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."
"Behold the trunk of a Traveler’s Palm, also known as the White Bird of Paradise, or by its scientific name, Ravenala," shares Patrice. "The paddle-shaped leaves of this plant form a large fan as the plant grows.
The lore is that the leaves funnel water down into the trunk, creating a reservoir of water for drier times to come. It’s said that if you’re traveling and feeling parched, tap into the trunk to find water.
Whether or not the lore is true, we all have an inner reservoir of strength. Also known as resilience, we simply need to remember its presence and call upon it in times of need. May this image remind you of your own vast stores of inner resilience."
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 - unframed Image size 23" h x 15" w
"This painting began as a demonstration in a class I was teaching," shares Patrice. "The energy of creating a painting you really want to paint is quite different from painting something someone else wants you to paint.
This painting began horizontally, with my left arm circling round and round as my right arm made an infinity symbol from left to right. I was verbally and visually explaining my feelings and thoughts.
My left hand explained my frustration with seemingly re-learning lessons, again and again, feeling stuck, and seeing the same issues rising up over and over again in my mind.
At the same time, my right hand described my desire to break free of this cycle, with the infinity symbol. This symbol represents our ability to use all that we learn to "do our work" in life.
When I turned the painting vertically, I was surprised to see a heart appear. The heart symbolizes being. Be strong in who you are. There can only be one YOU. Rejoice in your sovereign "you-ness.""
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."
"The Ti plant was brought to Hawaii by the Polynesians as a source of food," shares Patrice. "Then known as “Ki,” the plant was considered sacred to Lono, the Hawaiian God of Fertility and Laka the Goddess of Hula. The plant was used as a symbol of high rank and power. Because it was thought to have the ability to ward off evil spirits, it was often used as a border plant to protect homesteads. Today this graceful flowering plant comes in varieties of colors. It grows tall in gardens of homes and businesses throughout Hawai`i."
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 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."
Original watercolor - unframed Image size 15" h x 22" w
"Feeling a bit bereft as “shelter in grace” orders first occurred in March 2020, a sketch for this painting appeared in my journal while I doodled and talked to a friend," shares Patrice. "I’d been wondering what I’d want to paint next. Suddenly this idea appeared. Eureka! Space & rest are needed for new ideas to appear. TRUST is always required."