Friday, March 6, 2015

Silent poetry…A tour of an artist’s home.

                    Painting from nature is not copying the object, It is realizing ones sensations  
~Paul Cezanne

I had the privilege of being invited to the simple home of  brilliant local American Oil Painter
A tale of old Florida is woven through her art…
that is clearly
in part, inspired by her magical hidden compoundIMG_8406
I Love being able to piece together how creative genius live.
Theirs is a simple, authentic and quiet sanctum
led into by a sun kissed sandy road
canopied by old oaks, native palms….splashes of color
The 1950s structures ramble
and whisper of a partied and playful past….
Inside,tall ceilings allow  air to  play and breathe with light

riddled with playfulness and whimsy.
like her art.

Most of their winding abode is left untouched
from the 1950’s
A bathroom with original sink tile…and jungle view jalousie window
Like her art.
Pool Party 24x30
art and tools are everywhere
Outside… acres of tropical greens part, creating pathways through Florida hammock
And even the ubiquitous object becomes art and inspiration in this place...
like the old patina of a slate chalkboard leaning against a metal workshop
seemingly bleeding color together.
Or the  ancient cement pool
still enrobed in peeling layers of cool turquoise paint
cool relief in a sweltering summer
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old florida pool 36x48
night pool 8x10
Inside a screened summer studio are doors made with bamboo
as a matter of fact, much of the bamboo furniture throughout the home was made or designed by Rene
A small apartment on the property houses another working breathing art studio
rife with pottery and Oil paintings
some finished…
some in progress


walks through woods in this magical retreat….
you are bound to encounter families of  hidden sculptures
that seemingly come to life in their own little green world
They overlook even more old beautiful Florida hammock dotted with grapefruit and citrus trees.
and perhaps my favorite building on the compound
was an unassuming  air conditioned building
brimming and stacked with life
seemingly miles of Rene Guerin's
heart and
art and soul.
René's extensive exhibition history includes both solo and group shows at museums and galleries in Florida and Georgia. Her work is in many private and public collections including the Vero Beach Museum of Art, The Morris Museum of Art,the Foosaner Art Museum and the University of Florida.
Enjoy viewing much of her work here


An Urban Cottage said...

I love artists' homes. They always have a cool vibe and the best "things." This one has some great mid-Century details too. It must have been a treat to visit.

donna baker said...

Never heard of that artist and what a treat to see her studio/home and gardens. I fear I'd never get anything done there; too busy looking about.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Very cool vibe! And that cement pool color was so fabulous and happenstance. The water was like crystal gin. fed by an artesian spring. Thanks for looking!

for the love of a house said...

Wonderful tour!! Love the house, and her artwork is fabulous. That pool is perfection.

cindy hattersley design said...

Love her art and I really enjoyed seeing her equally lovely home! So fun!!

Unknown said...

I AM CRAZY for this amazing space and artist. Thank you for sharing this . I could feel old Florida seeping thru the landscape the house and the wonderful studio.

Unknown said...

Wow! Such a cool place! No wonder such great art is created there! Thanks for sharing this magic place.

The Shrub Queen said...

Great pictures and paintings!

Julie Lounibos said...

How lovely! What a treat to visit this Artist's abode! Love your photos and comments.

LuLu Badgley said...

I am inspired by her work and her home..

Cobalt Violet said...

Oh my word. Seriously. That studio!! I'm totally green. But of course it's everything around it as well and your beautiful photos!!!!

Thank you for sharing!!!

VirginiaC said...

This was amazing...taking us inside the home of a gifted artist and seeing her inspiration...what a lovely home.

rjerdee said...

Wow, what a trip! And to see the house reflected in the paintings...thanks, Linda!

Ry @ Sotto Il Monte Vineyards said...

Love this home! It has patina and soul. So much better than some of the plastic mega mansions that are built today. Beautiful art - a life well lived!


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