Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I Will Be Exhibiting at the Lake Mary Museum Aug 5 - Sept 9, 2017

"Morning Pinks"
Krys Pettit
Watercolor on Paper
"Wild Oranges"
Krys Pettit
Watercolor on Paper

I love to participate in local art exhibits.  As much as I like to show my work outside of Central Florida I believe it is important for an artist to be a part of their local art community.
Therefore I am happy to announce that I am one the artists invited to show at the Lake Mary Museum of History in beautiful Lake Mary, Seminole County,  Florida.
I will be exhibiting two of my watercolors that I hope show the beauty of nature in Central Florida - "Morning Pinks" and "Wild Oranges."
The staff at the museum is one of the nicest and strongest supporters of arts in Seminole County, Florida and it is an honor to be a part of this group of exceptional regional artists.
For those of you who live in the Lake Mary and Central Florida region I have attached the link for the museum below.
If you would like to see the exhibit it will be showing August 5 through September 9, 2017 - Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10AM to 3PM and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11AM to 7PM. Admission is free.
Thanks for visiting and for supporting the arts in Central Florida!

Lake Mary Museum, Lake Mary, Florida

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Deep Purple - Or Is It?

"Starfall on the Intracoastal"by Krys Pettit
I have found there are certain color combinations I work with more than others.  I like the bright, warm colors on my palette but I often choose cool and calming colors andI mix blues and reds to get a variety of purples.

"Dream Time" by Krys Pettit
I wondered if purple was a valid color and Wikipedia sort of answered my question:
"Purple, unlike violet, is not one of the colors of the visible spectrum. It was not one of the colors of the rainbow identified by Isaac Newton, and it does not have its own wavelength of light. For this reason, it is called a non-spectral color."  

"Evening's Window" by Krys Pettit

Which got me to thinking -- do I paint with violet more than purple?  When you are instinctively mixing colors using different sources you kind of don't label the final product.  What you do is hope you can get that color yet again and match what you have painted.  All the colors I use is custom mixed by me at the moment I paint instead of using tube colors so there is no formula to follow.

"Moonlit Window - Bulow Plantation" by Krys Pettit
If I am indeed using violet instead of purple, it would be close to red on the color spectrum, while purple is closer to blue.  Just to make things more complicated I tend to mix the two.  It all sounds too technical for my artistic brain.

"Paris Window" by Krys Pettit

 I think I will just mix those colors, and see where they land.  Frankly it would be a whole lot less fun if I really knew what the outcome would be.  Which is why I love being and artist.

"Canyon Storm" by Krys Pettit

For an idea of how the masters used purple, check out this link on Google Culture to one of the great waterlily paintings by Claude Monet.  Who knew how to do purple in so many ways.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Capturing the History

"Murat House, St. Augustine, Florida" c. 1993
Watercolor by Krys Pettit
I am a frequent visitor to St. Augustine, Florida.  I enjoy strolling the quiet back streets of St. Augustine away from the crowds, snack food and cheap trinkets.  It's there I find many historic structures and my inspiration for paintings.  The image on the left is one of the first watercolors I did back in 1993 -- I was just starting working with the medium.  I incorrectly named the piece and in later years learned it was the Prince Napoleon Achille Murat House.  The Prince was the nephew of Napoleon and arrived in St. Augustine in the spring of 1824 but eventually left to reside in  Tallahassee.

I stay away from the heart of tourism, tee shirt and overpriced souvenir shops.  I prefer streets where I find gems like this one below.  The Marin House is on aptly named Marine Street. The property was acquired by a Minorcan colonist from New Smyrna Beach and the house is over 200 years old.

"Faded Beauty" c. 2000 Watercolor by Krys Pettit
Marin House, St. Augustine Florida, 2017

I love the unique coloring.  Much of the faded, mottled walls have been overpainted recently and the inspiration for my painting is long gone, along with some not-so-popular mold and peeling plaster.

Plaques like these are placed on historical structures all around St. Augustine, giving you a sense of how long these buildings have seen tourists and hurricanes come and go.

If you live close enough take some time to visit this wonderful city.  It may inspire you to learn more about the history of early Florida and perhaps even become an artist.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What Entices Me

"Forgotten Door" Krys Pettit

Recently I was asked what inspired me to paint. I found it a difficult question to answer.  When I began painting anything delighted me that had bright, vibrant color. Florals and landscapes dominated my portfolio.  But as I continue my art career I am drawn to subjects less noticed, forgotten places, corners of structures that are noble but suffer from neglect and abandonment.

"Late Afternoon Memories" Krys Pettit

Living in an area where developers build shiny new structures on every square mile of available land makes it difficult to find subject material.  I also find structures in historic districts that were once left to the forces of nature often are properly saved from the wrecking ball and revitalized.  So catching images of these once grand places has its challenges.

"Forgotten Beauty" Krys Pettit
I take vacations and trips away from the homogeneous and theme-park-like venues. I get tired of the prettiness- it does not tell a worthy story. Moldy buildings with multiple hues seduce me.

"Evening's Stillness" Krys Pettit

I believe that old buildings have a better story to tell. The years and ghosts of lives are steeped in the walls, beams, windows, doors.  They are surrounded by the grace of nature, old trees, wisps of leaves and dried grasses, creating a melancholy but rich harmony of life.

"Sharing the Light" Krys Pettit
And while I will still reach for  bright colors to create a floral bouquet or landscape I prefer those muted blues, purples, greens and browns that lend a quiet contemplative pace to the journey of my art.

Please take a moment to visit my website for samples of my art.

Krys Pettit - Artist

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Was Enchanted

I live in a flat, coastal climate and have for many years.  And sometimes it is less than inspiring for me as an artist.  So I like to take trips to places that inspire me and basically knock me off my feet. New Mexico accomplished that.

They call New Mexico "The Land of Enchantment" and I was truly enchanted.  The vastness, the stillness, the open spaces were breathtaking.

Nature seem to have taken her hand and gently molded what look like nice little hills - until you realize they can be between 7,000 and 12,000 feet high.

 You can drive forever and see venues like this.

Or visit ruins from the original occupants of this land and whose descendants continues to occupy the cities, villages and pueblos throughout the state.  It is a rich broth of Indian ancestry, hispanic descendants, and Anglos.
 Santa Fe is my favorite city, the state capitol, but really an art capitol, 3rd largest art market in the country.
And believe me I gallery hopped until I was dizzy.  Curators and managers are a delight to speak with and you can find anything you like in the 250 galleries in the area -- from traditional to contemporary, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional.  All subject matter is presented -- local emphasis and Native American influences are strong, but you can find more generic traditional work, too.
 Santa Fe has been there for centuries and it will endure and continue to delight for a few more.

If you love history, art, exceptional cuisine (oh my yes there are the restaurants), consider a trip to New Mexico and Santa Fe -- and be enchanted.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Taking Time to Paint

"What's Good Today?"
Watercolor Study
Krys Pettit

It's been a  somewhat hectic couple of weeks.  Things are going smoothly and this is good.  But going smoothly means more more work, more exhibits, more commissions.  All good and my grateful thanks is continually being sent to the heavens.  But sometimes, darn it all, I get tired.  So for the next couple of weeks my blogs may be very simple if limited.  Time to concentrate on painting and regrouping.  The creativity never ends.  Sometimes it just needs to be tempered a but.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's Behind Those Windows?

Morning Windows
Charleston, South Carolina

I started painting windows many years ago.  I was drawn to them whether they were broken, ancient, plain, or decorated.

Blue Shutters - Casa Feliz
Winter Park, Florida

I thought they would make ready subject matter.  Think about it -- windows are pretty much every where.  

Before the Storm
Charleston, South Carolina

They have a life of their own 
depending on the weather and time of day.

I found I preferred the older ones, the ones with more character, who had seen and experienced more in their lives.

Moonlit Ruins - Bulow Plantation, Florida

Passages , Princess Place - Flagler County, Florida

I fell in love with cities and towns just by what kind of windows I found wandering when I was wandering the streets -- Charleston, Savannah, 
and of course the jewel box of Paris

Spring Light  - Charleston, South Carolina

Evening Window - Savannah, Georgia

Paris Window - Paris, France

Sometimes a window can look out and speak volumes of the person who has lived in that house -- like this one in the kitchen of the Olson home in Cushing, Maine -- where Christina of the famous Wyeth painting, "Christina's World" spent her life.
Winter Memory Olson House - Cushing, Maine

Solitude - Owl's Head, Maine

Windows have become a symbol of memories and travels to me, ambassadors of the city where they dwell. I never cease to wonder about what is behind all those windows.  In many ways, they are like people, not so different in look, silence and solitude.

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