Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Well we are off and running to accept membership and dues now. Look to the upper right of our blog and you will see we actually have a Paypal button you  can use to pay your dues if you would like. We've already had a few members pay! Note there is also a form you can select to fill out for membership. If you send a Paypal payment can you also fill out the information on the form and send it to please? That way we will have all the necessary information about our members.

If you don't want to use PayPal you are free to send a check, either a real check or an e-check, to our treasurer, Rick Petersen. His address is on the membership form. You can just fill out a copy and mail it to him if you prefer. 

Don't forget that our next meeting is coming up this Saturday from 10 AM to 12 noon. See the previous blog post for location and directions. And we still have time to accept more entries for our LOGO contest!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Next Meeting (and Logo contest)

The next meeting of the First Coast Pastel Society will be held on Saturday, March 3th, from 10 AM to 12 noon, at the Green Cove Springs County Administration Building, 477 Houston St., in Green Cove Springs. Houston St. is just south of the County Courthouse, on the western side of route 17, though the parking lot for the County Administration Building itself can be entered directly from route 17 itself, just south of Houston St.

Our President, Lyn Asselta, will give a demonstration on underpainting techniques and the importance of them.

Don't forget, we hope to see submissions for logos for the First Coast Pastel Society too. If we select a winner that person will win a year's free membership in the FCPS. I've created a simple example above just as a starter, in hopes that you'll all get your creative juices flowing.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

An Excellent outdoor day at Fort Mose

Lyn Asselta said that when her northern friends ask her why she lives in Florida, it's days like today that provide the answer! The First Coast Pastel Society had an absolutely glorious day today for our paint out at Fort Mose. At least 10 pastelists showed up to take advantage of the perfect weather we had; sunny and with a light breeze blowing.

If you are not familiar with Fort Mose you need to check it out if you are in the area. If you are a painter or a bird watcher the place is just made for you.

There are a couple of boardwalk trails that take you out over the marsh. One overlooks a large rookery, where birds were coming and going, building their nests.

Behind the Visitor's Center there is a large shaded area, with picnic tables, and large live oaks draped with Spanish moss, another great place to set up your easel.

There are also some trails that go off into the woods, providing different points of view for the artist. 

I think everyone who was there today had a great time. Our officially scheduled time for the paint out was 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, but there were plenty of us still there at 2:30!