Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas

...a winter scene, (12x9), a demo from a class a few weeks ago....
..wishing all a merry Christmas, and happy new year! Back to you in 2016
(watch for new webpage starting soon!).....

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Just Announced....New Workshop, November 5,6th!

If you cant attend the upcoming workshop in Cumming, GA on October 8-9, please take the opportunity to join me in November for my 2-day workshop at the James Richards Studio in Tucker, GA.  This is a great location , being the studios of Richards, one of the top painters in the country.  The workshop will be a great opportunity to pick up on some of my latest concepts and methodologies for creating colorful impressionistic landscapes in the plein air style. Hope to see you there!
Please contact the following for imformation and registration for this workshop. DOnt be left out!
Contact Information:
Candace Sturgis
As always, feel free to contact me at, if any questions or comments. 
Happy fall!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Upcoming:: Workshop in Cumming, GA

.....hurry.....a great chance to get in on a very unique oil painting workshop......Oct 8,9th!.......Learn some great tips on how to paint cityscapes items in your landscapes.....people, buildings, cars, etc......Many are stumped on how to paint these things loosely and painterly, yet in a sophisticated and professional way.....Join us!......Hurry, only 2 weeks away....Registration info below.......See you then!...s phave 

Oil Painting Workshop by JOHN GUERNSEY

Date: Thursday, Oct. 8 & Friday, Oct. 9
Time: 9:30-4:30
Cost: $225
Minimum/Maximum: 4/12
To register, please call 404.403.8334
(50% deposit required to reserve your space in this class.  Remainder to be paid one week prior to 1st class.)

Workshop Description:
Join us for an exciting oil painting workshop dealing not only with landscape, but introducing cityscape features, such as buildings, people, cars, etc, as well as elements which can add life and energy to your paintings. Find out easy ways to handle these seemingly difficult subjects, and to give them a professional and painterly look.  We will plan to spend time both in the studio classroom and outside, en plein air.  This workshop will be a mixture of demonstration, short studies, and one on one assistance , mixed with a lot of fun.  This workshop is open to all painters with at least some level of experience. 


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Before the fall

Above is my artists choice award winner from the Los Gatos Plein Air Festival this past June.  (size 12x24). The day after painting this, I fell and hurt my knee severely, resulting in over a months worth of moaning and groaning, and a real hindrance to my activity and work. (I didnt think plein air was such a dangerous sport!)
Back here shortly with info on upcoming workshops, and results of experiments with some new paint products.

Friday, June 26, 2015

santa barbara

here is a 14x18 piece painted during my May visit to Santa Barbara.  An interesting corner view of a flower shop and looking out to the city hall building.
Hard to beat Santa Barbara for beautiful painting locations.

Friday, May 8, 2015

a few pics from olmstead park

House along Olmstead Park 12x24 Oil
Food Trucks at Olmstead Park 9x12 Oil

heres a few pics from the recent Olmstead  Park Plein Air fest in Atlanta.  I foolishly left my camera at home during the festival and these pictures were taken in a hurry by a friend, and are somewhat misaligned.  All 7 pieces sold, and am pleased, but sorry no good clear pictures to post.  Stay tuned for results from next plein air Pennsylvania.

Dont forget........calling all painters......hope you can make my one day plein air workshop on June 1st, (local), and/or my 4 day studio workshop in Highlands, NC june 29-july2....should be a great time.!.. See details on earlier post, or contact me at

Saturday, April 18, 2015

plein air season!

April greetings. Above is a painting from the Southeastern plein air festival in Gadsden AL, a week ago.  Its a great event and i always look forward to participating.
Several events upcoming.....The inaugural Olmstead Park Plein Air Festival, April 22-26 in nearby Atlanta, is one of the most heralded events ever. I will competing with 29 other fantastic U.S. artists in this beautiful linear park. Come by and see us paint, and attend either the gala reception on 4/25, or the public sale on 4/26.  On wednesday afternoon through saturday noon, we will be painting mostly in and around the park, so would love to have you drop by and check things out. An open quickdraw takes place on Sunday afternoon.....come on down and participiate!
After that, am off to the Wayne PA plein air festival in May, Los Gatos CA festival in June, Cashiers NC in July, and possibly a Texas festival on October.

Along the way, please note of some workshop opportunities.!...
just announced, a one day plein air workshop on May 6th, then again on June 1st, sponsored by the art school in sandy springs. Please hurry to signup!
also upcoming soon....a fantastic 4 day oil painting workshop at the Bascom Art Center in the beatiful mountain town of Highlands, NC.  Join us!
I will be following up with more details, but in the meantime, you can contact the various websites for application and signup information. I would love to have you join us. Its always a great time learning together about oil painting.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sandy Spring Art School Class.....

The winter season is flying by.....Only about a week until the start of my Monday Class at Sandy Springs. There are spots availalbe, so dont hesitate. Let me know if any questions, and I look forward to enjoying yet another Monday morning class in this fine facility, starting on March 2nd.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Update ! workshop/class opportunities

Heres a quick update on some workshop dates , some already referenced, and some new....

 Next oil painting class at Art School in Sandy Springs starts Monday, March 2nd.  The emphasis is on landscape. Even if youve taken this class before, you will be challenged with new concepts, and improve youre skills in many different areas.
Contact the art school,  at the link on referenced on the sidebar, for information and registration.  This class is always a lot of fun.

Only a few places open in my 2 day workshop in Rome, (GA).  Dates are March 21,22.  (Saturday-Sunday)
This workshop is being held at the large studio of artist, Suzanne Royal, in historic downtown Rome, GA.
In studio workshop for all oil painters, with emphasis on landscape. Contact Suzanne Royal for details and sign up information.

Great opportunity for 2 day workshop , part plein air, and part studio classroom. Being held in Cumming, GA, on April 2,3.  We will hold part of the class in studio at the large studio area of artist, Jeanne Matey, and we will also plan to paint outside in the nearby neighborhood area, with lots of old homes and spring blossoms around.
Contact Jeanne Matey for sign up information:
website info: http:/
contact Jeanne:

That the latest!....more workshops and classes to come....details forthcoming..........As always, feel free to contact me for any questions you may have on any of these classes or workshops....


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Indian Camp/Utah Territory 18x24
Cathedral Rocks/Sedona 20x20

Some recent paintings of western landscapes... local museum class starts this coming Tuesday night, 1/27....still room to sign up , but hurry!
ALSO.....I am doing a 2 day plein air workshop in Cumming, Georgia on April 2,3.....heres the link for more information and to sign up.....
the contact is Jeanne....    (Cumming is about an hour north or Atlanta)..
Would advise signing up soon....this one will likely fill...

And, last but not least, my Monday class at Art School Sandy Springs will start again on March 2nd......will be here before you know it.......join in!

A lot of publicity and momentum brewing for the Olmstead Park Plein Air Festival in Atlanta, in April.  I attended a kickoff reception this past week at the Millenium Gate Museum in Atlanta, and it was first class all the way. Many of the top local artists in Atlanta were in in attendance, and there was a real buzz about the festival. I am just one of 30 nationally known plein air painters participating......More updates to come..

Back soon!