Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 20, 2013

‘Tis the season for creating Christmas artwork

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — An easel sits on the kitchen table. A pot of spice tea is on the stove, and Glasgow artist Carolyn Wyatt is hard at work, painting a picture of a snowman.

She credits her first cousin, who is also an artist, for being the person to first inspire her to paint.

Wyatt recently recalled being at his house as a little girl and being allowed to enter his studio and paint on his canvases.

Although she was exposed to art as a youngster, Wyatt didn’t decide to give painting a try until about 10 years ago.  

“I’ve always enjoyed doodling and drawing and I thought painting would be fun,” she said.

She started by taking classes with another Glasgow artist, John Wing, and is now studying with Patty Hughes through the Barren County Community Education program and with watercolor artist Jane Kehrt in the Wednesday Watercolor class.

Wyatt finds painting to be relaxing.

“Everything just leaves your mind. It’s kind of like therapy,” she said.

Although Wyatt is part of a watercolor class, she prefers to paint with acrylics.

“They are more forgiving,” she said. “If you mess up, you can fix it.”

Of all thing she has painted, her favorite subject matter are things relating to Christmas, such as Santa Claus and snowmen.

“I also like to do people’s pets — dogs and kitties, and flowers and barns,” she said.

Wyatt recently did a portrait of her mother’s cat and has plans to paint her pet goldfish, Ray, who lives in a bowl on her coffee table.

“I would love to do my grandchildren,” she said.

When she does paint her grandchildren, it will be her first attempt at doing portraits of people. She hasn’t painted portraits of people in the past, she said, “Because I don’t have enough confidence yet, to be honest.”

Wyatt continues to take art classes because she is always trying to perfect her painting techniques. The things she has the most difficulty with are proportion and technique, she said.

Wyatt thinks she may give watercolors a try, but said it will be in the future before she attempts using them.

“I’ve have to retrain my brain,” she said.

With acrylics, artists paint dark colors first and then with light colors. With watercolors, they work from light to dark.

Wyatt doubts she will ever try painting with oils because of the length of time it takes them to dry.

She joined the Art Guild of the Barrens because she thought having an art guild in Glasgow would be a good thing for the community, she said.

Wyatt has exhibited her work at several venues over the years, and has done a solo art show in the past.

Her work can now be found at the art guild’s gallery, 212 On The Main, as well as at the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center, Garcia’s Grill, Miguel’s Bistro, the library at Western Kentucky University’s Glasgow Campus and at the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library.

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