Monday, July 3, 2017

Hello all,
Above is a 14x11 plein air piece painted at Alabama's Noccalula Falls last month. I joined the Alabama Plein Air Painters group for a nice sunny day there,  and a great dinner afterward. Only a two hour drive, and well worth it for the fun and practice. Hope to see some of you at Plein Air Easton in a week or so.....58 top artists competing in the heat and humidity of coastal Maryland.
For those interested in a great time of fun and challenging learning, don't forget my up coming workshops.....August, September,October, November......referred to in previous blog(s) always, feel free to email me if questions.....
Stay cool....!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Carmel plein air festival / new workshop


..just returned from the Carmel Plein Air Festival. Above painting , of shore cliffs at Garrapata state park, won an honorable mention. Next stop, Los Gatos Plein Air Festival, in just a few weeks.
News! August workshop in Highlands NC filled up and they've opened up another workshop for me the week prior. The new one is August 16-18.  It's at the Bascom Art Center there, and information is at their website.
Note that, in some cases the organizations may have not posted the workshop information on their website yets; so if the case, please contact me and I'll tell you what i can...... with any of these workshops/classes, etc, please feel free to contact me anytime via email, with whatever questions/comments you may have.

Happy summer time, (upcoming) !


Friday, April 28, 2017

plein air events, workshops

Above is a 14x18 painted at the Olmstead Park plein air festival just a few weeks ago. was a real problem, but managed to paint a few decent ones.

getting ready for several major plein air festivals...Carmel (may), , Los Gatos, (june) Easton. (july).
If near these area , drop by and say hello!

After the festivals i have a few enjoyable oil painting workshops slated.....

August - (Highlands, NC ) Full
September - Quinlan Ctr, Gainesville, GA
October - Gadsden Museum of Art, AL
November - Booth Western Museum, Cartersville, GA

Hope you can join us for one of these workshops. Let me know if you need details.

Best wishes!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Floral Display with Tangerines 12x16
...a recent still life piece.......
remember to check out my upcominge workshops......(listed on prior post). Also, another 4 week class begins at Marietta Cobb Museum of Art starting mid for it! Join us!....
Happy springtime to all!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

season for classes and plein air events

...above is 12x16 plein air piece from yesterday, painted at Peachtree Creek Park in Atlanta.

Late notice.... for painters....please consider taking my painting class at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, starting Tuesday night, February 28th!......weibsite can be found on the side bar to the right, with information and registration information.......Hurry!....hope you can join us!....

Also.....check out my upcoming Workshops.....(info available at their websites, or just contact me for questions/info...

Bascom Art Center, (highlands, NC)  August 23-25
booth museum education center (cartersville, ga)  November 4,5 
Quinlan Art Center (gainesville, ga)  Sept 21-23

....looking forward to participating in the the following plein air festivals...if you're in the area, please fall by and say hello..

Olmstead Park
Carmel, CA  (pending)
Los Gatos CA
Easton, MD
Sonoma, CA (pending)
Cape Ann, MA  (pending)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Cheer

'Christamas Cheer' / Oil on Canvas / 16x20  december 2016

....time to send out a greeting and wish for a Merry Christmas to all......
will be back soon with class dates and plans for 2017!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Plein Air - Blue Ridge, GA

Hello , and happy Fall, y'all.

Above is a 12x24 plein air piece painted a week or so ago at Blue Ridge.  This train leaves daily for tours along the Toccoa River and is especially popular in the Fall, when the mountain area trees turn color.
For those interested, I'll relay some of the thought process while painting this.
Compositionally, it's not usually advisable to have two divergent focal areas. (i.e. the train versus the station), and yet I thought there was enough energy and relationship in this scene to make it work.  Regarding the foreground flowers; in reality there was a mixture or red and yellow flowers there. I initially put both colors in but decided it was too riotous or unharmonious, so just stayed with the yellow/orange, which is essentially a complement of the blue train and station.  This was a pretty large paintng, and one of the difficulties was that a big SUV was parked on the left nearside of the street, blocking entirely the train. So i had to do a combination of walking around it to get a view, and then just guessing what the alignment, lighting, and perspective would be.  During the last half hour of the painting, the SUV finally moved, and I was relieved to find my guesswork was pretty close.  Oh, and , the was easily 90 degrees out and quite uncomfortable.  Thus,  a very common situation of 'unknowns' when you paint plein air; you never know what you are getting in to.

Check out information on my upcoming plein air workshop in Cumming, GA,  studio workshop in Macon, GA, and my usual 6 week class starting again soon at the Marietta/Cobb museum of Art.  See you there!