Saturday, August 26, 2006

Plein Air Painting Schedule, 2006 - 2007

My upcoming painting trips include:

August 2006: Prince Edward County, Canada

September 7 - 11, 2006: Niagara Falls

September 14 - 15, 2006: Kelowna, BC and the Okanagan area

September 16, 2006: Salmon Arm, BC

September 18 - 20, 2006: Lake Louise, Alberta

September 21, 2006: Banff, AB

October 11 - 16, 2006: Thousand Islands, ON

December, 2006: Scottsdale, AZ: Sedona, AZ, Utah

January 1 - 3, 2007: Laguna Beach, California

January 14 - 18, 2007: Lake Louise, AB

March 7 - 10, 2007: Toronto, ON (CMW 2007, media photographer)

March 11 - 17, 2007: Barbados WI

May 2 - 6, 2007: Vancouver BC and environs

A trip to Europe (Bavaria, Austria, Italy) is planned for Summer 2007.


A big thank you to my friends, family, fellow artists and treasured clients very much for their continued support!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Keeping With The Theme...

Willow Tree (2006)

Path for Janis (2006)

Brushstroke details...

These two are smaller, 9x12 inches Belgian Linen on hardboard. The background is Cadmium Orange this time. It gives a far softer effect than the red.

Darks dried good 'n moody... which is a positive thing. While the area is quite pretty - lots of August perennials, etc., I've attempted to also capture the undercurrent of darkness that exists in these woods.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

More Red Ground!

Yesterday's unfinished effort: a sundail on a tree stump in my yard. 16x20 inches, acrylic on stretched canvas.

This red ground technique has me so stoked. Couldn't resist trying it again. Here is my contour drawing, using vine charcoal on the prepared red ground:

I called it quits as I began to lose my lighting, which indeed can get frustrating. I will simply return today when the dial is at the right "time"!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Painting From Life

Painting From Life
As a diehard watercolourist, I have not attempted an acrylic or oil plein air, but Larry Seiler's recent blog posts about Gruppe and complementary palettes inspired me to do one yesterday afternoon down by the meadow entrance. It is acrylic on stretched canvas, 16x20. The undertone I gave it was red red red! I tell you, I really enjoyed painting greens and blues on top of that hot red. It just vibrated! Thanks for the illumination, L!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Massachusetts Whirlwind

Bobby and I went on a last minute business trip to Cambridge Massachusetts last weekend. We were able to get a great internet deal on a room at Hotel Marlowe - I recommend the place completely. Late Saturday aft, we had time to meet up with equine artist Helen Scanlon and her husband Steve. Helen and I have maintained an online relationship for some time. It was just like picking up on a conversation that we started online. Lots of laughter and art talk! We met up at The Museum of Science. We saw the poster for Body Worlds and decided to go see that exhibit.

Body Worlds was tastefully done for the most part, and there was no covering up of nudity – one saw everything the human body has to display. My favourite display was “The Yoga Lady”, a woman who had done yoga all her life. No spring chicken, her eyebrows were gray, but her body was flexible and toned, with no evidence of arthritis, etc. Made me want to take up yoga! Also part of the display were organs – lots of them. Healthy versus not. It was an eye opener to see in 3D what coal and smoke really does to lungs. Photos were not allowed, but you can read about it here. I do wish I had brought a sketchbook with me. What a life drawing experience it would have been!

After this experience, we were definitely hungry for some fava beans and a fine Chianti, so we headed to an Italian restaurant nearby and gorged ourselves on LOBSTER RAVIOLI... Papa Razzi was the restaurant’s name, so we acted accordingly:

(photo: Steve Scanlon)

As the sun set, we bid them farewell, and headed off to our business event. We drove the long haul back to Canada the next morning. What a fantastic place Massachusetts is - we both kept saying we must make a trip back someday to explore the area further. So many galleries and bookstores in Cambridge alone! I was drooling as we drove past gallery after gallery on our way out of town, wishing we could have afforded another day, and time for me to paint.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

3 New Plein Air Works from The Cove

Tandem Tree, watercolour, 5.25" x 11", Arches Hot Pressed

Sails on the Reach 2, watercolour, 10" x 14", Arches Hot Pressed

Birch Swirl, watercolour, 8" x 10", Multimedia ArtBoard

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Niagara Falls IPAP 2006 Worldwide Paint-Out

From the Executive Director of International Plein Air Painters:

We are happy to announce the Niagara Paint Out is now being sponsored for the first time by sister cities
Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls, Canada

International Plein Air Painters is a Worldwide Organization of artists dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of plein air painting without restrictions of borders or region.

For more info

Please join us in our fourth "WORLDWIDE" Paint Out in Niagara Falls, Ontario, IPAP Headquarters scheduled for Sept. 8-9, 2006

The new IPAP Awards and Merchandise Designs are finished...
You can order stuff as participants or organizers like T's, buttons,hats,bags,etc.
Black T shirts this year !
Be part of the big picture and show thw world you're a plein air painter.

Show organizers:
We've done the work for you
Order your buttons for award rosettes,
framed tiles,mugs,posters,lots more...
Just go to
and you can access all from that one page
J.Baldini, IPAP Executive

We also have some IPAP members attending for the first time
L.Diane Johnson
Linda Richichi
Karl Eric Leitzel

as well as all time supporting members
Jerry Markham
Brandy Gale
John Pryce

Also joining us in Niagara Falls are
Carol Allmen
Bill and Marnie Brehm
Jessie Grant
Debi Harwick
Kath Schifano
and Ann Walsh

We thank you for passing on this announcement to other artists and groups

plein_aire group site


Aug. 14-15, 2006 Niagara Falls, Canada
Sept.10-11, 2006 Niagara Falls, Ontario
Sept.17-24, 2006 Acadia/Mt Desert, Maine
Jan. 9-11, 2007 St. Lucia, West Indies
May 20-21, 2007 Niagara Falls, Ontario
July 16-20, 2007 Monhegan Island, Maine

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Two Sunsets on Rough

Two "sunset over the treetops" watercolour studies, on Arches Rough Pressed. I don't normally care to paint sunsets, cliche and all that, but one night in late July was too full of colour to resist. Had to paint FAST!!! Fast begets expression, no?