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Great time at Canaveral Seashore Paint Out :)

This was a really fun event! 26 plain air painters all making art and raising money for programs for the Canaveral National Seashore.

A great cause and a beautiful national treasure!

And we enjoyed perfect October weather 🙂

beach! marysdeck yellowdog captain clancys seashorepalm paintingpalm dootie unnamed gallerywall nina opening steve sweetspot soft boat boatinprogress-1 marysinprogress marys flowers

Many thanks to all the volunteers and artists and our fantastic leaders, Nancy, John, Dick as well as Cathy for finding great places for us to stay.

And a special thanks to my sweet hosts Mary Sue and Bill and of course their sweet dog Dootie!



Just a little sunshine


A little moment from the dock.
Have a lovely sunny day XOXOXO

Just so durn pretty!


Did you know that Constable, the amazing painter, called the act of painting outdoors “skying”
They say he was like a weather man, that he studied and understood the sky better than anyone. He did paint some amazing clouds!!
Skying, I love that term.



The before noonerS


It’s been a great few weeks. The daily 8am meet with pals and paint has been fun, funny and I’ve done at least two 5x7s each day. And had some pretty entertaining pancake breakfasts!!!
Here’s a few little morning ditties!



I Love this book! Landscape Painting by Mitchell Albala


I can not go another minute without sharing how much I am enjoying this book!
I picked it up at a fabulous (now my favorite) Art Supply store called Meiningers in Denver. Worth a visit, you will not be disappointed 🙂

You know how you find book and realize that it’s perfect for you…It feels good in your hands, smells right, has nice paper, great images and you can’t put it down even while you are still shopping? That was how I responded to this book.

I have read it cover to cover, not just looked at the beautiful paintings from a great range of artists, but actually read every sentence. He is a good writer. Smooth, smart, helpful, calm, wise and easy to assimilate. Delish.

I really love the array of artists he includes, mostly contemporary. I am a huge fan of Stuart Shils and was delighted to find him snugged in towards the end on the chapter about Abstraction.
Another fav was T. Allen Lawson who’s composition and soft pallet spoke to me. Terry Miura….yum….want…..
Tim Horn…fresh! Russell Chatham, thank you….Kathleen Dunphy..please..Glen Raschik, Gavin Brooks….my pal John Constable…and of course the author himself, who is a wonderful painter.

Clear, good lookin and to the point was how I would describe this book. And it feels great in your hands. Perfect.


We give it two thumbs and 4 paws up


Ah the joy of a Paint Out!

Here is a quick set of images from the recent Paint Out I did at the Jacksonville Arboretum’s wonderful 3 day event called “A Brush with Nature”
It couldn’t have been better! Great host Kitty, excellent artists, beautiful setting and wonderful team supporting the artists and the Arboretum. Mindy and Lad, Gail and everyone involved, thank you so much for a stellar time!