Pop Up Special Edition: Juanita Baldwin
High Summer by Juanita Baldwin

“I never intended to become an artist. All I wanted to do was to have a cup of coffee while my friends took watercolor lessons. After a short time, I was hooked.

Through the years, art has become a very important part of my life and I enjoy every minute of it. My horizon expanded by learning to paint with several media. I want to try new techniques, learn, apply, experiment.

And I still drink coffee.” – Juanita Baldwin

Juanita Baldwin will also host a free demo as part of the Pop Up Project. Juanita’s demo, Let’s Paint A Miniature Painting will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 12 PM – 1 PM

The versatility of acrylics and a scrap of acid free paper or mat board are the key ingredients for a fun adventure: Let’s Paint a Miniature Painting! It’s possible to paint directly on the support, or coat it with gesso, leaving brushstroke marks that will enhance the final appearance of the piece. Also, to tone the support gives an edge to the piece and somehow facilitates the process, because the toning unifies the composition. I don’t draw the scene that I want to paint. Sometimes I have a photograph as guide, others I use my imagination to render ideas. A brush, a palette knife or an old credit card are the perfect tools to try some of the techniques in which, for example, a forest and reflections off water materialize when you apply the pigments with them. You can paint a miniature in half an hour or less, depending on the amount of detail that appeals to you. Personally, I love the scenes that look loose and fresh, effects that I achieve by applying the pigment freely and squirting water on the painting in progress.

When I paint from my imagination, I always have the vision of the piece in my mind and try to render it following the idea but leaving an open door to accept changes that appear randomly through the process.

My demonstration intends to capture the interest of the viewer and entice them to create their own masterpiece to take home. With a limited palette and the right instruction, everyone can create a piece.

A tiny masterpiece!