California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

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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...]

Hotels for Art Lovers

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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...]

Playing & Painting in the Caribbean

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Traveling, painting and photography are among my biggest passions, and I love it when I have the opportunity to do them all at the same time! Having just returned home from our annual family vacation in the US Virgin Islands in the beautiful Caribbean, I thought I'd share a few pictures and facts I have learned from my time there. Normally, there are only two seasons in the Caribbean - dry and rainy seasons. The dry season usually lasts from … [Read more...]

Alaskan Grizzly Bear Adventures of Nature Photographer, Buck Wilde

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At the first sign of spring, Buck Wilde , otherwise known as, 'The Bear Whisperer', feels a stir inside that beckons him back to the famous Grizzly Bear Maze in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Buck is one of the most prominent grizzly bear behaviorists and nature photographers in the world today. This summer and fall, wildlife artists, nature enthusiasts and photographers are invited to join Buck on intimate world-class, wilderness safaris and … [Read more...]

Up Close & Personal with New Zealand’s Giant Longfin Eel


Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to drop my youngest son off for a college semester abroad on the south island of New Zealand at the National Outdoor Leadership School. Lucky me, I was able to escort my son to New Zealand, plus combine it with a once in a lifetime plein air painting adventure through New Zealand and Australia! So with only a month to plan, I packed up my son and me, organized my plein air painting gear and grabbed a … [Read more...]

Painting & Playing in Provence, France


Awww...Paris. Rich in history dating  back more than two millenia, Paris has attractions sufficient to last a lifetime. But for me - the deep blue of a Provincial sky, the aroma of fresh baked bread and lavender fields floating on warm breezes beckoned me into the French countryside of Provence. My daughter and I were fortunate enough to organize a painting trip with a wonderful group of ladies. After many years of studying the French … [Read more...]

How to Pack For Painting – Tips for the Painter Traveling by Airplane or Car


Traveling with painting equipment is always a challenge, but the reality is beginning to hit me…this weekend I will be hopping on a plane and flying to Provence, France where I am teaching my plein air painting workshop! We have been planning this trip for 6 months and it is finally here. I am excited to go, but now I have to PACK! And I am asking myself, “What should I bring?” Since 911 flying isn’t as simple as it once was. This has made air … [Read more...]




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