Friday, May 25, 2018

Mayo plein air



May 5th was our scheduled plein air at the Mayo Clinic. Originally this was supposed to be a Big Deal - with Mayo hosting a show for us in their excellent gallery but, sadly, those plans all fell through and is became just a "regular" plein air date.

However, with various scheduling conflicts and things, we only had a small turnout - with four stalwart FCPS members showing up to paint. They did have a nice day for it though.

Rick Petersen

Rick Petersen: This plein air painting is a view of one of the ponds with an island at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville.  I wanted to capture the dappled sunlight and the sweep of shoreline on a quiet morning.  Many of the details of the scene were edited or eliminated to emphasize the sense of motion in the curves of the shore and the grace of the tree.
 

Tish Hubbard

Tish Hubbard: It was so nice to be out painting today.
 
Thanks to all who participated to represent our group. This was our last plein air event before the summer break. In the fall we will start up again. If anyone had some suggestions for great plein air locations please let us know. Happy painting everyone.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Chris Ivers Workshop

After the great demo Chris Ivers did for us a number of us were privileged to take her workshop as well. The subject was nocturnes, and as you can see from some of these great paintings it was a subject everyone seemed to enjoy and do well with. For those of us who couldn't attend it made nocturnes look like a great topic! Here are some of the student paintings as well as comments about the workshop:

Lyn Asselta

Lyn Asselta:  Chris Ivers’ Nightscape workshop gave us a taste of something new!  Using photos that some of us collected after dark at the Vilano town center, the class worked on textured black panels that Chris made for the students and created vibrant nocturnes lit by street lights, neon and moonlight. Chris laid out an organized strategy for working with complicated scenes, and gave us all something exciting to think about!


Janelle Wagoner

Janelle Wagoner:  I was fortunate to spend three days with outstanding pastelists in a workshop led by Chris Ivers who invited us to explore nocturnal subject matter. I learned so much and enjoyed great company as well. Thank you First Coast Pastel Society and Chris Ivers!


Paula Pascucci

Paula Pascucci

Paula Pascucci: Christine is a knowledgable, generous and friendly instructor. She shared with us not only the topic of painting night scenes but also information about framing and supply vendors, pdf's regarding formatting the painting, printer/printing topics in addition to helpful design tidbits gained from her advertising career. Her critiques were encouraging yet informative. I would take her workshop again if offered.

Barbara Adams

Barbara Adams:
Chris Ivers workshop was a great liberating challenge. I usually use bright bold colors and to move into darks pastels on a black surface well ...!  It was fascinating to see the results when you play your darkest darks against each other and then pop in some light colors. WOW! If you ever get an opportunity to take a class or workshop with Chris Ivers do it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Chris Ivers Demo

 After our wonderful reception on Friday night we were also lucky to have Chris Ivers do a demo for us on the following Saturday morning, showing her beautiful nocturne painting style.

 She started off showing how she sets up a grid to work from, and it was a simple and straightforward format that any of us would be able to follow.


And then showed how she worked her way around the painting.

It was wonderful seeing the city begin to light up as she stepped through the painting
 
In the time she had available there was no way to finish the painting, of course, but we were all impressed with her amazing start, and she said she would continue to work on it over the next few days during her workshop.

She had lots of great hints and tips on how to make the neon lights of the city light up. What a fun workshop it looks like it would be.

Friday, May 11, 2018

All the Rest

I'm so behind on my blog posts! Darn that's what happens when you are too sick to sit up. Let me try to catch up a bit and finally show off the rest of the amazing paintings in our show.
 Barbara Adams - Approaching Storm

Barbara Adams - Riberia

Merry Alexander - Salt Marsh View
 
Helen Anderfuren - Interlude 
 
Lyn Asselta - At Daybreak
 
Janet Christenson - Sunset on Amelia

Kim Conley - Amelia Sunset

Debbie Cusick - Copper Vase

Kay Deuben - Drum Runner, Anita on Scotch 

Wendy Devarieux - Intracoastal Marsh

Kathleen Duffy - Pumpkin

Renee Fauré - A White Light, Still and Moving

Donna Grasso - Twins 2018

Arlene Hanly - In the Depths 

Arlene Hanly - Palm Forest

Betsey Hogan - On My Way

Betsey Hogan - Porch Afternoon

Betsey Hogan - Storm Passing

Letitia Hubbard - Passages

Letitia Hubbard - Time Out

Janice Jackson - Frida's Cupboard

Janice Jackson - Night Flowers

Sherri Lewis-Seals - Dark Clouds/Light Clouds

Sherri Lewis-Seals - Towards Hanna 

Sharyn Lightfoot - Heron Retreat

Sharyn Lightfoot - Minnow Hideaway

Richard Lundgren - Ebb and Flow

Richard Lundgren - Florida Gold

Patrick Mahoney - Cynthia in Costume

Rebecca Pasko - Bubba LowNotes

 Rebecca Pasko - Clearing Storm

Rick Petersen - First Light Vilano Beach

Rick Petersen - Leeward

Cynthia Pierson  - Iowa Proud

Cynthia Pierson - Santa Fe Shadows

Jacqueline Piontek - Day's End

Jacqueline Piontek - Moon Dreams

Perry Russell - Birdhouse

Perry Russell - Lone Palm 

Perry Russell - Palms

Corinne Samuels - Rhapsody in Blue

Corinne Samuels - Tunnel Vision

Valeria Shatzel - The Apple Pitcher

Janelle Wagoner - Beach Path

Janelle Wagoner - January's King

Janelle Wagoner - Tucked In

Carron Wedlund - Mangos for Sale

Carron Wedlund - Meandering Through the Dunes

Carron Wedlund - Ortega River Calm

 Lynn Wilson - View of St. George