Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Paintings / Mountain Mist Gallery

Heres a few paintings just delivered to Mountain Mist Gallery, in Cashiers, NC.
.....a great gallery, featuring several of the top artists in the southeast.....hope you can drop by sometime soon....!

- Morning Light/Biltmore estate 24x24
- Autumn Color 22x28
- Fruit and Flowers 14x18

Oil Painters......dont forget....classes coming up starting January 5th, at Art School at Sandy Springs, and January 13th,  (corrected to start date of 1/27!) at Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art.

As always, please feel free to contact me if any questions on my paintings or classes. (

Sunday, November 16, 2014

new paintings/ gallery info / upcoming classes

....thought I would do a blog update (finally), and post a few recent paintings.  Two are large (36sx48) pieces from the North Carolina mountains.
- Autumn/Whiteside Mountain
- Upper Whitewater falls/Highlands

The others are: a local snow scene, and 3 west coast scenes
- early winter 22x28
- autumn/yosemite valley 24x30
- yosemite falls 18x24
- Along the Central Coast (rocks at montana de oro)  22x28

The large North Carolina scenes will be available in a a couple weeks at Mountain Mist Gallery in Cashiers, NC; a great gallery I am pleased to be joining. Stay tuned for more info on paintings there.
Two of the other scenes, (autumn/yosemite valley, Along the Central Coast), will be part of a special , and first ever, Instructors Show  beginning in early December at the Quinlan Art Center in Gainesville, GA. (includes artists who have taught this past year at the Quinlan, (including bill davidson, nancy franke, robert johnson, etc). Show dates are Dec 11 - Feb 21.  Opening reception is December 11, 5:30-7:00pm. Would love to see you there!

Calling all painters......the new year will be here before you know it.....dont be late signing up for my painting classes and miss out.
Art School at Sandy Springs class starts January 5th !!
Cobb/Marietta Museum class starts January 13th !!

We always have a great time in these classes and always learn something new. So, by all means, if youve taken my class before, consider joining in again.  Hope to see you there.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blueridge plein air festival of painting from this past weeks Blueridge Plein Air Festival....

Dont forget......Oil Painting Workshop at the awesome Quinlan Art Center in Gainesville, GA......Sept 25-27....check previous blog reference or sidebar for details or contact me at
still a few places open......hurry!

Saturday, August 9, 2014


heres a painting from a few months ago......a fairly large painting of Atlantas Piedmont Park. (24x20).  Have painted this scene before, but thought I would do an updated version.
See previous posts for info on upcoming classes/workshop....sign up now, so you wont be left out....


Saturday, August 2, 2014

dont forget to sign up for classes/workshops!

Above is a plein air painting from this last spring at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. (sorry photo isnt in focus)....
A reminder......classes and workshop coming up soon.....!!.....see previous posting for info.......(note corrected start date on beginning oil class.....)
Hope you can join us

Saturday, July 26, 2014

workshop announcement / classes starting / Cashiers Plein Air

                                    Sliding Rock Falls  14x18 Oil John Guernsey

Hello!......just got back from the Cashiers Plein Air Invitational, and from teaching a workshop at the Bascom Center in Highlands, and wanted to let you know of some upcoming workshop/class opportunities. I would suggest signing up  soon, so you dont miss out!

Tuesday night class:
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art:
Beginning Oil Painting......starts August 26th!  hurry to sign up!
(this is a corrected start date)....
Intermediate/Advanced Oil painting......starts Oct. 7th
See link on sidebar for information, or email me: 

Quinlan Art Center/Gainesville, GA   Sept 25-27.  Here is the direct link:
or, click on the words, Quinlan Art Center, on the right sidebar and navigate to workshops/instructors....
This workshop was a lot of fun and well attended last year, so I really hope you can join us!

Monday Class:
Art School at Sandy Springs.  Begins August 25!! (6 Mondays, 9:30am-12:30pm)  (My usual oil painting class with emphasis on landscape.. always a good time and a valuable class to take, or repeat.). Sign up via school link on side bar over on the side column.

As always, feel free to contact me if any questions/comments.

Hope to see you soon.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Workshop just announced...hurry!

just announced......I will be giving a two day oil landscape workshop at the Bascom Art Center in Highlands NC,  on July 22-23.  Below I have included a link which should give the necessary information for all interested.  The Bascom center is in a beautiful location, high in the mountains, in the beautiful town of Highlands.   I would love to see you there....should be a great time.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Los Gatos Plein AIr Festival

....heres a view of my best of show painting at the recently concluded Los Gatos Plein Air Festival.  Los Gatos is a picturesque town just south of San Francisco, and they put on a quality festival....very well organized, great venues for painting, and good interaction between the artists and community.  Below are a few other paintings from the week, and a closer view of the blue ribbon painting. (as is sometimes the case when taking pictures on the fly,  theres some distortion due to the wide angle camera lenses, etc).  Thanks for checking out my blog. Back soon. Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

southeastern plein air festival

heres a painting (16x20) from this past Aprils plein air festival in Alabama.....a view of a boat ramp and railroad bridge across the Coosa River in Gadsden, AL.
sorry a bit behind in posting paintings......
again....back soon with more....

Sunday, June 1, 2014

plein air events and upcoming class!

above is a piece from the recent Carmel plein air festival, a 14x18 paintng of some beach houses along the Pacific Grove shoreline.  This one won an award of excellence prize.
More later on this and other festivals; but in the meantime.......I want to alert you to a summer class at The Art School in Sandy Springs.........again, just a four week session, Monday mornings, starting, June 30th.......a reduced price from the normal 6 week classes........dont miss out; sign up asap....
Back soon........

Friday, May 2, 2014

spring continues..

above, another recent painting of Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park....24x30.....
coming soon, comments and pictures of recently concluded plein air festivals in Alabama and Florida..

Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring (continued)

above is a recent painting of a historic neighborhood just a couple miles away, in Marietta, GA......lots of azaleas are blooming now.......
its 22x28, available at DK Gallery........

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 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!