A number of APAP braved the unpredictable weather for this month’s Demo. Bee Adams presented us with a lively and colorful acrylic painting, drenched in exotic summer color! She gave us many helpful tips about using acrylic paints & her personal color theory. Also interesting was her set-up and how she used it.
The venue was lovely and varied, something for every artist to focus on. And …. the rain held off and some lovely paintings were produced. Check out the gallery.
Bee Adams • Acrylic
From iconic local landmarks to tobacco barns, florals, and abstracts, the artist creates signature works that are masterfully executed in exuberant colors. “I do love color and use it freely in my paintings. I like keeping my paintings fresh and exciting and use a variety of mediums in that process,” she says. Whatever her subject, she is fearless in her interpretations. “My paintings aren’t careful architectural renderings, but vibrant celebrations that allow the viewer to encounter the familiar anew.”
Prior to relocating to Asheville six years ago, Bee was active in the Denver art scene for over 40 years, including solo showings at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. She also lived in Brussels where she “took particular joy in capturing the intricate buildings throughout Europe with quick sketches.” Bee’s work currently can be found at Asheville Gallery of Art. She also welcomes scheduled visits to her studio in East Asheville.
Please see her website for contact information. Bee Adams
Questions for the Artist
What do you feel is your greatest strength as a plein air painter?
I like to be bright and bold and keep my paintings loose. I challenge myself to make each painting exciting. I work fairly quickly which works well outdoors.
What are three tips that you have gained that have made a difference in your painting?
1. Bringing the viewer into the painting with something in the foreground and creating space with hard and soft edges.
2. Color is at its brightest when it comes out of the tube.
3. Don’t create boring art.
What are you working to improve upon?
I am always learning more about color, especially how one color relates to another.
I want to stay loose and not get caught up in details and STOP while a painting is still fresh.
Gallery of images from June 6th