Sunday, February 22, 2009

Siesta (don't think so) Key Painting Adventures

Painting at Selby Gardens: Back row: Ruth Cox, Myrtle Beach; Sandra Babb, Ringgold Ga,;Jacq Baldini, New York. Front: Jacq's sister and Durinda
Jacq is here to teach a two day workshop. She is president and founder of International Plein Air Painters. We met up to paint on Thursday before her workshop starts. I know they will have a wonderful weekend to paint.
Ruth painting at Spanish Point. Ruth is a signature member of IPAP.

Ruth and Sandra enjoying a break from painting

Sandra painting a boat repair building (don't know what else to call it). These two gals are part of the Southern Ladies Art Conference which gets together in different areas when we can to paint plein air and talk art! Since there were three of us this time, I guess you could say we had a "mini" SLAC. I will miss seeing them in late March at Callaway Gardens because I will be a guest artist again this year at Epcot that week. There I will paint with other SLACers, Linda Blondheim, L. Diane Johnson, and Barbara Perrotti.

Out in Sunny Florida, Painting! This is Katie Cundiff's Plein Air Group which meets on Mondays. Katie is represented by M Gallery in Sarasota:

Monday Painters at Ringling Museum: Toni, Eileen, Mary Jo, Marjory, and Katie and Durinda. We had a few more but I missed shooting them at the end of the day. Can you tell our study was on trees?

It was so helpful to really study the values and forget the colors for this exercise. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this group of painters and working with Katie. She is not only a wonderful painter, but a very informative instructor. I will miss you gals!

It's been a great week of painting. Now to clean up and prepare for my workshop with David Leffel. Yes, I will be inside :-( but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with such a master artist. At least I know I won't be getting green paint all over me next week! (brown, maybe? ;>)
Wishing you a week of wonders!

Sunday, February 15, 2009


This is Katie Cundiff painting with a limited palette at the Ringling Museum. Did you know you could make a landscape with just red, yellow, black, and white? So, no excuses about not having the right tube colors.

On Saturday, I painted with the Tom Lynch en plein air watercolor workshop at Marina Jack's in downtown Sarasota. Tom is here for a week of sessions sponsored by Sarasota Art & Frame. You could choose your days and topics. I took part in the Mountains and Mist day on Wednesday also. Tom really gives you a workout with a series of exercises. My "teacher self" was impressed. He also generously gave each of us one of his prints that he signed.

You never know who you will run into while painting en plein air. Ever get that feeling that someone is watching you? Susie Covert and I enjoyed a morning of painting on Lido Key Beach with our new "friends". Lido has some wonderful trees which sounds strange when you think about a beach, but for painters, it is much more interesting than just the flat white sand on the beach.

We also painted with Suncoast Plein Air Florida at a marina on Thursday in the fog! Usually the fog will lift after a while, but this one didn't. Talk about mixing grays! Do not attempt this from a photo! ;>)
So much to paint and so little time!

I also attended a demo this week at M Gallery. Roger Dale Brown from Nashville was in town and showed how he painted in the studio just like he paints outdoors. He uses his computer screen for his image. This scene was in Ocala where he had painted on location and also took some photos. It was interesting to see how he modified the image from the photo to produce a beautiful composition.

With all these new ideas and information, what shall I do today? Hmmmm....paint?
Wishing you a week of new discoveries!