Featured Artist… Thomas Jefferson Kitts!

"The Tin Shed" by Thomas Jefferson Kitts Image: Thomas Jefferson Kitts Facebook
“The Tin Shed” by Thomas Jefferson Kitts
Image: Thomas Jefferson Kitts Facebook

Fabulous, right? The colors, THE BRUSHSTROKES! The looseness of it all… I’m not the only one that thinks this is one nice painting…

“The Tin Roof”, 8 x 16″, oil on mounted canvas, was juried into the American Impressionist Society’s 14th Annual National Show. Woo hoo!

I’m excited to say that the American Impressionist Society‘s exhibition will be held at the M Gallery of Fine Art in Charleston this October! Click HERE for more info, including a list of artists!

Here’s a little blip about the painting from the artist…

This painting was executed inside 40 minutes one evening late last August after driving around on the East side of Mt Hood, frantically watching the light fade. I didn’t have much hope for a strong finish when I set up but then the sun dropped behind the trees and dappled the roof in a lovely way. You never know what your subject will do, or even be until you actually start working. Which is why each painting starts off as a mystery to me.

The Tin Roof is a personal favorite of mine from last year so I am pleased to see it recognized in this way.

If you aren’t familiar with this artist’s work… his website is a treat! He also has a Facebook page “Thomas Jefferson Kitts – Impressionism + Realism” that you can “Like”.

Here’s a blip about Thomas from his website:

Thomas lives in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1984, after which he returned home to paint en plein air in the Pacific Northwest and California. (Picture of him left shows Thomas painting the Californian coastline somewhere south of Carmel.) Thomas is an active member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the California Art Club, the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society. He travels extensively and maintains an active and distinguished exhibition history – one which includes the Laguna Art Museum, the Maritime Museum of Curacao, the Academy Museum of Easton, Oil Painters of America National & Regional Exhibitions, Arts for the Parks Top 100, and three New York Art Expos. Thomas has been commissioned by such prestigious entities as the Publix Corporation, the Mariott Corporation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and the Kaiser-Permanente Collection. His work is collected throughout North America. For more information on Thomas Kitts, read his bio.

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!

Featured Artist… Chris Groves!

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First Light by Chris Groves – Image: HortonHayes

How would you like to wake up to this every morning? First Light is an amazing painting – imagine being able to see the sunrise every morning without having to get up early?! This is such a fabulous painting, the clear water with the reflections of the emerging sun… not to mention, the sky! Whoa!

There is so much to keep your eye in this painting, it makes you drop your shoulders a bit and take a calm breath doesn’t it? Can’t you hear the ocean waves crashing? Smell the salt of the sea? This is only one of many new works by Chris. If you’re in Charleston, SC – stop in and see his work at Horton Hayes Fine Art Gallery.

Reminder for art lovers… there is an art walk tonight  Friday June 7, 2013 from 5-8PM – stop by and see the fabulous paintings… Horton Hayes is more than just a group of immensely talented artists (as if that isn’t enough), they are the nicest people ever!

Here’s a blip from a Horton Hayes email…

Congratulations to Chris on the following recent recognitions:Juried into the Oil Painters of America 2013 National Exhibition
Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas, May 18 to June 17thJuried into the Oil Painters of America 2013 Salon Show of Traditional Oils
Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, Michigan, June 21 to August 31Juried into the American Society of Marine Artists
Southern Regional Exhibition
Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia, June 13 to August 17Selected as a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists

Read a blip about Chris from the Horton Hayes website… I love knowing about artists as people as well in addition to their art background. Nice guy. Very talented.

Are you looking to take a workshop in the future? Horton Hayes has some great ones coming up, check it out!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Camille Przewodek!

“The Open Window” by Camille Przewodek

I think this is such a fantastic painting. I love everything about it from the light and shadows to the open window upstairs. This is another example of Camille’s wonderous painting techniques. She makes it look so simple. This is proof that when you paint often and you are disciplined it is possible to be good. In Camille’s case… GREAT!

Camille has a monthly demo on her website, and it is FAB-U-LOUS!  To see the original photo of the scene  “The Open Window” that Camille painted, along with step-by-step photos of the process, click HERE – It helps so much to see the process. I am beyond impressed!

Here’s a blip about Camille from her website. She has wonderful paintings, a great blog, a website that includes everything, a book, DVD, workshops, the list goes on… I highly encourage you to visit her website:

Something about the paintings of Camille Przewodek stops you, then brings a smile to your face.  Maybe it is the vitality of the colors, or the feeling of intrigue one gets from the houses; windows and doorways beckon us to enter, while retaining dark secrets about what is inside. 

 Przewodek doesn’t quibble about the paintings being happy.  She won’t even set up her easel unless there is something about the scene that grabs her heart and gnaws at her aesthetic adoration of light on color.  “If I don’t care, I don’t paint,” she says bluntly. 

 Perhaps the paintings are a way of reliving a brighter childhood than she had growing up in a working-class neighborhood of Detroit.   “I remember my family home as nil when it came to aesthetics,” she recalls.  “My life was flat until I started drawing and painting with my brother, who was very creative.”

 Rebellion was the spirit of the 1960s, and Przewodek questioned just about everything, including her own desire to be an artist.  But after a year of working as a legal secretary, she enrolled at Wayne State University and began what she describes as “throwing around paint…. It was considered pedestrian to sell your art, so I stored or gave the paintings away.”

 After graduating with her BFA in 1972, Przewodek took a trip to Europe that presaged her future. “I did a series of postcard paintings that I sent to people.  Then I gathered them together into a series I called Art on the Road. “  She’s been attracted to roadways ever since and often paints paths that lead to destinations left up to the imagination to conjure. 

 She is also drawn to water, perhaps a subliminal message from her last name which means “by the water” in Polish. In 1973 Przewodek headed for the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco.  There she continued to paint, but was momentarily sidetracked by an urge to develop her left brain. “I decided to become a history student and get involved in politics,” she says. It was an eye-opener that made her aware of how rich with meaning everything in life is.  “Without history, I couldn’t have gone into illustration.”

 Illustration?  Why would an abstract artist who loved the left side of her brain suddenly return to representational art with a message?  Przewodek took a class in visual communications at City College that changed her perspective on the power of art to persuade an audience. “It was incredibly challenging, and I knew there was a way to combine storytelliing with fine art.”

 That decision drove her to the Academy of Art in San Francisco, where Przewodek met her husband, Dale Axelrod, an artist who introduced her to the artist who would change her life forever.  “Dale asked me if I wanted to attend Henry Hensche’s painting workshop in Provincetown, MA,” she says.  “I had never worked with a master before; it was like becoming a part of art history.”

 Hensche was the catalyst that made Przewodek learn to see in a whole new way. “I’ve been experimenting with his methods for 17 years and I’m still amazed at how complex the system is,” she says.  “Its foundation is using color to build form, and not bringing formulas into your work.”

 Today, Przewodek carries on Hensche’s tradition by teaching his theories to others in workshops. The lineage of her instruction goes back through Hensche to his teacher Charles Webster Hawthorne, who had studied with William Merritt Chase. As with the French impressionists, American impressionism focused on painting outdoors and observing light and atmosphere on color. Unlike French impressionism, however, American impressionists tended to pay greater attention to the solidity of form.  This was part of Hensche’s training: rather than drawing objects, then “coloring them in,” Przewodek learned to see the myriad subtleties of tones and values that create form.

 Przewodek’s style, which quickly became distinctive for its rich saturated color and luscious oil paint, caught the attention of numerous clients during the decade when she worked as a commercial illustrator. “I was one of the few illustrators who didn’t look like an illustrator. I painted the way I liked to paint,” she says. When she landed accounts such as Alfa Romeo and Chateau St. Jean, Przewodek knew it was her commitment to capturing changing light that made the difference.  “Most illustrators would just go to the site, get their reference and go back home to do a slick illustration.  I would go to the sites and stay for hours or days and do several paintings on location, then we decided which best served the project.”  That same working method influences the series Portraits of Places she continues to do today. 

 Przewodek believes that just about any scene is beautiful, if you are willing to seek out the beauty in it.  “I paint light, that’s what I do.  When people say they like a painting that has bright colors in it, they obviously like sunny days.  For others the appeal is found in the cooler colors of gray days .  The abstract relationships of the big structures and the masses of color are where I begin.  How does the sky relate to a hill and to the foreground?  I see the relationships and proportions of color in my mind, and then I go for it!”

 Three paintings of water lilies done at three different times of the day make the case for how atmosphere changes colors and the mood of the overall scene.  The morning painting, which has a tighter composition, is fresh and uncomplicated when compared to the riot of brilliant colors found in the more complex mid-day painting. By late afternoon Przewodek pulls back and takes an expansive look at colors deepened by reflected color and enriched by shadows. 

 Although she paints the gardens, shores and vineyards that surround her home in Petaluma, California, Przewodek is drawn to Europe and has painted throughout France, Spain and Italy.  It is no surprise that she made a pilgrimage to see the work of Spanish colorist Joaquin Sorolla . She senses a special bond to French Impressionist Camille Pissarro and Claude Monet’s wife, Camille.  Przewodek’s daughter, who “radiates happiness,” often joins her in her travels, adding a youthful counterpoint to the history that passes before them. 

 While she paints the moment, history continues to be a major part of Przewodek’s work. The vitality and tragedy she felt in Venice resulted in a series of paintings that document the feeling of transformation the city is making as it slowly sinks into the ocean, burying its incredible record of love and war in the murky memory of legend. 

 In truth, transformation is at the heart of Przewodek’s paintings.  Each time she stops to paint a scene she approaches it without baggage, emulating an almost childlike vision.  Intrigued by a split moment of light, she relies on the sensitivity of her eye and the clarity of her memory to keep the scene alive as she intuitively reaches for opaque pigments that transform into translucent atmosphere when juxtaposed on canvas.  When we look at one of her paintings, we partake of the pleasure she felt in achieving her goal, and thus we too are transformed by her vision.

 We also sense how Przewodek’s endless pursuit of knowledge continues to transform the legacy of Hensche, who wrote: “Only the education of the art of seeing, unique as it is, supplies the possibility of continuous growth.  As a good music teacher makes the pupil aware of finer sound tones and how to produce them, the good art teacher will make his student aware of finer color tones and how to paint them.”

Camille teaches many workshops, I see the one scheduled for Charleston, SC is full with a waiting list, that’s GREAT! Check out all the other locations, including the LDL (Long Distance Learning), Learning to plein air paint with classes ONLINE! The only prerequisite is that you’ve previously taken a five day workshop with Camille. To read more about it, click here!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Nancy Colella!

“Glorius Fall” by Nancy Colella

Facebook. It’s an amazing way to discover new artists… I’m thrilled to have found artist Nancy Colella! She’s wonderfully talented. Her paintings are happy… you can tell that she’s studied from some of the greats… such as Charles Sovek, Tim Horn and Colin Page (among others!). Those three are just amazing to me and Nancy has that same ‘amazingness’. You must check out her work, it’s brilliant! Fresh, colorful, different and LOOSE! I love “Glorious Fall” (pictured above), I love the contrast! It really stands out, this painting won Honorable Mention at the Duxbury (MA) Art Association Winter Juried Show! In addition to Nancy’s wonderful website she maintains two blogs, both are fabulous, one is SIMPLY PAINTING, it’s a journal of sorts, including her paintings and wonderful stories as well as great bits of information, I’m thrilled to have found it! Another blog entitled PATIENCE WITH PATIENTS just warms my heart to no end. Here’s Nancy’s description:

A year ago, I was asked if I’d like to give “art” lessons to Alzheimer patients. I am not an art therapist and have no experience with Alzheimer’s patients, but I strongly believe “art” opens doors, in some way, for everyone. I took this on as a challenge and started this blog with the hope that sharing my journey would help care givers and family members use “art” to open new doors of communication. 

Talk about amazing! You can see how her art lessons open doors, lets their creativity rein free… I couldn’t help thinking if I were in their position how much an art lesson would mean to me… it would definitely be the bright spot in the day! I think it’s fabulous that Nancy makes the effort because it clearly makes a difference in so many people’s lives… hmmm, a lesson we can all learn from? What can you do to help make someone’s day/week/month better?

A blip about the artist from her website… “Glorius Fall” by Nancy Colella / Image from artist’s website

About the Artist

Nancy was a painting major at Muskingum College and graduated with a BA in Art Education, then continued her studies at the Aegean School of Fine Arts in Paros, Greece and at the Instituto de Allende in San Miquel Mexico. After a career in the Hospitality business and while raising her two children, she began studying again at Mass College of Art in Boston, MA and at the North River Arts Society in Marshfield Hills, MA. She has studied with numerous contemporary impressionist painters; Charles Sovek, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Ken Auster, Kim English, Colin Page, Carol Marine and Karin Jurick, to name a few. She is a gallery artist and faculty member at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA and a member artist at the Copley Societyin Boston. She exhibits regularly in her gallery/ studio where visitors are welcomed.

One more because I just love it… This painting reminds me so much of Charles Sovek and his wonderful work! (All images from artists website):

Your art is amazing Nancy! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Brian Blood!

Fishing Boat, Monterey by artist Brian Blood

Brian Blood is a fabulous artist, no question about it. But this little number caught my eye in the biggest way… (Thank you Bridget for forwarding me that email!). I love everything about this painting. The water… perfect! The pop of orange, and all that detail without anything being too specific. Absolute perfection!

Many of you have probably seen Brian’s work in magazines… if you’re fortunate enough to be near a gallery (click here for list) stop in and say hello, otherwise he has a wonderful website! Brian teaches workshops, which I would assume would fill up rather quickly, he also gives a demo workshop… now THAT is something I would be interested in… I learn by watching… and yes, it does help if you actually pick up a paintbrush… sigh…

Here’s a blip about Brian from his website:

Brian Blood, a resident of Pebble Beach, California, is widely recognized as one of California’s most important plein air impressionist artists. Married to award winning artist, Laurie Kersey,  www.lauriekersey.com they live their childhood dreams.

He began his professional life as a graphic artist and art director in Boston, Massachusetts.  Although Blood’s career was successful, he was frustrated personally and realized he wanted to be a fine-art painter. A leap across the continent to California took him to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for both undergraduate and graduate studies.  Blood and Kersey were both later instructors at the Academy of Art University for 12 years.
From the 1990s, Brian Blood has been painting full time as well as conducting landscape painting classes at his alma mater.  He also conducts ongoing workshops in his studio, and surrounding areas of Pebble Beach, California.

Primarily a plein-air painter, Blood creates hundreds of studies directly from nature, observing the ever changing light of day.  He then takes his studies and supporting reference photos back to one of his two studios, either in San Francisco or Pacific Grove, to paint. He uses these studies as the basis for his larger scale works.

Blood has had his work featured in articles in Southwest Art Magazine (May 2002, and March 2005); Art of The West Magazine (March/April 2004); American Artist Magazine (January 2004); Plein Air Magazine (December 2005); and The Central Coast Journal (October 2005); to name a few. 

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Artist to watch… STAN MOELLER!

Image: http://www.stanmoeller.com

Stan Moeller. Nice guy, great artist… and FANTASTIC web site!  I love this painting… GULLS (18 x 24, oil on linen panel) – I love the lights and darks, the movement and the water in the background… Check out Stan’s website at www.stanmoeller.com it’s full of information, paintings, workshop schedule, gallery links, etc. If you haven’t seen Stan’s work before, CHECK IT OUT!

Catch you back here tomorrow… If you get a chance, check out my photo blog at http://almostdailypic.wordpress.com !