Monday, October 7, 2019

A beautiful October morning

How lucky we were this past Saturday for our first plein air event of the season. We had a wonderful October morning to paint at Alpine Groves Park.

We didn't have a large turnout, but we were happy to be joined by a few members of the First Coast Plein Air Painters. 

Any of our members who enjoy plein air but can't always  make our events should look into the FCPAP. They schedule many plein air events all over the Jacksonville area on a regular basis.

We already have quite a few FCPS members who are FCPAP members as well.

Alpine Groves  offers so many painting options.

Although the views of the St. Johns River are particularly stunning. 

 And lots of places to set up to catch interesting views of the river.

I didn't get to see all the paintings but here are a few from this morning in, as usual, various stages of completion. I hope all those who made it enjoyed their morning.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Alpine Groves this weekend

What:    Alpine Groves Plein Air
Where:  Route 13, Switzerland, FL (east side of St. Johns River)
When:   Saturday, October 5, 9 AM to 1 PM

Let's hope for good weather this Saturday! It's our first plein air event of the fall season at beautiful Alpine Groves Park.

Shaded walkways and hiking paths meander through the park.

Beautiful sun and skies if you are there at the right time.

A long fishing pier out over the river lets you look back at the beautiful shoreline.

An old homestead lends architectural interest for some.

Please come out and join us. Don't forget a picnic lunch for our communal meal and show-and-tell after our morning of painting.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Don't forget that our fall show at an exciting new venue for us is coming up soon. You should all have the information needed to enter in your email. Janelle needs your information (title, size, price) by this FRIDAY.

Take in is Thursday, October 3rd from 3-7 PM at the FSCJ Deerwood Center.

2nd Floor Rotunda (across from elevator), Deerwood Center/Open Campus
Florida State College at Jacksonville, 9911 Old Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

Best place to load/unload - North entrance.  Enter the campus from Old Baymeadows Rd.  Drive up the hill, campus will be on your right.  North entrance is across from the parking garage.  Inside the lobby doors walk straight towards the atrium and elevators. Security will be on your left.  Gallery is directly across the atrium from the elevators.

We have quite a few entries already but if you have not sent in your information yet now is the time to do it,

Reception is Tuesday, October 8th, 5-7 PM.

And in the meantime don't forget our plein air on Saturday, at  October 5, at beautiful Alpine Groves Park along the east bank of the St. Johns River.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Our new season - Kevin Arthur's Demo

(photo courtesy of Kathleen Trued)

Our new season kicked off with a great demo from Kevin Arthur.

(photo courtesy of Pat Mahoney)

We had a nice turnout and everyone certainly enjoyed seeing what Kevin had to offer.

(photo courtesy of Pat Mahoney) 

Our model for the demo was none other than our own President, Carron Wedlund.

 (photo courtesy of Kathleen Trued)

In the amount of time available Kevin did an amazing job.

(photo courtesy of Kathleen Trued)

I think we can all agree that it's a wonderful likeness - definitely one of Kevin's great talents.
We hope everyone there enjoyed seeing Kevin do a demo, and enjoyed catching up with everyone after our summer break.

We're headed into cooler weather now I hope, and let's keep our fingers crossed for our upcoming first plein air:

Saturday, October 5⋅9:00am – 12:00pm 
Alpine Groves Park, Route 13, Switzerland, FL 

Monday, September 2, 2019

FSCJ Member Show Oct. 8 - December 6

Greetings to all of our FCPS pastel painters! Janelle hopes you have had a productive summer of painting because our first show is almost here.

Attached is the Call for Entries for our Fall Show at FSCJ at the Deerwood Center in Baymeadows. Janelle know it is soon but we are so excited by the opportunity to exhibit in this gallery that she hopes you can help represent our society by entering one or hopefully two pieces.

There is a flat $10 fee for up to two works. This helps cover the cost of labels, refreshments at our opening, printing fees and a People’s Choice Award.

Please get your information to Janelle as soon as you have selected your pieces. Deadline for entry is September 27


Hello all,
It has come to Janelle's attention that a few clarification points will help those members entering our member show for the first time and to remind everyone.

No photos or digital images are required for this specific show. This is an opportunity for you to choose your own work to be exhibited. Work must be your own but does not have to have been completed within a specific time frame. Mixed media should be 80% pastel. Work may have been executed in the studio or on location.

Here is how to enter:

Email or text to the following information (Janelle will also bring a log sheet to our September 7 meeting if you prefer to give Janelle your entries at that time).

Your Name

The Title of your entry (you may enter up to 2 pieces)

Size of entry after framing (if it is not yet framed use an estimate)

Price of the painting or Not For Sale

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Looking Ahead - October

Coming up in October we have second workshop of the year with Donna Grasso, who has been a member of the FCPS and an award winner as well. She is a fabulous artist.

When :  Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9 AM to 4 PM
Where:  North Shores Community Center, 120 Meadow Ave., St. Augustine, FL

$75 for members and non-members.

9am - 11:30
Importance of Composition
Composition is how we see information. It influences the relationships we see between objects, perceptions of complexity, and affects our desire to engage with content. Learning composition as a visual designer will allow you to make information appear in ways that convey different meanings, or leave different impressions, like sophistication, affluence, cleverness, or strangeness.

How to organize balance out of a chaos of elements
Use design principles in making visual decisions

Drawing from life - exercises utilizing class participants as well as still life set up.

AM Materials should include
drawing media to include pencil, eraser, and any other drawing media of choice
Drawing pad or paper- minimum 16 x 20
Drawing board - surface to have to make the drawing surface angled for ease and drawing accuracy

1:00 - 4:00
Utilizing am class information using media of choice - to compose a work of art from still subject set up.

Media of choice for afternoon session

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The New Season

What:   Fall kick-off meeting
When:  Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10 AM to 12 noon
Where: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

I hope everyone is looking forward to the upcoming fall season (and maybe some cooler weather?).  Our year will begin with a demo by Kevin Arthur who is a noted pastel portraitist. 

Kevin presented for us three years ago but we have many new folks since then and even us oldtimers can benefit from Kevin's approach.

The last time Kevin demoed for us his model was our own founder, Lyn Asselta. Who will be the model this time? Come to the meeting and find out.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Summer and Fall

We hope everyone has been having a great summer. We began summer this year with our workshop from Tony Alain, an amazing English pastelist.

All those who attended said it was well worth it.

And many who couldn't were able to come to his public demo on the Sunday following the workshop.

I hope everyone wound up in a painting mood and were able to enjoy getting things done over the summer.

Now our fall season is approaching and we hope you'll enjoy the things coming up.

Our fall kickoff meeting will be on Saturday, September 7, at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach and we look forward to seeing one another again after the summer hiatus. Noted pastel portraitist Kevin Arthur will do a demo for us.

Then mark Saturday, October 5 on your calendars for our first plein air of the season at beautiful Alpine Groves Park on route 13 in Switzerland, FL, on the east bank of the St. Johns River.

And later that month we are having a one-day workshop with Donna Grasso on Saturday, October 26. If you don't know Donna yet you'll definitely want to.

So keep an eye open here and in the calendar and in your emails, and we'll have a lot more details coming up about upcoming events.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Tony Allain demo - time change

Some lucky folks are really looking forward to the Tony Allain workshop this coming Friday and Saturday. Tony comes to us all the way from England so it's quite a privilege to have him with us for a few days.

For those who are not attending the workshop Tony will be giving a demo for us on Sunday the 16th at 12 PM, so this will give everyone who wants a chance to see this wonderful artist.

NOTE: There has been a time change. The demo is now 12-2 PM instead of 1-3. Please note the new time

Ending the season

 President Carron Wedlund welcomed us all to our last meeting of the season before our summer break. We had a great turnout of about 27 people.

It was nice to see everyone to talk, and to take a look at the "flea market" items that other members had brought in to sell or even just give away. 

After the business meeting we went on to the day's event, the paint-around. Even though we had some 27 in attendance we was only 8 people volunteer for the paint-around, so we had lots of folks watching as we worked.

To recap how the paint-around worked, Carron selected four different photos as references for the event, and had two copies of each photo. We had two teams of four, on each side of the room. 

Each person chose a starting easel, and when the timer began had 15 minutes to get a start on the painting, based on the photo at their easel. When the timer went off each person shifted right one easel (with the person on the easel at the end right coming around to the first easel on the left) and got 15 minutes to work on the second painting, and then the third, and then the fourth.

After the fourth they came back around to their own original easel and had a last 15 minutes to make last minute changes to the painting they started with. Since each team worked from the same four references there were two paintings done of each photo, so it was lots of fun to see how the paintings came out. Here are the eight paintings from the paint-around, showing the different interpretations of the photos. At the end each artist got to keep the painting from their starting easel.

A good time was had by all, both the painters and the watchers! And then it was time for summer break. Some folks were headed off to the IAPS convention. Some looking forward to our upcoming workshop with Tony Allain, or the Tony Allain demo. Otherwise, see you in September.