Artist Joan Vienot debuts solo exhibit

Published: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 09:13 AM.

Local artist Joan Vienot is set to open her first solo exhibit today, a big deal for this painter, who says she has been an artist for as long as she can remember.

And as a life-long artist, Vienot has done it all. Earning a bachelor of arts degree, and teaching art at the high school level in Colorado , she has been involved in artistic endeavors her whole life.

Vienot moved to South Walton in the early 1980s to open a campground, which she did and ran it for six years. She was also the featured watercolor artist at Susan Foster's art studio in Seagrove when it was open. In 1986 Vienot opened her pool-cleaning business, something she has focused on managing ever since.

At the first of the year, however, Vienot resolved to redevelop and hone her artistic skills and to devote at least two days a week solely to art.

She began going out with the local plein air artist group that meets once a week to collectively paint en plein air at a specified locations. There they critique each other's work.

"Figurative drawing is my first love," said Vienot. "I have gotten an email every week telling me where the plein air painters were going, but I never joined until recently. But in my plan to become a full-time artist, it was time. They are supportive and constructive in their critiques."

Vienot said painting en plein air with her preferred oils requires skill in the mixing of colors, but painting outdoors lends itself better to oils and to her preferred subject matter — landscapes.

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