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 weather...it 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!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Santa Barbara Mission

...a recent study of one of the mission bell towers at Santa Barbara.

calling all oil painters....only a week and a half until my workshop at the Quinlan Ar Center in Gainesville GA. Please see my July 21st blog, or the side bar for registration information.....
only a few spots left.....will be  great time!

Friday, July 22, 2016


Above, an 11x14 of Half Dome, in Yosemite. A studio piece, based on recent picture sent to me from a family member.  I've painted several paintings in the past, of this iconic scene, and always love it.
Thanks for checkin' in!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cashiers Plein Air Festival

Above is an 18x14 plein air piece from Cashiers Plein Air Festival, last week. Always a great time at this festival.

Below is a repeat of previously mentioned classes/workshops for this fall.....I have added links for more information. And as always, feel free to contact me as well for further information/questions.....Thanks!

6 week Tuesday night class at Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art starts ...AUGUST 2nd!! (hurry). This class is always fun as well as helpful.  (this class reoccurs again late fall,and even a short session during the holiday weeks!)

 2 Day Plein Air workshop , October 13,14th, at the Soulful Art Studios in Cumming, GA.  A great host facility a good chance to get in some good solid instruction...perfect time of year for plein air!
contact: jeanne matey

Workshop at Colby Glen (Macon,  GA) goes for 4 full day sessions, once a week, Wednesdays Oct 20-Nov 10th.  (part studio, part plein air).  You can't miss this great opportunity. The last session, earlier this year sold out, and was a great time.
contact: Maureen Persons

3 days workshop at Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA.   Sept 22-24  Going on
the 4th year,  this workshop is always fantastic, and one of the best facilities you'll find. This is studio painting, and this year, concentrating almost entirely on landscape!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Heading to Cashiers Plein Air Festival

Above is a waterfall in Dawsonville, GA.......I painted it last week, and it's 20x16.  Notice a lot of greenery.....which is typical for Georgia, particularly in the summer months.....

Heading off next week to the bi-enniel Cashiers NC plein air festival. For locals interested, please take a drive over to the Cashiers Village  Green Commons and see the wet room (just completed paintings) this Wednesday through Saturday.  For interested artists, there's also an open Quick Draw on Friday at 2pm. See the website for more details   Cashierspleinairfestival.com , or contact me if you like. johnbguernsey@bellsouth.net

I forgot to add some needed details to my previous note about upcoming classes and workshops......I will get that info updated asap......I hope to see you at one (or more!) of my classes/workshops this fall.......It'll be here before you know it. 

THanks for checking my blog!


p.s. forgot to mention, i picked up a nice second place award at the Los Gatos Plein Air festival a few weeks ago.....(Judge was Paul Kratter. 1st went to greg larock, and 3rd to wayne mckenzie. Good company !)......Had a great time,and will load some pic's from the event soon....