Saturday, January 19, 2019

First 2019 paint-out

 We were lucky this year for the first plein air of 2019, held at beautiful Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County. It is situated on the banks of the Matanzas River, and offers stunning views. The weather was crisp and cool, but more pleasant that last year when we tried to go to Kingsley Plantation in January, and it never got above the mid-30s!

A jacket felt nice with the cool breezes coming off the river, but the sun kept it pleasant. We had a nice turn-out of members including a couple guests from the Flagler plein air group.

 Setting up with river views seemed to be the most popular choice for most of us.

Though a few turned their direction inward to the beautiful lodge that sits on the riverbank.

This beautiful great blue heron stayed motionless in this same location for the entire morning, as if he were posing and hoped someone would choose to paint him.

As usual, at the end of the morning, we broke for lunch and chose to use all the fine rocking chairs on the porch of the lodge. And, as usual, we had a show and tell after lunch for folks willing to share.

I didn't get everyone of course, and the usual caveat applies that these are in varying stages of completion, but here are some of the paintings from the morning.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Princess Place

What:    Princess Place Paintout 
When:   Saturday, January 5, 9 AM to 1 PM
Where:  Princess Place Preserve, Palm Coast, FL

It's time to kick off 2019 with our first paintout of the new year. It will be cool in the morning but it's supposed to be sunny, and warming to the mid 60s, so should be a pleasant day for painting. Princess Place is in Flagler County, exit 298 off I-95. South on US 1, then left on N. Old Kings Rd, then another left on Princess Place Rd, then down a LONG dirt road to the parking lot by the lodge on the edge of the water.

Admission is free and it's a beautiful location with plenty of super plein air opportunities. Lots of great places along the water of course.

Maybe even wildlife viewing. 

Peaceful paths and trails through the woodlands. Something for everyone. Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch! We usually break about 11:30 or so to share a meal, and show and tell of our artwork for those inclined to share. See you there.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Another lovely holiday celebration

We started this month with our wonderful annual pot luck holiday brunch. Everyone brought stuff to share and as usual we had a great variety of food.

We even had mimosas, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Very nice indeed to go along with the meal.

Everyone began to help themselves once the serving table was ready.

We had plenty of tables set up as well. We had about 27 attendees which was a pretty good turnout.

There was plenty of room at the tables, and hopefully people had plenty of room too as there was more than enough food for folks to have seconds, or even thirds!

And after the meal we had our small painting gift exchange. It was great to see so many of the gifts in colorful holiday wrapping. It looked so festive to see all the colorful wrappings, and as usual the small paintings were stunning little gems.

Looking forward to 2019 with everyone. Happy New Year.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

It's Holiday Time!

What:   Annual FCPS Holiday Party
Where: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
When:  Saturday, December 1, 10 AM to noon

Yes, hard to believe but another year has rolled around and it's holiday season again. It's always great celebrating with fellow FCPS members.

Like past years, we'll have a picture gift exchange of a small framed piece (about 5" x 7" or so). But unlike in the past, we're allowing you to bring a piece in other mediums if you wish. Many of our members work in more than one medium so this is a chance to show it off. Remember, please try to limit size to close to 5x7 or so - with a small amount extra for a frame.

Bring it wrapped with no identifying marks on the outside. This doesn't mean it must be plain brown paper. Colorful holiday wraps are welcome as long as they don't have identifying marks on them.  Because of the numbering system we use there is no reason to disguise the works, so be as colorful as you like! It will look more festive.

Also it's a potluck so bring a dish to share.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

A beautiful JCA show

It's hard to believe the month is almost over, but this month we had a wonderful show at the Jewish Community Alliance. They have a great gallery space, and do sell paintings from there, so it's a wonderful place to show. We had an excellent turn-out at our November 4 reception.

I've been to quite a few receptions at the JCA, and due to their strict kosher requirements most groups just contract with the JCA itself to provide the food, which is always fine but rather boring. However our amazing hospitality chair, Kathleen Trued, chose to cater it herself, and it was the best reception food I've ever had at the JCA! Kathleen really outdoes herself.

Thanks also to show chair Janelle Waggoner for all her hard work in getting the show received and hung.  It looks lovely.

As I say every single time, pastels under glass are notoriously hard to photograph. The JCA gallery faces a wall of windows, and it was a bright, sunny day. You can't just face a painting head-on and shoot as there is so often much glare. I had to twist and turn like a pretzel, from all different angles, to try to get even a hint of what many of these lovely pieces looked like, and even then I did justice to very few of them. However it's a wonderful show and here is a taste of what we all did. And you still have a couple more days to see the show in person if you haven't seen it yet.

(congratulations to Renee Fauré, our People's Choice Award winner)