California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

california poppies

Traveling home after presenting and attending the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention in Monterey, it's hard to believe it's already just a memory! I'm California dreaming of plein air painting... The event was a fun, energized week of networking with over 700 artists, vendors, art business professionals, and like-minded people from all over the world. On stage and in the field, 70 of today's finest artists demonstrated and taught their inside … [Read more...]

Plein Air Painting a Slice of Paradise in the Caribbean

After a long winter in my studio working with encaustic wax, it has felt great to plein air paint in the Caribbean this spring break. This year I wanted to travel lightly beacause I knew my painting time would be limited on this family vacation. So, I brought my smallest pochade box, and also packed my favorite solvent free paints by Cobra Water Mixable Oils, and a handy 9 x 12 pad of Arches Oil Paper. I have cut each sheet into quarters and … [Read more...]

The Best Art Festivals Across America

The Best Art Festivals Across America

Over the years, I've discovered some of the best art festivals in the world are right here in the good old United States. Ten years earlier, I remember being in the Bellagio and looking at the Ploughman. It was the glow that got me. Yes, it glows! It was my first Van Gogh, and standing there, staring into that brilliant, shimmering, priceless wheat field, I was hooked. Art books, prints and digital imagery would suffice no longer. I knew at that … [Read more...]

Art Is A Trip!

art, trip, vacation

Whether a painter, a dancer, musician or writer, all artists who regularly practice their craft understand the transformative magic of Art. Art is a trip and allows our imaginations to escape without leaving home. Art transcends language and barriers without the need of a passport! American dancer and choreographer, Twyla Tharp said it best in the quote below. I shared her quote along with the beautiful painting by Abbott Handerson Thayer … [Read more...]

Travel Tips For Europe

travel tips for Europe

Most artists dream of traveling and painting in Europe. But, planning a big trip to Europe can be a bit overwhelming. Here is a great infographic that highlights a few favorite European cities with some great ideas on where to stay, what to see and more! Happy travels! You might like to read, "How to Pack For Painting - Tips for the Painter Traveling by Airplane or by Car" guide to luxury vacation home rentals … [Read more...]

Hotels for Art Lovers

hotels for art lovers

Odds are that there is an art museum relatively close to wherever you may choose to travel. While an official statistic is nearly impossible to calculate, there are literally thousands upon thousands of art museums across the globe. Some, like the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris as well as New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, are incredibly well known by people around the world. Others are not quite “household names” but are still … [Read more...]

Inspiration From The Caribbean Islands

Pissarro

My home-away-from home is St. Thomas in the beautiful Virgin Islands of the Caribbean. Each year, my family and I make the two day journey from the snow packed mountains of Idaho down to the turquoise Caribbean waters. I enjoy using this time to relax, unwind, unplug and to hang with my family. This down-time helps me refuel my creative inspiration. The Caribbean has a complex, rich and varied history that is reflected in its architecture. … [Read more...]

My Week in Maine with Master Landscape Artist, T. Allen Lawson

Lighthouse sailboat Maine

For years, I have admired the poetic landscape paintings of T. Allen Lawson. So, when fellow artist Shanna Kunz asked me to join her at Tim's plein air painting workshop in Maine, I jumped at the chance!  Together with 12 other seasoned artists, we began our week at T. Allen Lawson's charming farmhouse and studio in Rockport, Maine. Tim and his wife have created a 50 acre haven for themselves and their 4 children. Surrounded by … [Read more...]

Staying Relevant: The Pop-Up Art Gallery

pop-up art gallery

Nowadays, successful art galleries are thinking outside the box - or gallery. Such is the case with the successful Missoula, Montana based art gallery, Dana Gallery. Each summer, Dana Gallery strategically travels to affluent mountain towns and converts empty retail shops into pop-up art galleries. Awarded the distinction of Missoula's top art gallery, Dana Gallery was founded in 1996. Co-owners and husband and wife team, Candace Crosby … [Read more...]

When Art and Gardening Meet

water lilies

Art and gardening are two of my favorite things...add in photography, and I have the perfect day! Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit, and paint an amazing garden at my friend's private estate during the Kneeland Gallery Plein Air Event. I thought you might enjoy seeing my photos of this exceptional high altitude gardening. Jane, the estate owner/gardener also happens to be a talented artisan.  A weaver by trade, Jane has … [Read more...]


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