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

via pleinairfl.com
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 !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                Moser Design plan TNH-B-11B

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

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:        Everyone needs more birthdays!

Workshop Alert: Dee Beard Dean & Art Walk in Charleston, SC!

Clouds Over Penny Creek by Dee Beard Dean Available at Galerie on Broad
Clouds Over Penny Creek by Dee Beard Dean   –  30 x 40″  Oil
Available at Galerie on Broad

Dee Beard Dean’s workshops always bring in rave reviews. She is a highly sought after instructor, and it sounds like everyone learns and has a good time while they’re at it, what a great combination!

Well, Dee has a few workshops coming up… one is May 5-7, 2014 and she has a few spots open… so if you’re looking for a great workshop to take… look no further! (Info below)… and if that workshop doesn’t fit into your schedule she has several others, check out Dee’s WORKSHOPS

On another note, the May art walk in Charleston, SC is TONIGHT from 5-8 PM.  This is such a nice time of year to get out and visit the galleries! Stop by Galerie On Broad (29 Broad Street) and see Dee’s work in person! What a perfect ending to the work week!

Here is information on Dee’s next workshop… {via}

Bluffton, SC:  Studio Workshop

“Understanding Color and Light”

                May 5-7, 2014

Artists will receive challenging group and individualized instruction in studio painting.   Dee will observe the artists’ works and help them to improve rather than change their individual styles.

The emphasis will be on learning to see value changes, color temperatures, and composition.   We will be building arrangements of abstract shapes that will form a strong foundation for the painting.  There will be extensive studies on color temperature and value that will make the students’ paintings “sing” and vibrate with evocative color.   Students can bring favorite photographs or small studies to create larger works in the studio.
 There will be short lectures and demos in the mornings.  The remainder of the day will be spent painting and Dee will be working with artists on an individual basis.  Instruction will be with oils, however all mediums are welcome.
The workshop is geared toward intermediate and advanced artists who are striving to bring their work up to a new level.

Palmetto Bluff Arts Commission
Bluffton, SC
Call to enroll:  843-342-3472






Images via DeeBeardDean.com

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:               Colin Page Show!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:            Kentucky Derby Artist… Robert Joyner!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:       Artist Bridget Jennings!

Mark Boedges


My Gear by Mark Boedges
My Gear by Mark Boedges

Mark Boedges, I am thrilled to have run across his work! Just look at these paintings! I love My Gear (above) great subject matter, fabulous colors, and wonderful loose strokes. This painting is truly a delight to look at. I can almost smell the oil paint… I swear I can! Anyone who paints or truly loves art will love this painting!

Through the Woods by Mark Boedges
Through the Woods by Mark Boedges

Wonderful use of light in this painting Through the Woods! Wow! Amazing color in the tree on the left. Gorgeous!

Read a blip from Mark’s website:
An up and coming artist, Mark Boedges has in a short time amassed numerous awards and shown his work in many galleries. Although art was always a part of his life, Mark came to painting in a more serious manner only during, and immediately after, college. Out of high school he attended the University of Kansas where he received a degree in philosophy. But by then the painting bug, and in particular painting plein air, had already taken hold. He went back to school to study Fine Art at the University of Colorado. Preferring a more traditional approach to painting, Mark left the program after two years to study exclusively from nature. Painting plein air had become his sole focus, and it would remain so for several years. Through this study his skills quickly developed. His first show was in 2003 and it was a great success, nearly selling out. But all artists need mentoring, and realizing that in order to further progress he needed guidance, Mark began to seek out other artists and to attend workshops to learn everything he could about his craft; which he continues to do to this day. Among the top honors Mark has received are the Grand Prize for Landscape and a spot on the cover of International Artist magazine, as well as more recently the Joseph Hartley Memorial award at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City and Best in Show at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art.

Check out Mark’s upcoming Workshops and Private Lessons… HERE! Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via MarkBoedges.com – used with permission from the artist.

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:             Chickens and cool chicken coops… the hot new thing!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Featured Artist… Kathleen Dunphy!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Spring Quote…

WORKSHOP ALERT: Marc Hanson – Akron, OH!

via AkronSocietyOfArtists.com
via AkronSocietyOfArtists.com

Marc Hanson. One of the most dedicated painters I’ve ever followed… I’ve never met Marc, but have followed his art adventures and they are amazing. You can learn so much from someone who truly loves to paint. I have a few friends like that… Tim, Ken, Elizabeth and Eric (Eric I have not yet met, but I feel like I know him, weird how FB can do that, huh?)  ha ha…

Check out Marc’s blog for more info… here is a blip:

This workshop will be five days of painting outside in the landscape, for intermediate and advanced painters , working in oils, pastels or acrylics. I work in all three of those mediums on location and in the studio, and am happy to see artists in my workshops with any of the three.

Sounds like a fabulous workshop, doesn’t it??

During the month of February, Marc (who lives in CO) set out to paint (plein air) four paintings a day, each and every day. The paintings were out of this world… and so was the weather a good majority of the time. How Marc had the stamina to paint all day, and then come home and write about it, I will never know, but it sure made February fun for us. We anxiously awaited the paintings and the details. Snow storms, freezing temps… the creative things he came up with to deal with a situation uniquely. Kind of like MacGuyver… remember that show from way back when?

It’s all documented on Marc’s blog, which is wonderful! He painted 4 paintings a day for 28 days, then mounted them on foam core, added nice neat titles and hung them (all 112 of them) for a show. Not long afterwards he mailed them out. Not many remain. If you’re lucky there will be one to snap up… these aren’t his normal prices, so you’ll see that this is quite the deal! Click here to see the paintings…

We were lucky… This is ours! It is gorgeous, dramatic, serene, peaceful and stunning… it makes us smile!

Slate Light by Marc Hanson
Slate Light by Marc Hanson (image)

If you’re in Charleston, SC be sure to stop by Horton Hayes Fine Art to see a few pieces (not in this February collection) of his work… stunning!

Interested in this workshop by Marc?? Details below… (via AkronSocietyOfArtists.com) Check out more of Marc’s work on his website!

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Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:              Azaleas in Spring!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          YAY! The Farmers Market is back!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     An artist we all miss… Darrell Hill

Workshop with Ken DeWaard… this October!

Ken DeWaard at Bowens Island 2012
Ken’s visit to Charleston 2012 – Bowens Island…

Are you looking to take a workshop from a well known, award winning, super nice, patient artist? Well look no further, if you’re going to be in the Newnan, GA area (about 30 miles SW of Atlanta) October 24-27, 2013 then this workshop is for you!

"A Waterman's Life" by Ken DeWaard - won ARTISTS CHOICE AWARD at Plein Air Easton!
“A Waterman’s Life” by Ken DeWaard – won ARTISTS CHOICE AWARD at Plein Air Easton!

Ken is a cool guy, very down to earth, knows his stuff AND he is willing to share what he knows… It doesn’t matter what the painting is of, Ken can tackle it and create a TO. DIE. FOR. painting… He has a way of capturing a scene that makes it so special! I love this guys work!

"Acacia, Night on the Town" by Ken DeWaard - Won Best Architectural painting at Easels of Frederick, MD!
“Acacia, Night on the Town” by Ken DeWaard – Won Best Architectural painting at Easels of Frederick, MD!

Ken captures the feeling of all the places that he paints! He has a great website, be sure to check it out, blog too! ! He lists all the plein air events that he participates in and includes images of all his work! Impressive!

Here is the information on the plein air workshop “Essence and Design”… it’s not until next month, so here’s a heads up…

CONTACT MILLIE GOSCH at milliegosch@gmail.com to make your reservation (or if you have any questions)!

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O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  Charleston Photo: Mebkin Abbey…

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O… Artist Carol Marine…  [note: this post is from two years ago…]

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Images via KenDeWaard.com

[featured artist] Marcia Burtt!

"Reflecting Pool" by Marcia Burtt
“Reflecting Pool” by Marcia Burtt

This painting by Marcia Burtt caught my eye right away. The still, glassy water with those amazing reflections and the orangey color against the dark colors just screams WHOA! What a treat it was to run across Marcia’s work! She has a fabulous website… here is a list of galleries she’s in, scroll through to see if there is one near you! The Marcia Burtt Studio is located in Santa Barbara, CA…

"Slack Tide, Haze" by Marcia Burtt
“Slack Tide, Haze” by Marcia Burtt

How serene is this painting? Can’t you just feel yourself sitting on the edge of America listening to the waves, feeling the cool water, smelling the salt air… it makes my neck relax and my shoulders lower away from my ears, ha ha… Everyone should have a painting like this to look at every day!

Read a blip about Marcia from her website:

“Making a painting, for me, is a process of studying a subject over a period of hours or days. Creating meaning from a random collection of natural objects requires receptively seeing in a sensual way while at the same time imposing structure. This dance between perception and intellect to create an object that holds a unique communication is the great joy of being a painter.”

Starting college at the University of Chicago, Burtt graduated from UC Berkeley with majors in pre-med, psychology, and art, earning her master’s degree in art from the University of Montana.

Her paintings have been included in a number of exhibitions in regional museums, including recently “California Art Club Paints Malibu” at the Weisman Museum at Pepperdine and “Saving Paradise,” traveling to the east coast.

Burtt’s large commissioned paintings hang in major healing centers, including MD Anderson in Houston and Cedars-Sinai Outpatient Cancer Center in Los Angeles.

Marcia and her husband Dave live on 1200 acres in southern San Luis Obispo County. Their ranch has been granted a wildlife easement and will never be developed, thanks to efforts by The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.

Also check out the WORKSHOP section… sounds amazing!

Catch you back here tomorrow!


O N E   Y E A R   A G O:  Day Trip… Rockville, SC!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O:  Artist to watch… JB Boyd!

All images: MarciaBurtt.com

Featured Artist… James Richards… (& Happy 1st Day of Summer!)

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Summer Fun by James Richards

Today is the first day of summer (which is the summer solstice… the longest day of the year).  You will see light a wee bit longer today.

Speaking of light… James Richards, an awesome plein air painter who’s style I adore has been turning out some incredible beach scenes. They are loose and leave something to your imagination which is part of the beauty of his work. Can’t you just feel the sun beating down upon you in this painting? Hear the ocean and the buzz of excitement from the people? Feel a bit relaxed after looking at this? I can even feel the water lapping at my ankles as the tide goes in and out… I love how Jim’s work allows you to use your imagination in the people’s faces. I think it’s amazing how he has the ability to do that. (Image above from JRichardsStudio.com)

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Charleston Shadows by James Richards

My husband and I met Jim at an art walk at Galerie on Broad in Charleston, SC. Jim was giving a demo that just blew us away. Every piece of his work was fabulous. If you’re in the Charleston area I highly encourage you to check it out. STUNNING. Charleston work that isn’t typical. He’s got a nice edge that makes it different and fresh. (Image above from Galerie on Broad).

Jim has a great website, one worth checking out. I especially love his Word From James tab… what a cool guy!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret… Jim is giving a Plein Air Workshop in France August 4 – 18, 2013… there are only a few spots left. You must read about it! Talk about a breathtaking experience! Other than airfare, it’s all inclusive, meaning food, lodging, wine, travel once you get there from painting location to location is all covered in the price! Two weeks. France. Learning from Jim Richards?!! Grab the open spot while you can!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Don Demers!

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Weathered Way by Don Demers

Isn’t this a fabulous painting? I love the warm palette… it’s that nice golden light warmth that I find so appealing in paintings. The dirt path with it’s subtle shadows is fabulous, as are the trees and sky. It makes this come together to be one fabulous piece of work! Those two dead trees… spectacular! Don paints a diverse number of subjects from maritime art to landscapes, each as fabulous as the next! Don’s art has graced the covers of many magazines, whoa! He also gives workshops (check out his website for more information!)… I also see that he’ll be a judge at Plein Air Easton. Now THAT’S an event I would love to make it to!

Read a blip about Don from his website, click HERE to read in its entirety:

Mr. Demers was born in 1956, in the small, rural community of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting maritime subjects began while spending his summers on the coast of Maine near Boothbay Harbor.

After finishing an exemplary high school art program, he furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA.

Don’s maritime experience came about as a crewmember aboard many traditional sailing vessels including schooners and square-riggers.  He continues to be an avid sailor.

His professional career began as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. His illustrations can be found on many book covers and in national publications such as Reader’s Digest, Sail Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Yankee, and National Geographic.

Demers’ diversity has enabled him to apply his skills to clients ranging from American Airlines to the National Park Service.  Various projects have included creating art for national television advertisements, educational television programming and designing art glass for Steuben.

Demers’ body of work has expanded to the study and creation of landscape painting.  These works are created from subjects across the country and beyond, often in consort with other artists of similar inspiration.  His landscape work has garnered him two awards at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational in Laguna Beach, California in 2001 and 2002.  He has also received an award for his painting at the 2007 Crystal Cove Invitational sponsored by the Irvine Museum in Orange County, CA.

Take a minute to check out his website! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Tom Hughes!

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Golden Gate by Tom Hughes – Image

Golden Gate is a painting that Tom quickly did while scouting for workshop locations. Fabulous! I love plein air paintings, they just amaze me.

I truly enjoy Tom’s work… and his website… WHOA! I especially love the  GREATEST HITS link. These paintings are sold but Tom shows the finished painting and the sketch he used to get it to that point. And they are FABULOUS!  Just don’t take my word for it, check them out!

When looking at Tom’s “Greatest Hits” Charles Movalli crossed my mind (another fabulous artist, read more about HERE or HERE…). After reading Tom’s website I see that they are friends. Very cool indeed! I’m keeping my eye on this fabulous artist… can’t wait to see his work in person one day! I would love to be taking his workshop right now… it starts today in Marin County (CA).

Here’s a little blip about Tom from his website:

Tom Hughes was born in Massachusetts in 1965.  He attended Northeastern University and M. I. T. for physics but left in 1986 to work as a staff artist for the Christian Science Monitor daily newspaper, until 1989.  After this, he did freelance illustration for a few years while he taught himself to paint.

Hughes has been a professional artist – having finished his last actual job in 1992 – for 20 years.  He paints figures, portraits and landscapes in various media: oil, acrylic, watercolor and alkyd.  He has had solo exhibitions at galleries in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, the New England states, and France.  His work has been featured in American Artist Watercolor magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur, for which he painted the magazine’s publisher Eric Rhoads’s portrait in oils.  Tom Hughes is one of the artists whose work is featured in a book about watercolor painting skills, Watercolor Painting by Tom Hoffmann, published in 2012 by Watson-Guptill.

In 1999, Hughes moved from New Hampshire to Meeks Bay on the west shore of Lake Tahoe where he and his wife Charlene lived for several years.  They now reside in Alameda, CA.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Colin Page… Show in Charleston, SC – March 1- 15, 2013

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Maine artist Colin Page. NICEST GUY EVER. Here. In Charleston… if you’re in the area don’t miss out!

Ooooh, a tease… a hint of things to come! These are some of the paintings that will be at the Smith Killian Gallery March 1- March 15, 2013.

Colin will be in town giving a workshop beginning Friday, March 1- Sunday, March 3, 2013. Make it to the gallery, check out his work, and take a piece home! The opening reception is Friday, March 1, 2013 from 5-8PM.

Here’s a blip about Colin from the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, ME (click on link to read more and to see more paintings):

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Colin Page’s 2012 exhibition was highlighted in Maine Home + Design’s April 2012 art issue. To download a copy of the article, click here: “Show Stoppers.”


Colin Page was raised in Baltimore, MD and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He transferred to Cooper Union with a concentration on painting. Upon graduation he lived in New York City for three years where he was an active member in the art world. In search of a more diverse landscape, Page moved to Maine where he found more time to devote to his art.

Page creates all his work on site and focuses on capturing the atmosphere and light of a scene. He believes through painting he finds moments of beauty in the space around him.

Artist’s Statement

“Through painting, I share unexpected moments of beauty that I find in the space around me. Painting is how I share the poetry of experience. ”

Colin gave an artist talk about his exhibition, “Camden”, at the Camden Public Library in March 2011. Watch the video here: Colin Page Artist Talk 2011.

Colin gave an artist talk about his exhibition in June 2010, which is available to watch here: Colin Page Artist Talk 2010.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Image via Smith Killian Facebook