Sunday, September 25, 2016

Plein Air - Frank Butler West


What:   First fall plein air
Where: Frank Butler County Park West
When:  Saturday, Oct. 1, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

It's time again for plein air to start. Summer doesn't seem to want to let go but Saturday forecast right now shows a high of 80 degrees and a mixture of sun and clouds, so if the forecast holds that's not too bad.

Our venue is Frank Butler County Park West on the bank of the Matanzas River. It's easy to find. Just take St, Johns County route 206 out to A1A, head north, and the park will be on your left.

There are plenty of views and spots to set up along the river itself, or smaller streams leading into the river. Plenty of water and open sky.

The park also has a boat ramp. If the weather is as predicted there are likely to be plenty of boaters there also, so please be mindful of that when you park, and when you choose your plein air setups.

There are also small ponds, often with birds and wildlife, along the roadway leading into the park itself. Also, of course, restrooms, as well as covered picnic pavilions.

So come with your pastels, hats, sunscreen, bug spray, water, and don't forget to pack a lunch so we can all eat together and have a show and tell for those so inclined.

And don't forget to put out next general meeting, November 5th, on your calendar. Our own Kevin Arthur, an excellent portrait artist, will be doing a demo for us. More details to follow.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

It was a busy summer

It was fun to kick off a new season with FCPS - our first general meeting with our new President, Cindy Pierson. We all look forward to working with Cindy in the coming year.

Members all brought in works from their summer vacation. It was a wonderful variety of subjects and styles, with some members trying out different subjects from their usual, and doing a wonderful job with them!

We had about 25 members in attendance which is a great turnout. We had a brief business meeting and got to hear about possible workshops and events for the coming year. We still hope to hold a fall Member Show if we can find a venue.

Our FCPS book and DVD library was on display as well - only $2 for a two-month rental! Several members took advantage of this and rented items.

After the business meeting Cindy went around the room displaying the various works members had brought in.

Some folks had already begun removing their works from the easels before I got around to taking photographs so I'm sorry  for those folks whose work is not pictured here, but here is a sample of all the works done over the summer so you can see the variety.
























Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Summer is Ending!



What:    Fall Kickoff meeting
Where:  Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
When:   Saturday September 10, 10 AM to 12 noon

Did you feel that breath of cool air this morning? It was in the upper 60s when I took my dog out early. Summer is not done with us yet but there is a hint of change in the air.

So come join us this Saturday at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center for our kickoff meeting of the season. Our theme is "What I Did on my Summer Vacation".

Please bring some of the paintings that you worked on this past summer. We will have a "Show & Tell" discussion and you may ask for suggestions or comments if you like. We have our fall member show coming up so this is a great way to tune up your work for the show.

Keep in mind our first plein air outing is on the calendar too. Saturday, October 1st. 1st plein air day will be held at Butler Park West, in Crescent Beach. 9:00 -1:00 More details to follow in the blog but get it on your calendar now. See you Saturday.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Our Rental Library

We all need to find new sources of inspiration at times. We can find it from one another, or in painting new subjects, or at different locations. We can find it from workshops. However we also can find it from books or DVDs from noted artists, which is one reason we offer our Rental Library where books or DVDs can be rented for a modest $2 for a 2-month period. Any proceeds will fund new purchases.

But if people don't return their rentals in a timely manner it doesn't help the library grow, or help others who may want to use that resource. Some of our rentals have been floating around out there for quite a while now. Was it so long ago you forgot about it? Now is the time to look around to bring your rentals back for the September meeting, during our amnesty period. After that we will need to implement a new library policy as follows:
The charge for borrowing library materials is $2.00 per item for a period of 2 months.
If no one is waiting materials may be renewed for another 2 month period for an additional $2.00 charge per item. Check out will be limited to the original 2 month period if someone is waiting for a particular title.
Materials must be returned after 4 months of consecutive check out. Failure to return materials after 4 months will result in continuing charges of $2.00 per month until the items are returned.
Failure to return items will result in a replacement charge to cover the cost of repurchase.
Unpaid replacement charges or fines will be added to the cost of membership renewal.
So if you are one of the laggards (and I've been guilty of that in the past!) now is the time to find that material to bring back in the fall. In the meantime feel free to use it to help you have a wonderful productive summer.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Karen Margulis Workshop


The First Coast Pastel Society was thrilled to be able to have Karen Margulis as the judge for our spring show, but even better was the chance to have a mini-workshop with her the following day.


Prior to that however, we had an abbeviated regular FCPS meeting, where members were able to talk with Karen, and look through all the amazing small artwork she brought for sale. Some pieces were only 2 1/2 x 3 inches! And yet she captured such feeling in them. What a treat to own one of her paintings, regardless of size.


It was a bittersweet meeting too, as our founder Lyn Asselta introduced Karen to us all, in her last official act as President. Lyn has been such an amazing driving force for our group since it was founded in January 2012. Just about all that we have accomplished we owe to her. At least she will still be around in other capacities for the group, and we look forward to moving forward with our new President, Cindy Pierson. We look forward to working with Cindy as the year progresses!


After the meeting those who had signed up for it stayed on to participate in Karen's "Painting Sky and Clouds" workshop - a whirlwind four hours.


Since the workshop was short Karen worked fast to try to cover as much ground as possible.


The skies are lovely in all of her paintings, so it was fascinating to hear her talk about her own learning experiences in painting the sky, and doing demos showing all the colors that occur in the sky.


Those who attended felt that a lot of ground was covered, and some of the participants are even doing Karen's challenge of "21 skies in 21 days".

If you have not seen the show at Ponte Vedra you should see it, and if you have you should see it again! It's summer now, just one last thing to do. Please notice the take-down date has changed.
The take down is Saturday July 16, from 10:00am - 2:00pm

Then enjoy the summer, and paint. See you in September!

2016 Juried Show - All the Entries

Okay, here they are, all the entries for our 2016 juried show. It was great to see 49 entries in the show, with 27 participating artists. I'm always in awe of the talent we have in this group. It's an honor to be a participating member with you all. As I've said in the past these photos are not the best. It's hard to photograph framed pastels without glare and I have to try to sneak up at angles, etc. Again, a perfect reason to go to Ponte Vedra and see them all in person.

 Jane Alexander - Guana River State Park
Lyn Asselta -  Afternoon Light

Lyn Asselta - Wind at the Edge of Nowhere 

Janet Christenson - Sanderlings 

Debbie Cusick - Cindy's Pitcher 

Kay Deuben - Riding Ahead of the Herd 

 Wendy Deverieux - Grayton Morning

Wendy Deverieux - Sunset Reflected 

 Renee Fauré - A Dim Grey Loop of Light

Renee Fauré - Left to Wander 

Debra Fox -  Spring Renewal

 Linda Green - Blue Plate Special

 Arlene Saltzman Hanly - Watchful Palms

 Betsey Hogan - Marsh Glow

Letitia Hubbard -  Ojai Flowers

Sherri Lewis-Seals - First Flight 

Sherri Lewis-Seals -  The Greater Light

Richard Lundgren -  Wild Grape Vine

Richard Lundgren - Work in Progress 

 Patrick Mahoney - Castaway Light

Patrick Mahoney - Left Out 

 Eve Miller - Last Light

Eve Miller - Low Tide 

Eve Miller - Tranquility 

Rebecca Pasko - Into the Gloaming 

Rebecca Pasko - Morning Rush 

 Rebecca Pasko - Sunrise on Amelia

Rick Petersen - Alpine Plantation - Gray and Breezy 

 Rick Petersen - Beach Colors 2

Cynthia Pierson - Guinnevere's Dilemma 

Cynthia Pierson - Judy in the Sun with Glasses 

Cynthia Pierson - Max in Clover 

Jackie Piontek -  Passing Storm

Karen Rose -  

Karen Rose -  Solliloquy

Perry Russell - Fire Upon the Water 

Perry Russell - Intracoastal Palms 

Corinne Samuels - Chloe 

Corinne Samuels - Solo 

Corinne Samuels - Splash Landing

V. Christi Shatzel - Reflections 

V. Christi Shatzel -  Robbie Sunburned

V. Christi Shatzel - Roses on the Side 

Jessica Shippee - Beaded Blue 

Jessica Shippee - Sprawling Sentinel 

Janelle Wagoner -  Atlantic Evening

Carron Wedlund - Lake Ray Shimmer 

Carron Wedlund -  Marsh at Dusk

Carron Wedlund - Silent Sentinel