“Out of the Blue” 29″ x 42″ Watercolor by Sandy Haight
I completed the above extra large hydrangea painting, “Out of the Blue” just in time for the Bainbridge Island’s First Friday Art Walk on July 2. Framed at 41″ x 55″, it will grace the entry to Realogics/Sotheby’s at 240 Winslow Way through the month of July. The expansive display spaces will hold many of my Floralscapes including paintings from my Persistence of Pink series, Succulents and the newer, Butchart Gardens inspired, White Floral Blooms painted during the pandemic. Be sure to grab a glass of wine and wander in, past the live music, to see my art in person after a year and a half of only online shows. Here’s a chance to immerse yourself with sensual color and good cheer as we all emerge from isolation.
Something NEW! Acrylics on display only during this July 2 Art Walk
During my pandemic walks around our quiet neighborhood I started seeing the charming country mailboxes as “endangered” when DeJoy was dismantling the US Postal Service. An end of an era and a symbol of our tactile connections to the outside world was threatened. Love letters, greeting cards, checks in the mail, ballots….no more?! The houses here are mostly hidden, obscured by foliage and tall trees so the mailboxes are the indication that dwellings and people are nearby tucked in along mysterious driveways. Always taking photos, I decided to use some as reference to explore a series of acrylic paintings for a challenge and a change while the art world was on a pandemic hiatus from live shows. Here’s the beginning of a journey as I try out a new way of painting, for me, that allows for more spontaneous expression and a forgiving ability to make revisions. It’s been fun! Here are a few of the mailbox paintings that will be on display only during the Art Walk at my Sotheby’s show. The rest are posted on my web site in a new gallery titled “Acrylic Art”.
I’ve relished the almost 4 years of country living and doing large watercolor paintings in my bright Bainbridge Island studio….and those luminous Floralscapes will no doubt continue. We’ll see what might come out of experimenting with acrylics! Maybe something new and compelling will emerge!
(I had to throw in a snowy scene to cool you down as we are in a record heatwave in the NW this weekend! Time to jump into the Sound for a swim!)
Happy summer everyone!