The Watercolor Art of Patty Kane

If you live inSouthwest Florida, chances are you hold a deep appreciation for the water that surrounds us.  The sparkling blue gulf water nourishes, entertains and enriches our lives.  For local artist Patty Kane, water has been her medium for over 20 years.  The richness of Patty’s paintings are a result of her watercolor technique in which she patiently layers transparent color, allowing the paint and paper to do a lot of the work, producing unexpected bursts of color. Patty began her dream of leading an artistic life by studying at the Crealde School of Art inWinter Park,Florida.  When she and her husband Tom, relocated toSouthwest Floridain 2006, it offered her the opportunity to paint and teach on a full time basis.

 “My biggest inspiration is the skies, palm trees and beaches ofSouthwest Florida,” explains Patty.  “I can travel all over the world and see amazing exotic sites, but nothing compares to the beauty I see of things that are no more than an arms length away.”

Interpreting the beauty of the local scenery is something Patty does every day, one stroke at a time.  Her subjects include palms lining the everglades, lazy pool and beach scenes that feel so warm and easy that you instantly relax and the flowers and vegetation that make our world a tropical paradise.  Patty calls her style “loose, juicy and full of color.” “I paint what I love and I paint it often.  My art brings so much joy to my life.  Interestingly enough, that is the same reason why I teach.  I teach because I want my students to experience the same joy in their lives.” 

Watercolor Artist Patty Kane Teaches at the Center for the Arts of Bonita SpringsPatty’s love of teaching won her The Arts Educator of the Year Award from the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, where she teaches a variety of classes throughout the year.  “Patty Kane is always working to become a better artist and teacher,” explains Adult Visual Arts Director at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, Jake Hand.  “She is the consummate student of the arts always exploring, investigating and learning.  In turn Patty generously passes along what she has learned to her students with spirit and gusto.” 

Beginning on October 3, 2011 Patty is offering a five-week watercolor class for students of all levels of skill on Mondays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm., and Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm., at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  In this class students can explore traditional watercolor techniques with an emphasis on color and composition.  Patty teaches her technique of limiting the palette and layering transparent watercolor on color.  For those who feel intimidated by committing to a five-week class, Patty offers her extremely popular “Alla Prima, Alla Fun,” at CFABS.

Alla Prima is a style of completing a painting in one painting session. Patty offers a fun evening that sends everyone home with their own masterpiece.  It is a fun way for students to learn the basics of painting and enjoy the company of friends or co-workers.  Students are guided through the process step by step as they recreate their own impressions of a featured painting.  On September 15, 2011 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, students will be painting “Martini on the Edge,” while enjoying wine and pizza.  The cost for this fun evening of art is $42 per person and includes supplies.

When Patty is not teaching she is painting and submitting her work in juried shows, like “Mix it Up,” the August exhibition at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Artists were encouraged to bring forth all forms of mixed media and multimedia art for this exhibition that is sure to be a delight for the senses.  Artist combined acrylics with blown glass, handmade jewelry with pottery and a myriad of elements to create their art.  Patty’s work for this exhibition includes a collage symbolizing her positive approach to life and art.  The exhibition is free and open to the public from August 5 through 25, 2011.

Patty offers the advice that she lives by to aspiring artists, “Paint, paint, paint.  Take a class.  It helps you to stay focused and opens you up to new concepts, which ultimately will put you on your own path.”

For information on Patty Kane’s classes or any of the classes offered at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, call 239-495-8989 or

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2011 and receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class (including theater classes) to be used by December 31, 2011.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.

Who:   Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

What:  MIX IT UP Exhibition

When:  Friday, August 5-25, 2011

Cost:    Free


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