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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


This past week I spent 4 days outside in the Brandywine Valley painting watercolors in what we often call "Wyeth country".  We visited a number of sights including the Birmingham Meeting House, Christ ChurchWilmington, Granogue, Long Point Farm, Hagley Mills and Winterthur.   On the first day I headed down to Christ Church and spent the whole morning painting the church from the front view.  We were able to get great lunches from Jansenn's Market, so I picked up my lunch and drove over to the sun lit Birmingham Meeting house making it a great day to paint.  Here I completed a mid size watercolor of the meeting house and small painting of the pump.  As the sun started to go down,  my car headed home with three watercolors in the back seat ready to frame.

Tuesday I had no idea what to expect.  I had never been to this private estate so was not sure what to would be waiting for me to paint so I was a little anxious. By the time I pulled up there were already 25 artists painting away.  Well I loved the setting.  There were numerous building and scenes to paint including a great barn and storage area.  I completed two paintings of this barn - one mid size and the other smaller.  This is one view.

Tuesday evening as the car headed home there were two more watercolors that needed to be framed to drop off the next morning.  
Wednesday was gray and slightly colder so more of a challenge for us painters.  That morning, we painted at Long Point Farm along the Brandywine river but you can see my great spot on a hill looking down on the barn.  
I completed one painting there and then left to go to the Hagley Mill in Wilmington.  Here the Gibbons house caught my eye that was located on Workers Hill.  Hagley Mills was the first Dupont mill where  the company was started. That evening three more paintings were framed bringing the total to 7 paintings completed.  I was dead tired that evening and just feel into bed.   

Thursday was colder, windier and definitely took more effort to paint. I sat out on the middle of a hill looking at the East Barns with an old house and barn.  Great view and good perspective, but it really started to get too cold.  Jumping of the shuttle, i was taken back to my car where I left to go home and frame this painting to return it by 6:00 pm that evening.   Wow!!!
The show was Friday through Sunday with over 900 paintings from all the artists and photographers. With all those paintings I sold my watercolor of Christ Church.

This was a great deal of work and yet a growing experience that helped me be able to focus and pick out a possible painting quicker.  It also helped me to learn how to paint more rapidly. It also helped improve my painting skills.  Some of these paintings will be in future shows for you to see the sights I painted.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Summer Garden Series Painting sold at Wayne Art Center

This summer my daughter and I went out to a home on Garret Mill Road to paint.  While she spent the time taking photos of the old barn, surrounding area and animals.  I picked a shady spot and drew the barn and then painted it.  Dawn came over after she was finishing taking photos and did some sketching and did a great if I can get her to paint more.

We spent the morning there and just enjoyed the chickens and Guinea hens walking around us as we painted listening the sheep in the barn.  Here is the painting I completed.  Here is a photo of the barn.  Below it is the only photo I have of the partially completed painting as I took it to the Wayne Art Center for a show in late September.  This was a show of all the paintings different artist completed this summer.   And IT WAS SOLD!!!!!!!!

I am thankful for the ability to paint and sell what I paint.

I was excited because when I first started to paint "PLEIN AIR" it took me all day to complete a painting.  I would first start by doing a sketch and complete a watercolor study that usually took me all morning trying to get the right colors and proportions.  Then I would complete a painting in the afternoon.  Now I am doing he sketch right on the watercolor paper and instead of a study, I start the finished painting.  This is more practical and I can finish a painting in a shorter period of time watching the weather and sky and shadows.   

I have the following coming up shortly.  The OCEAN CITY BLOCK PARTY is October 12th with originals and prints......on the block where the Tabernacle is located on the Tabernacle side!!

October 20th to 27th will be the BRANDYWINE PLEIN AIR that I am in for the first year with a show the end of the week at the Winterthur Visitors Center.   I am looking forward to this.

In November I will be back at the PennCrest High School Christmas sale and that usually means clearly out specials for the winter.

This winter in February and March, I have two big shows that  I have been painting for over the past several months.  I have some new originals including a lighthouse and some barns from our trip to New England.

Any questions send me an email or check out my FACEBOOK PAGE............Bruce