I begin this new year with a renewed commitment to post more frequently about my art work and upcoming activities. I look forward to your feedback and connection. This is a new blog located within my website and is not connected to my previous blog posts.
I am very excited that travel is in my future. New subject matter is sure to make its way into my paintings. If you haven’t already noticed, my website includes a new gallery called ‘By the Sea’. It includes recent paintings from a trip to Costa Rica amongst other places I have been. More images will be added soon, I am returning this spring to Costa Rica! The painting above is from my favorite beach in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
I wish the very best to all in the upcoming year. May inspiration and creativity be present for you each and every day!
I recently returned from a 5 week visit to Costa Rica. I had a fabulous time and met many wonderful people. During my stay I held an Artist Retreat at Los Tres Arroyos, my home away from home. A vacation destination that has everything; an observatory style home, 36 acres of jungle, views of the ocean, flowers, birds, hiking trails and more. The weather was perfect, making painting and site seeing the tops. There will be more retreats in the future. Check our website for upcoming dates.
Here are a couple plein air paintings that I completed at the Retreat. Forest View, 11 x 14 from Los Tres Arroyos. Shady Beach, 7 x 11, painted at Manuel Antonio Beach. This painting sold from my easel to a new friend from Canada!
Summer is just about over, and what a summer it has been! During June, I traveled to California then Ogden and Midway, Utah to participate in plein air events, painting several paintings for each event. ‘Looking East’ received an honorable mention in the Midway event.
In mid July, I traveled to Texas to explore and paint studies for a commission. I completed and delivered the 36″ x 48″ painting this week. This painting was a challenging and inspiring undertaking to complete in one month. The view from the property is called Inspiration Point, I hope that I captured the grandeur of the place in the painting. Upon returning from Texas, I met up with my good friend and fantastic painter, George Handrahan and painted in the Tremonton area of northern Utah. This trip came with an unexpected surprise when I sold the painting almost from the easel (I took the painting home to finish). You never know when this will happen, but it is a fun experience.
Next month, will bring new paintings from Costa Rica as I travel to my home away from home. I will miss some fall events and friends who will be there, but will return with new inspiration and plans for holiday shows. The first show being the long tradition of ‘Those Art Girls” getting together. October 17, from 10am to 4pm, Morag Totten, Alison Armstrong, Gloria Montgomery and myself will have art available for holiday gift giving. Save the date for this fun, casual, gift show at 5801 Kingsford Ave. Park City.
Below are some of the paintings that came to being this summer. ‘Sunlit Poppies’, ‘Light in the Morning’ and ‘Parked’ are currently showing at Evergreen Gallery in Salt Lake City. Evergreen Framing and Gallery will be celebrating 30 years of business in October with a show that includes all of their artists and a holiday show in early December. Please stop by if you can.
I gratefully thank those who supported me with purchases this summer and to new acquaintances and old friends that I spent time with.
‘ The world is round so that friendship may encircle it’ – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
‘ Those Art Girls’ are having a gift show at 5801 Kingsford Ave, Park City, UT
from 10 to 4
New minature paintings, perfect for a holiday gift.
I was inspired during my last visit to Costa Rica to paint the lovely Hibiscus.
I will have a collection of small paintings and popular prints and cards, as well as prints on demand. Check out my website and order the print you like before the show. Do this quickly and I will have it for you at the show, or you can order prints at the show and you will have them for the holidays.
I hope to see you soon!
Life is a canvas – Marietjie du Toit
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