Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Linda Blondheim Workshop at Historic North Florida Farm Fall 2008

Save the Date:

Tree Painting Workshop

Freddy Wood's Farm


Evinston Florida

November 8-9, 2008

9 AM- 4 PM

Make Up Rain Dates: November 15-16, 2008

150.00 includes the class notebook and instruction. Register at: lindablondheim12@hotmail.comThis is your opportunity to paint on a Florida Heritage Farm in North Central Florida in Historical Evinston Florida.

We will meet at the Wood Swink Post Office , the oldest post office and country store in Florida. Take a step back in time and enjoy painting the huge Live Oaks and tall graceful Sabal palms with lovely views of Orange Lake.

There are beautiful cattle on the land as well and it is completely private so there will be no distractions.

We will focus our study on trees for this workshop, including trunks, limbs, texture, lighting, values, moss, vines color mixing and composition.

The closest restaurant is in Micanopy at Pearl Country Store. It is just about 5 miles away and that is where the closest available bathroom facility is located. We will take a break for lunch and bathroom breaks as needed. Believe me, these minor inconveniences are nothing compared to the beauty and opportunity of painting this landscape. It is my personal favorite location to paint in North Florida.

Camping is available at nearby Paynes Prairie State Park and there are several fish camps in the McIntosh- Orange Lake area which offer clean 2 bedroom trailers for 55.00 per night. US 441 in South Gainesville has many motels available as well ranging from 50.00-125.00 per night.

Come join me to paint this beautiful private farm in North Central Florida.

All painting mediums are welcome, including gouache, acrylic, oils, watercolor, casein and pastels Email me at: to register, or send check to:
Linda Blondheim
3032 NW 161 Court
Gainesville, Florida 32609

Paypal is available on my web site HERE.

A non-refundable deposit of 37.50 is required to secure your space. The balance of 112.50 is due on the first day of the workshop.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Westpark Village Paint Out-Tampa Florida

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2008

Westpark Village

Time: 10:00-5:00
During the day artists will be painting in the plein air tradition (work done in the fresh air as opposed to painting in a studio) in Westpark Village. That evening they will be exhibiting their work at Great Art & Frame.

Show Opening: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Free Admission – Come meet the artists and enjoy their paintings.
Location: Great Art & Frame
9906 W. Linebaugh Ave.
Tampa, Florida
(813) 792-8960

Tampa Bay Plein Air members in the opening include Joan Marsh, Dorothy Gardiner Donald Eaton and Virginia Larrea LaTourette.

Pass it Along! Tell Your Friends and Neighbors! The More the Merrier!! Bring a Buddy!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Plein Air Painting Spring 2008 by the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay

If you are a plein air painter in the Tampa Bay area that works in pastel do not miss the opportunity to meet other plein air pastelist painters . If you only have worked in oils maybe this is the time to give pastels a try. Everybody is invited!!!

Come and join us and have a day full of pastel painting and camaraderie

Plein Air Painting Day at John Chesnut Sr. Park (formerly Brooker Creek Park)
May 17th, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm
Bring your own bag lunch

This 255-acre Pinellas County park is located on the Eastern Shore of Lake Tarpon on East Lake Road, 2 miles north of Tampa Road or 5 miles south of Keystone Road.

Honors for Val Sandell

Val Sandell's painting titled "Rocky Shoal" has been juried into the American Society of Marine Artist's (ASMA) New England Regional Exhibition.

The show will take place in three exciting venues: the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, the Herreshoff Marine Museum & America's Cup Hall of Fame in Rhode Island and the Maine Maritime Museum.

The shows will run from May 7th to June 15, June 28th to September 1st and October 24 to January 4, 2009, respectively. ASMA has planned several excellent events surrounding the opening receptions, which include workshops and plein-air painting.

Paint The Town 2008 Exhibit is Online

The plein air paintings produced during the Paint the Town 2008 Plein Air Painting Competition in St. Petersburg, Florida are now online. View the entire show at Paint the Town 2008

Photography of the paintings was provided by Caleb Fiske.

For those of you who would like to see the show in person the exhibit has been extended thru May 10th and may be seen at Interior Motives, 1110 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Thanks to Florida's Eden for a Great Paint Out

The Heart of Florida Paint Out was great fun for all of the artists and patrons who came out to support arts in North Central Florida.

Thanks to Annie Pais, Stewart Thomas and their wonderful staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly for all of the artists involved.

Congratulations to Annie and Stewart on producing the fine book called The Heart of Florida Scenic Guide. It is an outstanding book about North Central Florida's beauty. I was proud to be a part of this adventure this year.

Linda Blondheim

Monday, April 14, 2008

Paint the Town 2008

The 2008 edition of "Paint the Town" is, as they say in the books. Or, maybe more accurately put, "On the walls". I want to thank all of the artists who participated. As a veteran of paintouts I know you worked hard. Every time I participate in a paintout, win, lose or draw (no pun intended), I come away determined to grow. I hope you all were inspired and motivated.
Here is a brief litany of by-lines to this year's story:
"Paint the Town 2008" received a lot of attention this year. There were a lot of firsts. We gave a presentation to City Council, we were on the front page of the City's webpage and on St. Pete's official events calendar:
We were covered by the St. Pete Times, put on the front page in the Times northern distribution area and were prominent on their webpage:
We were also covered by the Gulfport Gabber:
This is awesome publicity. The future looks promising.
The $1,000 first prize went to Ron Marvin for his painting "Yellow Apartment". At Paint the Town 2007 Ron was in the wheelchair he used for 10 years. Due to a new surgical procedure, Ron has regained his ability to walk. I'm thrilled for Ron both because he got an award and because he is ambulatory again. I think I saw a little giddy-up in his step as he left the gallery Saturday evening.
The $500 Second Prize went to Don Eaton for "Dawn Light at the Unitarian Church". His story really warms the heart. Several years ago Don left his nine-to-fiver, so he could pursue his passion for oil painting. Don lives on tight budget and works hard teaching himself to paint. He has been plugging away, painting daily, for several years. His work shows us that hard work does pay off. Good job, Don.
The story line of Opening Night didn't involve an artist. That night I observed how Interior Motives' owner Leslie Curran interacted with the diversely eclectic group of people who came in and out of the gallery on this artwalk night. The extreme ends of the human spectrum included Jerry the homeless guy and noted author Jeff Klinkenburg. Leslie was the same person with all. She gave Jerry the same amount of time and respect as she did Jeff. A wonderful example of how we should treat people. Through Leslie's influence the past few months Jerry has gained the confidence and poise needed to function in a social setting. I have no doubt that he will continue to grow and gain acceptance in society.
As president of SPRAA, Inc., I am feel proud and fortunate that Interior Motives donated the exhibit space for "Paint the Town 2008". I hope this will be home for the show for many years to come.
For more about Representational Art in St. Pete go to:
To see the work of Florida Gulf Coast Artist Robert J. Simone go to:

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tampa Bay Plein Air News

Congratulations to Tampa Bay Member Donald Eaton won 2nd place at the Paint the Town Event opening last night in St. Petersburg.

Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters meet on April 19th at 1:30 at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center's Palm Cafe for an update on shows and activities, then a paint out after.

Tampa Bay Plein air Painters will meet in Tampa at 9:00 on April 20th for a paint out in Tampa.

email for directions.

WCPA Paintouts for May

The West Coast Plein Air group will be painting at Pine Island in Hernando County on Fridays in May. Meet in the main parking area at 9:00 a.m. Directions: To get to Pine Island, take US 19 N to Left at Cortez Blvd., then Right at Pine Island Dr., and Left to stay on Pine Island Drive. Or just click on this link:,-82.610664&spn=0.065894,0.160675&z=13

Any questions, feel free to call Jenna at 727-457-6174. Hope to see you there!
Paint on,

Monday, April 7, 2008

Mary Jane Volkmann Show

Hello to each of you!

I would like to invite you to see my new show “Namibia ~ The Smile of Africa” which is hanging in the Galeria at the Florida Museum of Natural History until August 3. Namibia and its peoples are very dear to my heart (I lived and worked there for 23 years) so I am particularly happy to have this opportunity to share with you and others some of the scenes of daily life in this unique and beautiful land.

To read more about the show, the museum has an introductory page at .

With kind regards,

Mary Jane Volkmann

Mary Jane Volkmann

Tel: 352-332-3477