Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring has sprung!


Apologies, once again, for being away so long......things are pretty busy now, so I will be updating you more often.

Above painting is a recent piece, one of (4) new pieces now available for viewing and purchase at DK Gallery in Marietta.  This one is an impression of our recent (January) snow storm.  There was chaos on the roads and freeways during that time, but quiet, natural beauty in the woods nearby, and the snow remained for some time, as did the frigid temps.

Hey!!....Last chance to sign up for my next oil painting class !.(after that, no classes until August)  The next session for my monday class starts at Art School at Sandy Springs is on Monday, April 28th.  Due to the Memorial Day holiday and other things, it will only be a 4 week class; so the cost is prorated. Check the link on the side bar, and sign up ASAP to reserve a spot.  As usual, please feel free to contact me if any questions about the class.

Later this month I am off for a week in Alabama for their Southeastern plein air festival, and shortly after will find my way to Winterpark FL, for their highly respected plein air festival.
Later in the spring and early summer, I am selected for the 23rd annual Carmel (CA) plein air festival, the Los Gatos Plein air festival, and the always enjoyable bi-enniel Cashiers NC plein air invitational.  Hope my rickety old easel holds up through all this! Cant wait to get out there in such wonderful scenic areas and paint.  Hope you or friends near these locations will fall by and enjoy the events and say hello.

Back soon!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

More classes, a workshop, and a reception!




...been too long since I last updated things.....am back on track now, with a busy upcoming winter and spring schedule.

Just announced: A one-day intensive workshop at The Art School in Sandy Springs,  being held on Saturday March 1st. Details can be found by clicking the school reference on the sidebar.  This is for Landscapes in Oils.  Levels from early intermediate to advanced.  Sign up early to hold a place. Should be a great time! This will be at our new location.....and, by the way....

Youre invited to the Grand Opening of the new location for The Art School in Sandy Springs, on the evening of February 21st, from 5pm-8pm.!!  There will be teacher demonstrations, snacks and drinks, and an all around good time. A great occasion for you to check out the new larger facility and get some info on the classes. I plan to be demonstrating that evening....hope to see you there! Even if youve taken classes in the past, it will be a fun time to see you again, and give you a chance to check things out.  Its not far from the current place....just a few blocks up Roswell Road, outside the perimter fwy, and just a quick turn onto Sandy Springs Circle from Roswell Rd.

The new location:  330 Sandy Springs Circle, Atlanta, GA 30328
(no change to the contact, email,web info)

My begnning oil painting class at The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art starts this coming Tuesday, February 4th (5:30PM-8:30PM).  Class is getting near full, but still a few spots left. Details also available via the sidebar link.
Then in March, my regular Sandy Springs class starts again on Monday, March 3rd, (at the new location), and my regular Marietta Cobb Museum class starts again on Tuesday night,  March 18th.  Both of these are early intermediate-advanced level. Both, again, are for Landscapes in oil. Please feel free to contact me if any questions regarding these opportunities.

...looking forward to April,  as I will be on my way to the Southeastern Plein Air Festival in Alabama and then the WinterPark/Florida Plein Air Festival, with other festivals planned in May, June, and July. Cant wait for the fun to begin.

Above is a  tonal painting of a  farm area near where I live.  Below that a piece from my recent trip to Santa Barbara, this past December.  A familliar scene at nearby Goleta Beach, I always enjoy painting this particular view. Stay tuned....I will be loading a few more images from that painting trip shortly.

Best wishes!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hurry!!....class begins January 6th!!!



Hello all

A reminder to hurry and sign up for my Monday morning painting class, which starts January 6th, at The Art School at Sandy Springs.
  
During the holiday season one can get caught up in so many activities, and forget things;  and this class follows quite soon after Christmas, so plan ahead to sign up soon, so you dont miss out!

Click on the website, on the right side of the blog, for Art School at Sandy Springs to register.

 It runs for six Mondays, from 9:30am to 12:30pm.  This is a studio oil painting class, with an emphasis on landscape. We gear things toward advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced. We explore concepts that will lead you towards more professional results in your painting; concepts that are unique and not always covered in other classes you may take.  If youve taken the class before, Id be pleased to see you again; as we always explore new concepts and new subject matter.

See you there!

Happy Thanksgiving!

John

p.s. above paintings: a scene of Crystal Cove, near Laguna Beach, painted plein air during my recent trip to southern California. Also, a scene of an alley in Port St Joe;  from the Florida Forgotten Coast plein air festival earlier this year

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

December Gallery show








winter greetings...
a cool temp in the 20s forecast for tonight....
Above... a few pieces painted for the upcoming December show at DK Gallery. Opens December 6th. Hope you can..........check it out!



Sunday, November 3, 2013

back in time


Above is a large commission piece (24x36) from about 2 years ago.  Just thought I would review it a bit.  As is often the case, a commission piece comes out a bit stiffer and more sharped edged than my typical work, since there are so many specific things the client desires to see referenced, and that starts to turn it more into an illustration versus a painting. My initial plein air sketch idea is below. Difference is distinct, wouldnt you agree?






Monday, October 21, 2013

Plein Air II









a few plein air pieces from this past week ....the lake scene was painted in about 45 minutes during my Monday plein air class at a lake park near Atlanta. The other two (garden and mill stone scene) were painted in a farm area south of Atlanta while visiting and painting with friend, Sam Traina, an excellent studio and plein air artist who has a big spread out there.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

a few plein air paintings


...painted with some friends this past Friday up in Dahlonega, a picturesque area in the nearby Georgia mountains.  Heres a few 16x20 pieces painted that day. (the red chimney one is a  1 hour demo from my workshop the previous weekend at the Museum of Art in Gadsden, Alabama.)