As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. -- Calvin and Hobbes

Thursday, October 29, 2009

From Water to Oil; the process of talent

Title: Betty in the Botanical Garden (sold)

Painter number 4 is Valerie Chitvanni, who's name is pronounced (kit-vah-ni). She is a funny, warm-hearted, multi-media painter (and Grandmother!)

Valerie is a member of the Southern Watercolor Society, and you may see her work on their website. It would be an understatement to say she knows her watercolors, but wow, she really knows her watercolors! Remarkable manipulation of paper and pigment! Valerie's love of plein air is only part of her talent. She also paints in oils and in the studio, even acrylics.

Here's a piece that Valerie is painting in oil. It's began with a plein air watercolor to get the composition and now she is working the oil. I know this pic is a bit small, but if you want to see the transition from on site watercolor to grand oil painting, Read Valerie's blog!

For more information on the Southern Watercolor Society and to join, visit their website:


  1. Wow, what a talent! My mother in law does watercolor too...I'm always in awe.

    Valerie really does have a gift...but then so do you in your works. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yup! Amazing! And all these artists are really nice people too!


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