Description Featuring bright tropical colors, this original watercolor painting is titled Ho'okipa which means hospitality in Hawaiian.It measures 10.75 x 14.75 and is easily matted in a standard mat for an 11x14 picture I have shown it matted and framed as a sample only. Mat and Frame are NOT included.Painted with artist quality paints, on 140lb cold press paper. Pineapples have long been the emblem of welcome and hospitality. In colonial America, hostesses would set a fresh pineapple in the center of their dining table when visitors joined their families in their homes. Visiting was the primary means of entertainment and cultural exchange, so the concept of hospitality was a central element in colonial life. The pineapple, then, symbolized the warmest welcome a hostess could extend to her guests, and then often it also served as the dessert for the meal. If the visitors spent the night, they would be given a bedroom with a bed in which pineapples had been carved on either the bedposts or the headboard -- even if that was the master bedroom.
Melanie Pruitt Member Since September 2009 Artist Statement Welcome to “The Creators Palette”! My name is Melanie Pruitt and I love to paint with watercolors. The movement and dance that occurs between the pigment and water along with the unpredictable results are fascinating to me. Every painting I sit down to do is an adventure!
My goal with “The Creators Palette” is to share with others my love for and awe in the creation of beauty. I feel the best art touches my heart and makes me “feel”. The feeling may be joyous, peaceful, or even sad (one of my favorite art pieces makes me cry). Mostly, in my art, I want to convey a feeling of wonder and draw the viewer closer to THE Creator of all beauty.
Let me tell you a little about my life and how I became a visual artist.
I have always been a creative person, but it wasn’t until recently that I began to paint in watercolor and sell my art. I was a very active person most of my life and my artistic/creative outlets fell in areas like competitive diving and gymnastics, garden design and most recently, developing and teaching a preschool dance program at Vancouver's Columbia Dance Center. I have also been asked many times to speak at women's retreats and conferences which I enjoy very much and put much artistic effort into my PowerPoint presentations.
While teaching preschool dance, I began experiencing some strange physical problems. Over the years, these problems have developed into a newly understood chronic illness of the autonomic nervous system. This has meant that I am no longer active in my past activities and had to quit my dance teaching.
Anxious that illness would not ruin my life, I began looking for things that I could spend my time doing. Being stuck most hours in a recliner is difficult, but I am thankful that it has brought me to a point of developing new artistic endeavors.
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