Holiday Fun

Great Egret, Watercolor on Scraperboard, roughly 12×9″ ©Bivenne Staiger2020

My “artist palette,” whose outside shape was specially cut by my husband from a scraperboard to fit the dimensions of standard artist palettes that decorate four Artist Trees at the Florence Griswold Museum’s Krieble Gallery (www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org), joins a permanent collection of over 200 other artist palettes this year.

The Museum, on the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, Connecticut, is worth a visit at any time. The grounds and gardens are beautiful, exhibitions are interesting and special, and phenomenally creative decorations are particularly resplendent every holiday season.

Artists must apply to the museum for a palette and may decorate it any way they wish, though a theme relating to the museum and its storied history is preferred. I chose to do an egret because it’s a favorite bird that frequents the musuem’s river banks. Like other scraperboard pieces shown in this blog, this was created by scraping away the black layer and then covering certain areas with watercolor paint.

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