Monday, January 14, 2013

The Red Carpet Awaits You

Triptych - My beachiful beach"  Photo Karin Alpeter
It is time to celebrate

Parrots interrupt Mary Rose  while painting with words of wisdom "Celebrate", photo Karin Alpeter
That is directly heard from the mouths of the parrots who regularly walk along Indian Rocks Beach.

My flowers welcome you - original oil by Mary Rose



Kinvara Memories - original oil by Helen Tilston

Cafe dining - original oil by Violetta

It has been a very exciting year for the Plein Aire Cottage Artists.  We have travelled and painted in Ireland, the Adirondacks, Canada, Winter Park, Hawaii, Colorado, Michigan, Sarasota, Indian Rocks Beach, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs and Tampa. 

These paintings plus sixty oils, painted en plein air, will be on exhibition at Guppy's,
Indian Rocks Beach Florida.  The show Coastal Cottages Series Eleven (our 11th year exhibiting as a group)  opens January 24th at 6.00 p.m.

Wish you were here

Helen, Mary Rose and Violetta return from a day of painting at Indian Rocks Beach-Photo Karin Alpeter











46 comments:

  1. Dear Helen,
    I have just been showing those three paintings to AGA because they look so lovely!
    Good lluck with your show - I wish that I could be there too!
    Kirk

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    1. Hello Kirk

      What a delightful thought of both you and AGA attending our show. I shall hold that thought and your beautiful wishes

      Helen xx

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  2. Oh Helen,
    Those parrots are so sweet and the paintings have warmed me up ..... it's snowing here in the UK !! XXXX

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    1. Hello Jacqueline

      The parrots are a hoot. They have a lengthy vocabulary and made us laugh, one whistled and kept saying "celebrate".
      I hope the snow is pretty

      Helen xxx

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  3. Hello Helen:
    How we wish, more than you may possibly know, to be able to be with you for the exhibition and to see for ourselves the wonderful work which the three of you create. For even here, in images, we are captivated by the freshness, the vibrancy and, of course, the immediacy of your paintings and can, therefore, readily imagine the great joy to be had from looking at the work in reality.

    We wish all three of you the upmost success with this exhibition and may your work continue to go from strength to strength.

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance

      I shall keep wishing that a space ship will transport you over for our art opening. Thank you for your ever so complimentary comments.
      Wishing you a week of joy

      Helen xx

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  4. Beautiful Beautiful artistry. Best wishes for a successful exhibit. I wish I could be there.

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    1. Thank you for your bautiful and cheerful wish. We wish you were here also

      Helen xx

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  5. I wish I was there too. I love any painting that exudes vibrant colours. These three are just gorgeous.

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    1. Hello Loree

      Why thank you for your kind words. This means a lot to us.

      May your week be full of light

      Helen xx

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  6. Such beautiful paintings! Amazing light, depth and colors. And I think all three paintings work wonderfully well together. Have a fabulous show ~ Warm wishes, Loi

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    1. Hello Loi

      The light here on the Gulf of Mexico is quite spectacular and sunset tonight was one of the most beautiful ever.
      Thanks for your generous wishes

      Helen xx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. The Cafe is a spectacular painting by Violetta. She is a master

      Helenxx

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  8. Not half as much as I wish I was there, Helen! Your work is beautiful - I'd love to be able to attend. Best wishes for a very successful exhibition.

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    1. Hello Sulky

      How I would love to have your Sulky Kitten presence next week.
      Your review would certainly entertain us for years to come.

      Thanks for your kind wishes

      Have a lovely week

      Helen xx

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  9. Dear Helen - good luck to the three of you with your forthcoming exhibition. Looking at the wonderful paintings I am sure that you will all be very successful and have a complete sell out. It is lovely that the three of you have been sharing your love of art and working together for over 10 years.

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    1. Hello Rosemary

      Your kind and heartfelt wishes are truly appreciated. Many thanks.
      It makes it much easier to exhibit when there are three of us. I have tremendous respect for artists who hold solo shows.

      To a great week

      Helenxx

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  10. Me too!!!
    All your paintings are just beautiful!
    Enjoy the show.
    Your talents are unsurpassed, I really love your work!

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    1. Hello dear Terri

      Your kind words and encouragement mean very much to me.

      Many thanks and from your mouth to God's ear.

      Fondly

      Helen xx

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  11. Dear Helen, I wish I were there too...good luck to you...I love them all, in particular the sail boat, the cafe dining and my flowers await you.. xoxo

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    1. Hello Mona

      How kind of you to visit and thank you for validating our art work with such strong words of praise.

      Kindest regards,

      Helen xx

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  12. How talented you and the other ladies are, Helen. These paintings are beautiful! The icing on the cake, of course, is that you have all become good friends, who travel together, and share a passion for painting. I wish you the best of luck for your upcoming show! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Hello Veronique

      Thank you so very kindly for such beautiful remarks.
      Our friendship and travels means so much and there always seems to be some good laughter each day, such as the parrots on the beach. We are looking forward to the 24th.
      Have a glorious week

      Helen xx

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  13. Helen.... The paintings you share are beautiful. The colors are breathtaking. How special to be visited by such delightful characters. I wonder if they were wanting to pose? Have a wonderful exhibit! Bonnie

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    1. Hello Bonnie

      How clever of you to point out that the parrots wanted to model! ha ha

      Thank you for your kind wishes

      Have a wonderful week

      Helen xx

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  14. I wish I could be there! The paintings are beautiful, and your international beach lives always appear glorious.

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    1. Hello Mise

      I wish you were here too with Pink and Blue Girl and Scottish Husband. If you manage to come will you please bring some scones and jam?
      Helen xx

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  15. It seems as if each painting should have a lovely novel as its counterpart. . .wistful whimsy at its finest.

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    1. Hello Jackie and Joel

      What a novel idea (pun intended) We would be delighted to provide the paintings as covers to a novel. Thank you for your kind wishes

      Helen xx

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  16. The paintings are so bright and beautiful good luck with your exhibition.
    Sarah x

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    1. Hello Sarah

      Many thanks for your kind wishes and compliment.

      Have a great week

      Helen xx

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  17. I wish I could go, Helen!

    The paintings are all beautiful and very different in style. The sailing boat could have only been painted by you. The pots of geranium could have only been painted by someone who smiles a lot
    and cafe dining is so feminine! Violetta must love wearing lots of jewelry!

    I love all three paintings. Well done ladies... that sailing boat will travel far, Helen... sixth sense!

    CIAO!

    ANNA
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    1. Dear Anna

      I wish you were here too. There would be so much to talk about. Thank you for your comment on each painting, we truly appreciate the time and interest you have paid to each subject.You know Violetta so well and also Mary Rose and I thank you most sincerely for your visit and friendship

      Helen xx

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  18. Dear Helen,
    I am late commenting ..
    But better late than never.
    I simply adore all these paintings. they are exceptional
    I love the Brightness of Mary Rose's flowers.. so inviting
    Kinerva memories... the little yacht happily sailing along with its bright coloured sails.
    and Cafe dining by violetta..makes one feel like hopping over to Paris or south of France.
    The cottage artists certainly have a wealth of painting knowledge and visited many places this last year.
    wishing you the best of luck and congratulations on your exhibition for the 24th of this month.
    val x

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    1. Hello Valerie

      It is always lovely to hear from you. Thank you for those kind words of encouragement. We truly appreciate hearing this from a fellow artist. Now for what to wear on opening night. That is the fun part.

      Have a great week

      Helen xx

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  19. I love your enthusiasm and the beautiful work you share here Helen. Thank you for you wonderful comment I couldn't wait to come over her and send you a big old hug from Ireland honey. The parrots are priceless, all I have here are a few mad geese:~)))

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    1. Hello Catherine

      Thank you for visiting. Your good wishes and kind words are very appreciated. I must say the mad goose image made me smile and I recall being chased by them - these parrots are priceless. The owner inherited them from her Aunt and they are a lifetime commitment. I loved your post of today.
      Helenxx

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  20. Joyous paintings and glorious times. Hope the exhibition is a grand success.
    Cheers Gillian

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    1. Hello Gillian

      Thanks for your words of encouragement and good wishes.

      Wishing you a great week

      Helen xx

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  21. Helen,

    There's nothing like living your dreams come true.. the vibrant "RED" color of passion... is so prominate in all three paintings. Brings such energy to the work that you've all have done. Best of luck with the show.

    Bette

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  22. Beautiful paintings Helen!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Madelief x

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  23. I really love that part of Florida! And the ocean is so inspiring! Lovely paintings, my friend!

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