Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Product Test

Dear All,
Many of you know that is one of my sponsors. I do product testing for them and they have a new masonite panel covered with a primed canvas. I've tried the product, and it is a well made panel and fairly light weight. An excellent product for plein air work. The panels are available in a wide range of sizes. You can find out more by visiting French Canvas's website at and clicking on Masonite Panels. If you place your order by phone (800) 934 3424 by September 15, 2007, and mention me, they will give you a special 10% discount.

Linda Blondheim

Friday, August 17, 2007


Hello, Everyone~
I've decided not to join IPAP and will not be organizing a local event for this year's IPAP World Wide Paint Out. Have fun painting wherever you are!
All the best~

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

IPAP Worldwide Paint Out

Greetings, All~

I am considering membership in International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), and spoke with Jacqueline Baldini today. She told me that there aren't any Florida groups registered for the Worldwide Paint Out this year (Sept. 7, 8 & 9). Is anyone planning to participate in the event in their local area? If so, please share location, times, etc. Thanks! Will post if we organize one in North Central Fla.

Happy painting!

Aliye Cullu
Gainesville, FL

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Painting Sunflowers

Dear All, I
am forwarding this info from a PAF member. I know nothing about this, but you may enjoy it.

Dear Artists:

This weekend I will be in the "Field of Gold" painting sunflowers and hopefully a few interesting figures will fall into my composition. The field of sunflowers is in full bloom right now so I will be taking advantage of this opportunity. The sunflower is a beautiful example of the golden mean. For information type in the golden mean and sunflowers and enjoy the various web sites. Hope to see you there! If you need to get a hold of me call me at 813-417-5867.


Last year hundreds of people visited the Sunflower fields in Dover, FL. The farmer, Mr. Jones, started this field (approximately 7 acres) last year and people enjoyed it so much that he planted sunflowers again. Sunflowers are short lived in Florida. They have to be plowed under before the seeds hit the ground to make way for the strawberries.

Plein Air painters have permission to paint the fields and will be welcome. The rules are "do not disturb the sunflowers" by picking or pulling them up by the roots. People take pictures and they want everyone to enjoy them. If you need to pick a sunflower go behind the fruit stand.

The fields are just beginning to bloom right now and it is unknown when the peak will be.

Directions: I-75 to Brandon. Route 60 East through Brandon about 7 miles. Look for Brandon Farms on the right hand side. Bring umbrellas & water. Watch out for fire ants in the fields. Bug spray & cream for bites.
Early morning is a good time.

Brandon Farms Market
Contact: Debbie Holt
Mailing PO Box 93
Address: Sydney, FL 33587-
Physical 3931 State Road 60 East
Address: Dover, FL 33527-
Phone: (813) 685-4208
Fax: (813) 764-8098
Roadside Stand/Market
Cucumbers-Pickling/Eggplant/Grapefruit/Grapes/Strawberry Products/Syrup/Tangerines/Tomatoes
Honey/Hot Sauce/Jam/Lettuce/Watermelon

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Updated location for TampaBay Fridays

We are meeting at Shelter 2 (instead of 1 as in previous post) at Anclote River Park, 8:00 a.m. on Fridays through August. There's a refreshing place to swim here, so bring your suit and lunch if you'd like to join us. All other info remains the same as previously posted. Call Jenna at 727-457-6174 for more information.