Mother’s Day art to warm the heart

By From page B16 | May 11, 2012

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THE BEAUTIFUL colors in nature can be found in Crissten Raintree's work at the Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery. Courtesy photo

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery presents Crissten Raintree as its featured artist for the month of May.

Known for her detailed and precisely rendered hummingbird, butterflies, honeybees, flowers and fruit, Raintree specializes in realistic portrayals of nature.

She works primarily in transparent watercolor and occasionally in colored pencil, ink, graphite and fluid acrylic. It is in watercolor that the artist enjoys sharing her feelings of wonder and reverence for earth’s beauty and intricate design — depicting the harmonious weave of colors and hinting at the exquisite textures found in nature.

“The translucency of watercolor intrigues me as well as playing with gradations of color and discovering the emotions evoked by various color combinations, ” said Raintree.

A California native, Raintree began drawing as a young child, creating paper dolls and spending hours designing clothes for each one — that’s when she began working with color combinations and pattern.

She reminisced about her favorite toy as a girl.

“It was called a Magic Slate and it meant never running out of paper — mistakes disappeared with the lift of the plastic film. Of course, so did your work of art.”

These days, Raintree likes to remember a quote by Scott Adams in “The Dilbert Principle.” “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

The gallery is hosting a reception on Sunday, May 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. Meet the artist, browse the gallery and enjoy some refreshments.

The gallery is located in one of Georgetown’s historical buildings at 6295 Main St., halfway between the fire station and the American River Inn.

For more information call 530-333-2787 or check out the Website at Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

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