Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Earth Works plein air

 (Photo - Stephen Dunn)

What:     Plein Air paint-out
When:    Saturday, October 6, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where:   Earth Works, 12501 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL

It's October and that means it's time for our first plein air paint-out of the season. This will be a new venue for most of us, the Earth Works garden center on Beach Blvd.

  (Photo - Stephen Dunn)

Other groups have been there though and have nothing but praise for the fascinating possibilities for painting there.

 (Photo - Stephen Dunn)

There certainly seem to be possibilities for everyone! As usual we will meet at 9 AM for a morning of painting.  I have not visited Earth Works myself yet so don't know what sort of facilities they might offer us for a picnic but I'm sure we can find somewhere. We certainly all enjoy sharing a meal together and doing a "show and tell" of our morning's work. 

I hope to see folks there on Saturday, and let's hope for nice weather.

Monday, October 1, 2018

new Season - September

(photo courtesy of Kathleen Trued)

September 8th kicked off our new fall season. Thanks to Cindy and Paula for getting everything going for the new season.

 (photo courtesy of Kathleen Trued)
We had a nice turnout for the fun event planned.

(photo courtesy of Perry Russell)

This was a "paint-around" with four artists each working on the same surface - but each with their own reference photo. They started on their own reference for 15 minutes. Then had to move along to the next painting for 15 minutes, and then the next. After an hour they each got 15 minutes back to their own original painting for finishing touches.

(photo courtesy of Kathleen Trued)

Our four artists were (L=>R): Richard Lundgren, Jessica Shippee, Pat Mahoney, and Rick Petersen.

(photo courtesy of Perry Russell)

Everyone else was fascinated to watch the progress of the four paintings. Below are the four finished paintings, all very beautiful!

 (photo courtesy of Perry Russell)

 (photo courtesy of Perry Russell)

 (photo courtesy of Perry Russell)

(photo courtesy of Perry Russell)

Next month will be plein air. Hope to see you all then.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

It’s September

From our President:

Hello all,
Hope you had a wonderfully Arty summer.

The upcoming meeting for the FCPS is September 8 at 10:00. I'm Expecting this will be a fun and illuminating meeting with a Paint Around by 4 of our talented members. (Am so sorry I'll miss it)

As I'm still out of town,  Our V.P., Paula, will be conducting the meeting and Cindy will be conducting the Paint Around. What a great opportunity to view a collaboration of talents and styles!

Also, the paintings that have been exhibited at Vicars Landing have been picked up and will be at the CC for you to retrieve at the meeting. If you can't be there to pick up your pictures, please have someone else pick them up. Or Janelle will pick them up. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Vicars Landing

When you've attended FCPS meetings have you ever wondered what was behind the gated and guarded entrance to TPC Sawgrass? I admit I always have! But of course I never had a reason to be able to get past the guards.

But right now we all do. The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach has an annex at Vicars Landing, a retirement community beyond the guarded gates.

After our juried show they asked if some of our paintings could be moved to the annex to be on display for a few months. At the guard house you can just say you want to go to Vicars Landing and those are the magic words to get through the gate. The annex is just behind the desk at the main entrance and a little off to the left.

Our show is small there compared to the show at CCPVB, but our paintings still look great and show off what pastels can do. The show will be up in the annex until September so you have the rest of the summer to go check it out.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

June meeting

We had an amazing meeting in June with 28 attendees at our final meeting before the summer break. President Carron Wedlund kept us up to date with things happening in the coming season, such as two new non-juried shows, plus of course our annual juried show next year, and we then had our annual election of officers for the coming season. These will be:
President:          Carron Wedlund
Vice President:  Paula Pascucci
Treasurer:          Jackie Piontek
Secretary:          Barbara Adams

Although I've given up the Secretary position after six years (!) I'll still be continuing on as webmaster and blogger and trying to keep you all up to date with our doings.

A lot folks brought in things for the Swap Meet and many of us went home feeling we'd picked up some terrific bargains.

 Then we all settled in with interest for the presentation portion of the meeting.

Framing without mats is becoming very popular in the pastel world. If you look back to our paintings from our spring juried show you will see many without mats. Richard Lundgren gave a comprehensive presentation on framing without mats.

Using spacers and tape he created a perfect airtight "sandwich" of the painting, the spacers and the glass, taped around the edges, that could just be dropped right into the frame.

And that concluded our June meeting, the last meeting until we begin again in the fall. Everyone mark your calendars! In September we will meet on the SECOND Saturday instead of the usual first, as the first Saturday falls on Labor Day weekend. We hope everyone has a joyous and artistically fruitful summer, and we look forward to meeting again in September. Stay tuned for details.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Season Finale and Swap Meet

What:   End of season meeting
When:  Saturday, June 2, 10:00 AM to noon
Where: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

It's June and summertime is here. As we finish our season this Saturday here are some words from our President about what we'll be doing:
Hello Fellow Pastelists,
We’re heading into the last meeting of the season on June 2. There are a few things happening that day besides the business meeting:
- Pick up your paintings from our Members Show.
- Some have chosen to leave their paintings for the Cultural Center to display them at Vicars Landing until September. (See the group email for your names).
- Swap Meet/Garage Sale of art supplies and materials for any medium. We’ll have tables set up for your wares. Please have your items clearly priced with your name.
- A demo by Richard Lundgren about framing pastels without a mat.
 I look forward to seeing everyone there! Then it's time for summer vacation, and I hope we have a great time, and look forward to seeing one another again in the fall.

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