Monday, December 31, 2007

Green Key Beach by Jenna Star

Green Key. Painted in plein air at the beach. I was impressed by the colors and reflections in the low tide that day. The beach was nearly empty except for a few of us painters out there trying to capture its beauty.

Green Key, 9x12" Oil on hardwood panel. $250.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Taylor Creek Cypress, Daily painting by Fawn

"Taylor Creek Cypress"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas

Finally got to go back to Taylor Creek. It was a beautiful morning. I wanted to paint this cypress tree at a different angle than the last time. I love the interesting shape it has. It's alla prima.

To purchase this one-of-a-kind original, go to MY GALLERY and click on this image (available tomorrow) or email me.

Friday, December 21, 2007

"Winter Oak" a christmas card for you

I'm fascinated with snow because I've never lived in it. When I get the chance, I love to hike thru the newly fallen snow with my labs and I can't help but notice the way the snow acts like an insulator for noise. I love the quiet.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Daily Painting 444 The Old Stone Bridge at McKee's Botanical Gardens

Its plein air, alla prima, oil 12 x 16. Very textured. It was lovely at Mckee's, perfect weather. $320.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Blue Ridge Series comes to an end... until next time!

Here's the last in my Blue Ridge Plein Air series... until next trip... ;)

"The Ridge"... Blue Ridge Plein Air #6... Fleetwood, NC
6x8" Oil on Panel, en plein aire, 11-22, 2007 (Thanksgiving Day).
Purchased by a patron in Germany who misses the Blue Ridge Mountains...

I woke early Thanksgiving morning and decided to get at least one more plein air painting in before my family arrived later that morning. This scene is set on Fleetwood Mountain near our lodge on The Ridge. We walk this road everyday for exercise and I wanted to capture it before it is scattered with mountain homes. I got to met several people as they were enjoying their daily walks as well. Thanksgiving Day brought my family, and the COLD weather! It was 60 degrees when I painted this one... later that evening it was snowing!

Thanks for looking...
Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Daily Painting 442 Old Bridge at Mckee's Botanical Gardens

8 x 10, oil. I did it at McKee's Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach today. $200.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Bougainvilleas 2, Plein air, Daily Painting by Fawn

"Bougainvilleas 2"
5 x 7 inches

Had a very nice day in Jensen Beach. Did a little art show, sold a painting, and did a couple of watercolors of these wonderful flowers!

To purchase this one-of-a-kind original, go to MY GALLERY and click on this image, or email me.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Daily Painting 437 Bauhinia Orchid Tree Plein Air, Alla Prima

I painted this one at Heathcote Botanical Gardens. Its 5 x 7 Oil, mostly painting knife, $100.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Daily Painting 436 Foxtail Palms Plein Air, Alla Prima

I did this at Heathcote Botanical gardens its 5 x 7 oil, mostly painting knife. $100.

Caribbean Palms, plein air beach scene by Fawn

"Caribbean Palms"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

No, I didn't go to the Caribbean Islands to paint this one (although that is not a bad idea). I went to Jensen Beach this morning and painted at a resort called Caribbean Shores. It was very windy and cool, and these palms were so beautiful I had to try my hand at them!

To purchase this one-of-a-kind original, go to MY GALLERY and click on this image, (available tomorrow) or email me.

Another Blue Ridge Plein Air by Bernie Rosage Jr.

"Blue Ridge View"... Blue Ridge Plein Air #5, Fleetwood, NC
6x8" Oil on Panel, en plein aire, 11-21-2007.
This original oil painting is available for purchase at eBay via auction... click here...

This peaceful scene is set just below our mountain lodge. Two days earlier I set out to paint this scene in the late afternoon... As I got to the foot of the hill I heard two gunshots (rather close I might add) so I decided to wait. I could just see the headlines now... "Plein air painter mistaken for deer!" While painting this one I saw wild turkeys, a white tail deer, and a Pleated woodpecker. An awesome time spent communing with nature.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Daily Painting 435 Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Plein Air, Alla Prima

The title refers to the lavender flowered plant, it starts out purple, turns lavender and then white so it has all three colors on one plant. Its very striking. The orange flowers are heliconias and the yellow flowers in the back are bellardias. I got myself into trouble, I found this interesting plant site while checking out my spelling and ordered a whole bunch of cool sounding seeds! Merry Christmas to me!

I ordered a heliconia mix, passionflowers, orchid tree seeds and some other stuff.

I painted this today with my group, the Plein Air Painters of the Treasure Coast. It was a perfect day out. Its 5 x 7 oil, $100.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Poinsettias, plein air daily painting by Fawn

5 x 7 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

Tis the season! These lovely poinsettias were growing just below the crotons I did last Tuesday. Had fun painting with Lori -- Her bold colors always inspire me! I love the wet-in-wet technique and the thick paint.

To purchase this one-of-a-kind original, go to MY GALLERY and click on this image, or email me.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Blue Ridge saga by Bernie Rosage Jr. continues...

"A Misty View of Todd Island"... Blue Ridge Plein Air #4, Todd, NC
6x8" Oil on Panel, en plein aire, 11-20-2007.

This original oil painting is available for purchase at eBay via auction... click here...

I woke up early as usual on Wednesday the 21st. The mist was everywhere... wanting to capture it I headed down Fleetwood Mountain and along Railroad Grade Road and the New River to find the perfect spot. I set up along the banks looking into the rising sun as it back-lit the mist and silhouetted the trees in the scene. Here I am looking toward Todd Island that I mentioned in Plein Air #1.

My Plein Air Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Daily Painting 429 Christmas Poinsettias at Heathcote Botanical Gardens Plein Air Alla Prima

Its 5 x 7 oil, all knife painted lots of juicy texture. I painted this with fellow Daily Painter Fawn McNeil, we had a great time, the weather was perfect and Heathcote Botanical Gardens was beautiful as always. $100.

Crotons, Plein Air, Daily Painting by Fawn

8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

Thick paint, fast loose brush strokes, and bold strong colors! Went to Fort Pierce with my painting group and had so much fun painting out at Heathcote Botanical Gardens yesterday. These crotons were partially in the shade and the parts in the sun were just glowing!

To purchase this one-of-a-kind original, go to MY GALLERY and click on this image, (available tomorrow) or email me.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Winter Lane from Blue Ridge Series by Bernie Rosage Jr.

"Blue Ridge Lane in the Winter"... Blue Ridge Plein Air #3, Todd, NC
5x7" Oil on Panel, en plein aire, 11-20-2007.
This original oil painting is available for purchase at eBay via auction... click here...

I was attracted to the light in this simple scene and how the bare winter trees seemed to glow on the shadow side of the hill. This small piece was captured near the banks of the New River, near Todd, North Carolina, as the afternoon sun was in its golden splendor. I overemphasized the small road that was there... something about country lanes and roads... I find them so inviting and peaceful. Anyone who has collected my work recognizes them as a common theme. all about my adventures here... My Plein Air Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Thanks for looking...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Railroad Grade Road... Blue Ridge Series by Bernie Rosage Jr.

As promised... I want to share more plein air work from my recent trip to the Blue Ridge... read all about my adventures here... My Plein Air Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
"Railroad Grade Road"... Blue Ridge Plein Air #1, Todd, NC...
8x10" Oil on panel, en plein aire, 11-19-2007.
This original oil painting is available for purchase at eBay via auction... click here...
In this scene I headed along Railroad Grade Road trying to narrow down one of a hundred beautiful spots to paint from. I found a view of a barn (I have painted several times) from Todd Island... a small island park in the middle of the South Fork Branch of the New River near Todd, NC. This old barn has so much character... I never tire of painting it! The weather was mild and clear for most of the week... except this day... I painted this one in a cold drizzle. After almost two hours... the cold drizzle turned into a downpour and I RAN to the car with painting (95% complete) in hand. I finished it in the comfort of a warm lodge and hot coffee.

Thanks for dropping by...

Taylor Creek Too, Daily Painting by Fawn

"Taylor Creek Too"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hard board

This is the second in this series. I hope to go back and do a few more. I scouted out some more nice places to set up next time.
The lock is just off to the left. This is where Taylor Creek ends and joins the levee. Lake Okeechobee is just over the dike. Click on the image to see the birds hiding in the painting.

To purchase this one-of-a-kind original, go to MY GALLERY and click on this image, (available tomorrow) or email me.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Taylor Creek, Daily Painting by Fawn

"Taylor Creek"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

Went out late this morning, and it was so hot for November! 85 degrees. But the wind was blowing and the sun light made everything easier to paint. I found a cypress tree to set up under and got two paintings done. Beautiful day.

I am working with some new colors. I also tried to make a plan and really slow down. So much more enjoyable. Things go much smoother if I don't change my mind half way through the painting!

To purchase this one-of-a-kind original, go to MY GALLERY and click on this image, (available tomorrow) or email me.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Daily Painting 422 South Beach Causeway Park Plein Air Alla Prima

I painted this yesterday with my plein air painting friends, we had a good time. A bit buggy, forgot my bug spray, the sand flies were bad. There are a few little bugs in the painting, you can tell its a real plein air! Its 11 x 14 oil, almost all painting knife. $300.

Lin Cove Viaduct by Bernie Rosage Jr.

I'd like to introduce myself and say thank you to each artist here for accepting me into your plein air guild. You all are a talented group and I am honored to be among your ranks. My name is Bernie Rosage Jr. and I have a passion for painting... especially en plein aire. I recently returned from a week long trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains where I spent most of the time plein air painting. I will share those works with you over the next couple of weeks... here's one to start the show... the Lin Cove Viaduct.


I painted the scene from Rough Ridge Lookout (mile marker 302 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Rough Ridge is actually the backside of Grandfather Mountain and has some spectacular views... here's one...


I was about half way up the ridge painting from a wooden lookout. The weather was very comfortable for late November but the wind was gusting at 40 mph at times... I had paintbrush in one hand and steadied my easel with the other.

"The Lin Cove Viaduct... a view from Rough Ridge"... 9x12" Oil on Panel, en plein aire, 11-2007.


This painting is for a invitational gallery show in January 2008. The show... titled, "North Carolina Landscapes... from the Mountains to the Sea"... will be at the Baysden Gallery in Jacksonville, NC where several local artists will be featured.

Check out my other work here:
Artistic Release: "Alla Prima" Oil Paintings

Learn more about me here:
Meet the Artist
Thanks again SPAP for letting me join your ranks... I'm honored to be here.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

"Wet Drought" 15"x15" by Jeff Surace

It's always interesting to see how people paint so I posted some pics of my set up. I use a vinyl portfolio cut out of a garment bag to hold my black core illustration board which is what I use to paint on. I use straight oil applied with a palette knife. I use a camelbak type backpack to haul everything else. Today, It started raining during this painting which is slightly ironic considering this landscape was created from drought conditions. hence the name.. (I had some more photos but had trouble posting)

Paynes Prairie, Plein Air Painting by Fawn

"Paynes Prairie"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

Went up to Micanopy yesterday, just south of Gainsville. Had a workshop with Linda Blondheim. She is an excellent instructor. It was windy, cold, and absolutely beautiful. Don't think I even came close to the feast of colors my eyes enjoyed all day. To top it off, The sandhills sang all day and I saw so many whitetail deer that I lost count . . . It was a fantastic day!

To purchase this one-of-a-kind original, go to MY GALLERY and click on this image, or email me.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Cypress with Crotons, Plein Air Painting by Fawn

"Cypress with Crotons"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

First time out in a long while. I started with just the Crotons, at least that was the original idea, but the roots of this old cypress tree were just too interesting to pass up. They soon became the focus of the composition!

Have a plein air work shop tomorrow in Gainsville. Can't wait!

To purchase this one-of-a-kind original, go to MY GALLERY and click on this image, (available tomorrow) or email me.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Fall at Fort Keys by BJ Wright

8" x 10" oil on canvas covered hardboard painted en plein air, alla prima - $85 including shipping -

It seems like ages since I've been outside painting. This is the same scene - "Camp at Fort Keys" - that I painted in September at the Tunnel Hill battlefield. The foliage is changing so fast I'm glad I finally captured it on canvas. The shadows are appearing so blue and the leaves are so firey red, it's just an explosion of color.
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Blue Ridge Sketches

Here are some sketches I did in the car on and around the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina last month. It's in my Canson 10x15 watercolor pad.

"The Golden Pair"

It was so windy on Friday that painting outside was a real hazard. So I painted in my car, instead! This little vignette is of a scene along Foushee Street, right near my downtown studio in Richmond, VA.

autumn plein air painting street scene richmond va

"The Golden Pair"
Oil on canvas mounted on hardboard, 5x7"

Painting in the car has its own hazards, I must say. I'm used to stepping back to see my painting from a distance, and there was none of that. It was pretty confining too, so I had to be careful where I was pointing those brushes! But, any way, I guess it beats having my painting and all my gear slamming against the pavement.

This painting is in the "Vignettes" section of my website and may be purchased online. For more info about this piece, please click on the image or contact me!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Great White Egret by Jenna Star

A Great White Egret looks over a salty marsh, searching for his next meal. Click on button below to purchase, or contact me at Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Over The Mountain - N. Rhodes Harper

Hi, I am a new contributor here. I enjoy everyone's work so much and feel it is a privilege to be invited to join. I love plein air painting and I am addicted to it. I am also an equipment junkie so later I will post my set up (or setups). This is a painting I did one afternoon in the heat of summer. A family stopped right behind me, left their car running, and sat on top of their car to watch! Just a typical day in the life of a plein air painter. If any one is interested in buying this painting, please visit my blog and let me know,,and I will set you up. 6"x 8" oil. The bidding will start on eBay for S49.99. I am not one of the troopers who battles the cold to paint in the winter so the paintings I will be posting were done this summer en plein air. Thanks and it is nice to meet everyone here!
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"Autumn in Bellevue", plein air painting

Autumn landscape painting street scene

"Autumn in Bellevue"
Oil on Canvas, 7x5"

This was painted en plein air in the old Richmond, VA neighborhood of Bellevue, where I live. I have always admired this cute little yellow bungalo on our evening walks, and it fit right in with the blazing fall colors that lined the intersecting street. This has to be one of the prettiest falls I've seen in a while in the city of Richmond. Over the next days I hope to paint as many plein air paintings as I can before the wind carries the foliage away.

Please click the image or contact me for more info.

Jennifer Young, Vibrant Landscapes
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Daily Painting 409 The Kapok Tree Plein Air

I painted this at the Causeway Park in Fort Pierce. The seed pods from this tree are full of fluffy stuff, they used to use it to stuff life jackets and furniture cushions.
Its oil, 5 x 7 plein air, alla prima. $100.
Below is a photo I took of the flowers, I think they look very interesting.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Autumn plein air painting

“Falling Leaves on Wilmington Avenue”
Oil on Canvas, 6×8″

This is a recent autumn painting of a scene not too far from where I live in Richmond, VA. For this painting, I set my easel up just in front of a lovely row of blazing orange-red maple trees . The view looks down the street to a cross-section where it meets another road. Just at the end the street sits the suggestion of a neighboring home. All that was visible through the canopy of trees was a bit of hedge, and then beyond that a front door flanked by two columns.
To purchase this painting and read the details of this piece, please and click on the image or contact me.

Jennifer Young, Vibrant Landscapes
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Monday, November 12, 2007

Thanks to our 16 members !

Just saying a big "Thanks!" to our SPAP members for posting their plein air works.

Georgia - Sandra, Sherry, Karen, Cathy, BJ, Durinda, Phyllis and Jeff -
Florida - Lori, Jenna, and Fawn -
Tennessee - Tim and Chris -
South Carolina - Shanti -
Alabama - Nancy -
Virginia - Jennifer -

Be sure to visit each artist's individual site to view not only their plein air work ( done out of doors ), but also paintings done in the studio. We also welcome your comments and questions.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Daily Painting 406 Under the Old Hickory Tree Plein Air Alla Prima

The leaves do turn color in Florida! It helps when they are back-lit by the late afternoon sun too. This is in my back yard again, under the painting is a photo of the area, a bit to the left with my dog Whisker. He was great company, barking at the neighbor's grandchildren and when he got bored with that he yapped at the squirrels in the tree I was under.

Its 4 x 6, oil, all palette knife, no brush. $100.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Queen's Mountain by Shanti Marie

queen's mountain

The last days of summer have finally gone, It took awhile but the fall colors are here. Who doesn't love the beautiful variety of color. This watercolor is really of a big hill but I named it "Queen's Mountain" because it deserves a regal name when the trees are turning this golden color.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Pastel Scarecrow Wilson

Here is the semi finished result of October morning painting. I have been doing some studio work in the yard since my studio is in such a disheavel of remodeling and moving. You may note from this painting I'm "wired" on chaos.
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