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Jun

22

2012

Just wanted to post an article about Plein Air Memphis that was published yesterday! So excited to get some information out there about our group so more artists can join us!

Jun

19

2012

My painting from a recent PAM paint out in Arlington, TN.


When I first started painting again as an adult a few years ago, the first workshop I took was a plein air workshop from Nashville artist, Anne Blair Brown. I had really never heard of plein air painting (or at least heard it called that) so I was intrigued. I love the outdoors and painting landscapes is my favorite subject matter, so I was immediately hooked. I was terrible at it, with all the wrong equipment and painting style at that time, but I stuck with it and now after a few years and many paintings and workshops later, I feel like it is a part of my painting life. One of the many things I love about painting outside is the opportunity to connect with other artists and make what is normally a solitary experience (in the studio) into a social one. When reading my art publications with articles about plein air groups across the country, I realized we didn't have anything like that here in the Memphis area. So, I just decided to start one myself! I asked a few friends from other areas of the country how their groups are organized and got some great advice. I created the name, a website, a blog, and two Facebook pages and we now have a growing group of plein air artists here! I have so enjoyed meeting other artists in my area and making new friendships! Each time we have had an outing, we have had new artists come who have not previously painted plein air before, which is so encouraging and exciting for me. One of my artist friends from Nashville, Kevin Menck, jokingly calls me the "Plein Air Spokes Model" because of a little video I did once, so I like to think I am spreading my love for plein air painting here in my own hometown! Since this group was formed in March, we have had several painting days on private properties in the area and also at public places. My hope is to continue introducing artists to plein air painting and also to encourage those who already enjoy it to join us when they can. I do feel it is one of the best things I can do for my own development as an artist, and I enjoy sharing these opportunities with other artists. I have included some of the photos of PAM paint outs below! You can also see the website/blog by clicking on my "Blogs" link in my website header. Also, if you do not live here and are ever planning on being in the area, please contact me and come paint with Plein Air Memphis!


Jenny Miller and Glenda Brown painting together at a PAM event.


Memphis artist Anne Enochs painting a beautiful pastel painting.


PAM member Gary Gibson enjoying his painting day at a member's farm.


Judy Nocifora painting on the Collierville town square.


Jun

16

2012

I am the first to admit when I have a problem - and I have one. I am ADDICTED to buying books about painting and art! However, I have found that I if I share what I learn about these books with you, then it makes me feel a little better about my purchases. So, I am starting a new type of blog post today, art book reviews! I am guessing you are wondering what makes me an "expert" in art books? The truth is, nothing. I just like them and as with all reviews, the things I talk about will just be my opinion. You may feel differently but I want to just let you know that on the front end. Now, on to the first review! I absolutely LOVE this book. If I could write a book on how to do landscape paintings, this would be it! It is well written, well organized, and full of great information. Next to John Carlson's classic book, this is probably the best book written out there today on this subject. Mitchell is a teacher of landscape and plein air landscape painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. And he is also an awesome guy. I have corresponded with him about his book and his work and like many artists out there, he is very giving and personable. Any of you that paint know the difficulties of painting landscapes. There are many different techniques and processes out there, but Mitchell breaks them down into three main areas, and discusses these areas in detail, providing examples both in his illustrations and with paintings from other painters out there whose work I love (Kathleen Dunphy and Tim Horn, just to name a couple). Some of the chapter titles are: Value Relationships, Simplification and Massing, Site Selection, Light and Color, and Abstracting Nature, among others. There are twelve chapters and 192 pages of wonderful information in this book. Some of it I had heard before, in one way or another, but to have it all together like this in a well organized book is invaluable to me as a painter. I don't know about you, but I often need reminding of some of these things! I also learned some things that I had not heard before in all of my workshops and reading, which also surprised me. He has a way of explaining things that just "hits the nail on the head." You can see more about Mitchell and this book at Mitchell's website. So, if you are in the market for a new art book (and who isnt???), then go now and get this one. You won't be sorry if you are at all interested in painting our beautiful landscapes!

Jun

08

2012

"Old Town Inn", 11"x14" oil on linen - ©2012 Denise Rose Fine Art I love seeing process paintings on other artists' blogs and sites, so I decided I will start sharing more of mine. I painted this inn while visiting Apalachicola, Florida during the paint out they have there each May. I loved the color of this inn and really tried to think of a different composition than what I normally choose when painting buildings. I completed about 95% of the painting while on site, only adding a few final touches back in the studio. Stained my canvas a mix of warm rose and indian yellow, both transparent colors. Beginning to sketch with thin paint. Sketch with the scene in the background. Blocking in my darks with thin paint. Painting mid values and lights, working all over the canvas and comparing values as I paint. Finished up on site. The tiny gnats were starting to close in on me, and my painting buddies and I were ready for dinner and a cold beverage!

May

26

2012

Pictured here with (left to right) Becky Joy, Eric Rhodes, Me, Dawn Whitelaw on the last day of the event. Everyone was all smiles after the fun and inspirational week!

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the First Plein Air Convention in Las Vegas in April. To summarize, it was an experience to remember for a plein air artist! To be at an event that focuses on something that is so important to my art world was just fabulous! I met so many other artists that I admired and saw demos and heard lectures that inspired me to strive for things I never thought possible in my art career. Rather than write a long, detailed recap, I have decided to share some of my favorite photos from the trip. Also, if you would like to watch, I created a slideshow video that is about 10 minutes long that shows my whole week summarized in photos set to zippy music! The link to that is Plein Air Convention Video Recap by Denise Rose. Clyde Aspevig lecture- truly a highlight of the entire convention. His lecture was one of the most inspirational moments of the entire event and a treat to everyone there. Eric Rhoads, Chairman and CEO of Streamline Publishing (left) and Steve Doherty, Editor of Plein Air Magazine - Both organizers of this event Ken Auster was fantastic doing his super large demo onstage! Scott Christensen spoke about his beginnings into an art career and did a demo from a previous plein air study Matt Smith did a demo from a previous plein air study along with a photograph of the scene. It is a common way that plein air artists use their studies back in the studio. There were even duo-demos like this one with Master artists Camille Przewodek and Ned Mueller. I met many artists who I admire who were participants in the Convention, like Marc Hanson (left) and Paul Kratter (right). It was also great to see some "old" friends at the convention too! Pictured here with Deb Groesser (left) and Becky Joy (right). It was also great to see the America's Great Paint-out organizers, Joe Taylor (left) and Natalie Shoaf (right) from Florida's Forgotten Coast! Artists were painting everywhere on the two onsite painting days around Red Rocks Canyon. There were over 500 artists in attendance! I enjoyed seeing the many different styles of painting, mediums, equipment, and just meeting everyone! I loved hanging out with my two favorite artists and teachers from Tennessee, Dawn Whitelaw (left) and Lori Putnam (right)! Next year's convention will be held in California and I plan to attend!

May

16

2012

I recently participated in my first quickdraw event at the 2012 America's Great Plein Air Paint-out on the Forgotton coast of Florida. The painting above was completed during a two hour timed painting event and I had a blast! I was so excited to be painting with so many of the artists from across the country that I admire. One of those artists, Ken Dewaard, won the first place award for this event and I enjoyed getting to meet him and watch him paint several times during this event. I also met and observed other artists whose work I love, such as Jim Richards, Harold Frontz, Richard Oversmith, Bill Farnsworth, Morgan Samuel Price, Greg Barnes, and many others. You can see the great paintings created during this event at the website, http://www.pleinairfl.com/.

I spent the entire 10 days in the area painting with other artist friends and we made many memories from our time there, along with completing lots of plein air paintings. I will be posting more about this event in upcoming posts, along with information about my trip to the first Plein Air Convention in April to Las Vegas! It has been a busy travel time for me but I have enjoyed every minute and hope to share some great information and photos with you!

Pictured here with Ken Dewaard after the Quickdraw Competition - He was the winner and painted a beautiful painting at the harbor

Apr

20

2012

I wanted to announce on my blog about a recent exhibit that I have been accepted to participate in. It will be held during the month of June in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Artists from the surrounding area were asked to submit 6 images of their work. According to the organizers, there were over 150 entries, so I feel very humbled and honored to be selected as one of the 20 artists chosen to participate this year by the panel of judges.

Artists will each be paired with a retail location in which to show 8-10 of their pieces, all available for purchase. My work will be shown at the "Life is Good" shop, which is quite appropriate for the way I feel lately! Work will also be judged and prizes will be awarded too. I will provide more details as I receive them, but the opening will be on June 1st. I hope some of you will be able to make it!

Mar

22

2012

"Coming and Going"
9"x12" oil on linen panel
©2012 Denise Rose Fine Art

I have been working on painting boats lately in preparation for a fun painting trip I have planned to the Forgotten Coast of Florida in May. I am traveling there and will be there for 10 days to paint and observe the invited artists to the 2012 Forgotten Coast Plein Air Event. I am so looking forward to seeing some of my favorite artists paint there and meeting some that I have admired their work for a long time! It will be a great experience for me and that area offers so many great and inspiring places to paint.

Above is from a reference photo from my mentor, Lori Putnam, and I felt like "Coming and Going" describes a lot about this painting and also the way I have been traveling lately!

Mar

11

2012

"Stacked and Sliced"
8"x10" oil on linen panel
©2012 Denise Rose Fine Art

This is a still life painting that I recently completed in my second workshop with artist Nancy Franke. I loved the beautiful colors of the little bowls and the gorgeous yellows of the meyer lemons in the set up. Because of this, I had a great time painting this little scene!

 I traveled to Chattanooga, TN, to take a workshop with Nancy at a relatively new art school there, ArtWorks Chattanooga, owned by the talented Lisa Seego. I love studying with Nancy because she focuses on painting in the style I love. She is also such a person of energy, that you just feel inspired the entire time you are in her presence! I also got to paint with one of my artist friends, Kathy Cousart, from Georgia, and that was fun to reconnect with her and paint together again. We first met last year during the first Nancy Franke workshop I took in Atlanta. 

Nancy does not teach often, so if you have a chance to be in one of her workshops, take it. She enjoys traveling with her husband and painting and visiting her grandchildren, so although she is an excellent and inspiring teacher, she does not spend much time doing it. You can see her work here.

This painting is available for purchase on my website.

Feb

29

2012

Just Docked
9"x12" oil on linen canvas panel

Just a quick post to share a painting I recently completed. I took the reference photo when I was in the St. Simons Island area last fall and have wanted to paint this little boat that had just docked before we arrived at this spot to paint. It ended up being too windy to paint that day, so I took down a few notes about the day in my sketch book and took a photo so I could remember what attracted me to this scene while there. I loved the colors of the marsh grasses in the foreground and background, along with the yellow color of the boat itself. Might have to do this one larger!