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Jan

20

2014

Ken Day 3 A

The last two days of Ken’s workshop were as fabulous as the first two, despite the fact that the weather did not cooperate with us! Day three began with rain and so we did a short talk/demo with Ken in my studio before heading out when the skies cleared some to the Collierville, Tennessee town square for a day of painting. This is a favorite place to paint in the area because of the various subjects one can choose from right in the immediate area. Again, Ken went out of his way to make sure that every artist received individual attention during the day of painting.

The skies opened up again the last day so we moved the workshop inside and everyone worked from photos. When you paint outside, you have to be flexible when the weather changes! Despite the changes, the workshop ended on a great note and everyone wants Ken to come back for a future workshop! I personally enjoyed having Ken and his infectious passion about art and painting and of course, would love to host another workshop with him in the future! Below is a group photo of the workshop participants!

Ken Day 3 B

Aug

14

2013

Ken9 The second day of the Ken DeWaard workshop in the Memphis area was spent at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. What a great place for plein air painting! I love going there myself and do so often to paint and just enjoy the beautiful gardens. Ken chose a spot in the rose garden area. Because of the view he wanted to paint and also because of his extreme height, he had to kneel (ouch!) in order to get the angle on the view that he wanted. Height, another hazard of plein air painting for some! For the morning, we enjoyed yet another great demo from him, all while explaining his methods and decision making process while painting. I always find this helpful to "hear" what an artist is thinking when painting, especially in plein air settings. There are so many distractions and so much information out there, and it is good to hear what kinds of questions an artist asks themselves when making these decisions under the time and changing light pressure you have when painting outdoors. Ken was excellent at doing this and I found it very helpful when watching him paint. See photos below for more of the demo that day. [caption id="attachment_1285" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Sketching in his basic composition lines with vine charcoal. Sketching in his basic composition lines with vine charcoal.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1286" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Putting in first color notes of the painting. Putting in first color notes of the painting.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1287" align="aligncenter" width="585"]A shot of Ken's palette while in use. A shot of Ken's palette while in use.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1288" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Ken works all over the painting, checking color notes and values against each other as he works. Ken works all over the painting, checking color notes and values against each other as he works. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1289" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Demo at the close of the morning. Ken would later tweak the painting some but said at this point, he had enough information to do so later in his studio. Demo at the close of the morning. Ken would later tweak the painting some but said at this point, he had enough information to do so later in his studio. I think too many painters who paint outdoors try to get the "perfect" painting. I am a firm believer that using time painting outdoors as the learning experience that it is makes for a more productive experience than trying to come out with a finished work of art. This is not to say that plein air paintings don't make great art for your walls. MOST of the art I have purchased from other artists that graces the walls of my studio and my home was painted outdoors. But, I do think that the pressure that some artists put on themselves to create a perfect painting each time they are outdoors painting makes some miss the learning opportunity they have when painting from life. One of the best pieces of advice I have ever heard about plein air painting was from artist Scott Christensen during a workshop I took with him. Scott says that the power of observation and the things you can learn from just observing life should be one of the things an artist who works outdoors strives for. I believe that Ken has developed this skill of observation and understands this idea of using painting from life as a learning and growing experience.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1290" align="aligncenter" width="585"]After a lunch break, we all set up in various areas around the gardens and painted while Ken came around to help each artist. I really also enjoyed my time with him at my easel. He is able to help you understand and figure out what you need to do to a painting and in the most instructional way. His advice on design of a painting is some of the best I have ever had in a workshop at my easel. After a lunch break, we all set up in various areas around the gardens and painted while Ken came around to help each artist. I really also enjoyed my time with him at my easel. He is able to help you understand and figure out what you need to do to a painting and in the most instructional way. His advice on design of a painting is some of the best I have ever had in a workshop at my easel. [/caption] Stay tuned for part three of this workshop review! I will combine days 3 and 4 into the next post!

Jun

04

2013

[caption id="attachment_1217" align="aligncenter" width="585"]View of Apalachicola, FL, from the bridge View of Apalachicola, FL, from the bridge[/caption] This was my second year to attend this wonderful paint out in the Forgotten Coast area of Florida. Many of my artist friends do not take advantage of opportunities like going to a plein air event as an observer. This is an invitational event - meaning to those artists out there as one which you have to be invited to by the organizers in order to participate. Me and my friends jokingly call ourselves the "un-invited" artists (although I am fervently trying to come up with a better term for us...artist stalkers, art groupies...somehow none of those terms have the positive connotation we would like!). But the benefits of attending one of these events as an observer AND an artist is unbelievable and more of you artists out there should do it! First, we get to watch demos by some artists that we may or may not be familiar with their work. There are planned demos during this event and also those unexpected ones (driving down the road and just seeing an artist painting, pulling over, and really having a great time watching them paint!). And, let me also point out here, these are FREE opportunities. As a seasoned workshop attendee (okay, you should probably call me "obsessed workshop attendee"!) this is a bonus since usually seeing an artist of the calibur they have at this event demo at a workshop cost $$$s). Also, there are parties and evening events that you can go to with drinks and food (most for no cost, some for minimal cost) and mingle and meet and chat with the artists and locals from the area. And did I mention the fabulous places you get to paint yourself? My friends and I always rent a house together, get up daily and paint and also watch the participating artists paint, and enjoy ourselves eating great seafood while in the area! You can't beat that for an art trip! The following photos will hopefully show you some of my reasons for encouraging my art friends to go to some plein air events as an "uninvited" artist so that you can develop your own plein air skills, meet some other artists, and also HAVE FUN! These two trips have enriched my life in many ways and led to some great friendships and continued others that I will always cherish. [caption id="attachment_1212" align="aligncenter" width="585"]My Quick Draw painting. I painted alongside "invited" artists Greg LaRock, Hodges Soileau, and Luke Buck. And when I say "alongside" I mean right by them - under one of those little picnic table shelters since it was raining cats and dogs during the two hour event! My Quick Draw painting. I painted alongside participating artists Greg LaRock, Hodges Soileau, and Luke Buck. And when I say "alongside" I mean right by them - under one of those little picnic table shelters since it was raining cats and dogs during the two hour event![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1208" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Friend Ken DeWaard received an award for his Quick Draw painting of another artist painting! Friend Ken DeWaard received an award for his Quick Draw painting of another artist painting![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1234" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Some of the artists letting off steam after the rainy Quick Draw event dancing to the music! Did I say we have fun at these things? Some of the artists letting off steam after the rainy Quick Draw event dancing to the music! Did I say we have fun at these things?[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1227" align="aligncenter" width="585"]These two, Joe Taylor and Natalie Shoaf, along with many volunteers, make this event a special one for all artists and art patrons. Plus, they are just fun people to be around and always make my trip there very special! These two, Joe Taylor and Natalie Shoaf, along with many volunteers, make this event a special one for all artists and art patrons. Plus, they are just fun people to be around and always make my trip there very special![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1220" align="aligncenter" width="585"]People gather on the St. George Island beach to watch artist Nancy Mertz create one of her fabulous pastel paintings of the lighthouse there. People gather on the St. George Island beach to watch artist Nancy Mertz create one of her fabulous pastel paintings of the lighthouse there.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1222" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Artist Greg LaRock and his demo along the streets of Port St. Joe. Artist Greg LaRock and his demo along the streets of Port St. Joe.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1223" align="aligncenter" width="585"]We got up before dawn one morning to catch the sunrise at Eastpoint. Really amazing place to watch this and we enjoyed painting this fabulous site together! We got up before dawn one morning to catch the sunrise at Eastpoint. Really amazing place to watch this and we enjoyed painting this fabulous site together![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1215" align="aligncenter" width="585"]One of my many paintings from my time there. I painted this on a beautiful afternoon along the dock at Apalach. Not quite finished here but really enjoyed my quiet time painting in this spot. One of my many paintings from my time there. I painted this on a beautiful afternoon along the dock at Apalach. Not quite finished here but really enjoyed my quiet time painting in this spot. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1219" align="aligncenter" width="585"]I know I mentioned the delicious seafood you can eat in this area - all fresh off the boats! Here we are dining at The Owl Cafe with other Memphis area friends who came to the event! Fun times! I know I mentioned the delicious seafood you can eat in this area - all fresh off the boats! Here we are dining at The Owl Cafe with other Memphis area friends who came to the event! Fun times![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1216" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Demo by artist Jim Richards at the marina in Mexico Beach. Demo by artist Jim Richards at the marina in Mexico Beach. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1213" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Nocturne painting by artist Katie Dobson Cundiff. This nocturne event had drinks and food for those attending to enjoy while watching the artists paint! Nocturne painting by artist Katie Dobson Cundiff. This nocturne event had drinks and food for those attending to enjoy while watching the artists paint! [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1214" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Another one of my paintings during the event. There are TONS of cute little cottages and homes in the area and all just are screaming to be painted! Another one of my paintings during the event. There are TONS of cute little cottages and homes in the area and all just are screaming to be painted![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1226" align="aligncenter" width="585"]We passed this sign each day on St. George Island, so I just had to stop once and take a photo! We passed this sign each day on St. George Island, so I just had to stop once and take a photo![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1209" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Artist Ken DeWaard painting the old theater in Port St. Joe. Yes, you are noticing a theme here - he is one of my favorite artists at the event and I love watching him paint! Artist Ken DeWaard painting the old theater in Port St. Joe. Yes, you are noticing a theme here - he is one of my favorite artists at the event and I love watching him paint![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1224" align="aligncenter" width="585"]Another one of my favorite things at the event - hanging out with the other Tennessee artists! Pictured here (left to right) Betty Wentworth, Dawn Whitelaw, Me, Lori Putnam, and Judy Nocifora. We are enjoying our time at the Friday night Cocktail Party with music, food, drink, and friends! Another one of my favorite things at the event - hanging out with the other Tennessee artists! Pictured here (left to right) Betty Wentworth, Dawn Whitelaw, Me, Lori Putnam, and Judy Nocifora. We are enjoying our time at the Friday night Cocktail Party with music, food, drink, and friends![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1210" align="aligncenter" width="585"]My last painting of the 10 day event was painted on a cloudy day at the state park on St. George Island. My last painting of the 10 day event was painted on a cloudy day at the state park on St. George Island. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1218" align="aligncenter" width="585"]One of the three paintings I purchased at the event by artist Greg LaRock. So happy to finally meet him in person and watch him paint. Going home with a painting of his was a real treat for me! One of the three paintings I purchased at the event by artist Greg LaRock. So happy to finally meet him in person and watch him paint. Going home with a painting of his was a real treat for me![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1221" align="aligncenter" width="585"]I also fell in love with Tracy Frugoli's painting from the Quick Draw and added it to my collection of art! The colors and brush strokes are just amazing in this painting! Plus, Tracy is an awesome and friendly artist and always makes me smile when watching her paint. Not a great photo but I also fell in love with Tracy Frugoli's painting from the Quick Draw and added it to my collection of art! The colors and brush strokes are just amazing in this painting! Plus, Tracy is an awesome and friendly artist and always makes me smile when watching her paint.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1211" align="aligncenter" width="585"]And of course, I have a hard time passing up the opportunity to add one of Ken's paintings to my walls! And of course, I have a hard time passing up the opportunity to add one of Ken's paintings to my walls! [/caption] So, have I convinced you yet that you need to go to this event? I would be happy to answer any questions about it so just shoot me an email. And no, I don't work for the Florida Department of Tourism, but do like to share things with my fellow artists that I think they would enjoy and benefit from. I can't speak for other events like this, but I would recommend checking any out that come to your area, even if you are not a participating artist. The benefits gained from attending one are many and I am sure you would have fun too, just like we do at this one!

Apr

27

2013

[caption id="attachment_1182" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Artist Joe Paquet not only presented the opening address at the convention, which challenged us as artists to find our own voice in the art world, but he stopped to offer advice to me (and others) while we were out painting on Sunday along the wharf. Just another reason I love this convention experience![/caption][caption id="attachment_1123" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Me and my friend Cynthia Morris during one of the breaks at the main stage.[/caption] People often ask me the reasons I do things as an artist. This convention, because it is new and ground breaking in the world of plein air painting, is one of the things that people are curious about. Critics say "how can it be plein air if you are inside watching people paint all the time?" Well, for one thing, we are not inside all the time. We spent two days outside painting and you could either set up and paint alongside your favorite artists or you could wander around (like I do) and watch and photograph and more importantly, learn from these professionals. They are all more than willing to answer questions or help out if you need help, and I experienced that multiple times during my two conventions. The egos (if there are any) are checked at the door and there is no way to really tell (unless you know) who is an artist who gets thousands for their paintings or an artist who is just starting out. You can literally stand in the hallway and chat about art and painting with the artists on the faculty as well as those convention attendees from all over the world. It is the common thread of passion that holds this group together and makes it the fabulous experience it is for everyone. Another aspect that some people miss about plein air painting is that the demos inside help the convention attendees to "get inside the head" of the artist as they share their processes and painting habits with the crowd. Many plein air artists use their paintings done on location as "notes" or "sketches" to use in the studio for a larger painting as reference, much like a student uses notes in class to write a paper later. This indoor time is an invaluable part of the convention and combined with the outdoor time, makes this an excellent learning and sharing environment for everyone there. Now for more photos! I LOVE seeing old friends and past workshop instructors at this event. Below are just some of the artists that I made sure to chat with while there. [caption id="attachment_1156" align="aligncenter" width="540"] It is always fun to see some of my previous workshop instructors at the convention, especially those like Scott who have made such a big impact on my painting journey thus far! [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1121" align="aligncenter" width="540"] I love talking with Camille Przewodek at this event. She always has words of wisdom for me and I enjoy her positive attitude and advice toward my growth as an artist. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1122" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Paul Kratter is one of the artists I contacted early on in my quest to paint again as an adult. He has been an inspiration for years now for me and it is a highlight of my trip to see him at this event![/caption] The days painting outside were just spectacular at this convention! The weather was perfect both days and everyone was excited to get out and paint! Below are some of my photos that I took that will tell you more about how 750 people can paint together on location and what a thrill it is to experience this as an aritst! [caption id="attachment_1174" align="aligncenter" width="540"] I really enjoyed watching artist and friend, Gene Costanza, paint along the beach on Saturday. He is one of my favorite artists and to be able to watch him paint was one of the highlights of my trip![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1171" align="aligncenter" width="539"] John Crump masterfully painting the water at the wharf paint out. I love watching this guy paint! [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1170" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Artist John Cosby painting along the wharf the last paint out day. He also explained what he was doing and answered questions as he painted. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1168" align="aligncenter" width="539"] One of my favorite artists at the convention, Paul Kratter. I have followed Paul's work for years and he has been one of those people who inspires me in so many ways. Plus, he is just a nice guy all around too![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1167" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Ned Mueller stopped to help a convention attendee put people in her landscape. Again, the impromptu teaching that went on here is one of the coolest things you will ever see and experience. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1166" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Kathleen Dunphy painted on the beach and spent the entire time instructing those who stopped to watch by explaining her process and what she was thinking as she was painting. This is one of the things I love about this convention - not only do you get the "planned" instruction on stage and in the demos, but the impromptu instruction by the faculty and other artists there is invaluable and priceless.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1165" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Scott Christensen painted along the road next to the beach in his "back of the car setup" as I like to call it. It was really cool to watch this painting develop during the afternoon on the beach.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1164" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Artists everywhere you look along the beach painting![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1162" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Lori Putnam and two other convention artists paint alongside each other at the beach.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1161" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Bryan Mark Taylor beginning his first painting of the day along the path on the first paint out day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1160" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Ken Auster painting along the path at the beach.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1151" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Shelby Keefe painting along the wharf.[/caption] And, just so you don't think I spent ALL my time talking and taking photos at the convention, I am including a couple of my plein air sketches done in sunny California! I learned a lot by painting in their beautiful light and as many of you know, I love the struggle of painting water and learn more about it each time I do it! [caption id="attachment_1153" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Marina painting of mine painted the last day of the convention when the group painted together there.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1154" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Detail shot of one of my wharf area paintings completed the day the group painted there together. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1155" align="aligncenter" width="540"] One of my plein air paintings that I did at the wharf the day we were all out painting together there. [/caption] And last, but not least, a few photos of the gorgeous scenery we experienced along the way during the convention. If you have not visited this area, put it on your list of to-dos for the future! You won't be sorry! I hope you have enjoyed my review of the Second Annual Plein Air Convention! I would be happy to answer any questions you have about this event if you are considering attending in the future. At this time of this blog post, next year's details have not been announced but should be soon!

Apr

26

2013

[caption id="attachment_1109" align="aligncenter" width="540"] My first painting upon my arrival in Monterey, CA [/caption] I was blessed again to be able to attend the 2nd Annual Plein Air Convention, which was held this year in beautiful Monterey, California. I arrived a couple of days before the convention began so I could paint some on my own and just enjoy the sunshine after a long winter back home. I have many aritst friends ask about the convention and in order to give them a sense of what goes on at one of these, I am going to do a few blog posts with photos and some brief descriptions about the fun and information you can have when you are at one of these great events! Because there was so much going on and so many fine artists in attendance and on stage sharing their knowledge with the attendees, it would be difficult to cover it all. But I hope you get a sense of what a valuable experience this event is from my posts and photos here. The convention is a combination of indoor demos and lectures by artists from all over the country and world. We also were treated once again to a Marketing Boot Camp presented by Eric Rhoads and other professionals out there who gave us advice and information about the business side of art. This began at 6:30 am each morning! Of course, coffee and breakfast was available to keep us nourished and awake at this early hour! [caption id="attachment_1131" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Artists and marketing specialists, Ed Terpening and Leslie Saeta join Eric Rhoads in presenting valuable business information to the attendees during the Boot Camp presentation one morning[/caption] Much of the indoor time at the convention was spent watching fabulous demos by a wide variety of artists. The staff did a great job of mixing artists who were part of the faculty at the last convention with some new artists that had not been a part of the instruction before. Some artists painted on stage alone, while others were paired with another artist and you could watch and listen to both at the same time. Super LARGE screens were used to show the artists working up close and personal, but the room is set up to give good views from anywhere you sit. I will share some of my favorite shots from these demos below. [caption id="attachment_1125" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Artist Scott Christensen talking about his painting process and some painting words of wisdom before he begins his demo.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1127" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Scott Christensen during his demo onstage of an enlarged scene from a previously completed plein air sketch.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1118" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Artists Lori Putnam and CW Mundy doing a demo together on stage.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1119" align="aligncenter" width="540"] A little "comic relief" during the demo when Lori helped clean up a little paint mishap on CW's head![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1120" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Lori Putnam working on her on stage demo from a plein air sketch completed the day before on the Pacific Coast.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1124" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Peggi Kroll-Roberts did some sketches while talking about her process from a live model on stage.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1114" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Crowd favorite, Ken Auster, completed the largest demo of the convention. He went from this blank canvas...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1115" align="aligncenter" width="540"] ...to this beautiful painting in a little less than an hour and fifteen minutes![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1117" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Another shot of Ken's painting on display in the Expo area. Each demo was placed after the artist completed them on stage in the Expo area so you could see them up close and personal. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1111" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Artists Jill Carver and Ray Roberts on stage together. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1112" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Jill Carver's almost completed demo along with her palette. It is always interesting to me to see an artist's palette along with a painting. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1108" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Artists Dawn Whitelaw and Skip Whitcomb paint on stage together.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1106" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Artist Brian Blood with his finished demo and reference.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1144" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Another favorite duo from last year's convention, Camille Przewodek and Ned Mueller, demo together on stage this year. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1113" align="aligncenter" width="540"] New Zealand artist, John Crump, was a joy to watch demo his fabulous ocean side scene on the Expo stage. [/caption] These are just a few of the wonderful demos presented at the convention. Other artists that painted on stage included Michael Godfrey, Kathryn Stats, Gil Delinger, Don Demers, and Morgan Samuel Price. There was also an additional stage set up in the Expo area where demos were going on at the same time as the ones on the large stage. This made it difficult sometimes to choose which you wanted to watch, but gave convention attendees the choice to watch someone that may match their particular interests more closely. Some of these artists that I watched on this stage included Kathleen Dunphy, John Crump, and Shelby Keefe. More convention reviews and photos to come tomorrow!

Feb

06

2013

[caption id="attachment_1091" align="aligncenter" width="540"] One of my paintings from the workshop and the reference. [/caption] If someone would have told me a couple of years ago that I would get to study with both Quang Ho and Scott Christensen in one year, I would have told them they were crazy! However, I was fortunate to take a workshop with Quang in Nashville this past fall. Organized by my mentor, the fabulous Lori Putnam, it was an experience I will never forget for several reasons. First and foremost, Quang Ho is a Master. He is not only a Master painter, but in my opinion (and I am VERY picky about teaching because of my teaching background), he is a Master teacher. He is not only encouraging to everyone, no matter what their current level of painting is, but he is so sharing and giving of what he has learned and is learning about art and painting and even life in general. His excitement during the entire workshop was so endearing and you really just wanted to put him in your pocket and take him home with you by the end of the workshop (someone said this and I just had to repeat it)! Lots of teachers are nice, so the word nice is such a cliche word for me to use to describe him, but he is just so darn NICE! There. I said it anyway. He is nice and puts you at ease when talking, visiting, and painting with him. But let me talk about the workshop. One of the other reasons I really enjoyed this workshop was because it had some of my favorite painters in the workshop along with me! Some of my friends and teachers that I have had for workshops before were learning to stretch themselves and try new things in Quang's workshop. A little intimidating at first, maybe, but so fun to see so many good painters and paint along with them. Quang's focus on this workshop was plein air painting, and the weather was just perfect for us in the Nashville area. We painted at some great locations around Nashville and really enjoyed true fall weather in the South. Quang spent time doing demos to illustrate ways that we as artists need to learn to say "what if?" What if I try this, or what if I try that? As artists, Quang encouraged us to have "no fear, no ego" when it comes to painting. I need to paint that on my forehead or at least on my painting palette so I can see it when I get stuck on something or am afraid of "messing up" a painting. It was freeing to have him encourage us to try things and I really came out of that workshop with a new outlook on things. I have included some of my favorite pictures from the workshop along with this post for your viewing pleasure. [caption id="attachment_1086" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Love seeing other artists' palettes! [/caption] If you are not familiar with him, I would encourage you to get his "Nuts and Bolts" DVD. It is well worth it and he talks about some approaches to paintings that are an invaluable part of my painting process today. As I have said before about other teachers, if you ever get the chance to study with him, take it! You won't be sorry! [caption id="attachment_1090" align="aligncenter" width="540"] I always get a photo with my teacher! Just for memories![/caption]

Jan

24

2013

As all of you that read my blog know, I love taking painting workshops from artists whose work I admire. Ken DeWaard is one of those modern day artists who I have always wanted to study with. I am currently organizing a plein air workshop for Ken in the Memphis, TN area May 29-June 1, 2013. If you are not familiar with Ken's work, take a moment to view his website. The workshop will focus on design and composition in the plein air landscape. Please contact me at droseball@gmail.com if you would like me to send you a registration form. Spaces are limited so that students can get individual attention from Ken during painting times. The cost for the 4 day workshop is $425. Ask any questions you may have!

Dec

28

2012

I was fortunate to attend the 2012 American Impressionist Show and Symposium in Indianapolis, IN this year in November. I traveled there with my good friends and fellow artists, Tiffany Foss and Dot Courson. We had such a fabulous time looking at the wonderful entries that were accepted into the show and meeting many artists there. It is an amazing art community "out there" and as I always say when I return from an event like this, meeting other artists, no matter if they are "famous" or not, is always one of the highlights of my trips. [caption id="attachment_1044" align="aligncenter" width="585"] Artists Zhiwei Tu (second from left), Kevin Macpherson (third from left) and Calvin Liang (right)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1045" align="aligncenter" width="585"] Artist Howard Friedland with his award winning painting, one of my favorites in the show[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1046" align="aligncenter" width="585"] Artist Jim Richards with his award winning painting[/caption] The show was judged by the one an only, Kevin Macpherson. He is not only a great and inspiring artist, but a FUNNY guy! I loved meeting him and watching him paint and listening to him banter with CW Mundy during the symposium. It really makes these guys seem so "normal" - well, as normal as we artists are anyway! They symposium was a 3 day mix of lectures, demos, and discussions about the things we impressionist artists love most. As you can see from the photos I included here, I was sitting so close to these things I could reach out and touch the artists (I refrained, however)! It was a well designed and perfectly planned event by show chair, Dawn Whitelaw and symposium chair, Paula Fritzbe. Both Dawn and Paula had help from lots of artists and it was truly a memorable event for me. [caption id="attachment_1048" align="aligncenter" width="585"] Master artist Quang Ho doing one of his three demo paintings at the Symposium[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1047" align="aligncenter" width="585"] Artists CW Mundy, Carolyn Anderson, Clayton Beck, Kevin Macpherson, and Kenn Backhaus and the panel discussion, which was not only informative but entertaining as well![/caption] Some of my favorite parts of the week were hanging with other artist friends and getting to know some better (Anne and Jim); Watching demos on stage of some of my favorite artists (Quang Ho, Kevin Macpherson, and Calvin Liang); Meeting some of the award winning artists and talking art with them at the show; and just being there among all the talent. It was great to attend such an inspiring show, but to have the symposium to participate in made it even more special. If you ever have a chance to participate in something like this, do your best to get there! You won't be sorry! [caption id="attachment_1049" align="aligncenter" width="585"] Master artist Calvin Liang and his demo of a sailboat, which was fabulous![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1050" align="aligncenter" width="585"] A special moment of the symposium - Duo demo by CW Mundy and Kevin Macpherson along with an impromptu reading of some inspiring art quotes by artist Carolyn Anderson[/caption]

Nov

03

2012

I was so excited to return to Big Cedar Lodge this year with my painting buddy, Cynthia Morris, from Arkansas. My family has vacationed there over the years and it is such a fabulous place to visit and also to paint, now that I am a plein air artist! This was their third year to host the paint out, and there were over 100 artists participating! I was happy to have been juried into the group of "guest artists" there. The talent was unbeliveable, among the guest artists and the participating artists also! The event was top notch - we were treated very well and everything was so organized and well thought out. My friend, Jeanie Morris (not related to Cynthia, but good friends also!) started the paint out there because she is an artist also and loves art and promoting art. I have "known" her for awhile online, but finally got to meet her in person, which was great also! All of my blog readers know by now that one of the reasons I travel and paint and go to art events is to meet new people. It really is one of the best parts of this whole art journey I am on. My life has been enriched and blessed by the people I have met and will continue to meet and for that I am thankful. Anyway, back to the paint out!! It was a 3 day event, with 2.5 days of painting. The first day I was wearing a short sleeved shirt and it was sunny and 73 degrees outside. A front came through and it was below freezing the next two days!!! But fun anyway! We all stuck it out and painted our little hearts out! On Saturday evening, their beautiful convention center was turned into a huge art gallery, with all the artists displaying their week's art for sale. Lots of visitors came and bought paintings and chatted with the artists too. It was fabulous! I sold the painting above to a collector from Springfield, Missouri and was excited about that too! Me and John with my two new purchases! Another big thing for me was meeting some artists who I have been wanting to meet. A special one is John Lasater. If you are not familiar with his work yet, you will be. He is a fabulous person and a really nice guy. Since I am a plein air event novice, I got up on Saturday morning to frame my paintings for the judging and the event that evening. Although I brought everything in my studio (haha!) from Memphis in the back of my car, I quickly realized I forgot to bring the point pusher tool to actually put my paintings in the frames I brought! The paintings had to be turned in for judging by noon, so I went in search of a friendly artist with the tool I needed! I found John in the convention center setting up for a demo he was doing that morning. He kindly loaned me his point pusher and I was able to frame my paintings. Also, I didn't realize (still being a novice!) that I wasn't supposed to sign my paintings submitted for judging. Again, John rescued me and let me use his paint and palette to paint over my signatures on my paintings. Then, during his demo, he was so giving and answered all the questions from the aritsts there, all while creating a beautiful painting of the grounds there out the picture window we were all sitting by. It was again very cold outside and it was so fun to sit there and watch him paint and answer all of our questions! I love his work, and ended up buying two of his paintings (see below) that evening that he painted that week. Check out his website John Porter Lasater when you get a chance! You will be hearing more about him in the future, I promise! My painting table in the event on Saturday evening I also met and bought a painting from artist Jason Sacran. I love his work also, and he, like John, is an awesome guy too! He is an ole Tennessee boy, and we enjoyed talking together about art and Tennessee. He has primarily been working in portraits, but has recently fell in love with plein air painting, so expect to see more of him in the future too. He won an award that evening too and again, what an accomplishment that is with over 100 artists there. I failed to get a photo with him but below is a photo of the beautiful painting I purchased from him. See his wonderful work here. After the judging, I forgot that I had covered up all of my signatures of my paintings and had to sign the one I sold before the collector took it home. Again, being the event novice that I am, I didn't have anything with me to sign it! My new hero, John, volunteered his stuff again for me to use, but my buddy Cynthia came up with this fork that you see me using to scratch my signature back into the wet paint! We artists can sure be creative when we need to be! If you would like to read more about this exciting plein air event and the specific awards given out that night, please see this link You can also see more of my paintings from there on my website, under "Landscapes." Thanks for reading!

Oct

05

2012

I was happy to participate in the College Park, Georgia First Annual Paint Out recently. College Park is part of the Atlanta metro area and has over 850 places listed on the National Historic Register. Talk about things to paint! Everywhere I looked I saw a painting! The organizers, especially artist Millie Gosch, were so fabulous and welcoming and all the artists were treated so well! I painted 3 paintings from 8:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. They even had the girl scouts deliver our lunch out in the field to us! The Annual Arts Festival was also going on and there were people everywhere! It was enjoyable for me to talk to people about painting and my art during the day. At the sale, I even sold two of my paintings! I have included my photos of me and the happy buyers below. Also, my good friend and travel buddy, Cathleen Windham, won an Honorable Mention ribbon for one of her paintings too! It was a great trip and I look forward to this event again next year!