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.

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. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

PREPARATIONS FOR THE CHADDS FORD ART SHOW MARCH 20TH AND 21ST

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.    http://cfes.ucfsd.org/artshow/

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.
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON FRIDAY EVENING OR SATURDAY AFTERNOON.






Thursday, March 5, 2015

CHADDS FORD ART SHOW

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

OCTOBER WAS AN ABUNDANCE OF PAINTING AND SHOWS

I HAVE TO SHARE NOW THAT I HAVE CAUGHT MY BREATH ABOT THIS PAST OCTOBER.   It was one of the busiest months I have every had working with watercolors.

Let me start with the exciting time I had spending every Tuesday back on the Kuerner Farm where Andrew Wyeth walked, sketched, painted and shared in the lives of the Kuerner family.  For 8 weeks at 11:00 am I was painting watercolors on site with Karl Kuerner III sharing his stories and most important his suggestions that have helped me improve my painting.  AS hawks screeched overhead in the blue skies and slight breezes, I could only imagine how Andrew Wyeth felt sitting here painting.  Here are several photos of views for me to try to do in a larger scale.




During October,  had 16 paintings at Christopher's Restaurant in Wayne, PA  for the month.  They have a great brick wall on one side where they  hung the paintings.  I had great exposure.

Brandywine Plein Air This was my second year in this prestigious show.  It took place starting October 20th allowing us to paint at 10 different locations in the Chester County - Northern Delaware area.  Some neat places including some private homes.  Then the paintings were in a show Friday the 24th to the 26th.  We had ordered new frames and spacers so the watercolors are right behind the glass not touching it.  I was excited that I sold two paintings and have some left over that are for sale at the Malvern Retreat House show and will be for sale at the Chadd's Ford Art Show.

This was one of the locations where I prepared a small sketch completed that helped me be paint the Abiah Taylor house.

OCEAN CITY BLOCK PARTY   This one took place in Ocean City  on October 11th with only our sweatshirts with my photo on it and Jan had some great new additions with some new OC bags with a bike on it.  However, because it rained I could not show any watercolors.

DILWORTHTOWN WINE AND CHEESE PARTY  On October 12th, we participated in this event selling originals and reproductions, as well as some new giclees.  We also met many new people and that resulted in several new commissions of local sites.
So in February and March of this year I will be back with two shows with originals and reproductions from $ 15 to $ 500 so if you are looking for two great shows, come on out.   And for sure tell me if you read my blog.