Pop Up Special Edition: Pamela Wilburn
Let It Fly by Pamela Wilburn

“Art has always been a part of my life. It defines who I am. My mother used to sit me down at the kitchen table and say, “make me a pretty picture”. It wasn’t, however, until I took my first watercolor class in a small college in California that I fell in love with art and watercolor specifically. Nothing else was as exciting, or inspirational as watercolor. I love the luminosity and the unpredictable nature of watercolors; they have a mind of their own. I have learned, over the years, that I cannot control them, I am just learning to to work with them.

My style goes between two different mind sets. I love to paint impressionistic landscapes, especially in plein air when the weather permits. I also paint in a surrealistic style; pairing well known images in a realistic manner with unusual context, often making my personal social commentary along the way. What ever I am working on, I prefer to put my own interpretation into each painting; the emotional feeling, the mood and the deviation from local color as needed in that moment.

I have had many careers in art. I have been a commercial artist and an art teacher in both private and public schools, as well as the Education Director for the Lansing Art Gallery for a short time. I have retired from all the “art” careers and now I am painting in watercolor full time, as much and as often as possible.” – Pamela Wilburn

Pamela Wilburn will also host a free demo as part of the Pop Up Project. Pamela’s demo, Paper Airplanes will take place on Wednesday, June 28, 12 PM – 1 PM

The demo will include a short talk of my work as a watercolor artist, and my series of paper airplanes and followed by a short demonstration of watercolors.

Participants will then have the opportunity to learn to fold 2 different airplanes after first writing or drawing their wishes, dreams or creative markings on the paper. a variety of papers and writing utensils will be available for participants use.

Participants, who wish, may use the remaining time to experiment with watercolor painting. Watercolor paint, paper and brushes will be available to use, and anything painted can be taken home.