Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Paintings available through Eastern Shore Art Association, Fairhope, AL

Through the Eastern Shore Art Association, I have placed seven of my restaurant scenes for sale at Tamara's Downtown in Fairhope, AL This is one of them. The scene is from a restaurant in California.
I hope to soon take some photos at Tamara's! People have asked me if any of my restaurant scenes are local and I have to admit that I do not usually have my camera with me when I dine out locally-But I will work on that! Hope to go to Tamara's soon for her great food and great atmosphere!

                                                  Champagne Lunch, Oil, 18 x 14 inches
                                                     Gallery Wrapped Canvas, Unframed
                                                                                        ©Colette Martin Waite
Also, through ESAC I have eight paintings at Sunflower Cafe in Fairhope, AL. I placed paintings for sale with a tropical theme at this wonderful little cafe.
                                                      Island Palm, Oil, 30 x 24 inches
©Colette Martin Waite


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Memories

Favorites, Oil, 8 x 16 inches
©Colette Martin Waite
Some of my favorite childhood Christmas ornaments.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Getting Ready for a cold snap

Taylor and I recently returned from a trip to San Francisco and Healdsburg, CA and as usual had a wonderful wining and dining experience. Today, I am working on photos I took at restaurants and wineries so I can begin some new restaurant scene paintings.
But first, here is a little painting from yesterday.
Having a cup of tea before going out to pick the last of my satsumas.
Expecting a hard freeze tonight.

Satsuma and Tea Cup, 10 x 10 inches
©Colette Martin Waite


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Today I started sending out postcards announcing my blog.
Is anyone out there?
Since my website is under reconstruction, I decided to post some extra paintings here. Let me know if anyone is interested in viewing more paintings from a particular series.

Delta Series 2, Oil, 11 x 14 inches
©Colette Martin Waite
I cannot go long without getting my fix of painting scenes of the Mobile Delta. I did three of these scenes last week. Today it was back to the still life!

Chef I, Oil, 16 x 12 inches
©Colette Martin Waite
This guy is one of my favorites in the restaurant series. The owner/chef of a fabulous restaurant in Sedona-Fournoe's.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November Birthday, Oil, 12 x 16inches
©Colette Martin Waite
I painted this today on the occasion of my Mother's birthday.
 My Dad brought the cloisonne vase home from Japan years ago and Mom gave it to me for Christmas last year. One of her favorite childhood memories is the satsumas she and her siblings would receive in their Christmas stockings! So I set this up with a satsuma reflecting in the vase.

Order Up, Oil, 18 x 14inches
©Colette Martin Waite
Two great gals from Eastern Shore Cafe in Daphne. All five of us ordered the special that night. 

Satsuma, Oil, 8x10 inches
©Colette Martin Waite
While I have the satsumas I am making the best of them.
Also a good excuse to paint orange & blue.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I have been busy setting up this blog and working with my digital images so that this blog can be up and running fast. I hope my work makes you smile when you see it. I have found one of the best reasons to participate in outdoor art shows is to see the reaction of the public to my work. I am so grateful to everyone who walks in to my booth and breaks into a big smile. However, my favorite response is when something catches a young child's eye and they pull their parents in to see.
That's why I'm here-to borrow a phrase from James Taylor!

Shrimp, Oil, 10 x 10 inches

©Colette Martin Waite
While visiting New Orleans a few months back, Taylor and I wandered down to see the artists on the Square and have lunch at Muriel's or maybe it was after Sunday Brunch at Royal Sonesta-anyway-I was inspired me to paint these little shrimp paintings when I got back home. A few of them are for sale in Mobile at Tanner's Pecans in Springhill.

Still Life

Pumpkin & Squash, Oil on board,12 x 16 inches
©Colette Martin Waite

Pineapple, Oil on board, 18 x 14 inches

©Colette Martin Waite
I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a workshop with instructor Qiang Huang at Alabama Art Colony back in October. Qiang(Chong) is a fabulous instructor and painter. I rarely painted still life before this workshop. Now I am facinated by them. Here are a couple I did after returning home. I have always been partial to warm reds and orange and I have now given myself the license to really use it!

Culinary School, Oil, 24x36 inches

©Colette Martin Waite
I had a wonderful show earlier this month in Ocean Springs. The Peter Anderson Festival has been a great show for me. My work this year focused on the culinary world with paintings of chefs, wait staff and table settings. The response was very positive! So many in the food industry stopped to talk with me and ask about my work. This painting was from a photo I took several years ago during a fabulous lunch at the Culinary Institute out in Napa. The best place to get photos of lots of chef hats!

Monday, November 22, 2010

You can bid on this painting

Shepard's Lake, Oil on board, 10x10
©Colette Martin Waite
This is a painting of Shepards Lake up in the Mobile Delta.
Early summer this year, my friends Frank and Marion took me in their boat up in the Mobile Delta river system. We had so much rain this spring the water was very high. Early in the morning as we explored the backwaters we were amazed at the stillness of the water.
The shoreline was invisible and we could not tell where the trees stopped and the water began.
 One of those magical moments.