Thursday, January 16, 2020

Looking ahead - Aline Ordman workshop

We have an exciting spring coming up and one of those events will be a workshop with Aline Ordman, who will also be our judge for our annual juried show.

Aline's workshop will be:
April 25-26
and she will also do a demo on Friday evening:
April 24

Take a look at Aline's work. It's stunning. The workshop will be held at the North Shores Community Center in Vilano Beach.

Price for this great workshop will be:

Members: $375
Non-members: :400

Check our website. There is already a PayPal button up to accept your $100 deposit if you want to reserve a spot in this workshop. A write-up of what you can expect:

Dynamic Pastels
Using Abstract Thinking to Create Illustrative Paintings
Painting is learning to see. Often, we paint what we think we see because we all have preconceived notions of what something looks like. However, to really paint what you see, you must break down everything you are looking at into just abstract shapes. Don’t see a “house”, see a series of interlocking shapes. 
Aline is known for her vivid paintings and creative use of color. Working from their own photo references, students will transform these into pastel or oil paintings using the principles of color and design. Along with daily painting demonstrations, Aline will emphasize the understanding of color in terms of temperature, intensity and value while translating those ideas using pastel or oil techniques. We don’t have to paint green grass just because that’s what is in a picture. Experimenting with exciting different color while maintaining the value and intensity will serve as a great exercise in helping students expand their color sensitivity. Ten stroke exercises are fun to develop confidence in both decision making and interesting strokes. Let’s say goodbye to overworked tight pastels and oils and learn to create loose, bold but still illustrative paintings. Aline gives a lot of personal attention and works to develop the individual style of each student.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Plein Air luck

What a difference a week makes. Last Saturday was raw and rainy, but today the morning weather was about as nice as January can get in northeast Florida, and we were treated to one of of the most fascinating plein air sites we've ever had in our 8-year history. Yup, this month marks our 8th anniversary and this was a great way to start off our 9th year.

We had our plein air at Lion's Gate - an amazing private home in St. Augustine's history Lincolnville neighborhood.

In addition to the home itself it had amazing grounds, some of the contents of which were shown in the previous blog post.

The house was also right alongside the beautiful marshes with many birds along the marshes and flying overhead.

We had a great turnout also, with several new members and guests. Almost everyone spent quite a bit of time just wandering around admiring the amazing grounds and trying to decide what they wanted to paint.

There were no wrong choices, that's for sure.

But eventually folks picked their spots and began to work. Interestingly, despite the amazing house and grounds and statuary, most of our members gravitated towards the lovely marsh views.

But as I said, you couldn't go wrong. I have a soft spot for marshes and that was what I chose myself.

I had to leave a little earlier than normal so folks were all still working when I went around to see what everyone was doing, and to take some photos. My usual caveat is that the works are in various stages of completion, but today most were a little more preliminary than usual. But as you can see, the marsh was the favorite of all those who came. Here are the paintings from the morning that everyone was working on.

If I missed anyone I apologize! But it was a fabulous morning indeed. Later in the afternoon a cloud cover rolled in, and even some rain and sprinkles, so we were lucky that the morning was just right for us. I hope to see you all in February.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Plein Air **** NEW DATE ****

Hi All,
Well sadly the weather forecast has been looking worse and worse rather than improving, so it looks like Saturday the 4th is not going to be a good day for our upcoming plein air.

Fortunately the owner of this lovely place has agreed that next Saturday works for her just as well as this one.

So mark your calendars. The new date for this unique plein air event is:


You should have received info about the location in your email. All that remains the same, just one week later instead.

We hope to see all of you next week>

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Upcoming Plein Air January 2020

What:   Plein Air
Where: St. Augustine, FL
When:  January 4, 2020, 9 AM to 1 PM

We celebrate our 8th anniversary in January and have an exciting adventure for our first plein air event of the year. For the first time we will be having a plein air event at a private home.

Please see your email for details about the event and the location. Since it's a private home I don't want to post all the address details here.

However I can say that it's a beautiful Victorian home in St. Augustine (built in 1898) and the grounds have lovely gardens, statuary, and beautiful scenery.

Feel free to bring a lunch to share, or even consider going out to eat for lunch somewhere afterwards. We always enjoy having a show and tell of our artwork at the end of the morning also.

Let's all hope now for lovely weather. My current St. Augustine forecast shows a high of 68 with rain showers in the morning, but we all know how forecasts can change between now and then!

Happy Holidays 2019

(photo courtesy of Kathleen Trued)

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season, and before we know it it will be 2020.  We began our official FCPS journey in January 2012 and it's been an amazing 8 years.

Earlier this month we had our usual FCPS holiday party which got off to a rocky start as no one showed up from the Cultural Center to unlock the doors! Fortunately the weather was pretty mild so while we tried to track someone down we had our annual painting gift exchange in the courtyard.

We were even about to set up the food in the courtyard when we finally reached someone from the Cultural Center who was able to come over and let us in.

 (photo courtesy of Kathleen Trued)

There was some scrambling to get set up but then the holiday brunch was excellent as usual.

                                                                     (photo courtesy of Kathleen Trued)

This was followed by a fun game of Pictionary.

                                                                    (photo courtesy of Kathleen Trued)

Great fun for those able to attend, though there were some who couldn't make it that we missed as well.  The new year is also upon so so looking forward to more adventures in the new year.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Social Media

President Carron Wedlund welcomed us on Saturday to our November meeting. She reminded us all to go see our current show if we can, and let us know about upcoming events like out holiday party coming up in December, where everyone is to bring a wrapped 5x7 painting (any medium) for our annual gift exchange.

We had about 25 attendees at the meeting including a few guests who showed up just to hear our presentation for the morning.

The St. Johns Country Cultural Council arranged to have local St. Augustine photographer Jackie Hird come to talk to us about social media, and getting your work out there.

Jackie gave us a lot to think about, and also promised to share with us the PowerPoint presentation she gave, so we all look forward to seeing that.

Monday, October 28, 2019

November meeting

What:   General meeting
When:  Saturday, November 2, 10 AM to 12 noon
Where: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

This Saturday we welcome Jackie Hird from the St. Johns Cultural Council, with another interesting presentation from the Council.

Her topic will be:

How to Sell your Artwork Online  

This will touch on different social media, pros and cons of each, costs, etc.

Social media can be an absolute minefield difficult to navigate and I'm sure we all have interest in this topic and probably lots of questions! So write down your questions now so you can be prepared to look for some answers on Satuday.