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Exploring Yupo: A Unique Surface for Artists

At Brenda McMahon Gallery, we are proud to showcase a diverse group of talented artists who work with unique mediums. Among them is Amanda Fullerton, an award-winning Signature Artist for the Florida Watercolor Society, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, and the North Carolina Watercolor Society. Her collection of watercolor paintings is particularly unique because of the surface she paints on - Yupo paper. Yupo paper is a unique surface that is different from the traditional painting surfaces that most artists use. Its glossy texture makes it easier to paint on and provides greater control as it does not absorb the paint. This allows artists to easily correct and adjust their artwork by wiping it with a damp cloth or paper towel. Why...

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Small Town, Big Art

I wrote previously about finding a blossoming, creative energy field in Gulfport, Florida when I decided to make it my home and base for my creative career. Traveling the country from art show to art show for over 20 years, I’d often hear artists using similar words about places they’d found – places that emit an undeniable and refreshing air of imagination and possibility. I remember feeling like Gulfport was calling me to create here and I was happy to accept the invitation, so I opened up my ceramic art studio! Our town is filled with art – from the wonderful and innovative sculptures at the entrance to town at Clymer Park, to the dozens of artists’ studios sprinkled throughout...

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