We are seven women who have joined together for the purpose of increasing our immersion in art. Individually we were all doing well, but we found that in working together, we could pool our resources and accomplish more, plus support each other and have more fun. We could be honest with each other about aspirations, about the foolishness of some ”rules”, and about our art work.
Today. We’ve come a long way since 2012, when we met at the Yellow Barn Studio in a figure painting class. Not only have we painted and hung out together, we’ve had four major exhibits and have participated, in clusters, in at least six ‘destination’ workshops. More exhibits are being scheduled now. Check our blog regularly and visit our individual websites for more information about our schedules and individual art! You can get to our sites by clicking on our individual photos above.
How We Met. The charismatic instructor organized group lunches, which became almost as important as class itself. When the course was finished, we continued to get together for plein air painting and visiting art exhibits. These activities in turn led us to take painting trips as a group, exhibit collectively under our ‘7Palettes’ group name, and now collaborate on this joint website.
How We Formed. Artists through the years have formed groups—art can be a pretty lonely endeavor—and each group is unique. We have seven quite different personalities, different backgrounds, different styles. What is common to each of us is a hunger, a passion to produce the finest art of which we are capable and which we have waited to tackle while we led productive work lives and raised families. It is not as if none of us picked up a pencil or a brush while waiting for retirement, some of us more than others. We played around with art in our own ways, getting enjoyment from what we did, developing some kind of style, variously seeking professional guidance. We knew that we needed consistent professional guidance to produce works that would really satisfy us.
How We’ve Grown. In the years since forming 7Palettes, we have made gains in understanding art principles, learning techniques to achieve goals, and assessing our own abilities. We are moving from being generalists to becoming more specialized, but as we grow, those interests too will change. What has not changed is the personal involvement we put into our work and that hopefully communicates itself to viewers.
It is our wish that this website continues to be an avenue for sharing our own enjoyment of our art with others.