Monday, November 24, 2008

TPAPS show in Tubac, Arizona

This weekend was the opening for the Tucson Plein Air Painters Members show held at the Tubac Center of the Arts. If you have not made it down to Tubac it is so worth the trip. Great art galleries, good food (margaritas at the Old Tubac Inn), B&'B's, spectacular scenery, historic buildings lots to paint, antique and bookstores. Here is myself and two art friends, Geri Acosta (won second place), Beth Ray from Tucson. Both wonderful painters and just good people. The show is very solid and well hung. I won an Honorable Mention for a snow piece, I'm happy! Check out
Geri's website and blog-

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Artistic Mystic Gallery

I have a new home for my paintings, the
Mystic Gallery in Chandler, Az. The owner Deborah Silvis will feature my paintings, from Mid-January into February with a "Southwest Winter" theme. That allows me to paint snow in New Mexico, Arizona desert and up north in the pines. It is a cute place with a wide variety of artwork including glass and ceramics. Check it out at and go meet Deborah at the shop in the NW corner of Warner & Alma School. I plan to paint one real large piece and several smaller pieces of winter in our Southwest. That might include snow covered cactus or little wildflowers coming up early in the season. I am real excited to have this opportunity to show my work here in the Valley.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Painting on Catalina Island in March 2009

I just love it when I can be looking forward to a trip- and especially one to Catalina Island, CA. This March 2009 I will be teaching a workshop in the town of Avalon called "Painting on the Move". This little getaway town is famous for its casual feel with small homes nestled on the hillsides, the marina full of colorful boats. You never know what the weather will be like but such is the life of a painter. The class will be called "Painting on the Move". As a painter you need to be ready for weather (fog, sunshine), travel and most things out of your control. When you learn to travel light and just be ready to make the best of where you are at you will be surprised how many wonderful little paintings are right in front of you. We can spent alot of wasted time walking and looking for just he perfect scene when it was probably right where you set your pack down. Come for a fun, relaxing, weekend on the lovely isle of Santa Catalina, bring your paints and canvas. I will have information on lodging with some good deals, also the ferry info for you at a later time. This weekend is designed for the artist that has some basic skills in painting but is not comfortable yet with painting on site. I will give you a basic and simple list of supplies before the class and some simple homework to help you get the most out of the classes. It will run over a weekend to make it totally workable to travel to LA hop onto the Ferry for the weekend. If you would like more information just write me at and watch my website for more details as I get it all worked out.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Superior, AZ

Yes, this photo was taken in Arizona, at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior. It is one hour east of Tempe on Hwy 60. I have spent so much time here both as a child and now as an adult. Growing up in Superior we used to come here for birthday parties and just to hang out. Now I love to bring artists to come discover what an amazing variety of subject matter to paint. And all within an easy walking distance of your car. It is part of the AZ State Park system so bring your pass or buy one when you get there. Check out the gift shop, very cool. This photo was taken last November, that glowing orange is one of the many pistachio trees in full fall color. Over the Thanksgiving weekend the park has it's annual Fall Festival with music, lecture series, guided walks and also painters coming in to paint the color. If you are a student of plein air this would be a great opportunity to watch how artist's work in the field. Check out the article in the November 2008 issue of Sunset Magazine on Boyce Thompson! Bring a picnic lunch and a friend, you won't be disappointed.