Plein Air Workshop (Well kinda)

Plein Air Workshop (Well kinda)

Yesterday a friend and I drove to Bentonsport, IA for a Plein Air Workshop for pastel and oil painters. That is a 2 1/2 hour drive and well worth it for a lesson with John Preston. Unfortunately there was rain and thunderstorms predicted for all day. But John used a...
January Challenge Day 1

January Challenge Day 1

Several classmates from an online class I took are doing a challenge in January to paint a small pastel (5X7 or 8X10) everyday for the month. It is a great way to be disciplined about what Marla Baggetta calls mileage. Putting in the time and not making a piece so...
Catiri’s Art Oasis Fresh Paint Plein Air Event

Catiri’s Art Oasis Fresh Paint Plein Air Event

Labor Day weekend was an annual Plein Air Event in Amana, IA.  Catiri’s Art Oasis and a collection of community sponsors make this event a great opportunity for artists.  For two and 1/2 days artist paint in the area and at noon on the third day, all work...
Digging Ruts at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens

Digging Ruts at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens

Thursday night’s Social Irrigation at the Botanical Gardens was lovely. The weather was perfect, the music entertaining and the crowd wandering around delightful. So perfect setup for painting to go well, right? As artists it is easy to fall into ruts that are...
Christmas in July!

Christmas in July!

To celebrate my website going live this week and well just because we all should treat ourselves occasionally……and after trying many different set ups for Plein Air painting I decided to splurge and invest in Heilman Design’s packback size pastel box!...