Original watercolor - unframed Image size 15" h x 22" w
"You have probably heard the phrase “…like squeezing blood from a turnip”" shares Patrice Federspiel. "Did you ever stop to think about what it might look like to squeeze blood from a turnip? Or how silly the thought of doing so really is?
The idea of being frugal is in vogue these days. Hopefully, my image of this American colloquialism will bring a smile to your face."
Original watercolor, matted and framed 23" h x 19" w
Image size 15" h x 11" w
"Nature is the Master — I hope to learn to emulate her through observation and imitation," shares Patrice. "This painting reflects the intention of being more visible in the world. Whether it be the world of family and friends, or the broader world in general, stand in the sunlight of your being and shine brightly. This is how we become the light we need to see and feel."
Original Watercolor in Koa Frame 36" h x 30" w frame
"I don’t always know what my next painting will be, but nature often captures my imagination when I go for walks," shares Patrice. "This abstract painting began as my reaction to a copse of banana trees growing in a yard I’ve passed hundreds of times. I passed them again this morning and there was no magic there to ignite my painting desire. Life is like that. Sometimes the littlest glimpse will light up our imagination and other times we’re too preoccupied to pay much attention. Sometimes it’s the glimpse that makes the difference sometimes it’s us. All that matters is what we actually do when we do feel the spark."
Original Watercolor - Framed 45.5" h x 51" w frame
"This painting is the largest watercolor I have painted to date," shares Patrice. "The longer you look at it, the more you will see. When I was painting it, I was almost embarrassed by the number of hearts that kept popping up. At one point I tried to paint them out, but realized that when I eliminated one, two more showed up. If you turn the painting on its side you will see something new and different. My husband and I have turned it in all directions, sometimes preferring one to another. See if you can find the angel, or the koi, or the peacock, or how many faces can you find. It’s almost a “Where’s Waldo” type of painting. One that will keep you occupied for years to come."
Original watercolor with koa frame 20" h x 15" w - image size
28.5" h x 21.5 w - framed
"No matter where we are in life, roots help to ground us, giving us a sense of belonging. It can be argued that in order to move forward, we must first put down roots so that we have a firm grasp of where we are," says Patrice. "May these roots remind you of your own roots, so that you too can move forward with joy and with ease."
"These leaves, fallen from the ulu (breadfruit) tree were in various stages and shades of decay, from silver to red to brown — they captivated me. The shapes, the sizes, and the way they were layered one on top of the other looked beautiful," shares Patrice.
"The title, Seasons of Change, refers to changes in my subject matter, my color palette, and in the contours of the paper — something I’ve never changed before."
"Ulu (Breadfruit) grows on enormous trees with beautiful green leaves. The fruit is very starchy, but it takes on the flavor of whatever seasonings you use. They’re wonderful when smoked over an open fire," shares Patrice.
"The title, Second Chances, refers to the second chance at a longer life offered to these leaves through my painting."
"The plant portrayed here is the White Bird of Paradise also known as the Travelers Palm. Though not technically a palm at all, it’s graceful leaves branch out in a giant fanned shape," says Patrice.
"I have tried to paint this beautiful plant before, but because of its stature, when I tried to paint it realistically, I portrayed the top alone, forgetting the trunk. Suddenly it hit me — I could paint all of the parts of the plant that I like the most — the trunk, the flower, and the leaves, in a new way. I would show you my favorite parts of the plant, each to their best advantage.
The Sum of the Parts celebrates the leaves along the side, the flowers in the middle, and the beauty of the trunk on top."
"The Ulu, or Breadfruit Tree, is also known as the Tree of Life to island communities," shares Patrice Federspiel. "To say this tree grows quickly is to understate its amazing regeneration capabilities. I’ve seen one trimmed down to the trunk in one season, producing fruits by the end of the next. The beauty of the Ulu leaves is legendary; they’re widely depicted on Hawaiian quilts.
Ulu is prized for the beauty and shade provided by the leaves, as well as for the starchy breadfruit they produce. The fruits themselves don’t have much flavor but rely on the seasonings with which they’re cooked.
The leaves portrayed in this painting were blanketing the ground under the Ulu Tree in my cousin’s yard on Hawai`i Island. Their ability to retain their beauty in the myriad of subtle colors brings joy to my heart, reminding me that there is much more to life than meets the naked eye."
"Wind Blown represents the way you feel when sailing on the ocean; after a good day surfing; the feeling you have when the sun is kissing your cheeks and the waves are washing over you. It's that wild and crazy feeling that life is beautiful and you’re glad to be alive! May that feeling be yours for a long, long time to come," says Patrice.
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