Saturday, January 10, 2015

PPAP Opening at Newark Arts Alliance

Last night was the opening for our group show at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark Delaware and it was a packed house full or friends, family, fellow painters and a lot of art lovers. It was a a bit nippy as they say, and the traffic was mad crazy on the way down from Philly, but it was warm and toasty inside the gallery.
                                                    Alexandra Tyng and Nancy B Miller
                                      Alina and Niloofar talk about her painting which sold!
                                                 Alina in front of a few of her paintings
                                            Charles and his family in front of the food court
                                     Jen and her Hubby Rob and our friend Margaret from school
                                                   Kid Flash rushed through for a look

Here I am in front of my wall

                               Niloofar with members from the NAA and in front of her work

I was told and don't know if it's true but our opening might have been the biggest attendance they have had for a show. It was great to also see so many fellow painters and old school mates show up so we could reconnect and talk art and catch up. I did so much talking I didn't take as many pictures as I usually do, but I did get some and even a short video. It was also great that there were some sales as well for the opening. We had quite a spread of goodies to munch on as wine to drink so everybody seemed happy, arty and content. Its also great when fellow painters show up so you can talk shop and gossip--we all love some art gossip.
                                                     Our Group shot from the show: Lexi Thomas, Niloofar GH, Nancy B Miller, Michael Cole Manley, Alina Osipov, William Sentman, Jen Polillo, Charles Newman

I know I might be prejudiced but I think our show looked great, hung well together and I am proud to be amongst this group of great painters that inspire me and keep me motivated. I have said it many times and will say it here, having a group of fellow artists that are on the same trip, to support and share the joy of being an artist,, even in the hard times and bad days in the studio cannot be overvalued. This show is the result of that love and support. A big thanks to the fellow artists and staff of the Newark Arts Alliance for inviting us to have a show and for being great hosts!

It was a great night!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Paintouts

In the past few weeks I have been able to get out and about and paint a bit and enjoy the great fall we have been experiencing here in Philadelphia. In the next week or so I expect we will be at the peak of the fall colors so I will be sure to get back out and try and catch some of them on canvas before they are gone with the wind.
Last Saturday a big group of Philly painters got together and painted, some going to Eastern State Prison and some going down the the navy Yard in South Philly. My friend Diane Feissel puts the finishing finger touch on her painting along one of the historic cell blocks. Eastern State is a great place to visit as well as paint--however its is very busy as well which at times complicated you painting things are there are so many tourists and they often get in your way for minutes and minutes on end.

I set up quick deciding to try and cath the light and angle at the end of the cell block, and it was actualy very quite and only a handful of people when I started painting, but about halfway through the crowds really built up and often blocked my view of what I was painting. As usual when painting in a public place i had several interested parties who would stop to chat, comment and ask questions, but unlike most of the time painting elsewhere in Philly, they were nice and not drunk.
                                  Will and Diane worked in the next cell block over from me.

This was the result of the first painting which I eventually stopped due to the light shift and crowds ad then moved on to the yard where I found Will and Charles painting. It was nearing the end of the day but I still had some paint ready so I busted out this quick little landscape with one of the guard towers in about 45 minutes. Having to paint quick is good at times as it make you take bold steps you might not in order to get something down. No time to be picky!

A few weeks before the eastern State paintout I headed out to Ridley Creek State park near Media with will and another frend an painted there at an old mansion. Another great fall day but I was actually getting cold and shivering a bit towards the end, my hands were freezing!


There are mant feral cats out there and they sped around and hunted as people walked by. I saw a few chipmunks get eaten by the cats as I painted. They all seemed pretty used to the people but kept their distance as well/
Once the sun moved too low I had to stop and my hands were really cold with me sitting there so I packed up and went to see what Will and our friend was up to.
This was Will's sweet little landscape.
Here is my final painting of the day. Its on a Sourcetek Birch panel and I love to paint on them. I was definitely thing of how Sargent handled many similar scenes and views in his Italian paintings. I felt pretty good about this till I got home and looked at some Sargents to compare---oh well, there is always next time!

Friday, August 22, 2014

The PAPP at the DuPont Environmental Education Center

Hello Plein Air enthusiasts, welcome back! I'm trying to catch up on the blog with some of recent plein air outings by the PPAP in and around the Philadelphia area.

On a fine Saturday about two weeks back William, Jen and I headed down to the DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington, for a great day of painting on the beautiful Wilmington River Walk. 

Will and I drove down from Philly and Jen drove up to meet us as she knows the area better than the both of us as she lives in Delaware. Arriving a bit early Will and I scouted around the area and then Jen suggested we head over to the DuPont Environmental Education Center, which we did. 

It is a great place to visit and walk, jog and take pictures or paint. I saw many photographers out snapping pics of the beautiful Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, marsh and wetlands as well and many joggers and people out walking their dogs.

 It was a very sunny day and as we scouted around for painting spots, and we found a lot of great views, the sun started heating things up. So we all were looking for a spot with some shade to avoid getting cooked and there were not a lot of shady spots and the temp had climbed into the upper 80's.

 Jen set up on the third floor of the Education Center and Will and myself set up under the walkway which afforded us a great view plus shade. I brought along my new Julian Plein Air unbrella, which really did come in handy to block the sun on me and my canvas--I'm so glad I finally bought myself one.

It was just past solar noon as we all hurried to get painting as the sun clock was ticking. As usual we had many onlookers and interested parties as we worked. Poor Will even had some kind of birthday or Quince Anos party set up for pics and block his view for a while.

Even though it was a challenge I wanted to paint the old train bridge that crossed the river off the Environmental center. I brought along my old yard stick to use as a mahl stick which helped. And you can even watch a video I shot of part of my painting process on this painting on my youtube page. 

A subject like this really forces my concentration to the ultimate, to really look and think before I paint. I painted this painting on a little MDF panel I made back in school that was coated with 3 layers gesso.  i love the depth and counter angles of this view and really want to go back and paint other views of this bridge.


                                   But eventually the light changed too much so we all called it a day.

                               My painting for the day, Old Train Bridge,  8 x 20 Oil on panel



LEFT: William's handsome little canvas, a great composition and similar view to mine. 

RIGHT:  Jen's great painting vista from the second floor of the nature Center