Modern Wanders

MODERN WANDERS

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Hey guys!

Modern Wanders has been an amazing success so far!!! I’m loving having a gallery to show off my creations. Hyde Park has been an perfect location for me and I’m very excited I still have another month here!  If you haven’t come out to the gallery yet I’ve made virtual tour video for you to see!  If you were following me through Europe early this fall then you can see my full vision come to fruition. 

Interested in purchasing something you see?  Check out the “store” page on this website to see descriptions, pricing and detailed pictures.

Love from Tampa,

Sarah DuPree

Millennium Waves

MILLENNIUM WAVES

 "Millennium Waves" triptych - 8"x10" (x3) watercolors, 24K gold, epoxy.  Painted at the Tate Modern Museum, Kitchen and Bar Restaurant, London, England.

"Millennium Waves" triptych - 8"x10" (x3) watercolors, 24K gold, epoxy.  Painted at the Tate Modern Museum, Kitchen and Bar Restaurant, London, England.

 Susan Rothenberg - Tate Modern Museum

Susan Rothenberg - Tate Modern Museum

MILLENNIUM WAVES

Unlike most of my posts, you really need a little extra background history to fully appreciate this post...  In 2010 I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and with my fresh Bachelors of Fine Arts degree I began teaching art at Brookhill Lower School in Bullard, Texas.  Three years later I decided to further my education and move to Florence, Italy and there I received my masters in design.  After a brief spell teaching private lessons in west Texas, Kelton (my BF) and I moved to Dallas, Texas.  I taught art in Dallas at Wesley Prep for a short but wonderful two years.  While we were in Dallas my art career AND Kelton's real estate investment company, Todd Team Investments, boomed and we were given the opportunity to expand his company to southern Florida. We were both very weary of leaving Dallas; I had a beautiful house that had just finished being remodeled, I had a job I loved, we were crazy about the city of Dallas, we loved our friends and neighbors, and the city was close enough for me to visit my family in East Texas.  However the opportunity in Florida was just too good to pass up.  If moving to Florida isn’t vacation enough, we decided to make the transitioning time of the company into a holiday since Kelton had some meetings in London.  Hints the plethora of travel art posts :) Ok so with all that information and brief life history out of the way, let’s begin...

 Piet Mondrian - Tate Modern Museum

Piet Mondrian - Tate Modern Museum

On this particular day in London, Kelton was going to be in meetings all day and it was super rainy.  So I decided that this would be a prime day for the Tate Modern Museum.  Now don’t get me wrong, Kelton is such a great sport about going to art galleries and museums with me but it would have been so selfish of me to make him stay at a museum from open to close, which is exactly what I did :) 

 Jackson Pollock - Tate Modern Museum

Jackson Pollock - Tate Modern Museum

During my day at the Tate Modern I was constantly reflecting back on my previous career.  I was fortunate enough to teach at private schools, where I was able to create my lesson plans and choose which artists I wanted my students to know about.  Many of the artist I taught about and art projects that were created around and inspired by, are in fact all in this same museum… obviously not all but A LOT!  I honestly think art teachers have the best job in the whole school.  Unlike other subjects, art has no right or wrong.  It is purely a means of expression and a time for creativity.  Something EVERY child, wait… HUMAN needs!  I loved how each student was so excited to come to my art class because they knew they would be doing or learning about something each of them could grasp and create something they could be proud of. As a child I hated PE and math… ok as an adult I still hate PE and math. I remember DREADING when I had to begin either class but art class is different, all of my students had the ability to create, to express themselves, to have fun with their classmates, and to learn about artists who broke out of the mold and changed what we view art as today.  Art class really is a beautiful thing.  As you look through the photos in this post, try and tell which one is the student's art and which is the artist's ;)

 Claude Monet - Tate Modern Museum

Claude Monet - Tate Modern Museum

To my Central Texas private art students in Austin - my east Texas Brookhill students - my Bullard, Texas private students - my west Texas private art students - and to my North Texas, Wesley Prep students who hold my heart in Dallas… this post is dedicated to y’all because during this day at the Tate Modern Museum in London I was thinking of you all and how I hope you still remember to break the mold in whatever you do like these artists! Never stop creating, never stop doodling, don't conform to the world and as Tim Bengel would say... DO THINGS DIFFERENT and DREAM BIG!

 Bridget Riley Susan Rothenberg - Tate Modern Museum

Bridget Riley Susan Rothenberg - Tate Modern Museum

Some of the artists that are in the Tate Museum and that I also taught were Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock, Bridget Riley, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian. Obviously I couldn't post that many pictures of student's work with the actual work that I saw but if your child was one of my students ask them if they remember any of these artists. I wish I could have taken my students on a field trip here!  If you are ever in London, the Tate Modern Museum is a MUST!

 Pablo Picasso - Tate Modern Museum

Pablo Picasso - Tate Modern Museum

Well after a morning full of being inspired by the greats I went up to the Kitchen and Bar restaurant on the 6th floor.  I ate steamed mussels for lunch as I enjoyed watching the boats pass under and the people walk across the millennium bridge.  The twisting structure of Millennium bridge itself is so interesting.  A little fun fact about the bridge was that it was built in 2000 but was only open for two days.  People felt a wobbly sensation as they walked across the footbridge which resulted in it being closed for two years to fix the problem!  Also, I'm sure you recognize this bridge from the film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  At the beginning of the movie death eaters collapse the bridge! After lunch I asked the waiter if I could stay and paint a while and thankfully he said yes.  I had a couple of technical difficulties, one being the camera overheated half way through the painting and the other being that I forgot my GOLD LEAF at the hotel… silly me! Oh well, not having the gold leaf just gave me something to look forward to do later back at my room.

Much like the first time you see the modern Millennium Bridge in comparison to the ancient structures of London, I wanted it to have a dramatic effect on the viewer. Which is why I chose to do a triptych on this piece. The movement in the painting has a twisting motion throughout the triptych representing the structure.  Like the pedestrians who cross the bridge, the vibrant colors come in energetic waves.

I hope you all enjoyed this post.  Please share, like and comment to let my students and school families know that I love, miss, and constantly think of them! I'd love for them to watch me on my journey in my professional art career. In honor of my last Europe post AND my past students, I am giving away this triptych to one lucky winner!!!

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Big Pink

BIG PINK

 "Big Pink" - 12"x16" watercolors, 24K gold, pre-epoxied. Painted in Parliament Square Garden London, England.

"Big Pink" - 12"x16" watercolors, 24K gold, pre-epoxied. Painted in Parliament Square Garden London, England.

Are you as in love with "millennium pink" as I am?  Since I've been back from London I’ve done several paintings that have incorporated the color but “Big Pink" was my very first time playing with it! I mean it’s EVERYWHERE! While I was in London & Paris I did way too much shopping and I couldn’t help but notice how everything was a soft muted shade of pink.  It inspired my Big Ben painting, as if Parliament Square Garden wasn’t inspiration enough! The structure from my view was heavily leaning it’s emphasis to the left. So naturally the movement in the painting veers to the left side of the panel while still depicting sharp vertical lines to represent the rest of the spires.  The warmth of the golden accents on Big Ben is an appealing contrast to it’s grey roof just as the 24K gold leaf is a warm contrast to the cool blue in the painting.  

In celebration of my last Europe post I have an exciting GIVEAWAY coming up in the next blog! Make sure to stay tuned to get all the info on how to enter in for it through the next post! Hope you enjoyed the time-lapse and let me know how you truly feel about PINK!

Much Love,

Sarah DuPree

Towering Blues

TOWERING BLUES

 "Towering Blues" Diptych - 16"x20" (x2). Watercolor, 24K gold, pre-epoxied. Painted in London, England.

"Towering Blues" Diptych - 16"x20" (x2). Watercolor, 24K gold, pre-epoxied. Painted in London, England.

Well A LOT has been happening lately in my little world.  I did a impromptu pop up shop at West Elm, went back home to Texas for Thanksgiving and to stage a property for Todd Team Investments.  And now I’m currently busy getting ready for a show in Hyde Park Village in Tampa, Florida where I will be exhibiting large reproductions of some of the paintings I created on this trip.  I’ve also moved into a art studio in Ybor!  All things I’m super excited about but those will be posts for another time.

So a couple months ago I was wandering around London and found an amazing place right by the River Thames.  It’s called Tom’s Kitchen and comes equipped with great drinks and an amazing view of London’s Tower Bridge.  It was a perfect fall day to sit outside and paint. Naturally the two towers called for a diptych format. The blue sky and blue tones in the bridge overwhelmed my view so blues became my subject of color. The golden accents of the bridge and the cream of the stone were added into the painting to guide the movement.  Enjoy the time-lapse of “Towering Blues” in creation.

I hope to keep you all better up to date moving forward and I can’t wait to share photos of these large scale reproductions.  Stay tuned :)

Much Love,

Sarah DuPree

Ireland's Edge

IRELAND'S EDGE

 "Ireland's Edge" 12"x12" Watercolor, 24K gold, pre-epoxy.  Painted at The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

"Ireland's Edge" 12"x12" Watercolor, 24K gold, pre-epoxy.  Painted at The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

A few years ago a friend and I backpacked the UK and the Cliffs of Moher was absolutely the most breathtaking experience.  I have been wanting to take Kelton here for a really long time and am super excited that he AND his mom, Tresa, got to experience it with me this go around!  The Paddywagon day trip bus was a comfortable and convenient way to go from Dublin, through the windy roads of Ireland, up the coast of the Atlantic, and to the Cliffs of Moher.  Not only did we enjoy the sightseeing but we actually learned a lot of interesting history about Ireland.

 Fishing village of Kinvara, Ireland.

Fishing village of Kinvara, Ireland.

 Kelton @ The Mini Cliffs, Ireland 

Kelton @ The Mini Cliffs, Ireland 

Our first stop was the fishing village of Kinvara.  The world be a much happier place if every town was painted like this! Do you agree? We drove part of “The Wild Atlantic Way” which is a route that follows the entire West Coast of Ireland. When we reached the Burren we stopped at the “Mini Cliffs” and got some FRESH air. I just had to snap a picture of my handsome travel partner.

After stopping one more time in the village of Doolin for lunch we finally arrived to the Cliffs of Moher.  We journeyed down the path to reach the edge.  I climbed over the “do not pass” rail to settle in a ridge right on the edge of the cliff to give myself the best view.  There’s nothing better than a combination of adrenaline and art! It was so extremely windy that Kelton graciously held my camera so it wouldn’t blow away.  It was also so windy that my hair insisted on staying in my eyes but my hands were so messy that I couldn’t keep it back… bad day to forget a hair tie. Thankfully Kelton was able to hold the camera and keep my hair back.  He is my solution to every problem :)

 The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

The Atlantic was such an incredible mixture of dark blue, aqua and greens.  I chose these vibrant colors and the movement of the ridge for the painting because I believe they best represent the energy of the Cliffs of Moher. Check out the view close up in the time-lapse of "Ireland's Edge"!!

My first experience at the Cliffs of Moher was incredible to say the least but it was so much better sharing the experience with my lifetime travel partner :). I highly recommend taking the Cliffs of Moher day trip from Dublin with Paddywagon Tours! Obviously I enjoyed it since I’ve taken it twice in the last 3 years! Have you ever gone somewhere and felt like you had to come back for a second glance with someone else? 

Much Love,

Sarah DuPree

Rose Puddles

ROSE PUDDLES

 "Rose Puddles" - 16"x20" Watercolor, Rose Gold, pre-epoxy. Painted in Dublin, Ireland.

"Rose Puddles" - 16"x20" Watercolor, Rose Gold, pre-epoxy. Painted in Dublin, Ireland.

Well a lot has happened since my last post! We traveled to Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher and then were back in London for a week and then Texas for a few days.  I’m finally settled back in Florida and have time to finish posting my travel paintings! YAY!

 Dublin Castle- Dublin, Ireland.

Dublin Castle- Dublin, Ireland.

Let me start by saying I absolutely love Dublin, rain or shine the city is beautiful and so lively! After splashing through the city’s many puddles we finally arrived at the Dublin Castle. Can you believe that this castle was completed in 1230? The building is now used for conferences, Irish president inaugurations, and state dinners.  Because it was raining so much I had to soak in the inspiration and paint back at the hotel.  I pulled my inspiration from the diluted color palette the rain casted on the stone architecture of the city. I used mostly black, white and indigo watercolors and then accentuated the rainy fluid movement with rose gold flecks.  Since the weather didn't permit me to paint on-site I was able to get a little more messy and do a pour technique that assisted me in painting this rainy like effect.


I hope you enjoyed the story behind “Rose Puddles” and let me know what you think in the comment section below!

Much Love,

Sarah DuPree

Golden Honor

 "Golden Honor" - 11"x14" watercolor, 24K gold leaf, pre-epoxy.  Painted in Princes Garden by Scott Monument: Edinburgh, Scotland.

"Golden Honor" - 11"x14" watercolor, 24K gold leaf, pre-epoxy.  Painted in Princes Garden by Scott Monument: Edinburgh, Scotland.

GOLDEN HONOR

Versailles & St Emilion in France are the only destinations this trip that I haven’t been before. While visiting a place you have already been is nice in many ways, it isn’t as exciting as it was the first time.  The momentum and awe of the first time you see something leaves a lasting impression and when you come back for a second time it doesn’t always live up to your memory.  I absolutely can’t say that was the situation in Edinburgh.  It’s as beautiful and mysterious as ever.  Being a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I can’t help but be in love with this city.  The architecture is so unlike anything you’d see in the US and the entire city is steeped in history.

 Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh, Scotland.

On our last day in Edinburgh we had to check out of our apartment in the morning and our flight wasn’t until late afternoon. So we had lunch and settled in Princes Street Gardens over looking the Scott Monument.  The tower was built to honor the Scottish author, Sir Walter Scott, and it is the world’s largest monument built to honor a writer. I decided to go through my suitcase and get out all my painting supplies as we waited for our flight to do a quick painting inspired by the 170+ yearly architectural gem.  The movement and colors of the painting are reflected from the form of the monument.

Let me know if there is anywhere you have been that never gets old to come back to so I can add it to my bucket list :)

Love from Edinburgh,

Sarah DuPree

 

Misty Morning

MISTY MORNING

 "Misty Morning" - 8"x10" (x2) Diptych, watercolor, 24K Gold leaf, sterling silver, pre-epoxy. Painted in Edinburgh, Scotland.

"Misty Morning" - 8"x10" (x2) Diptych, watercolor, 24K Gold leaf, sterling silver, pre-epoxy. Painted in Edinburgh, Scotland.

We stayed in an amazing apartment overlooking the sea and city of Edinburgh.  One morning I woke up early to paint and the fog was so dense I couldn’t see the sea anymore.  The somewhat sepia scene through the kitchen window inspired me to not go back to bed and to enjoy a peaceful morning of painting.

Layers upon layers of paint were applied in the same way I viewed the layering of homes. The golden hues of the stone townhomes and the silvery rain reflecting off the roofs are both represented through gold and silver leaf. I am definitely not an early riser but this view along with the time alone to paint and reflect was well worth waking up for!

Love from Edinburgh,

Sarah DuPree

Eye of the Cannon

EYE OF THE CANNON

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Have you ever noticed how nature appears vibrantly green in dreary weather?  I experienced this when we went to Calton Hill to enjoy the view of Edinburgh.  On this foggy day the buildings of the skyline were just grey silhouettes and the vibrant greens attracted my attention.  The movement of the painting is influenced from the form of the Calton Hill Cannon.  A have a fond connection with this particular cannon.  It is actually pretty well travelled.  For a hundred years (from around 1785-1886) this cannon traveled from the Portuguese colonies in Southeast Asia to Burma and then settled in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Just imagine the history this cannon has seen throughout the years… I can’t blame it for setting in Edinburgh.  I could stay here and look upon this view forever too.

Love from Edinburgh,

Sarah DuPree

Off the Vine

OFF THE VINE

 "Off the Vine" - 6" x 12" (x3) Triptych, Before Epoxy, Watercolor, 24K Gold Leaf.

"Off the Vine" - 6" x 12" (x3) Triptych, Before Epoxy, Watercolor, 24K Gold Leaf.

The time we spent in Saint-Émilion has been one of my favorite adventures on this trip. However not everything went according to plan.  It would take me hours to explain what all happened but long story short we lost a couple hours of our first day and most importantly, my painting panels.  So instead of painting I decided to just enjoy the beautiful French weather and wine.  I took videos and photos of moments that inspired me and collaborated them together to make a triptych painting back at our hotel room in Paris a few days later.  We had been in London and Paris for weeks and it was so nice to see greenery! After renting a car in Bordeaux, we drove a beautiful 40 minutes to Saint-Émilion, one of our favorite French wine regions. In the video you can see Louis Vuitton’s private Château Cheval Blanc, the Bordeaux country side, a surprise hot air balloon, beautiful architecture and vineyards as far as the eye can see! We went on several wine tours during our stay, my favorite being Château Villemaurine's underground limestone quarries.

Saint-Émilion, France

Most of the vineyards were starting harvest the day after we left… talk about lucky timing!  In the painting “Off the Vine” the weight of the grapes and form of the vines were the inspiration behind the movement.  The blue sky weekend, the endless green canopy of grapevines, and the deep purple of the grapes were all represented through the colors of the painting. I was disappointed to not be able to paint it in the moment but when life gives you grapes... make wine ;)

Love from Bordeaux,

Sarah DuPree

Midnight in Paris

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

 "Midnight in Paris" - 11" x 14" Before Epoxy, Watercolor, 24K Gold Leaf. 

"Midnight in Paris" - 11" x 14" Before Epoxy, Watercolor, 24K Gold Leaf. 

Growing up my parents took my sister, Laura, and I all over the US with them during the summers.  We had a pimped out van with a tv, indirect lighting with a dimmer, and mechanical seats (big deal for the early 90s).  Crazy enough, this is the same van I resented when I reached high school age but OMG if I could own that same van today I’d be one happy girl.  Every summer was filled with new places, new adventures and we would be gone at least half the summer.  Sometimes we would have no end destination and Dad would let us pick which road to take.  I have no doubt that these family vacations have made me seek a life of adventure throughout my adult life.  I’ve said this on multiple occasions but my parents gave Laura and me a fairytale childhood.  It was filled with unconditional love, unshakable stability, a Godly home, and countless blissful adventures. With all that being said, I absolutely have to take a second to thank my parents for this because I feel that my journey through this crazy world certainly calls me to make journeys all over the world!  So Mom and Dad, this post is dedicated to you!

 The DuPree Family in summer 1992.

The DuPree Family in summer 1992.

I moved to Florence, Italy the summer of 2013 and it was truly the best move I’ve ever made.  However, I was slightly reluctant to be so far from my family. So of course my loving and supportive parents came with me for a couple of weeks in the beginning to get me all settled.  We travelled through Rome, Florence, and Paris.  All three of us had never been to Paris and it was such a spectacular trip that not many families get to make together.  My favorite experience with them that summer was our time at the Eiffel Tower.  Even with waiting HOURS in line to climb to the top, we had so much fun together.  It was also the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower sparkle.  On a side note, twinkle lights are at the top of my favorite things list!  All three of us stood in amazement at the sight and it was just a beautifully peaceful moment that I will never forget with my mom and dad.

 My parent's at the top of the Eiffel Tower in summer 2013.

My parent's at the top of the Eiffel Tower in summer 2013.

 Eiffel Tower, photo taken September 2017.

Eiffel Tower, photo taken September 2017.

Back to the present, it was late and Kelton and I had just watched Midnight in Paris.  My friend Theresa Cheek (the most amazing decorative artist ever) who also graciously took me on my first trip to Italy, recommended this movie to me years ago. It still remains one of my favorites.  The plot is clever and who couldn’t love a movie starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams!  Owen goes back in time to the 1920's and meets Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and many other creative minds of the '20s. Anyway we had just watched it and I wasn’t tired so I decided to paint.  SPOILER ALERT: you will get a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower sparkling at midnight during the gold leafing process at the end of the time-lapse.  

 

Timelapse of "Midnight in Paris" - 11"x14" Before Epoxy, Watercolor, 24K Gold Leaf. Painted in Paris, France.

I added a lot of gold to this piece due to the overwhelming glow of the Parisian lights.  The contrast between the cool colors of the painting and warmth of the gold mimics the night sky and the warmth of the Eiffel Tower lights.  Ok so this will be the only time I EVER say this but for once LED lights were done right.  The contrast between the warm glowing background lights of the Eiffel Tower and the white lights of the twinkling is balanced yet provides a stark contrast on the night sky.  That is what I sought to achieve in “Midnight in Paris”. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post, if you did please do me a favor and like/share! And again, thanks to Mom & Dad for simply being the best!

Love from Paris,

Sarah DuPree

French Beauty

FRENCH BEAUTY

 "French Beauty" - 12" x 12" Before Epoxy, Watercolor, Oil Pastel, Rose Gold Leaf.

"French Beauty" - 12" x 12" Before Epoxy, Watercolor, Oil Pastel, Rose Gold Leaf.

 Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

While staying in Paris we took a day trip out to Versailles. I estimated we would only be there for a few hours but we ended up staying the whole day!  On my last trip to Paris I didn’t have enough time to visit Versailles and it has been on my bucket list for a long time now. I was blown away by how vast the palace was and of course by how much GOLD was everywhere.  There would sometimes be 10,000 people a day at the palace and they definitely had room for them all! Ah if I could go back in time for just one day!

As we were herded through the palace, along with hundreds of other people, I couldn’t help but notice the extreme luxurious lifestyle that the French monarchy had, of course all credit to the French tax payers… no wonder there was a French Revolution! Everything from the fabrics, paintings, statues, crystal chandeliers, furniture, ah even the crown molding and the ceilings, it was all so flamboyant and I loved every second of it.

 Hall of Mirrors - Palace of Versailles

Hall of Mirrors - Palace of Versailles

 Apollo Fountain - Palace of Versailles

Apollo Fountain - Palace of Versailles

Once outside we enjoyed walking through the gardens but because of a foot surgery I had last spring, I wasn’t able to walk far. So we rented a golf cart and discovered smaller properties across the grounds. My favorite section of the property was the Grand Canal and Little Venice with it’s beautiful boats you can take out on the water.  It was inspired by Venice’s Grand Canal and the Doge of Venice gave King Louis XIV real Venetian gondolas and gondoliers.  Just in front of the Grand Canal is the Fountain of Apollo. I honestly can’t think of a better Greek god to overlook the Palace of Versailles. Throughout the ages artists have depicted Apollo at the highest degree of beauty and power… the same words could be used to describe the French Monarchy. Hence the title for this painting.

After a full day of historical and artistic visions, we settled ourselves between the Grand Canal and the Fountain of Apollo. I was inspired by the rose gold hues that the 350 year old gilded statue provided, the blues of the sky reflecting on the water, and the Palace’s creamy marbles.  The windy day assisted the scattering of the rose gold flecks to the painting’s surface.

Timelapse of "French Beauty" - 12"x12" Before Epoxy, Watercolor, Oil Pastel, Rose Gold Leaf. Painted at the Apollo Fountain - Palace of Versailles in Paris, France.

I was so blessed to be able to experience this day to the fullest and check another place off my bucket list. Now I have to make time to watch the Versailles drama on ET history series! Gosh one thing does lead to another doesn’t it. If you are enjoying my posts please share and comment below.  Next post is “Midnight in Paris”!

Au Revoir,

Sarah DuPree
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(903) 752-1248

Eiffel Showers

EIFFEL SHOWERS

 "Eiffel Showers" - 12" x 12" Before Epoxy, Watercolor, 24K Gold Leaf. 

"Eiffel Showers" - 12" x 12" Before Epoxy, Watercolor, 24K Gold Leaf. 

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We spent a relaxing afternoon by the Eiffel Tower.  It’s such a fun place to people watch and marvel at the 1,000 foot famous 130 year old structure! It was a chilly day but sitting in the sun was extremely comfortable. My favorite section of the Eiffel Tower is actually the bottom. The arches are so vast and impressive that I decided to use the arch gesture as inspiration for the movement of the painting. When I first started the painting the sky's were cloudy but still blue. Forty minutes later it started to rain (as you can see about 1 minute into the time lapse). The light shower provided the title for this painting. Fortunately Kelton, my hero, was with me in the park and held the umbrella over the painting during the main downpour. It didn’t shower for long but it was a neat experience.  

Timelapse of "Eiffel Showers" - 12"x12" Before Epoxy, Watercolor, 24K Gold Leaf. Painted at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

The view from our apartment is absolutely stunning of the Eiffel Tower, as you can see the in the last post.  But it was nice to spend a day so close to it and appreciate it’s detail.

Love from Paris,

Sarah DuPree
sarahdupree@mail.com
(903) 752-1248

 

Parisian Sky

PARISIAN SKY

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Hey guys! I’ve been in Paris for a couple days now and I seriously can’t get over the view from my hotel room! I really don’t want to leave! Could there be a more stunning backdrop for a painting than this? I think not!

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I’ve been staring at this view for hours at a time, I can’t get enough!  I see an endless sky with clouds rolling by and clear baby blues peeking through. The skies so far have been grey and dreary, also stunning.  But the vibrant blues of the sky this afternoon inspired me to cancel our plans and stay and paint. Paris can wait :)

The Eiffel Tower is on the left and Les Invaildes on the right. There are white buildings as far as the eye can see but my favorite spot in this view is the golden dome of Les Invalides, a burial site for France’s war heroes. As you know, I’m OBSESSED with gold.  The metallic color brings warmth and happiness to my eyes.  The dome’s luster is such a stunning contrast to the sea of buildings. And of course, how can you not be inspired by a close view of the very famous Eiffel Tower! All of these components influenced “Parisian Sky”.

Timelapse of "Parisian Sky" - 16" x 20" Before Epoxy, Watercolor, 24K Gold Leaf. Painted in Paris, France.

I hoped you’ve enjoyed the same view of Paris I’m falling in love with!  Please like and share :)

Love from Paris,

Sarah DuPree
sarahdupree@mail.com
(903) 752-1248

Royal Gold

ROYAL GOLD

London is a relativity large city to go on foot but if you are able and have plenty of time, I highly suggest walking rather than taking a taxi. You cannot fully appreciate the architecture the city has to offer if it's speeding by you. The journey from the hotel took me through Hyde Park, where I enjoyed a concert, a waterfall, falling leaves and the famously magnificent rose garden with the most peculiar flowers. 

 The Rose Garden in Hyde Park, London.

The Rose Garden in Hyde Park, London.

When I arrived to Buckingham Palace a little girl was trying to get the guard to react to her by shouting her name and age in the sweetest British accent.  I’m sure the guards get that all the time! A few years ago I was here to see the changing of the guard.  I was hoping I’d get to see it again while I was here this time, but no such luck.

 Buckingham Palace Guard through the gates.

Buckingham Palace Guard through the gates.

I settled on the Victoria Memorial and immediately got a crowd of people around me.  I am NOT one to like to be the center of attention but it was a great opportunity to talk about my work to people from all over the world.  Not only did the onlookers make me a little nervous but the ominous clouds overhead were threatening a down pour.

 "Royal Gold" Before Epoxy - 11"x14" 24K Gold Leaf, Watercolors. Buckingham Palace, London.

"Royal Gold" Before Epoxy - 11"x14" 24K Gold Leaf, Watercolors. Buckingham Palace, London.

The creamy stone of Buckingham place gives a beautiful backdrop to the black iron gates and the beautifully crafted gold accents.  My color palette for this painting was heavily inspired by both the Buckingham Palace and Victoria Memorial.  The victor’s gilded wings were my source of inspiration for the golden movement throughout the painting. Check out the video of me painting!

I started feeling raindrops as I took pictures of the finished piece in it’s natural habitat (I hope this isn't going to be a regular occurrence basing off my experiences in Colorado!) Fortunately I walked around the corner into a teashop for a little afternoon tea just in time for the downpour! I would say that I can’t wait to get this painting home to epoxy it but I still have a month of travels left so I can definitely wait that long :)

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Love from London,

Sarah DuPree
sarahdupree@mail.com
(903) 752-1248

Cowboy's Canyon

COWBOY'S CANYON

"Cowboy's Canyon" - Painting measures 16"x20"/18"x24" with frame. 24K Gold Leaf, Watercolors and Epoxy. Painted in San Juan National Forrest, Colorado.

This is the last painting that I created in Colorado this summer.  I drove out to the San Juan National Forrest and pulled over in the most gorgeous spot.  Wildflowers scattered over the meadow and ledge. A coral pink flower caught my eye on my journey down to the edge and I stopped there to set up.

 "Cowboy's Canyon" before 24K Gold & Epoxy.

"Cowboy's Canyon" before 24K Gold & Epoxy.

I started pulling the warmth from all the blooms surrounding me and transferring them to the panel. The richness of the land provided a stunning color pallette.  The jagged edge of the cliff line inspired the movement in this painting.

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A cool fact about this location is that it was featured in John Wayne's movie “The Cowboys” filmed in 1972.  Hints the title of this piece!  In the movie a little boy dies on this cliff.  As you can see from the video, standing on the edge of the ledge is a exhilarating experience. There’s nothing like the thrill of possibly plummeting to your death to get your adrenaline going! ALMOST as good as jumping out of an airplane… but not quiet :)

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Sarah DuPree
sarahdupree@mail.com
(903) 752-1248

Animas Reflections

ANIMAS REFLECTIONS

 "Animas Reflections" - 16"x20" 24K Gold Leaf, Watercolors and Epoxy. Painted in Durango, Colorado next to the Animas River.

"Animas Reflections" - 16"x20" 24K Gold Leaf, Watercolors and Epoxy. Painted in Durango, Colorado next to the Animas River.

Ok don’t judge me, but I LOVE to be by myself. I mean really love it.  I could have the best day ever and all I have is me and the girl in my head to talk to. Do you ever crave alone time? Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t cringe at the thought of being around others or anything like that but I’ve been able to be perfectly at peace alone ever since I was little.  I’d sit in my room for hours making something, always keeping myself busy.  Well I got an AMAZING “all by myself” day not too long ago. 

Kelton, my better half & best friend-which I guess I should note I absolutely love to be around, was going to be golfing all day with his dad in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  Yuck, count me out. So I decided I’d drive an hour to Durango to go to my favorite home decor store in Colorado and to do some painting. Once I got in Durango I excitedly walked to my favorite store, Urban Home, only to find it was SHUT DOWN! What, how could this be?  Their furniture and homewares were a perfect medium between West Elm and Restoration Hardware.  I was d-e-v-a-s-t-a-t-e-d! But I walked to their other location on the Main Street called Urban Market (where they have awesome gifts and all small things for your home) and the girl at the counter informed me that they had just moved Urban Home upstairs at the market location and it was now more of an appointment based store. Wow, what a relief!  At least it hadn’t vanished! Anyway, after a bit of shopping for our upcoming Airbnb in Fort Worth and getting a crepe for lunch, I drove down to Animas River.

I found a perfect park bench with a trail down to the water and I settled myself right in with all my supplies.  For several minutes I watched happy people pass by on their tubes, canoes and kayaks.  I kept looking from the people to my blank panels and nothing would come to me.  Maybe it was possible that my near detrimental loss of my favorite store shocked my brain or something. A few years ago a sweet friend of mine said that a blank canvas was the scariest thing ever.  But I remember saying that it should be the most exciting thing ever.  You have the power and control to create whatever you want, however you want, and let it be or not be what everyone else will want... endless opportunities.

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So after a good ten minutes I got up and walked down to the water to put my toes in.  The water was so clear and had a greenish tenge to it.  The reflection of the blue sky on the water gave subtle hints of aqua ripples and there it was… my color for the day!  Water is my number one inspiration in my paintings.  There is just a quality that water provides for my creativity.  It’s cleansing, refreshing, a reset, a baptismal effect on my artistic mind. And all it took was getting my feet wet.

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As I sat capturing fleeting moments of the water rushing by, an elderly Native American man approached me and told me he was an artist as well. After a good 20 minute artistic discussion I went back to my painting only to have more interruptions from passers by all curious about what I was doing.  After multiple conversations I finished painting and gold leafing and decided to head back to Pagosa Springs and enjoy my long trip back alone.

Once I got to Tampa I mounted the diptych on an epoxied base for an all over high gloss look.  The paintings are tiered and are truly different than my normal way of framing and layout.  So moral of the story is, the next time your stuck... put your toes in the water and the ideas will start flowing in!

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I leave town for my month of travels to paint through England, Scotland, Ireland and France.  If you would like a custom painting when I'm there just check out my previous post for further details.

Lots of Love,

Sarah DuPree
sarahdupree@mail.com
(903) 752-1248