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.

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.

 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.

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


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 _

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


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.

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. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Each year before a show or plein air event, I spend days getting ready  For the Chadds Ford show, we spent time selecting the original watercolors, the giclees reproductions to be just matted or framed, printing some new giclees and even painting some new small watercolors.

The experience of painting at the Kuerner Farm over the past year gave me the opportunity to sit outside and paint on the iconic farmstead sitting in the same grass or the driveway where Andrew Wyeth painted.  Here is where I sat to paint a watercolor that will be in the show call "Anna's Gate" named after Karl Kuerner III's grandmother.

Then we put up a screen in our home so I can judge where to put the paintings and how many I can bring.  Sometimes this takes awhile as we want to pick the paintings that fit the Chester county area and yet enough variety to ensure people v the opportunity to pick up a small $ 20 reproduction or an original for from $ 40 to $ 475. So if you stop by be sure to tell me you saw this blog.  

So here is a view of how we set up a screen in our home to figure out how many paintings to bring and how to hand them.  You can see "Anna's Gate" on the top of the screen.  This year we have a great selection of originals and framed prints.  

This past week I found an older photo of one of the first times we exhibited my paintings at a show.  It was at the Granite Run Mall and I made my display with peg board.  This was photo is of the third year I exhibited and see if you know the year?   My son Mark was looking through my small box of matted Christmas cards.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Just returned from a vacation in Florida and are back to snow...what is happening.  I thought we would have missed this weather.
Just working on my list of paintings for this show coming up in two weeks.  I will have some of my original watercolors painted en plein air at the Kuerner farm.  Here is ANNA'S GATE that I painted sitting in front of the farmhouse.  This plein air watercolor was my newest and last painting from my time at the Kuerner farm this past fall.

I have a number of other watercolors of all sizes from 5 x 7 to 22 x 27.  I have included a number of new reproductions, giclees and small matter watercolors.

Here is "A barrel of Geraniums" small 5 x 7 original watercolor that you can take home.

So come out on the free Friday night opening with all types of snacks and say hello.  Hope you can make it and that the snow disappears.  Bruce