A passion for beauty and a fascination with vibrant color...
FEATURED ARTIST SONYA LYSTER-BAIME
Red Poppies, 29.5”x 41”, Transparent Watercolor, by Sonya Lyster-Baime
555 lb. Arches cold pressed transparent watercolor paper. She uses Windsor Newton and Daniel Smith tube paints. Sonya began making art when she was quite young, but it wasn’t until her children were nearly grown that she started painting with transparent watercolor. She does not use a value or thumbnail sketch and does not prestretch her paper. She works with glazes of color, paying close attention to the way the glazes build form.
At this point the adventure begins as she strives to show that watercolor can be bold, rich and dramatic. Her passion for beauty and her fascination with vibrant color, depth, shadow, and movement are evident in all her paintings. The brilliant colors of nature and the man-made objects in silver, glass, fabric, and ceramics are props for her imagination.
Using contrasts of shape and form, brilliant light and complimentary shadow, and a solid foundation in freehand drawing, she develops strong value patterns in her compositions.
Art is a reflection of the self—the essence of what the artist sees and feels. It is through the process of creating that the art and the artist become inseparable. For her, color equals joy! Upon seeing the brilliant bursts of bold color in her paintings, people most often, stop abruptly and comment on the joy and happiness they see and feel when viewing her work. They experience the “WOW” factor.
Sonya believes that as an artist, it is a gift to create and share her creations with others. She also believes that her work will travel where it needs to go and be seen by those who need to see it.