September is a beautiful time of year and Quadra Island is a registered location for the International Plein Air Painters Worldwide Paint Out. We set up at Rebecca Spit Provincial Park on Saturday and on Sunday we paint at the Heriot Bay Inn until 3:00 reception and exhibit. A fun weekend without many rules...just paint and have fun! www.firesignartanddesign.com for more details...or come any time!
Added by Nanci Cook on August 30, 2009 at 10:24pm —
The annual camping trip happened last week. Every year, my sister and I go camping, accompanied by various children, grandchildren, friends and occasionally a husband/boyfriend. But mostly it's just us girls. And always it involves some kind of water to play in. This year we went to Scotts Flat Lake Campground in California. Hot, lots of trees and wildlife. Besides the usual birds and grey squirrels and ground squirrels, we saw deer and ducks and… Continue
Added by Waterbaby Christine on August 30, 2009 at 3:10pm —
This week's blog post
is a continuation of the Form Principle which I introduced for you last week. This article
lays the groundwork for how the Five Types of Light
pertain to landscape painting. This week I also found away to work AHHrnold, the… Continue
Added by Robert J. Simone on August 29, 2009 at 10:23am —
June O. Underwood
June Underwood, from Portland Oregon, paints "scapes" -- land, city, town, and hamlet-scapes. Her mantra in her painting is "Be here now" --meaning that her goal is to paint what she sees and what resonates from the scene in front of her. Her city/town/hamlet-scapes tend to be "wacky" ie. unconventional. They come from the interaction of the scene and her own comprehension of the scene. She… Continue
Added by June O. Underwood on August 27, 2009 at 11:30pm —
Owning a One of a Kind
Lately, I've been reading a lot about the twin subjects of pricing artwork (a subject for artists) and reasons to buy artwork. Pricing paintings is a task for the artist and for the art gallery. Understanding why it's worth it to invest in a piece of original art is important for everyone.
If you love it, buy it!
In our utilitarian culture, it's imperative to remember the long term value of owning something that feeds your soul, brings you… Continue
Added by Jan Blencowe on August 24, 2009 at 9:09am —
Just back from NYC Bowery Gallery opening in Chelsea. My painting OPEN SPACE was included in their National Juried Show. I expected a few souls at the mid summer opening. However, six or seven hundred people walked through during the 3 hour opening. Met lots of great artists and some old friends.
Ron Weaver, from Wisconson, who is a founding member of Mid-West Painters among them.
> OPEN SPACE was very well received.
It was… Continue
Added by Dennis Aufiery on August 23, 2009 at 12:24pm —
This weeks blog article
features a couple of still life paintings. Before you dismiss the relevance of still life because you are a landscape painter and this is a plein air social network consider this:
Noted author Foster Caddell
, in his book Keys to Successful Color-A Guide for Lanscape Painters in Oil
, said that still life painting… Continue
Added by Robert J. Simone on August 22, 2009 at 11:15am —
I have a two person show in Sacramento California up right now, and since most or all of you do not live in Sacramento, I thought I would post a portfolio of the show so you could see it. I just received an email from Donald that said I can't post studio work, so I will delete the portfolio and move the ones in the show that were done plein air to my plein air portfolio. Sorry about that, my mistake. If you want to see the show you can find it on my website www.sandydelehanty.com, it is called… Continue
Added by Sandy Delehanty on August 19, 2009 at 11:25pm —
I took a short road trip to Hatfield & Whatley, MA; small towns in the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts. Thunder storms rushing in from the Berkshires shortened my painting and sketching time. A field and tobacco barn in Whatley before the rain hit.…
Added by Mary Byrom on August 19, 2009 at 6:47pm —
Erie County Fair held a plein air painting competition - hottest day of the summer, compounded by heat radiating from the blacktop & all the generators running for rides, food, hawkers & tents. Couldn't ask for a better PA day!
Must have hiked six miles with my art cart - to sign in, to painting spot - to car for framing - to turn in, then back to car-with a third prize. Yep, good day.…
Added by Kath Schifano on August 17, 2009 at 10:35am —
This week's article
features learning points from another, lesser known, Hudson River School Artist...Thomas Worthington Whittredge. Worthington also posed for a famous painting of an American statesman. Can you guess who?
the pic of Whittredge in his studio came from… Continue
Added by Robert J. Simone on August 17, 2009 at 8:16am —
For me, painting is a pilgrimage - a journey into the mystery of creation and, through that sacred path, ultimately a journey into the deepest reaches of my soul. If in my painting I am successful in reaching my goal, then I see it as a bridge into you.
Whether I am painting in the breathtaking Hudson Valley, near Tuscan castles, or on a sun-drenched beach in Maui, my paintings capture the underlying brilliance - the spiritual energy - that underlies all of nature. At this point of… Continue
Added by Linda Richichi on August 16, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I have never been to the Northwest and am so excited to be visiting these two states. I won't have but from Wed. - Sunday in the Portland area of Oregon. Then on Monday we leave to visit a friend in Bellingham, Washington for the following week. I know we are planning some time on a boat when we get to Bellingham -- visiting a few islands, and also a trip to Victoria one day.
If you have any ideas for a "must see" or places to paint, please let me know. I will post pictures when I… Continue
Added by Marsha Hamby Savage on August 15, 2009 at 8:38pm —
9x12 Arches Watercolor block... didn't leave myself anywhere to sign it... eek... I think it turned out really well... the orange is much richer in person than on the… Continue
Added by Capt Elaine on August 13, 2009 at 7:53pm —
After photographing the dressage show at the Cottonwood Arena in Bozeman, MT, I had a whole day to myself to do some painting. Because I had to carry my full complement of professional photo equipment on this trip, I decided to pack lightly in the painting department, and so off I went with my compact watercolor kit.
Horses were turned out in green fields -- it's been a wet summer in Montana, and the grass hasn't yet gone brown. It was a pleasure to just sit under a tree and watch… Continue
Added by Terri Miller on August 11, 2009 at 4:39pm —
Well this one turned out ok, I was able to correct some things that I didn't like in the second version (like people thinking the ocean was distant mountains...eek) but I don't think this palmetto tree has the punch that one did...I also think the landscape version… Continue
Added by Capt Elaine on August 10, 2009 at 6:30am —
9x12 140lbs Cold pressed Arches watercolor block. I like this one, so much so I can't decide whether to do it again or not... I'm thinking I might turn it to a portrait format, and try to do the sky totally wet in wet instead of trying to glaze it in… Continue
Added by Capt Elaine on August 7, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Last week I posted an article suggesting that you revitalize an otherwise dull painting by adding a shot of "red" somewhere near the middle, a la George Bellows. This week's post about "Obtaining Brilliant Color
" takes the idea one step further. In the article
I introduce a Hudson River School Artist you… Continue
Added by Robert J. Simone on August 6, 2009 at 10:16am —
9x12 Strathmore 140 cold press Watercolor spiral pad...I'm not particularly happy with this one... it was the 'test' work before the 'real' work... I'm not that pleased with the sky on the 'real' one yet either... so I may end up doing this three times. I did watch a… Continue
Added by Capt Elaine on August 4, 2009 at 8:28pm —
Added by Bob Herbert on August 2, 2009 at 10:00pm —