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Watercolor art show features paintings of the Hill’s remarkable views

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 4:40 pm

Katrina Vanderlip, who grew up in Villa Narcissa on the Hill, often returns to the gardens and scenic views of her childhood for inspiration in creating her watercolor paintings. This Friday, Nov. 15, she’ll host a show of her watercolors at Terranea, and the community is invited to attend.

This will be Vanderlip’s second show at Terranea. Last year, when she did her first show, she was just emerging from a successful career as an art conservator to begin a new one as a watercolor artist. She has since hosted successful shows in the Bahamas and in the Hamptons.

 

“Even if I don’t sell my paintings, it’s so fun to get reactions,” Vanderlip said. “I enjoy painting things people like and making people happy.”

She paints the sunrises she sees from her Sagaponack, N.Y., home, but there’s nowhere like PV for sunsets.

“The sunsets have sometimes fantastically violent colors, and on the Hill, they last forever,” she said. “At sea level, you don’t get as long a sunset.”

Vanderlip’s son, Eric de Carbonnel, has made a lot of the frames for his mother’s watercolors out of weathered wood. In a painting of a rural scene, “the natural wood looks good,” she says.

As an art conservator, Vanderlip spent her career painstakingly restoring paintings, but now she’s enjoying the freedom of letting the process take over.

“I’m going from being precise to letting accidents happen and working with them,” she said, “and from a 000 brush to one as big as 1 ½ inches.”

She likes watercolors because she can finish one in a matter of days, allowing her to explore many ideas and many ways to express light and shadow.

“Watercolors are probably the best medium to capture the changes of colors in the sky, and I love bleeding the wet colors together,” she said.

When she visits the Peninsula, she takes plenty of photographs that she can use later. They serve as starting points for new paintings, allowing her to remember the captured moment as she applies color to paper.

“I let my eye and mind imagine all the rest,” Vanderlip said. “Everything’s got a memory and a meaning.”

Katrina Vanderlip’s watercolors show will take place on Friday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. at Terranea Resort, located at 100 Terranea Way, in Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information about Katrina Vanderlip, visit http://aquarelles.us/.


Links about Katrina

http://articles.latimes.com/1985-10-27/magazine/tm-12430_1_french-art

 

Watercolor tribute to Palos Verdes Peninsula’s beauty
By Stephanie Cary, Staff Writerdailybreeze.com
Posted: 11/15/2012 06:21:27 PM PST
November 16, 2012 2:32 AM GMTUpdated: 11/15/2012 06:32:28 PM PST

Katrina Vanderlip s watercolor exhibit captures the beauty of Palos Verdes Peninsula landmarks including Malaga Cove Plaza.
KATRINA VANDERLIP

Katrina Vanderlip is paying homage to the picturesque childhood she experienced on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with her first watercolor show, on Friday, at Terranea Resort.

Her work is inspired by local landmarks – Malaga Cove, Wayfarers Chapel, the Portuguese Bend peacocks, of course, and more.

Vanderlip is the granddaughter of the “Father of Palos Verdes,” Frank Vanderlip, who bought 16,000 acres of the Peninsula in 1913 and began developing the land. After his passing, her father, Kelvin Vanderlip, continued with the land’s development.

Though she currently lives in Sagaponack, on New York’s Long Island, the family still owns a house in the area and Vanderlip says she will always consider the Peninsula home.

So it makes sense she traveled across the country to present her first watercolor show at the very place that inspires her.

“Every time I look at something, some memory comes back or some whatever it is,” Vanderlip says. “You know, when something makes you happy and you paint it, it makes you happier. I’m not an anxiety-ridden artist, I like doing pretty pictures and it’s easy around here because everything’s beautiful.”

Vanderlip started painting at a very young age with her mother’s encouragement. She went on to attend Cornell University as a fine arts major but quickly realized she would not be able to make a living with the craft so she started a career in art restoration.

It was only when her mother and husband both passed away about three years ago that she picked up the brush and began painting for fun again.
“I suddenly realized I could paint things that I never tried to paint,” Vanderlip says. “It’s all been sort of a discovery that I’d been painting on other people’s paintings for so long. You know, when there’s a hand missing in an Old Master painting you have to figure out how to make it match the other hand in the painting, so I could paint anything I want.”

In addition to today’s public showing, she also will be hosting a showing at the Vanderlip home in Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday.

The event is more of a fundraiser – there’s limited space available and an RSVP is required – with her watercolors on sale and 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Palos Verdes Art Center.

While planning her exhibit, Vanderlip decided to put together a catalog of her work. That transformed into a more autobiographical photobook describing what it was like to grow up on the Peninsula at a time when things were very different.

“It was such a different world I thought I’d just start putting it in,” Vanderlip says. “I started looking through my scrapbooks. I started looking at a bunch of old family letters and I thought, this is just – it’s not the way it is now. It’s a completely different world.”

The self-published book, “Palos Verdes Watercolors: A Personal Album,” not only includes her watercolors but also photographs of her childhood, autobiographical commentary and a letter from Frank Vanderlip to his young son that describes his bird collection including his 24 peacocks.

The affection for peacocks wasn’t limited to her grandfather, as Vanderlip, too, has a love for the controversial birds.

“I happen to love the peacocks but I can understand completely the frustration of planting a whole bed of petunias and having somebody come eat it all, or a peacock landing on your roof and breaking your tiles and all of that,” Vanderlip says. “It’s the good and the bad of them, but I happen to love them.”

The book will be available at the Terranea exhibit and online at http://aquarelles.us.

Vanderlip says her show should be of particular interest to anyone who loves the Peninsula or has an interest in what it looked like years ago.

But, more broadly, it should appeal to those who simply want to escape into the beauty of the world.

“Just people that like looking at paintings that make them happy,” Vanderlip says. “I think that’s what it is – it’s not edgy and complicated. It’s sort of a more optimistic way of looking at the world.”

Stephanie Cary
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The gala also featured a silent auction, in which guests could bid on a number of interesting items, including a watercolor portrait of your child, home or pet (but no snakes) by artist Katrina Vanderlip. By evening’s end, more than $1.6 million had been raised for improvements to the emergency unit.
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I just attended a wonderful showing of gorgeous watercolor paintings by Katrina Vanderlip, grand-daughter of Frank Vanderlip, the ‘founding father” of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Katrina Vanderlip s watercolor exhibit captures the beauty of Palos Verdes Peninsula landmarks including Malaga Cove Plaza. The following are excerpts from an article in the Daily Breeze about the show: “Katrina Vanderlip payed homage to the picturesque childhood she experienced on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with her first watercolor show yesterday at the Terranea Resort.

Her work is inspired by local landmarks – Malaga Cove, Wayfarers Chapel, the Portuguese Bend peacocks, of course, and more.

Vanderlip is the granddaughter of the “Founding Father of Palos Verdes,” Frank Vanderlip, who bought 16,000 acres of the Peninsula in 1913 and began developing the land. After his passing, her father, Kelvin Vanderlip, continued with the land’s development.

Though she currently lives in Sagaponack, on New York’s Long Island, the family still owns a house in the area and Vanderlip says she will always consider the Peninsula home.

The event was more of a fundraiser with her watercolors on sale and 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Palos Verdes Art Center.”

Katrin’s artwork was wonderful and really captured the incredible natural beauty of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

http://www.maureenmegowan.com
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