Florida’s Forgotten Coast – A Plein Air Event Not To Be Missed!

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via pleinairfl.com

Ooooh, what a place to be right now! Florida’s Forgotten Coast Plein Air event is happening through May 11, 2014. Then there is a workshop with Ken DeWaard and Greg LaRock. If you want to see if there is still an available spot HERE is the link!

What an impressive list of Artists they have this year! Check it out! And if you’re in the area, by all means… GO! What fun!

Here’s a blip from their website:

Plein Air Painters To Capture Forgotten Coast on Canvas

More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists will gather on Florida’s Forgotten Coast to participate in the 9th annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Invitational, America’s Great Paint-Out, May 1-11, 2014. Painters will set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of this last vestige of authentic “Old Florida” – the coastal stretch of scenic North Florida between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point.

“Plein Air”, a French word, simply translated means “open air”. The roots of plein air painting are found in 19th-century Europe. An Englishman, John Constable, believed that artists should forget “formulas” and trust their own vision in finding truth in nature.  

About the same time in France, in a small village called Barbizon, a group of artists focused their attention on a subject matter that had never been done before: everyday life and the natural world surrounding it. These realists laid the ground work for the next development: Impressionism. Plein air forever changed how artists see the world.

A true plein air painting is done on location, capturing the atmosphere of the moment. The majority of the painting must be completed on site with little to no work to be done in the studio. Most artists agree this is the true test of skill as it requires complete confidence in placement of color and brushwork in a short amount of time. For example, a sunset may only last 30-40 minutes. That would be all the time the artist has to capture the scene.

The event includes 5 exhibits across the coast, daily artist demonstrations, 2 workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions. Art enthusiasts  can visit the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day event. “Many artists from across the region gather and paint alongside the event’s invited artists; it is amazing to see the art being created” stated Joe Taylor, Event Chair. The “Wetroom”, which alternates each year between the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art in historic Apalachicola and a location in downtown Port St. Joe, is always stocked with fresh paintings that the artists deliver daily throughout the event.

The Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is coordinated by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition, a non-profit organization established to produce regional multi-community cultural events that improve the quality of life for the coastal area. The communities of Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Indian Pass, Apalachicola, Eastpoint, St. George Island, Carrabelle, and Alligator Point have joined forces to produce the most impressive art event seen along the coast. Support from the Gulf and Franklin County Tourist Development Councils, Mexico Beach CDC, and Visit Florida has helped to gain the event a national following.

A selection of America’s finest plein air artists are scheduled to participate in this year’s event, please look over our artist list to see the diverse talent.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

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T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:             Artist: Mary Sheehan Winn

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

From PleinAirEaston.com
From PleinAirEaston.com

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:

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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!

Plein Air Richmond, June 10-15, 2013!

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Plein Air Richmond started yesterday, but you’re in luck… it goes through Saturday, June 15, 2013! There are so many fabulous artists involved in this event, if you’re anywhere near Richmond, VA you won’t want to miss it! Above is a list of artists for 2013 from the Plein Air Richmond Facebook page.

From the Plein Air Richmond website:

Plein Air Artists from all over the United States will meet in Richmond for one amazing Week in June to create paintings in support of the Richmond Symphony.

A Week-Long “Painting Out”: June 10-13, 2013  –  Click here to view daily locations
Watch the 45 specially juried plein air painters set up easels all over our historic city create hundreds of paintings. 

Ticketed Collector’s Preview Sale and Awards:   June 14

Exhibit Continues at Brazier Gallery June 15 and June 16  

“Fast and Fresh” :  June 15
Location:  1800 Block of Monument Avenue.  Three blocks around the Lee Monument.

On Saturday from 9 am – 11am juried and non-juried artists will start and complete paintings. These “wet” paintings will be available for purchase right off the easels with proceeds benefitting the Symphony.

This is an amazing opportunity… Steve Doherty (editor for Plein Air magazine, one of my all time favorites) is a judge. This man knows art… he is amazing! This will be an outstanding event, one I wish we had in Charleston, SC. With our strong art community, why not?

Here are just a few of the oh-so-talented artists that will be part of Plein Air Richmond:

Ken DeWaard 

This guy can paint anything. He is a joy to watch and makes painting look so easy! Each and every stroke is deliberate, he transforms a canvas… watch for him if you go! He also has some fabulous workshops coming in the future, so keep an eye out if you’re interested in that sort of thing! He has a great entry on his blog about this painting!

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Working the Double Shift by Ken DeWaard – Image:KenDeWaard.com

Shelby Keefe – wonderful artist, she also has a workshop coming up in September…

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Anne Blair Brown – I love her loose style. Here is her workshop schedule

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Marketability by Anne Blair Brown – Image: BrazierGallery.com

Larry Moore, who shows locally at Horton Hayes Fine Art in Charleston, SC… this painting was done for Plein Air Easton, whoa! Here is his workshop schedule

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The Apprentice by Larry Moore – Image: LarryMooreStudios.com

Ok, that was only FOUR of the amazing artists that will be at Plein Air Richmond… I look forward to hearing about it soon!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Winter Park Paint Out 2013


From the Winter Park Paint Out website A friendly competition was held among our artists to find a poster image for the 2013 Winter Park Paint Out. The winner was Stephen Bach of Winter Park.


APRIL 20 — APRIL 27, 2013

to ben­e­fit the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculp­ture Gar­dens

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens hosts its Fifth Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out dur­ing the last week of April 2013. Twenty-five pro­fes­sion­ally acclaimed plein airartists will roam across our fair city cap­tur­ing many of your favorite land­scapes and land­marks with oils, water­col­ors and pastels.Plein Air - a French term mean­ing “in the open air” — describes art works painted out­doors with the sub­ject directly in view rather than in a stu­dio. Plein air artists cap­ture the spirit and essence of a land-scape or sub­ject by incor­po­rat­ing nat­ural light, color and move­ment into their works.Join us for the 2013 Win­ter Park Paint Out. If you’re an art lover, a patron, or just curi­ous to see what the buzz is about, stop by the Polasek Museum to see the lat­est from the 25 artists in action!  The museum, sculp­ture gar­dens and gallery will be open FREE to the pub­lic through this excit­ing week-long event. Click here to check out the sched­ule of eventsinclud­ing FREE paint­ing demon­stra­tions and other activ­i­ties. Com­pleted paint­ings will be hung in the gallery’s ‘Wet Room’ imme­di­ately — watch as the week pro­gresses and the gallery fills with plein air art­work. Be sure to visit often to watch the artists work and to pur­chase these one-of-a kind paint­ings the moment they are hung on the wall.If you’d like behind the scenes access and attend our VIP events click here to learn more about becom­ing a Paint Out Patron.  Don’t for­get to pur­chase your tick­ets to the exclu­sive Gar­den Party — this event sells out quickly! Fol­low this link to reserve yours today.

For more infor­ma­tion about the Win­ter Park Paint Out, please call the Museum or email us at info@polasek.org.

I’m also going to sneak a little something in here by artist, Ken DeWaard – if you can make it to watch the demos, I highly suggest it. DARNIT! I wish I would have gotten this posted before it started… ugh! Ken is a fabulous artist, very talented and VERY diverse! I love watching this guy paint!

Ken DeWaard Newsletter

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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

“Railroad Crossing” by Colin Page – Image: ColinPagePaintings.com

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: CindyBaron.com

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!

14th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational… begins SUNDAY 10/14/12!

Looks like a beautiful place to paint, doesn’t it? Phew, I would imagine these plein air events are lots of work. Lots of painting, not a lot of sleeping. The competition is fierce. The days are long, but this is a group of artists that can take this kind of pressure. I wish each and every one of you luck. If you’re in the area head on over! This event begins on Sunday, October 14, 2012.

Here is a blip from the Laguna Art Museum’s website:

Each year forty of the nation’s top plein air landscape painters compete for prestigious prizes and participate in week-long festivities including public paint outs, environmental awareness activities, and educational events during the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. There are many opportunities for you to watch these artists in action including the Quick Draw Paint Out on October 14, the Laguna Canyon Foundation Paint Out on October 16, the Paint Out at Crystal Cove on October 18, and the Outdoor Artist Demonstrations on October 19. Or you may just happen to see an artist in action around town throughout the week! There are also many opportunities to meet the artists in person during the Meet & Greet Reception on October 14, the Collectors’ Soirée on October 20, and the Public Art Show & Sale on October 21. Click here for a complete list of events.

Click HERE for contact information…


Ebrahim Amin (Laguna Beach, CA) Debra Huse (Newport Beach, CA) Scott Prior (Oceanside, CA)
Jacobus Baas (Laguna Beach, CA) Mark Kerckhoff (San Juan Capistrano, CA) Camille Przewodek (Petaluma, CA)
Gavin Brooks (Owings Mills, MD) Thomas Jefferson Kitts (Portland, OR) April Raber (Laguna Beach, CA)
John Burton (Carmel, CA) Paul Kratter (Moraga, CA) Ray Roberts (Angels Camp, CA)
Larry Cannon (Sonoma, CA)
Peggi Kroll-Roberts (Angels Camp, CA) Frank Serrano (Montrose, CA)
Hiu Lai Chong (Rockville, MD) Greg LaRock (Newport Beach, CA) Jeff Sewell (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Josh Clare (Queen Creek, AZ) Joan LaRue (Tucson, AZ) Randy Sexton (San Francisco, CA)
Rick Delanty (San Clemente, CA) Calvin Liang (Corona, CA) Michael Situ (Irvine, CA)
Ken DeWaard (Viroqua, WI) Kirk McBride (Berlin, MD) W. Jason Situ (El Monte, CA)
Robin Hall (Capistrano Beach, CA Clark Mitchell (Cotati, CA) Bryan Mark Taylor (Lafayette, CA)
Carolyn Hesse-Low (La Jolla, CA) Larry Moore (Winter Park, FL) Jove Wang (Alhambra, CA)
Darrell Hill (Kameula, HI) Michael Obermeyer (Laguna Beach, CA) Jim Wodark (Orange, CA)
Jeff Horn (Costa Mesa, CA) Billyo O’Donnell (Eureka, MO) Jeff Yeomans (San Diego, CA)
  Morgan Samuel Price (Altamonte Springs, FL)

Catch you back here tomorrow!