There’s a reason we put a big yellow sun on the sign outside Waxlander Gallery & Sculpture Garden. That cheerful egg yolk appears in many of our founder Phyllis Kapp‘s watercolor landscapes. The sun is a symbol of our bright beginnings, and represents the glow that Phyllis’ work casts on all of the wonderful art that has populated our gallery since she opened her Canyon Road studio in 1984.
That’s why we’re always excited when a new batch of work from the octogenarian art maven comes into the gallery. Phyllis’ vivid colors and whimsical titles add fresh warmth to our gallery’s walls. Here are some of our favorite watercolors from her latest series:
“Filled With Joy” ~ The delicate tones of this sunrise give us great expectations for the day ahead. Phyllis expertly uses negative space to suggest the form of the sun, who rubs the clouds from her eyes as she awakens.
“Heavens Marriage” ~ Dramatic red cliffs caress a rosy sky in this love story between land and heavens. We particularly love the gestural lines of the desert flora, which look as though they’re floating underwater.
“Meant to Be”~ Three ribbons of bright primary color give this painting stunning dimension that’s enhanced by the loose diagonal of the departing birds. The glowing tree reminds us of the golden apple tree in the tale of Hercules.
“Floating” ~ A setting sun casts its last rays into a valley, illuminating yellow blades of grass in the foreground. Dusky greens, blues and purples encircle the brighter hues and make them glow.
“The Moon and You” ~ Phyllis’ egg yolks become silver dollars in her night scenes, but the bright colors of the day never completely dissipate. The hills still radiate the warmth of the sun, contrasting with a night sky that’s studded with icy diamond stars.
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