the sound of wind & rain (a tropical system coming through), and an e-mail that had me calling around to change the venue a few hours before the start time.

As I expected, a few people weren’t able to make it after all, but those who did seemed to have a good time. We started out on the porch – at a private residence in Cap Estate. I had asked everyone to bring in a drawing, that way I could see where they were at, and what they were interested in. We transferred the drawings to canvas & then went inside for me to demonstrate some techniques, and talk about the characteristics of acrylic paints.

While we were inside, the rain began again, so we decided to clear the table I was demonstrating at so that everyone could just sit there to paint.

Everyone came to the class with a different level of art experience, but that didn’t matter. Some were surprised at what they were able to produce. We didn’t have time to finish the paintings, even though we went over-time, but I wasn’t aiming for that. I was more interested in them learning some techniques in class, that they can use later.

At the next class we will address these paintings again – some of the artists plan on working on them further at home – then we will be starting something new.

I will be sending out an e-mail, to let them know what to bring in for the next class.

IF you would like to join us,  Or if you would like to get on my e-mail list for Art Classes in St. Lucia with Donna for updates about other classes that may be added now or in the future, please e-mail donna@bluerootsartstudio.com

Thanks to Maria, Leathon, Courtney, & Nancy for a great first class. I look forward to our next adventure!



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