Re-scheduled Workshop

May 22, 2018

If you aren’t leaving town for Memorial Day,

please join us at Huguenot Springs for the

MANAKINTOWNE PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP
 
SATURDAY, MAY 26, 9:30-3:30
 

BRING YOUR FAVORITE MEDIUM

or

TRY OUR OIL PASTELS ~ ALL SUPPLIES AND BASIC INSTRUCTION PROVIDED
(perfect for beginners)

TUITION $115 ~ BRING A FRIEND FOR $10 DISCOUNT FOR BOTH OF YOU
(INCLUDES A GOURMET FARM LUNCH)

Enjoy a restful day working under the old shade trees or in the garden of peonies and irises at historic Huguenot Springs in Powhatan. Instruction for plein air drawing and painting is offered, or you can try oil pastels with beginning instruction and all supplies provided (a great opportunity to try a new medium!). We break mid-day for a delicious lunch and good conversation. Space is limited so sign up soon (contact me here through comments). More information will be sent with registration confirmation. We hope you will join us for a peaceful day in the country!

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please join us at Huguenot Springs for the
 
MANAKINTOWNE PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP
 
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 9:30-3:30
 
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BRING YOUR FAVORITE MEDIUM
 
or
 
TRY OUR OIL PASTELS ~ ALL SUPPLIES AND BASIC INSTRUCTION PROVIDED
(perfect for beginners)
 
 
TUITION $115 ~ BRING A FRIEND FOR $10 DISCOUNT FOR BOTH OF YOU
(INCLUDES A GOURMET FARM LUNCH)
 
 
Enjoy a restful day working under the old shade trees or in the garden of peonies and irises at historic Huguenot Springs in Powhatan. Instruction for plein air drawing and painting is offered, or you can try oil pastels with beginning instruction and all supplies provided (a great opportunity to try a new medium!). We break mid-day for a delicious lunch and good conversation. Space is limited so sign up soon (contact me here through comments). More information will be sent with registration confirmation. We hope you will join us for a peaceful day in the country!
 
 

TWO MORE MAY CLASSES:

MAY MORNINGS PLEIN AIR DRAWING CLASS

Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, and 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  (rain date is May 31)
$120
 
I will be offering this plein air class again this year on four Thursday mornings in May. Pack up your supplies – oil pastels, paint sticks, or the medium of your choice – and come work out in the  fresh air. In past years we have visited Pony Pasture, the Wetlands, Maymont, and Virginia House. I’m scouting out new possibilities and will let you know where to meet beforehand. Be prepared for a little walking. Please sign up with me by April 27.  You can reach me here for sign up or more information. If you are new to working outside, I am happy to answer any questions you might have regarding supplies you will need. More information will be sent upon registration. Enjoy the peace of working outside! Sign up with a friend!
 
 
 

DRAWING IN COLOR INTENSIVE – VISARTS
 
 May 21 – 25, 1:00 – 3:30
(registration only through VisArts)
 
Work with either oil pastel or paint stick or use the two together to make rich, colorful drawings. We will focus on discovering a range of possibilities for these materials and developing a personal approach to using them. Both are easy to clean up and highly portable making them a good choice for summer travels! Tuition information and sign up here.
 

 

Birds Continued

December 6, 2017

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Cedar Waxwing

 

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Chickadee

 

These are two more of the soft pastel drawings based on birds. Both of these are 4 1/2 inches square. Stay tuned for more work to be posted soon@

For the Birds

December 5, 2017

 

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Cardinal

 

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Jay

 

 

It has been too long since I posted new work here, so it is time to catch up with what has been going on in the studio. A while back I gave in to the seduction of the beautiful Schmincke soft pastels and made a series of abstract drawings influenced by several favorite artists (including Richard Diebenkorn, Sean Scully, and Christopher Wilmarth) and coming out of earlier work of my own, both two and three dimensional. Earlier this year, something about the soft pastels called me back to work on an earlier unsuccessful drawing and then to pick up a tiny (3” x 3”) prepared paper. For some now forgotten reason, that small square led me to think of songbirds and the goldfinch in particular. So began a series of small drawings (ranging between 3 and 8 inches square) most of which are based on a particular bird. Ultimately the drawing took precedence over any strict reference to the birds, and some went off on a completely different direction departing from any notion of birds at all. Some of the drawings incorporate some characteristic of a particular bird other than its coloration. To spot this, the viewer will have to spend more time than a quick glance and draw from his/her own birding experience. I’ll be posting images here every day or so, and hope you will come back to check them out! And, with luck, a few readers will be moved to have a closer look at the birds populating their environment.

ART + FOOD

November 26, 2017

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11th Annual ART + FOOD OPEN HOUSE
 
at Huguenot Springs
 
2815 Huguenot Springs Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
 
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 – 4:00
 
hosted by Manakintowne Specialty Growers
 
a benefit for the Center for Rural Culture
 
 
Join us for the 11th Annual Food and Art Open House at Huguenot Springs! We’ll have art and food vendors, a wreath making workshop, and live music. Click here for a vendor list. For more information click the links above.
 
Look for me there. I’ll have some very small (3” x 5”) landscapes in oil and some new abstract soft pastels.

Tiny

October 24, 2017

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It is time again for tiny art!!! The artspace biennial, ThinkSmall 9, is opening this Thursday, October 26 (preview gala) and Friday, October 27, 7:00-10:00 both evenings. I have been working on some small oil paintings on panel and paper, and the one pictured, Morning, is in the show. It is oil on paper and the image measures 3″ x 3″. There will be lots of work in the show, all available for purchase. This is a fund-raiser for the gallery and your purchase will help support gallery and artists alike. Drop by at zero East 4th Street in Richmond’s Manchester district for a feast for eye and soul. The show runs to December 17 and all are welcome!!! More information at the link above.

Plein Air Workshop

September 14, 2017

 

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MANAKINTOWNE PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP 

Saturday, October 7,  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

It’s time  again to make plans for the Manakintowne Plein Air Workshop! Jo Pendergraph and I will be offering the fall workshop at the farm at Manakintowne  Growers on Saturday, October 7, 9:30 – 3:30.  If you have participated before, you already know what a lovely day this is at the farm (or Huguenot Springs for the spring workshop). Spend a restful day working amidst the serene fields and flower beds and break for a delicious farm lunch and good company. This workshop is a great opportunity to try a new medium if you have never picked up oil pastels (all materials are provided) or to practice your plein air skills with oil pastels, oil sticks, oil paint, or the drawing medium of your choice. Contact me here if you want to sign up or if you have questions about the workshop. Space is limited, so sign up soon! Bring friends!