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:
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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.

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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.
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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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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Freedom,Plein Air Landscape by Fawn

8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

After doing laundry, running errands, grocery shopping, etc . . . I started to do some yard work in the early afternoon. But I got my priorities straight this time and pulled out my easel first! It was just too perfect: nice cool breeze, bright sunshine, and a perfect view in the shade. This is the first time in 6 or 7 months that it has been cool enough to paint past noon.

I live next door to the Freedom Ranch, south of Okeechobee city, and this is one of the great views I have of their ranch. Down the long driveway you will find an open-air church among horses, cows, and dogs. Quite an interesting place.

After I did this painting I got busy and did some yard work too. Just wanted to pull a few weeds, but my husband cut down a tree, and had me hauling off branches . . . Am I glad I painted first!

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

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Estuary, 9x12 Oil by Jenna Star

A great blue heron stands near mangroves in an estuary leading to the Gulf of Mexico.

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