Thursday, May 31, 2007

Paintout days in June for Tampa Bay

We will be painting at these locations in June. Mark your calendars and Come on out and paint with us. These locations have been picked for shade and breezes!

Meet at 10:00 a.m. in picnic parking area at Maximo Park. For information or questions, call Don (home number 727-347-3061) or Jenna (cell 727-457-6174).Directions: from St.Petersburg take 275 South to last exit before getting on Sunshine Parkway bridge. Turn right and Maximo Pk is right there.

6/8 and 6/15 at 8:00 a.m. - meet at Anderson Park in first parking area on left. Call Jenna w/questions (727-457-6174(. Anderson Park is north of Alderman Rd. on east side of U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs.
6/22 and 6/29 at 8:a.m. - meet at Key Vista Nature Park in Holiday. Call Jenna w/questions. Key Vista can be reached by taking Alt.19 north through Tarpon Springs,go west on Anclote Blvd. then north on Baillies Bluff Rd.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Tuesday paintouts from the PAPTC

This tuesday we will paint at McKee Botanical Garden. Its located at 350 US Highway 1 at the southern gateway of Vero Beach. It opens at 10 am and admission is $6.00. Its a very lovely place to paint with lovely flowers and plants. If you have a Heathcote Botanical Garden pass it will be good for Mckee's too. The dinosaur display is up also so it should be fun to see.
They have asked us not to wipe brushes on the grass or dump our paint cleaners either.
Hope to see you there, Lori McNamara

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Color Camp with Larry Moore

September 7-9, 2007

O'Leno State Park

High Springs, FL

Accomplished artist and teacher Larry Moore leads intrepid campers through intensive color camp instruction. Emphasis on color theory, mixing, relationship and application.

O’Leno is one of the prettiest parks in Florida, and I’ve seen a lot of ‘em. We’ve rented the group cabins and Meeting Hall, so we can learn and paint from sunup 'til sundown. Cabins sleep between 4 and 10, many have their own bathrooms, kitchen and yes even electricity! And, because we’ve rented through Monday, you don’t have to check out until Monday morning if you want to stay a little longer.

This is shaping up to be one of the best workshops in the state of Florida. Great instruction from an award winning, nationally acclaimed plein air painter, on site lodging, painting from dawn to dark, and talking art around the camp fire. I expect this workshop to fill as fast as it did last year, so please email me ASAP if you want to attend, and I will put you on the roster. Your spot will be confirmed when I receive your deposit.

Fee: $350.00 per person includes 3 nights Cabin fee

Don’t want to stay in a cabin? $300.00 per person and you are on your own for lodging… and no s’mores for you!

Deposit: $50.00 non-refundable at registration

Make check out to Larry Moore and send to Jackie Schindehette at: 2020 NE 12 Place, Ocala, Fl 34470.
Final payment will be due the first day of the workshop.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Miami Plein Air Competition

June 2 - "Beyond Deco" Plein Air Competition
in Miami Beach FL sponsored by Miami Deco Preservation League. $900 in prizes, $35 entry fee. Paintings exhibited at Miami Beach Visitors Center Gallery, 1001 Ocean Dr, through the month of June. 25% sales commission. Details and application at MDPL.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Bogus Art Show Scam

EPA member Linda Apriletti reports that a show being promoted to artists is a scam. It is being billed as Miami Contemporary Art Exhibition to be held 15-19 Oct 2007 at Biscayne National Park in Miami. The Park Service reports, "Biscayne National Park has no record of the show for that period." See details at Bogus Show

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


For all painters in North Central Florida

I urge you to stay indoors and do not go out to paint during these terrible fires. The health department is asking everyone to avoid as much smoke exposure as possible. Also, the fewer people out driving around in the woods, the better for the teams trying to stop the fires and evacuate rural residences. Paint in your studio this week. My prayers go out to those families who have been evacuated and to the firefighters, Red Cross workers, EMTs and volunteers.

I am heading out Thurseday morning to paint in the Forgotten Coast Paint Out, then to teach in North Carolina. I will be back around the first of June. If there are any web site or blog issues with PAF, please write to David Johnson while I am away.


Sunday, May 6, 2007

Art Show at Edenlawn Plantation

Next Saturday there will be an art show (May 12) at Edenlawn Plantation, 13377 Indian River Dr. Jensen Beach, Florida. For all artists interested in setting up, we will be arriving at 8:30am and the show will run from 10-4.

The plein-aire painters of Eden worked there for a month and this Saturday's event will be a show and sale of that effort. However, we are opening it up to all interested artists. The owner, will also be selling plants and books. There will be tours of the plantation during the show at 11, 1 and 3 o'clock.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

News From Marge Drew

Please take a moment of time to meet my newest GUEST ARTIST, Mary J. Gray. Her paintings are beautiful. Her energy is positive, dynamic and contagious! It is so much fun to be able to paint with her en plein air. Learn more about my friend and fellow artist, Mary J. Gray by clicking on this link which takes you right to her beautiful plein air paintings.


If you wish to know the names and the sizes of her paintings, please put the cursor over the painting and all the information about the painting will be revealed. Thank you for taking the time to look at Mary J.'s wonderful art. Please contact Mary J. by using her email link which you will find at the bottom of her bio material on the Guest Artist page and let her know how you enjoyed her art.

I will continue to accept artists for this Guest Artist page. This service to showcase an artist is a Free Gift. It is designed to help artists working in any media and or style to get themselves organized. The artists have such fun doing it. It is easy to do even if you do not have computer skills, so if you or your artist friends are interested in becoming my Guest Artist, please contact me with my email link: In the SUBJECT line please put: interest in being Guest Artist.

Marge' Drew

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Paint Outs Criteria For Professional Painters

This post is for those of us who make our living painting. I have put together a fairly strict critera for making decisions about whether I will do paint outs around the south. If you are starting out as a painter or just doing paint outs for the fun and socialization, this would not apply for you. There are dozens of paint outs now and we are constantly getting invitations to do them. This may not be your cup of tea, but I think if enough of us insisted on these amenities, we would have better sales and would not be taken advantage of.

My List

The paint outs are invitational only.

The promotors provide lodging and at least one meal per day to artists as well as cold bottled water and soft drinks each day.

Artists are not charged anything to participate but the promoter receives 40-50% commission on retail sales. There are no auctions. The paintings are sold at retail prices only at patron parties.

A wet room is provided for the duration with sales incouraged throughout the duration of the paint out.

There is paid advertising in style magazines and art sections of regional papers.posters, and invitation mail outs to art patrons for the exhibition.

Most of these events are aligned with a charity organization and most of them have a lot of corporate sponsorship to offset advertising and other costs. The artists do not have to foot the bill.

No awards are given as the emphasis is on sales and networking with potential patrons.

There is a web site set up to show the artists information and incourage patrons to read about the event and see daily paintings.

Stand up signs are given to artists which they take to painting locations to show patrons where they are painting.

A booklet is made which has the artist bios and paintings, which are given out to patrons.

This is the minimum compensation that a professional artist should expect for these events.

Linda Blondheim