My booth at an Outdoor Art Show

My booth at an Outdoor Art Show
The best part of an outdoor show is meeting you. If you read my blog, be sure to say Hi to me.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

KUERNER FARM MORE WATERCOLORS

Painting at the Kuerner farm since May has allowed me to breath in the air and atmosphere of Wyeth countryside.  As Karl Kuerner III shares stories it forces me to want to improve my paintings.  In addition, it helps me see how by adding more dark and light colors, my paintings can improve.  So my watercolors increasingly have more depth and more color.

The second benefit of painting during the two hours at the farm has helped me focus trying to complete a painting in several hours that helps me improve my plein air painting.

This one was completed in about 2 1/2 hours so a little longer but captures the farm house and springhouse.

The next painting was of the springhouse from a different angle. The springhouse was where Karl Kuerner brewed his hard cider that he and Andy used to drink over their conversation.

You have to understand this.  For any artist who loves Andrew Wyeth paintings this is an incredible experience.  Being able to paint here sends chills up your spine realizing this is where Andy painted.  Every day and every step walked here as you hear Karl share his stories, refocuses your thoughts back to realizing you are on the farm where over 1,000 paintings were created by one of the world's greatest artists.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

KUERNER FARM ACTIVITY

Back in mid May I started painting again at the farm with Karl Kuerner III gathering his insight and hearing interesting memories of Andrew Wyeth painting at the farm.  One of my goals was to try to reduce the time to complete a painting en plein air to under 3 hours so I can participate in local Quick Draw plein air events.

I was fortunate to be able to complete 5 paintings over 7 weeks during the time we had at the farm with each weekly session lasting 2 hours.  This was my first watercolor from May.
Several other paintings were completed - one of the home from the back and two from the side near the springhouse.  Karl has been very helpful in providing guidance and suggestions.  Working with Karl and the Brandywine Art Museum, I helped organized a one day paint out here for members of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.  We had a great day with almost 20 people participating.  

Today is my last day to paint until the fall.  When we finish painting there today, they will be posted on my blog and Facebook account.  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Spring Plein Air activity

Sorry to not have been posting very much but my wife developed back pain and had surgery in early May. However, we learned yesterday that she will now need a second surgery.  So I have been spending more time helping her.

Let me share about a few out door painting activities.  First I sold my painting at the Audubon Plein Air event of the barn that you saw in my previous blog.   I attended the Mid Atlantic Plein Air meeting at Winterthur in April that was a great opportunity to meet other artists.

WAYNE PLEIN AIR EVENT 2015
 I submitted an application to paint in the WAYEN PLEIN AIR but did not make it but they opened up painting on the Friday for anyone to paint at St. David's historic church celebrating it's 300 anniversary.  This offered artist an opportunity to paint plein air , so my watercolor was of the door of the chapel.  Everyone that participated in this one day event at St. David's were allowed to show and sell their paintings at the Wayne Art Center on a wall labeled St. David's Paint Out....and my painting was sold!
It was special being able to see several master watercolor plein air artists at this event as most plein air artists use oil or pastel.  Then last week, my daughter Dawn and I went to see Stewart White do a watercolor demonstration of his plein air painting of a farm.  That also so very insightful.  I managed to watch Stewart paint at St. David's church on Saturday morning of the Wayne Plein Air event that was extremely helpful to see ways to improve my watercolors.  Here are two ways -  First use fewer details and second use washes and paint fewer strokes.

PAINTING AT THE KUERNER FARM WITH KARL KUERNER III
In Early May found me back painting two hours a week with Karl Kuerner III at the Kuerner Farm where Andrew Wyeth painted.   The goal during this spring session is trying to paint watercolors in about 2 hours to help me focus and paint the most important features.   So far I have just about completed 4 watercolors not in two hours but getting closer.  Those paintings will be on my next posting. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

AUDUBON PLEIN AIR

This past weekend I participated in the Plein Air event at James John Audubon's boyhood home called Mill Grove located in Audubon, PA near Valley Forge.
We had a little rain early on Friday morning, but later the sun came out.  I was back on Saturday as well with great weather.
Here is a view of the home from the entrance with the barn on the left. 



I decided to paint the bench on the front porch and add a few other details. 
Here is the bench and my watercolor that I called " Sketchbook on Audubon's Porch"  It will be online for sale.  Here is the link _ http://johnjames.audubon.org/plein-air-painting-mill-grove-april-17-19-2015

The other painting I completed is of the back view of the stone barn.

Here is the photo of that view.   The original watercolor will be at their show this coming Friday.   Go between 10:00 and 4:00 when all work is for sale.  That night the sale continues from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  There will be a reception to raise money for the new Visitor's Center at $ 25 per person.

We will be there at the reception on Friday evening.  The next day I will be at Winterthur at the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters annual meeting with time to do some outdoor painting if the weather is good.  


Friday, April 3, 2015

APRIL ACTIVITIES

The Chadds Ford Art Show faced a snowy opening but the crowds came out and purchased art.  Thanks to all who came and purchased my small originals,  prints and larger originals.  It is a great show to be in with many other fine artists and great customers
This favorite of my wife's left the show to hang on a great customer's wall and so I need to replace it in our home.  

For April, I will be painting in the "Plein Air Painting at Mill Grove” from April 17 – 19, 2015.  I am looking forward to painting around the home where James John Audubon lived for a period of his life.  

The exhibit will be open to the public on April 24, 10 am – 4 pm, no admission fee. Then the finished art work will be exhibited at a fund raiser Mill Grove Cocktail Party, Art Exhibit and Sale, Friday, April 24, 6 - 9 pm, Mill Grove Pavilion.    http://johnjames.audubon.org/plein-air-painting-mill-grove-april-17-19-2015

April will also find me preparing for the OCEAN CITY SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA held May 2nd, 2015 on Asbury Avenue near the Tabernacle between 4th and 5th st.  We will have Jan's sweatshirts and my paintings. In addition our daughter Kim will have her lockets that you customize by adding charms of meaningful things in your life.  I might try to do a small painting that we can use as a giclee to put in the lockets.

I am working with the Philadelphia Watercolor Society to have a Plein Air Event at the Kuerner Farm in Chadds Ford in May allowing us to paint where Andrew and Jamie Wyeth painted for many years.