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Hotel Royal, St. Remo, 1951

Montego Market, after 1956

Nighttime in Hong Kong, 1968

Murdelle Turner, 1976













Many of history's most prolific artists have been notorious for working on vacation, and Margot Peet was no exception. Whether she was touring Europe with her husband (Hotel Royal, St. Remo), taking trips to the Far East with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's Society of Fellows, or painting at her winter cottage in Jamaica (Portrait of Murdelle Turner), she brought her paints, brushes, sketchbooks and canvases with her to record landscapes, flora, and people. During the 1960s, Margot Peet became fascinated with watercolor, a portable medium particularly suitable for making quick on-the-spot sketches. Although she considered watercolor one of the most difficult painting mediums to master, Margot Peet experimented with it seriously for over 20 years. On a Society of Fellows trip to Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, she went on painting excursions with Frederic James, an exceptionally skilled watercolorist from Kansas City, and produced Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan and Nighttime in Hong Kong. In the 1970s, she took watercolor classes with the local painter, Rod Cofran, who was her last art instructor.


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