Friday, December 1, 2017

Debora Stewart - the new year is here soon

Welcome to December fellow pastelists! Upcoming in January is our exciting workshop with Debora Stewart. Today is our deadline for member-only sign-ups and we still have a few openings available. We will be sending out notifications to non-FPCS art groups now.

Debora is a Signature Member and a Master Pastellist of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Master's Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. She is also the author of a Northlight book titled Abstract Art Painting: Expressions in Mixed Media and a series of videos on abstract painting from Northlight TV.

"I teach workshops for artists in abstraction throughout the U.S.  My pastels and paintings are available through galleries in Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois." 
Take the mystery out of abstraction and add excitement to your work with a step by step approach to developing abstractions.  Begin by adding excitement to your work with energetic, expressive exercises designed to help you tap into your intuition.  
Then you will move into creating abstract compositions and color studies from a variety of source materials.  Expert techniques to help you develop underlying structure with underpainting and use of pastel ground.   
Next you will take abstract concepts and apply them to realistic subjects like figures, flowers and landscape.  
Become energized!  Discover a sense of adventure and freedom in your work!  The workshop structure includes warm up exercises, demonstrations, short lectures, individual guidance plus some fun group activities.  
Note that the member price is $250 but the non-member price is $285, yet for a mere $30 you can join the FCPS (a payment this month takes you through all of 2018) and get the membership price - a $5 savings.

For $30, you get so much!  First, you get to hang out on a monthly basis with some really great people!  You also have the opportunity to participate in shows sponsored by IAPS and other IAPS-related pastel societies, you get informative meetings with demos and discussions that cover all sorts of pastel/art related topics.  Your membership allows you to be first-in-line for the top notch workshops we offer and it also gives you a chance to participate in our annual Members' Show. 

We have a non-juried member show coming up in January, and our annual juried show later in the spring, and stay tuned for even more info!

Every other month, you'll get the opportunity to plein air paint at various locations around the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area. Wow! That's a LOT for $30!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Holiday Party

From our President Cindy Pierson:

What:    FCPS Holiday Get-Together
When:  Saturday, December 2nd,10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

Hello fellow FCPS members!

A reminder that our December Holiday Get-Together is coming up soon!!

This year, we'll follow the same format, with a pot-luck brunch ~  please bring a brunchy snack of some sort to share.  FCPS will provide the coffee and beverages.

Our Past President, Lyn Asselta, will be giving a demo!!

Also, as we did in January to celebrate our Anniversary, we'd like to do a gift exchange.  
To participate, members should bring in One small, 5x7 , FRAMED painting, WRAPPED. 
When you get to the meeting, each painting will be assigned a number, and then we will draw numbers from a basket to see whose painting we would go home with.  Make sure not to draw the number assigned to your painting 😉
We have such a wonderful group of artists in the FCPS. The painting exchange was lots of fun when we did it before.

So, bring along a wrapped painting, a small snack to share, and prepare to enjoy the Demo!
 
This is always such a fun morning and it's a great way to kick off everyone's holiday season!

This is also the TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!  For $30, you get so much!  First, you get to hang out on a monthly basis with some really great people!  You also have the opportunity to participate in shows sponsored by IAPS and other IAPS-related pastel societies, you get informative meetings with demos and discussions that cover all sorts of pastel/art related topics.  Your membership allows you to be first-in-line for the top notch workshops we offer and it also gives you a chance to participate in our annual Members' Show.  Every other month, you'll get the opportunity to plein air paint at various locations around the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area.  
Wow! That's a LOT for $30!

Please visit right here to renew your membership:  http://firstcoastpastelsociety.com There is a link there to renew online.
If you'd prefer to send a check, please make the check out to First Coast Pastel Society and send it to:

Jackie Piontek
 
Once you've renewed your membership, please help Jackie update our members' directory.
 
Send her an email and include the following:

Your Name
Mailing Address
eMail address
Phone  
Website

Looking forward to seeing all of you on the first Saturday in December!  
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!  
                            Cindy
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Finally Fort Mose


It turned out that waiting until November for Fort Mose was an excellent decision! We had glorious fall weather, crisp and clear, from low 60s in the morning to mid-70s by lunchtime. The humidity had gone. It was a great morning to be outdoors.

There were so many paintable options to choose from. There were mosquitoes around but the park ranger, who kindly lent me some mosquito spray, said the mosquitoes had been 100 times worse back in early October - another good reason to have postponed!
 I could not get over all the birds in the park as well - with well over 50 wood storks roosting in trees and flying overhead,
 There were two bald eagles out on the big hammock in the marsh that hosts a great rookery for the birds in the spring.
The maniacal call of the pileated woodpecker echoed through the park too.
 The end of the larger boardwalk was a great spot to face out over the salt marshes.
 Though spots along the boardwalk were good options as well.
 Some folks chose to head over behind the museum building towards the smaller boardwalk.
 Despite the lovely weather the sun did feel intense as it warmed up, and that area provided some more shady areas to set up easels.
Though some smart folks did bring protective umbrellas which gave them more choices of where to paint.
 As we nearly always do we joined for a picnic lunch after the painting had ended. Some folks had packed up earlier and left, and didn't join us for lunch, but we still had enough of us there for two tables.
And we had a little show-and-tell as well. Because some folks left early I didn't get photos of what everyone had done, but here are some of the works from this morning, with the usual caveat that they are all in varying stages of completion.








Sunday, November 5, 2017

A New Season


After the turmoils of Hurricane Irma and the threats of thunderstorms this month we finally got together for the new season, and had our first meeting, with a very nice turnout of folks. Good to see so many after the long summer.

We had a special treat, and a chance to loosen our purses! FCPS member Kim Conley is now a local rep for Diane Tonsend pastels, and she brought a huge assortment to show us, and to offer for purchase.

Diane Townsend pastels are great, and there were certainly sets and all sorts of  color options, something for everyone. :-)

Our Hospitality chair was out of town, but as usual the FCPS members stepped up to the occasion so we had plenty to eat.

This was our still life day, with choices for everyone to choose from. Board members brought in still life set-ups and set them up around the room.

So folks were able to move around and make a choice. The threatened thunderstorms never did materialize so we could have painted outdoors. However the temps were in the low 90s, humid, and with a "real feel" of 100, so not exactly pleasant. Indoors was best, and November promises to be much nicer at Fort Mose.

Thanks to Cindy Pierson, Debbie Cusick and Carron Wedlund for providing the still lifes we had the option to choose from.






Friday, October 6, 2017

Mother Nature again


What:    Meeting and indoor paint-out
When:   Saturday, October 7, 10 AM to 12 noon
Where:  Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

Yes! We will get together finally, and yes, bring your pastels. Mother Nature is not yet done with us, and weather is not looking good for this coming Saturday. Lovely as Fort Mose is, it does not offer any good cover for painting if we have rain and thunderstorms.

But the Cultural Center is available, so we well be getting together there. We will follow the format of our cancelled September meeting, and will get together to paint still lifes. I hope we'll get a great turn-out, and look forward to seeing the still lifes we will produce.

October and November will end up doing a flip-flop and we are planning for a plein airt paint-out next month instead. Let's all keep our fingers crossed for good weather then!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fort Mose


What:  October plein air Paint-Out
When: Saturday, October 7, 9 AM to 1 PM
Where: Fort Mose Historical State Park, St. Augustine, FL


Those of us who are Old Timers in this group may recall that our VERY FIRST plein air ever, after the FCPS was founded, was to Fort Mose back in February 2012. It's a wonder place, and it was a wonderful day, so it seems fitting to return there in our 5th anniversary year.

(photo courtesy of Deb Fox)

Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-ZAY) is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States, and in 1994 was designated a National History Landmark. It sits on the salt marshes to the north of St. Augustine proper.

It has a couple sets of boardwalks that lead out over the marshes, and out to am amazing rookery for herons and egrets on a large hammock.

It's also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and for several years great horned owls have nested in the park, so you don't know what wildlife you might see. 

Thanks to Deb Fox for setting this up, and Deb has also included sets of directions depending on the location you are coming from, so for directions keep reading. Note that Deb says:
We should meet in the parking lot at 9:00 a.m.  There are picnic benches for us for lunch and there are restrooms in the lobby of the visitor center.  Admission to the park is free, but there is a $2.00 fee if you want to go into the visitor center to see the exhibits. 
From St. Augustine: From downtown St. Augustine, drive north on A1A. At the carousel (you read it correctly), continue straight north on San Marco. (A1A turns right towards Vilano Beach. Don't go that way.) San Marco merges with Hwy 1. Shortly after the merge, look for a bronze statue on the right and a sign for Fort Mose. Turn right on Fort Mose Trail. Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.

OR: From Hwy 1 in St. Augustine, drive north past Hwy 16. Look for a bronze statue on the right and a sign for Fort Mose. Turn right on Fort Mose Trail. Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot. (note: those of us coming from the west just turn left onto US 1 from Hwy 16)

From Jacksonville: Drive south on Hwy 1. Turn left on Fort Mose Trail. (If you pass Hwy 16 you've missed Fort Mose Trail.) Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.

As usual, feel free to bring a picnic lunch so we can all gather together for a meal after a fun morning of painting. Show and tell of artwork also for those so inclined.

October often brings lovely weather. Everyone keep your fingers crossed, and NO MORE HURRICANES!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Painting up a Storm

Well Hurricane Irma came roaring through Florida leavings lots of flooding and devastation in her wake. Jacksonville saw the worst flooding since 1842, houses in Ponte Vedra Beach were swept down by the sea, over half the state was without power. Some of us stayed put and sheltered in place, others evacuated to local but more inland areas, even others evacuated out of state to friends, family and hotels. Most of us lost power and suffered downed limbs or trees but I'm not aware of any bad flooding such as the flooding that hit some of our members last year with Hurricane Matthew . We are all coming back together now. After my five days without power and nine days without internet it makes me appreciate even more then things I have.

But some of us did find time to do some painting during and after the storm and are happy to share with our fellow members, so here is some of our artwork from our "virtual" meeting. Next up for October we have a wonderful plein air day planned, so everyone keep fingers crossed for great weather! Stay tuned here for details.
 A Welcome Quiet - Linda Hart Green

California Bound - Kay Deuben 

Gracie and Truman - Kay Deuben 

Janelle Wagoner 

Hurricane Essentials - Debbie Cusick 

Lyn Asselta 

Pat Mahoney (oils) 

Paula Willits 

Paula Willits 

Cindy Pierson - painting with granddaughters and their friend