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.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


We have organized a Plein Air event for the Philadelphia Watercolor Society at Historic Sugartown on Chester County Day.  I have painted two plein air watercolors over the summer that will be for sale along with any paintings we do this day.  We have some racks set up to exhibit all paintings done over the summer by our members that will be for sale that day.  Here is a study I did this summer of the Hannah Cheever House and the book bindery.

Your purchase of any of these paintings benefit the Historic Sugartown Association that has preserved these buildings. 
So come out on Saturday and watch the artists painting at Sugartown.

Then the following weekend on October 10th, I will be at the OCEAN CITY FALL Extravaganza on the ocean side of Asbury near the Tabernacle.  If the weather is good, I will have my tent with paintings and our sweatshirts with my photo on it.    On Sunday the 11th we will be back at Dilworthtown at the benefit for Chester County Hospital from noon to 4:00 pm.  

Sunday, August 30, 2015


This summer I have been able to do some plein air painting at Sugartown in Malvern and in Philadelphia for the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Event. However the summer began with a trip to New England and of course visiting some Wyeth locations.  This is the Olson House in Cushing.  It was closed for the installation of a fire proofing but we still went and took photos.  Then we had the opportunity to take a lobster boat cruise around the Wyeth island where Betsy Wyeth lives in the summer.

Then several times I have been painting at Historic Sugartown to get ready for Chester County Day Plein air event we are running for the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.   Here is on of my sketches

This is of the book bindery with the Garret Home in the background.  On Chester county Day we hope to have 20 artists here painting during the day.  That is on October 3rd weather permitting.

Then several times my paint brushes have gone with me to Philadelphia to paint and that has been an experience!  First stop was 100 Market Street to the Franklin Fountain Ice Cream Parlor.
It was early morning so the cleanup crew was there when I started but soon customers showed up.  The owners Ryan and Eric Berley came out and we talked for awhile.  If you haven't had a cone of their ice cream you have to go and the parking is easy on the street.

Next stop later last week was the Betsy Ross House.  While I was sitting on my stool painting, a couple from New Zealand stopped and talked to me.  They took some pictures of me painting and will send them to me once they get back to New Zealand.
I was sitting in front of a flag store, across the street from the Betsy Ross house on the sidewalk between two sections that where blocked off due to construction.  There were trucks delivering food to a pub behind me so there was alot of activity.  Another couple from France stopped to watch me painting.  They arrived by boat they anchored in the Delaware River.  They came from Quebec on their sailboat and were here for three days before going back to France.
I will finish the paintings in the next day and take them over to the Wayne Art Center for a month long show.

NEWTOWN SQUARE PUBLIC LIBRARY    I have a one man show here for the month of September.  On wall is all plein air paintings from the Kuerner farm and one wall are local scenes.
October will be Plein air on Chester County Day at Sugartown, the Ocean City Block party on October 10th and the 11th will be the Dilworthtown Benefit for Chester County Hospital.

Sunday, July 12, 2015


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


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.

 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.