Sunday, September 30, 2007

Daily Painting 364 "Coastal flooding possible at high tide" Indian River Drive plein air alla prima expressionism

I painted this at 12:30, down on my neighbor's dock. The wind was so strong it was pushing my hand so I can't take all the credit. The title is from the weather report, this was done around high tide. The water is going into the reeds, usually there is a sand beach. Its 5 x 7, oil all painting knife, done from life or plein air, alla prima, or in one go. Click the picture to see all the juicy texture.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Overcome, Impressionism, Palms, by Fawn McNeill Barr

8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas
(sides are painted- no staples)


Went out with the Treasure Coast Plein Air Painters group yesterday. It was fun. We were painting at White City Park.

When I saw this little palm hanging out, I had to paint it. I love these palms because you know at one time they were blown over. The growth pattern tells me that at one time this tree started to turn and grow back up even after it was blown down. It reminds me of all the times we have to change course in life, and overcome hardships. We don't have to let things become an excuse to destroy us. Just like this tree is more interesting because it kept going, so are we.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sienna Shores at Lake Lanier

The sale of this painting made my week end! Sherry and I had been quoted in the AJCMetro and this was the painting I was doing when approached by the reporter. Well, there is beauty in the desert! You can see how long the shore line has become.
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Sherry's Best Entry

Sherry entered three pastels in the Second Annual Historic Buford Plein Air Festival 2007. She says this is one way she relaxes from her stressful accounting job. I'm so glad she was able to participate in the paint out this year. We had a blast!
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The Second Annual Historic Buford Plein Air Festival 2007


Carly Clements, Marsha Savage (Festival Judge), and Sandra Babb at the champagne reception at Carisma Gallery in Buford, GA. Sherry Hullendar and I had a great time. We were even quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Metro Section painting in Lake Lanier.
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Daily Painting 359 SOLD Plein Air On the North Fork of the Saint Lucie River

SOLD Its oil, knife and brush. 8 x 10. Its plein air or from life, the first plein air of the season with the Plein Air Painters of the Treasure Coast. I had a nice turn-out, about 6 of us were there. This one gives me a lot of memories, its by the boat ramp of White City Park. My dad and I would put our boat in here and head one way or the other down the river. We would see lots of turtles, birds, and gators. It was a lot of fun. $300.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Nashville City Sketch

Last Friday I sat in the window of the Tennessee Art League and drew this afternoon sketch in my purple sketch book. On the right is part of the Federal Building. My dad worked in that building many moons ago.

Camp at Fort Keys by BJ Wright - SOLD

8" x 10" oil on canvas covered hardboard - painted en plein air, alla prima on Saturday, September 8th at the Battle of Tunnel Hill - $85 including shipping - SOLD
It was early on the first day of battle. Tents were set up at Fort Keys and campfires were smouldering. Reenactors were beginning to stir, packing away night equipment, getting ready for the afternoon battle.
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Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters at Studio Waltz

Several painters from the Tampa Bay group have been invited to paint en plein air during Studio Waltz (its 15th year!) on Saturday, October 6. We'll be painting from 10:00 to 5:00 at the first stop of the tour, Coachman Park at the Clearwater Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. in Clearwater FL. Studio Waltz is a wonderful event that gives the public a chance to tour studios of various artists in the Clearwater/Dunedin area. Maps of the open studio locations will be available at the library that day. See you there!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Tuesday paintouts from the Plein Air Painters of the Treasure Coast

This tuesday, September 25 and next October 2, we will paint at White City Park which is south of Ft. Pierce. From US1 you take CR712 or Midway Road. Go West on Midway Road till you get to the park on your left. Its a lovely little park, with a windy road that goes to the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. I try to get there around 9:30 and stay till noon or later. I drive a red Jeep Cherokee so you can look for that and find me.
I am looking forward to painting with you all again!
Happy Painting! Lori

Friday, September 21, 2007

At Istokpoga, Alla Prima, botanical by Fawn McNeill Barr

"At Lake Istokpoga"
5 x 7 inches
Acrylic on gesso board

This is the third painting I did Tuesday out at Lake Istokpoga (iss-ta-po-ga). This small painting has a very simple composition, yet it works well. I was very happy with the lighting and the movement. I did it alla prima (all in one session).
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Daily Painting 354 Plein Air Billergia Bromeliads and Oyster Plants Florida Art Oil Painting

Some of the plants in our yard. The bromeliads are the type that the legends says predicts hurricanes, a good bloom from them and there will be a hurricane. We have them all over the yard right now, they glow in the sun. Plein air, alla prima, painting knife. 5 x 7, oil, $100.

Sketches in Statesville TN

This old barn and spring is in Statesville Tennessee. (Wilson County)

Lake Istokpoga Too, Impressionism, bird, by Fawn McNeill Barr

"Lake Istokpoga Too"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

This is the second painting from Tuesday morning. I added the great blue heron when I got home. (Click on the image to see him up close.) He had been sitting at the end of the dock most of the morning, then he just took off!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fort Keys to Taylors Ridge by BJ Wright

8" x 10" oil on canvas covered hardboard - painted en plein air, alla prima on 9-6-07 - $85 including shipping -
It was overcast on Thursday before the Battle of Tunnel Hill. I was set up at Fort Keys to paint the old shed and cornfield which play a big role in the reenactment. Several folks from Mississippi had just put up their tent in preparation for the battle to come. The meadow was peaceful under the early September sky; the trees showed signs of Autumn colors soon to come.
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Lake Istokpoga, impressionism landscape by Fawn McNeill Barr

"Lake Istokpoga"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on gessoed board

I headed north of here, toward Sebring yesterday morning. (This lake is pronounced iss-ta-poe-ga.) It was so nice out that I stayed until lunch time. I did three paintings, which I will be posting over the next couple of days.
The wind was kind to keep me cool. There were lots of trees for shade, and so many birds posing for me, that I had to keep stopping for more pictures! What a great morning.
I added the birds after I got home, I just couldn't leave them out! smile.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

"Dry Slope" by Jeff Surace

oil on board 20"x15" kennesaw mtn.

Friday, September 14, 2007

"Liechen Slope" by Jeff Surace

oil on board 15"x20" kennesaw mtn.

Thanks to our SPAP members !

Just saying a big "Thank You!" to all our SPAP members for posting their original plein air paintings on this blog. We now have 14 members: 8 from GA, 3 from FL, 2 from TN, and 1 from SC.

We have received comments from all over the US - and from Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and England just to name a few.

It's interesting to note that we have been documenting the various weather (especially climate) changes taking place in our corner of the US. Be sure to check out paintings documenting the water level decrease in a large Florida lake, the foliage damage to trees, and strange weather conditions affecting skies.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Daily Painting 347 SOLD Bird of Paradise Plein Air Miniature Painting

SOLD Its 4 x 6 inches, oil, knife and brush. Plein air and alla prima.$100.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Some of the things people say to a Plein Air Watercolor Artist

#1. Wow that’s cool, what is it?

#2. You paint? My (fill in blank here… with) brother, father, mother cousin etc.. paints too, but they're really good.

#3 So, how much do you charge for a painting of this size? That much?

#4 How long does it usually take you to paint a painting? (I’m thinking, not as long as when people don’t bother me).

#5 You know what would be good in that painting, (pick one) A deer, a house, a hunter, seashells, fishing pole…Etc.. You get the idea. You can’t believe the suggestions!

#6 I’d love to have a painting like this, but could you change (insert any of these) :color, size, format, subject matter, or all of the above.

#7 What in the world are you doing out here?

#8 I paint once in awhile, but I do real paintings, u know, oil?

#9 So, what is this called? Water-color, yeah we learned to do that in grade school.

#10 Man you’re great, you should have your stuff on QVC. (my favorite)

#11 The name for this painting should be …___________________ The answer can be anything they dream up, then they act affronted when I don’t readily agree.

#12 Are you an Artist or do you just paint? ( I would hope the work speaks for itself)

I put these comments on this blog just for fun; don’t ever let people influence you not to paint. If you have any of your own silly statements you've heard...send them in as comments.

The Road In by BJ Wright

10" x 8" oil on canvas covered hardboard - painted en plein air, alla prima on 9-4-07 - $85 including shipping -
This little gravel road runs south at the foot of Chetoogeta Mountain from the old general store, past Fort Keys then exits back into the 21st century on US Highway 41. It is the 'road in' when the Civil War reenactors arrive for the Battle of Tunnel Hill.
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Monday, September 10, 2007

Out Sunday (watercolor 8x5)

This is somewhere between McMinnville and Smithville TN on a Sunday Drive. I am painting a small oil from it right now.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Plein Air Painting in Stuart Florida My vacation

We spent the week down south in Stuart. Except for when we were running back to Fort Pierce to visit my husband's father who was in the hospital, he finally got out today! Not the best vacation in the world, I feel like I need a vacation from the vacation! Whisker is fine any how.
It was real pretty, lots of super looking clouds over the ocean. The first painting is DP 337, 12 x 16 plein air the view from our porch in Stuart. $400. The next one is 4 x 6 DP338, $100. DP341 with bird of paradise flowers is also 5 x 7, $100. The last is DP342, its another plein air, 8 x 10. Its the view to the north from our porch on the vacation. $200. Email me if you are interested or leave a comment.

337 $400.
338 $100.

341 SOLD
342 $200.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Farmhouse Lacassas TN (watercolor 7/10) $80

This is in Lacassas TN about an hour or so southeast of Nashville. I painted this last spring.
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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Dew on the Meadow and Sun on the Rise by BJ Wright

8" x 10" oil on canvas covered hardboard - painted en plein air, alla prima - $85 including shipping -
It was just before 8am on Tuesday, September 4th - a heavy dew had settled on the meadow. Trees were still in deep shadow, and mist hugged the distance. As the sun struck the grass, countless sparkles skipped across the scene. It was an early morning wonderland.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Lock Closed, Impressionism Landscape by Fawn McNeill

"Lock Closed"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame

This morning I painted the boat channel, which has been closed most of this year. The water used to come up around the rocks. Every bit of the grass here was covered in water. Now the little puddle on the right is barely ankle deep. The tall grasses near the middle of the rock way are taller than a person while standing on the rocks.
This is the same area that I painted last November: "Over the Dyke."
Then I painted it again after the drought had set in,
back in May: "Over the Dike, Too."
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

May the Road Rise to Meet You by BJ Wright

10" x 8" oil on canvas covered hardboard - painted en plein air, alla prima - $85 including shipping -
It was Saturday morning, August 25th, and I was set up at Fort Keys to paint a scene at the Tunnel Hill battlefield. Running immediately in front of Fort Keys is Hunt Road, graveled and showing bright in the morning sun. I remembered an old Irish blessing which is:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Rose bud painted in WC by Shanti Marie


This little rose bud was painted using my travel pallet and pre cut 2.5 by 3.5 watercolor paper. I have been painting flowers from my husbands hospital room. This little bud was stuck into a larger arrangement, but it seemed to be the sweetest little flower and I wanted to document its loveliness.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Egrets by Jenna Star

I painted this along the edge of a bayou that leads out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Egrets, Oil, 11x14" $300. You can buy it through Paypal by clicking the button below. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Just Saying Good Morning by BJ Wright

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

Painted August 24th, this scene is quite similar to my painting titled "Early Before the Rain". This week had seen clear bright mornings, with colors fairly singing. I love to see the way different atmospheric conditions affect a scene. The previous painting ("Early...Rain" - July 20th) was done on an overcast morning - this one done with almost no atmospheric interference - except for the brilliant sun.
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