Saturday, January 21, 2012

27FebUPDATE MAPs Azalea's....

Gail Dempsey - Oil - of our view
Meet And Paint!  
Remember if its looks like rain its your call for any of our MAPs. TODAY is a good chance of it.  Clouds make for the best skies to paint in my book... may just be there.
Feb 27 -Mon -afternoon session SOUTH Jetty afternoon session, for the sunset.  I will probably arrive around 3 To get a parking spot.
Feb 25-26 Karen Exhibiting At Venice Art Center Fine Art Show & Sale, sooooooo -
 If you have any spots would like to go to, drop me line at
Would like to head North and South and in our Home Field too. 
 March 3rd all day... Sat. Session 1. morning session, sack lunch, afternoon session.  
RSVP me to confirm and if you still need directions.

Azalea's are PERFECT... 3 is a charm!
 Not posting addresses here.
The Azalea's are in bloom! Should be BEAUTIFUL!
SOLD at Weekend show! KHitt- plein air sketch ...
can't wait to paint them some more and to see yours too!

March 5th -Mon 2nd Session Private 5acre Residence on Bay Morning & Afternoon, we can once again Picnic. 
   The Azalea's are in bloom!

A few of the views from Sat.  & we will be back on Monday too. Hope to see you with VPA.

Vencie Plein Air
Venice Art Center Satellite 
and thanks to ALL the talented artists in our area it is BEAUTIFUL!  
If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to stop by and do so. 

A Venice Art Center Satellite Exhibit:

“Time Captured Anew En Plein Air”

At The Art Gallery of Jacaranda Trace
In the Cadbury Commons Club

3600 William Penn Way

Venice, FL 34293

Exhibit runs January 17 through April 12, 2012
22 Artist, 60 Paintings!
Art Gallery is on the Second Floor of the Commons Building Just through the gates, straight and then on your left. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Thank YOU Mary Anne Jacobson for sharing these photo's from the opening Reception.  We had a HUGE turnout.  THANK YOU Venice area and artist's and all for your support.  Amazing Talent in this area, and it is SO NICE TO GET TO HIGHLIGHT IT.  The Exhibit is still on display, and paintings from some amazing artists is available.  Hope you stop buy and see for yourself. 
Here is one fabulous comment that received on the Exhibit.  Two wonderful ladies that are from Boston and are in the Englewood area now, that came up just to see the painting:
Nancy EBJan 18, 2012 09:59 AM
We loved the show. Very nice opening also. We are two Boston artists (Mass College of Art & Design) and we are so impressed with the quality of work in this group. Special thanks to Karen Hitt for a warm and gracious welcome. - Mary Griffin (Englewood) & Nancy Boyle.
If anyone else has pictures from the opening would love for you to share them with me... just send to the email.  I was SO BUSY that didn't get the opportunity to take any myself.  Thank you again ALL for your support.  A HUGE thank you to The Art Gallery at Jacaranda Trace that provide the wonderful location, and fabulous reception/cocktail party.  Also Venice Art Center and all that they do to support the arts in this community, and sponsor these Satellite exhibits!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


TODAY IS THE DAY! OPENING Reception and Cocktail Party 3:00- 5:30PM
Many Artist will be on hand... and their FABULOUS ART! 22 Artist - 60 Paintings - Food - Drink
what more do you need - HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
"Time Captured Anew En Plein Air" 
January 17th, 2012, 3-5:30pm
At The Art Gallery of Jacaranda Trace
In the Cadbury Commons Club
3600 William Penn Way
Venice, FL 34293
Exhibit runs through April 12, 2012
ps. Venice Art Center has directions at the front desk or you can call them at 941.485. 7136
EASY to find, Signs will be posted too, to keep it a Easy Button for you.
Hodges Soileau - Spanish Point - Oil - Copyrighted
Mary Erickson - Up Close Palm - Oil - Copyrighted
Dominic Avant - Guptil House - Oil -Copyrighted
Kirsten Andreason- Ramshackled- W/C - Copyrighted

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Beyond Plein Air

Mary Erickson- Thumbnail - copyrighted
VPA- "Time Captured Anew En Plein Air" Exhibit 
Opening Reception And Cocktail Party
January 17th, 2012, 3-5:30pm
At The Art Gallery of Jacaranda Trace
In the Cadbury Commons Club
3600 William Penn Way
Venice, FL 34293
Exhibit runs through April 12, 2012
Beyond Plein Air

Our emotional response to nature is innate. The practice of painting and sketching outdoors began the moment man decided to put that emotional response onto stone, parchment, then canvas.

Mary Erickson- Last Light- Caspersen- Study- Copyrighted
Traditionally, plein air painting was called "field work," and the results were not meant to be gallery pieces. Field studies are one of the tools that an artist uses to create finished larger works. Often the smallest details are overlooked to help convey a feeling, a certain light, color, atmospheric effect, or distinct shape. The simple act of recording an image while in the field helps the artist to recreate that scene with clarity and detail in the studio. The camera is an effective tool, but most advanced studio work is based on what is learned by painting in the field.

Mary Erickson - Up Close Palm - Caspersens - Copyrighted
The field study acts as a catalyst for the mind to recall the details that, even though are not recorded on canvas, have been set in the mind’s eye (visual memory). Along with sketches, color studies, photographs and visual memory, plein air paintings are used to create refined, larger studio final works.

The French Impressionists led the way for plein air paintings to be shown and sold as complete works… often with a unique originality and brilliance that comes from painting outdoors. But when the plein air painting leaves the studio, it fulfills only half of its purpose. The plein air painting is not only a beautiful end result to be enjoyed on the wall. It is one of the most valuable resources a landscape or wildlife artist has.

-Mary Erickson

In this exhibit specific example: Mary Erickson’s plein air paintings done on Caspersen Beach (Up Close Palm and Last Light) and one of the thumbnail ideas from the sketchbook, inspired the 24x30 studio painting titled, “Around the Palm.”
all artwork and text copyrighted - Mary Erickson if not for specific promotion of VPA Exhibit " Time Captured Anew En Plein Air" all rights reserved.

To view the Finished Studio Piece that these Inspired Join us January 17th 3-5:30 where it and many Local and Nationally Acclaimed Artists Paintings are shared at  Venice Plein Air "Time Capture Anew En Plein Air" Exhibit.    
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