One of the most striking things about Patagonia are the vibrant contrasts of colors out in the middle of nowhere. In a sea of golden grasses with nothing as far as the eye can see, you’ll suddenly come across a bright turquoise body of water. This is inevitable in Patagonia. And I must mention how blue the sky is down there, it’s blinding blue and often filled with huge fluffy clouds. With such a restrained color palate, you are always caught off guard when the landscape suddenly explodes into color.
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is stunning. This enormous park is filled with glaciers, mountain peaks that hug the clouds, and short trees with scraggly branches. I loved how the landscape tended to change dramatically: one minute you would be hiking along a cliff overlooking a river, the next you’d be immersed deep in a bright green forest. Further along would be a beach with windswept trees, then a plateau, then a corridor of funny little trees peppered with wildflowers and adorned with bulbous bunches of hairy fluorescent green moss balls (a form of mistletoe). I can’t begin to describe how incredibly wonderful the landscapes are in Patagonia.
This watercolor was done at a mirador viewpoint overlooking the Fitz Roy mountain range. Glaciers tumbled down from between the peaks and an endless expanse of short scraggly trees stretched out toward the mountains.
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I had heard great things about Lucca, a Tuscan fortress city surrounded by medieval walls near Pisa, Italy. The city was as charming as I was expecting to be, and had a great small town flavor.
One small detail I noticed right away were the windows. In Florence they are all rectangular for the most part. But here in Lucca, they were all rounded at the tops. I love Italian windows, almost always comprised of green shutters on yellow unwashed walls. (This one was no exception.)
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
5 x 8 inches
This piece was painted on location in Varenna, Italy. My hotel room had a balcony that opened right onto Lake Como, with spectacular views over the water! This watercolor was inspired by the subtle ways the light danced across the water at sunset.
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So, Munky King makes a DIY ‘Omi’ that is a cross between art and toys. Inspired by Chinese opera and Japanese Oni masks, they come packaged as blinds in different blank white shapes.
I decided to turn mine into a sculptural version of one of my abstract paintings. Primary inspirations? The sea & the human circulatory system.
I have to say it was kinda cool working in 3-D since I do that so rarely (pretty much never, really).
“Galactic Blush” by Gayle Wheatley.
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Watercolor on Paper
(Crystals on the Moon Collection)
“Song Burst” by Gayle Wheatley. (Watercolor on Paper)
“Stalactite Heartbeat” by Gayle Wheatley
Acrylic on Canvas (Crystals on the Moon Collection)
Watercolor on Paper by Gayle Wheatley
This funky little cake was inspired by a real-life mini cake I ate at Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid. No, it didn’t have a cactus with eyes on it, a river, a mushroom or a road on it. But it was pink and it did have both red and green gumdrops on top. The rest I invented, and thus you have the “Cactus Cake”!
Sock It To Me, a company that sells cool artist-designed socks featuring cupcakes, ninjas, unicorns and more fun stuff, has just published an interview about my life as an artist!
“When she’s not traveling, eating exotic delicacies, playing her pineapple ukulele, drawing space ninjas, or practicing the martial art of Jeet Kune Do, Gayle sets out on individual artistic missions. ‘I’ve pushed boundaries with my creative goals,’ she says. ‘One year I challenged myself to paint 100 paintings in under a year. I reached my goal in just ten months and have been painting up a storm ever since.’ She credits those months with spurring a ton of personal growth, as her ambitious painting schedule forced her to overcome many of her weaknesses and to explore her strengths as a painter.”