Saturday, September 12, 2009

Our Day at the World Wide Paint OUt

This is the 7th year of the World Wide Paint Out - a weekend during which painters 'round the world set up their easels out of doors to complete thousands of plein air paintings, under the umbrella of International Plein Air Painters .

This is the 2nd year the event was held locally at Salt Springs State Park. Despite the postponement of one day on account of rain and a decidedly gray & misty start to this one, ten painters appeared out of their cozy down comforters and Saturday morning chores & errands.

The real early birds started the day cooking pancakes over an open fire...they were hardly gourmet, but with real Pennsylvania maple syrup, charred butter & authentic smoke, they never tasted better. A carafe of decaf and some crisp local ginger gold apples completed our fuel. We were ready to paint and paint we did! I thought I was doing fine to complete a 12 x 12 pastel by lunchtime. Most of the watercolorists had done two paintings by that time ( I did hear a few dream requests for hairdryers to dry their soggy but beautifully saturated was a very humid day.)

There were no scary wildlife sightings by the time I left the park around 2:30, but there were about a dozen watercolors, two oils, one acrylic, two wash & sharpie drawings and my one pastel. That's almost 20 new paintings!Trees & water featured big (Silver Creek & Fall Brook run right through the Park) , lovely Park architecture, some early turning autumn trees, pastures full of fall wildflowers, resident llamas, and more trees....(this is Pennsylvania, you know and the park is home to some huge first growth hemlocks, as well as sycamore, black cherry, maple, ash & more).

From top down (I hope) Joanne Benson, Jan Henning, Chris Lathrop & Barbara Kapalski show their UNFINISHED paintings and, in the center, the early birds, (Pam Summa, Joanne Benson, Rip Howard, Chris Lathrop & Rodrica Tilley) stuffed with pancakes, ready to seize the day.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

7th Annual World Wide Paint Out

International Plein Air Painters have sponsored this event for 7 years and this is the second year PEPS members have participated at Salt Springs State Park in Susquehanna County. Last year (scroll down to September 2008) it was a great day that started with a pancake breakfast cook out at 8am and ended with many tired painters taking home some good work and good memories.

We're going to try to repeat that again on September 11. Everyone is welcome, members & guests alike. It's free. If you can contribute something to the breakfast or have questions contact event organizer & signature member, Rodrica Tilley at or 570-278-2479. Rain dates are September 12 & 13 and if you cannot join the fun on Friday, know that painters aroudn the globe will be painting out each of the three days; September 11, 12 & 13, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Members' Show - HURRY!

I finally found the Schulman Gallery at Luzerne County Community College, 1333 South Prospect Road in Nanticoke, PA. And I found it to be a very nice space with a beautifully hung show of members' paintings. I adored Woody's pastel of the Piggies, and I had a few other favorites, too. Love those river paintings, pond reflections, huge palette knife oils and mountains. There's only one more week to see this collection all in one well-lit spot.

FYI the gallery is on the second floor of the Campus Center under the bookstore, which is hidden behind the Nursing bldg. Park in the first lot, cross street and walk towards Campus Security, then walk a little to the right. It's in the round bldg. So sorry I had to miss the opening. I love the gallery talks.

My pastel ofVan Fleet Climbers was the ony image I had handy.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Photo from the Spring PEPS Show in Glenburn

Hello all, I am posting a photo of the artists taken at the opening of the PEPS Spring Art Show and Sale. Besides all the great looking artists you can catch a glimpse of some of the wonderful artwork on the wall behind! Seated are Peggy Davidson, Sue Hand, Ryan Frania, Charles "Woody" Woodworth, and Jane Butkosky. Standing are Laura Adams, Rodrica Tilley, Maryann Williams, Ann Searfoss, Joanne Benson and Phyllis Rennie.

Factoryville Farm on Route 6 & 11

A few weeks ago Maryann, Phyllis and I went out to paint at this lovely location and after about an hour were rained out. Phyllis and I returned the next week to a lovely sunny day....same time of day but light conditions significantly changed....we adapted... LOL This is soft pastel and I'm pleased with the colors. I like the way the light was hitting the structures. As usual we had a lovely time painting.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Spring Art Exhibit

Come to see the plein air work of members in the Glenburn Township Building, Sunday April 5, 2:30 -4:30. Stories from the artists at 3pm. Refreshments all afternoon. Fun!

On exhibit will be paintings by over 20 artists in all media from past & present PEPS themes:
Susquehanna River, Haybales Galore, Plein Air Food and Whistle Stops & Depots.

Show continues through June 25, 9am to noon, Monday-Thursday. Call 570-563-1177.

Apple Snack, a watercolor by Chris Lathrop is one of many.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Painting the Beautiful at the Sordoni Gallery

American Impressionist Paintings from the Michener Art Museum Collection is a definite MUST SEE! I'm going back. Walking into that gallery took my breath away. It was enlightening to see how these masters resolved the very same issues I am dealing with in my own landscape work. A humbling and inspiring experience, I'll be returning to see the 25 canvases again.

Many of the artists worked en plein air; Fern Coppedge and Edward Redfield tied their rather large canvases to a tree, even in bad weather.

No's open every day from 12 to 4:30 through March 15 and it's practically in our backyard! (on River Street at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA)

Day in June is an oil painting by Daniel Garber. 28 x 30. I think his incorporation of figures into the landscape is perfect...they really belong and contribute to the beauty of this canvas.

I found it impossible to choose a favorite, but it might be Day in June...or it might be Road to Lumberville by Fern I. Coppedge. I'd love to hear your choices.