Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday 12/11 Painting Day Cancelled

The weekend pattern of snow storms hasn't disappointed and we are in the middle of a big one today! We were hoping to paint the snow, not to be snowed in or snowed on to the point of being buried in it. In the interest of safety and sanity... the day is officially postponed.

Stay tuned... And enjoy the winter wonderland from a safe place.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Oh oh! Saturday in Stillwater?

I'm sure that any of you in Minnesota or Wisconsin are hearing and/or seeing the forecast for snow for Friday night into Saturday night. We're expected to have 7-11" by Saturday afternoon with temps falling to near 0ºF and wind.

Keep an eye on this one... it sounds like it could be a major event for anyone in this region. Personally, I may not even be able to make it to Stillwater but will if possible. Use caution...

Here is the NOAA Weather site with the NWS Winter Storm Warning statement.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Let's Paint Saturday December 11, 2010!!!

I can't believe it's taken this long to kick this thing off, but here we go, and in December of all times! I've been secluded in the studio for the last week and all this week upcoming. It's time to get out there and experience some of this wonderful Winter Wonderland we're having.

To start this off, I think that meeting in Stillwater would be a good idea. If you're interested in painting on Saturday December 11th at 9:00 am, meet in the parking lot on the waterfront between the Lift Bridge and P.D. Pappy's.

Last spring, but the area to meet...

There's a lot to paint from the river itself to the architecture of the Stillwater skyline. Restrooms are close by and we can reconnoiter for warmth and lunch at one of the many eating establishments in Stillwater when the cold gets to be too much.

I'll be there, hope to see some of you as well.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Good intentions...

In July the summer looked full of lazy, warm weekends that would need to be filled with painting Saturdays. It was filled, but with everything but painting on Saturdays.

Sorry this idea, which I still think is a good one, has been a dormant activity to this point. Maybe we'll have to, as they say... Stay Tuned.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Here's what I'm say'in...

Valley Painters...When friend and artist Kathie Wheeler saw that this group was forming, she sent me this manifesto that Stuart Fullerton, artist and lawyer, wrote for the Plein Air Painters of Chicago. I read it and instantly realized that this is exactly my thought when forming the Valley Painters group.

I am enlivened by the amount of " irreverence, entitlements, not-required-ments, and of course... benefits" contained in the list. I don't believe in idolatry, but I'm damn close to changing my mind about this... Paint on!

Stuart will be in Door County next week as a participating artist so I hope to meet him then. With Stuart's permission I post this manifesto for you to read... Enjoy.

PS... I have to include an image to make it a real blog post, so...

'Long May We Paint'

We're often asked, as we paint, "Who are you? Is this a class?" Here is the beginning of an answer.
By tradition and design, the PAPC has been a free, voluntary, informal association of artists who paint together on Saturday mornings in the Chicago area.

Whoever shows up to paint is by virtue of that amazing fact a member of our group and is entitled to all of the privileges, benefits and emoluments of such membership.

The privileges and benefits, and the accompanying responsibilities, which accrue to a member of the PAPC include the following:

1. he is entitled to freeze his butt off in the winter on Milwaukee Avenue while the snow makes his brushes soggy and ruins his "snowscape";

2. she is entitled to be bitten by flies at the Montrose bird sanctuary because she forgot her bug spray and wore shorts instead of long pants;

3. he is entitled, but not required, to submit his painting to a loosely structured, often rambling and self-contradictory, critique by other painters at the end of the morning, bearing in mind to take what he needs and leave the rest;

4. she is entitled to participate as much as she wants in the critique of others' paintings, politely keeping in mind that every painting, however buggered it may appear, is "salvagable";

5. he is not required to pay any dues, swear any oaths, or adhere to any persons, foreign or domestic;

6. she is entitled to exhibit plein air paintings, in whatever medium, in our group shows, keeping in mind not to spend all of her earnings in one place;

7. he is not required, but freely may, assist in any joint undertakings of the group, most notably in hanging our shows and getting the word out in the manner of a carnival barker;

8. she is entitled to, and by all rights will, grouse about going to Montrose or Humboldt Park "again," as long as she herself puts forward the occasional suggestion about where to paint;

9. he is not required to join the Palette and Chisel, or as it is also known, Peyton-on-Dearborn;

10. if she paints with us one time only, on only the balmiest summer morning in June, and never paints with us again, she may forever call herself a member--since she is going to do so anyway, and how would we stop her;

11. he is not subjected to committees or elections or drafting of by-laws, since all such things make his head hurt worse than looking at a "Kinkade;"

12. she is expected, always, to share her method of gluing linen to board or her method of mixing a tricky shade of green;

13. he is not expected to go out of pocket on behalf of the group, but if he does so in connection with a show or some other incidental expense, he must have the good grace to either frankly seek reimbursement from others or not to complain about it--we do not keep books.

Long may we paint.
-Stuart Fullerton

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More to come... First gatherings planned to start in August 2010

I'm announcing an idea to have informal Saturday morning outdoor painting gatherings for anyone who is interested in meeting with other painters and painting in the area of the St. Croix River Valley and it's surrounding landscape.

THIS IS NOT A CLASS, though I think it would be fun to watch others while they paint. It's to share the Art Spirit, and the love (some might call it habit) of painting the incredibly scenic landscape that we have surrounding us here in the St Croix Valley region.


As this begins, I will be posting a weekly location announcement here on the blog, on a Facebook Group page and will keep an email list for the group for anyone who indicates that they'd like to be on it.

Although I am going to be kicking this thing off, I am open to suggestions for painting locations at anytime, farms in the area, properties that you all have or know about that might be open to a group of very well behaved painters showing up to paint on a Saturday morning... anything of interest is game for suggestion.

There will be many Saturdays that are weathered out, or that I won't be in town and able to get out to a location. IN THOSE CASES I WILL PUT NOTICE OF THAT ON THIS BLOG AND ON THE FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE.


It's just the beginning so we'll shake out the bugs as we go. Expect some info to start showing up here in August.

Hope to see you out painting!

'Humid St Croix' oil on linen, 2008 (painted on location at the Canoe Launch in the Interstate Park, MN side.)