Plein Air Easton (MD) – TODAY thru July 21, 2013!


If you are anywhere near Easton, MD you might want to take the time to check out Plein Air Easton. This is an event filled with some of the best artists… all busily painting away… Just to name a few… Ken DeWaard, Tim Bell, Eric Bowman, Cindy Baron, the list is long, check out the LIST OF ARTISTS PARTICIPATING this year (and read a little blip about each one)!

Also find out the details, times, locations of where artists are painting by clicking HERE

Don’t miss the Quick Draw Competition!

From the Plein Air Easton website:

Quick Draw (2011)
Quick Draw (2011)
Quick Draw Competition
Saturday, July 20th, 2013 – 10:00am to 12:00pm
Watch as nearly 200 artists, competition painters, professionals, amateurs, and simply the adventurous compete and have fun as they paint out for 2 hours in Downtown, Easton.
Location: Downtown Easton, MD (map)

The Quick Draw Competition is a plein air painting competition, exhibit and sale that is open to any one registered who wishes to participate.  More than 160 artists, competition painters, professionals, amateurs and the simply adventurous compete and have fun.  These artists have only six blocks and two hours to complete their works.  During this short time, all registered Quick Draw participants will set up their supplies and paint or draw en plein air in downtown Easton.

This is one of the most compelling experiences of the week.  Together, artists and spectators are immersed in the creative process.  See the scenes and how the artists interpret them.  Smell the wet paint and get caught up in the excitement of watching 100’s of painting come to life before your eyes!

After the paint out, an exhibit is held on Harrison Street and paintings are exhibited on the easels on which they were created.  The paintings will be judeged by Plein Air-Easton! Competition Judge, Don Demers, and awards will be presented at 1:30pm.  The exhibit and all of its paintings will be removed at 2pm.  Winning Quick Draw paintings will be on display at the Academy Art Museum until 4pm on Sunday.  Everything about the Quick Draw is quick…so do not miss out!

Click HERE for the calendar to find out what’s going on each day…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

8th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival October 20-27, 2012!

“Railroad Crossing” by Colin Page – Image:

The 8th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival starts tomorrow, October 20-27, 2012! Click HERE for all the info you need! There are many wonderful artists participating. Artists like Colin Page (above) and Cindy Baron (below). I can’t imagine being the judge amongst all that talent!

“Canyon Overlook” by Cindy Baron – Image:

Here’s a little blip about the festival, from the Sedona Plein Air Festival website:

SEDONA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL is an homage to the spirit and innovation of the great French Impressionists whose paintings were based on the belief that ‘you should trust your eyes’ to capture the beauty that surrounds you. As with the old masters, contemporary plein-air artists paint from life in the out-of-doors (en plein air), capturing moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. The art form requires stamina, focus, and the ability to be completely absorbed in the work regardless of what Mother Nature is throwing at them. There is no setting more perfect than Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in late October to find vibrant, unexpected scenic beauty. It is truly an artist’s paradise.  Thirty award-winning artists, selected from among the best of the best, have accepted invitations to participate in this unique artistic showcase. They are coming from all over the United States to spend eight days painting en plein air, and to share their incredible talent and unique experiences with this challenging art form.

Here are the 2012 participating artists… wish them all luck!

2012 Festival Artists

Larisa Aukon (Arizona)
Mike Bagdonas (California)
Cindy Baron (Rhode Island)
Joshua Been (Colorado)
Gavin Brooks (Maryland)
Aaron Bushnell (Utah)
Betty Carr (Arizona)
Bill Cramer (Arizona)
Linda Dellandre (Arizona)
Tracey Frugoli (Illinois)
Bruce Gomez (Colorado)
Lois Griffel (Arizona)
Hai-Ou Hou (Maryland)
Peggy Immel (New Mexico)
Becky Joy (Arizona)
Shelby Keefe (Wisconsin)
Mike Kowalski (Washington)
Robert Lewis (California)
Tom Lynch (Illinois)
Kath Macaulay (Arizona)
Larry Moore (Florida)
Betsey Nelson (Arizona)
Colin Page (Maine)
Susan Pitcairn (Arizona)
Maggie Renner Hellmann (California)
Dave Santillanes (Colorado)
Loriann Signori (Washington D.C.)
Linda Sherman (Arizona)
Susieheyer (Colorado)
Williamson Tapia (Arizona)
Kathryn Willis (Arizona)

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Artist to watch… Cindy Baron!


Cindy Baron is a fantastic artist. She paints in both watercolor and oil. She lets the setting determine which it will be. Her paintings are out of this world good. One of the (many) galleries she is represented by is the Walls Gallery located in Wilmington, NC. If you’re in the area, but haven’t been to the Walls Gallery I would hightail it over there…. Otherwise check out her personal website . This painting is entitled ON EVEN GROUND.

Here is a blip from the Walls Gallery website:

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Cindy arrived in East Greenwich, RI in 2001, where she conducts workshops and gives private lessons in both watercolor and oils. In 2000, she became a signature member of the American Watercolor Society.

Her interest in art developed in early childhood. Her background in drawing led her to watercolors and eventually oils. She discovered that one medium enabled her to grow in the other and vice versa. One of the most frequently asked questions she receives is, “How do you choose which medium you want to use?” The answer is “Nature chooses it for me”. “I’m blessed to see landscapes in two mediums.”

“When on location, I can feel the movement a watercolor can give with its easy flowing and entwining colors, like a foggy morning, or a crashing wave. Yet some scenes call for the intensity, depth and lust that only oils can give. Some say you need to concentrate on just one medium, but I believe if you are passionate and daring as you create and see the world through many eyes, your work will naturally evolve.”

Cindy gives a lot of credit to an art teacher she had in school who always said, “There is no such word as can’t”, which she still uses to this day. One of her early interests was portraiture, which she still loves, and when an interesting subject is found she does not hesitate to introduce herself and begin a painting. She uses her studies for many of the classes she teaches. She has traveled extensively and has spent a great deal of time on the East Coast, where the Maine landscape is an etched road map in her mind. She finds it impossible to paint a landscape, unless she has personally experienced the scene…to study and take in the atmosphere, committing to memory what she wants to portray on paper. Her camera, sketchbook and easel are her treasured tools when on location.

Cindy’s paintings reflect the beauty that is found in nature, if you take the time to study the colors around you. She can capture beauty in a blustering storm or the tranquil air of everyday places. Her portraitures relay a story of human life as though they were family or friends. The versatility of her subjects keeps her energized, excited and creative.

She has become a highly sought after instructor, with many prestigious awards in both watercolor and oils. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world, including NIKE and The National Museum of Wildlife.

Cindy has  fantastic website of her own, if you aren’t near Wilmington, check it out…

(Both images from Walls Gallery website)

Catch you back here tomorrow!