Category Archives: Plein Air Painting

Marathon

Drawing Marathon. The Plastic Club

Drawing Marathon, April 23rd, The Plastic Club

Life drawing, portrait drawing and painting, short poses/croquis, still life set-ups, noir lighting, Sunday April 23rd, 10:00am – 10:00pm. $15.00 cash for come and go all day. All proceeds benefit Sunshine Arts, an artist-in-residence outreach program  encouraging neighborhood kids to learn the wonderful worlds of dance. music, literature, and art.

The Plastic Club, 245 S. Camac Street,The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
215-545-9324

“Since 1897, The Plastic Club has been devoted to the promotion and preservation of the visual (plastic) arts in Philadelphia. The busy gallery schedule offers several annual exhibitions for members and non-members, as well as invited artists in solo and group exhibitions. Members include well-known Philadelphia artists.

The name ” Plastic Club,” suggested by Blanche Dillaye, referred to any work of art unfinished, or in a “plastic” state. The term also refers to the changing and tactile sense of painting and sculpture.

Among the founding members of The Plastic Club were the “Red Rose Girls” — Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith, and Elizabeth Shippen Green — outstanding artists of their time. The name was given to this group of talented women by their teacher Howard Pyle.”

Sunshine Arts41 Sunshine Road, Upper Darby PA, 19082, 610.352.7968

Ms. Sheila Modglin started Sunshine Arts at 41 Sunshine Road in the summer of 2004. She invited children from the neighborhood to listen to stories as they sat around the fish pond in the front yard. The kids enjoyed helping to water the plants and feed the fish.

Since then the organization has grown significantly. Now, resident artists Mr. Patrick O’Banion, Ms. Kat Lehmer, and Mr. Fen Jeeters teach classes to children of all ages from the community. Classes are scheduled after school during the week and on Saturdays. Regardless of the listed class schedule, children come to Sunshine Arts daily to talk, do crafts or get help with homework. Often, they enjoy Mr. Patrick’s fresh baked bread, homemade soup, cookies, or other wholesome snacks when they visit.

The goal of Sunshine Arts is to enhance the education and personal growth of our future generations. Executive director, Sheila Modglin grew up with a very strong sense of community within her family; “We would do any thing for each other. I want to share the sense of community that I have in my life with all the beautiful people right here surrounding this home. The house itself is a manifestation of living art and was accomplished through hard work from my generous and creative family and friends.”

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Snowflake

Snowflake Salon @HBHQ

Snowflake @HBHQ : Fourth Biennial Invitational Winter Show

EXHIBITION: Saturday, January 14, 2017 through Friday, February 24, 2017

Heavybubble is pleased to present our fourth biennial winter invitational. Artists are invited to contribute up to two pieces of their work and to invite an artist they respect to participate. Artworks are no larger than 16 x 16 inches. See the works of more than 60 artists.

Reception + art party + sale: Saturday, January 14, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Closing TEA PARTY + sale: Saturday, February 25, 2017 4 – 6 pm

Participating artists:

Alice Austin
Kristin Balmer
Sara Bakken
Nancy Barch
Richard Begbie
Rosalind Bloom
Sarah Bloom
Agustin Bolanos
Elena Bouvier
DoN Brewer
Keith R. Breitfeller
Kevin Broad
Therese Brown
Corliss Cavalieri
Damini Celebre
Rachel Citrino
jacintha clark
Amanda D’Amico
Brian Dennis
James A. DePietro
Marie Elcin
Terri Fridkin
Mike Gamble
Rebecca Gilbert
Mary Gordon
Marjorie Grigonis
Naren Gupte
Marguerita Hagan
Kala Hagopian
Vikki Hall-Webster
Nina Hopen Klein
Gregg Krantz
Andrea Krupp
Pam Lethbridge
Fred Lisaius
Robert Magana
Laura Marconi
kellianne mccarthy
Angela McQuillan
Lesley Mitchell
Michael Moffa
Nanette Noone
Alexis Nutini
PD Packard
dolores poacelli
Amie Potsic
Diana Prescott
Donna Quinn
Amy Ralston
Susan Richards
Maryann Riker
Colleen Rudolf
Kristin Schattenfield-Rein
Christopher Smith
Lisa Sparling
Brian Spies
Pierre Trombert
Stella Untalan
TJ Walsh
Ashley Wick

Snowflake Salon @HBHQ, DoN BrewerTiberino Odalisque, oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″, 2016, $300.00, DoN Brewer

Painted last Summer at the Tiberino Sunday art workshop, Tiberino Odalisque is one of my favorite paintings. Completed in five hours, the painterly quality and atmospheric naturalism is my goal when I paint. The environment at the Tiberino Museum in West Philly is so accepting, vibrant and creative and represents the world I live in; a world filled with art, companionship, encouragement and love.

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12th Annual Juried Art Show and Sale at Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

Jameir Andrews, Regina Kelly Barthmaier, Jim Biglan, Meryl Bonderow, DoN Brewer, Marlene Bugansky, David Chatfield, Anthony Coleman, e.l., Mara Elizabeth Foley, Leroy Forney, Bob Gorchov, Rich Gunning, Bayaht Ham, Ken Harris, Hokey, Arthur Hopkins, Alonzo Troy Humphrey, David Karasow, Ed Keer, Liz Krick, Elizabeth, H. MacDonald, Samantha Milich, Deborah Miller, Bill Myers, Michael Nathan, Sarah Watkins Nathan, Tri Nguyen, Megan B. Olsen, Arthur B. Ostroff, Heather Raquel Phillips, Gene Renzi, Allison Scalera, Veronika Schmude, Chuck Schultz, Ed Snyder, Al Stegeman, Carol Tashjian, Noa Travalia ,Wayne W. Urffer, Chris Vecchio, Michael Weaver, Katherine Weber, Harvey Weinreich

November 13th through December 26, 2016. Artist Reception: November 20th, 2016, 4:00 – 7:00pm. NE Corner, 13th & Pine Sts, Philadelphia PA, 19146

under2South 20th Street, oil on canvas, 11″ x 8″, 2016, $93.50, DoN Brewer

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Workshop

Plastic Club Annual Workshop Show 2016

Annual Workshop Show at The Plastic Club

June 4th – June 23rd, Opening Night Party Saturday June 4th, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Philadelphia’s historic The Plastic Club holds art workshops nearly every day, year-round, ranging from still life to figure drawing to in-the-field plein air. This annual exhibition is an opportunity for workshop participants to display their best work. Admission is free.

The Plastic Club, 247 South Camac Street, The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 545-9324

The Plastic Club Annual Workshop Show 2016

DoN Brewer, charcoal pencil, chalk pencil, color pencil on toned paper

The Plastic Club 2016 Workshop Schedule

  • Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Figure drawing/painting workshop – All levels
  • Clothed model
  • 1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesdays of the month
  • 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Short Poses with a Life Model
  • Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Figure drawing/painting workshop – All levels
  • Life model
  • Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Long Poses with a Clothed Model
  • Thursday, 9:45 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Open studio with still life available
  • Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model
  • Friday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model
  • Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Life drawing with a Moving Model
  • ( Call the Plastic Club at 215-545-9324 or Bob Jackson at 856-795-2160 to confirm that this workshop is taking place.)
  • Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Print Making – All levels
  • ( New participants in the Print Making workshop must speak to the monitor before attending. Call 215-545-9324 to make an appointment. )
  • Saturday, 1 – 4 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model

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Inspiration

Looking at Other Artists for Inspiration, Robert BohneFrederick John Mulhaupt, Gloucester, Sotheby’s

Looking at Other Artists for Inspiration

by Robert Bohne’

I discovered long ago in my career as an artist that painters, just like writers, can suffer from what I refer to as painters block. Trust me on this. Plenty of people have written on this subject, and what works for me may not necessarily work for you, but I’d like to share what I’ve found to be a very effective way to, not only work through this issue, but to push your work to the next level. And it’s totally painless. As a matter of fact, it’s actually fun.

I, like most if not all artists have times when I just can’t seem to produce. My solution is something that came naturally to me, and it’s quite possible that you deal with this issue the same way that I deal with it. A simple trip to a museum. If you’re lucky like me, you have a wide variety of museums in your area to choose from. It doesn’t have to be a major museum. As a matter of fact, some of the smaller museums offer an environment very conducive for an artists to relax and to meditate on the works of those who are considered to be the best of the best. Why a museum instead of a gallery? Galleries are great, and now and then you will find an exhibit of an exceptional artist who’s work you can relate to, but why not set your sites high?

Will you be able to learn more from studying the works of an up and coming landscape painter or from studying a Daniel Garber? Now you could argue that at one time, Garber was an up and coming landscape painter too. But the idea here is to look at the best of the best. If you’re fortunate enough to be in an area rich with museums, I would suggest that you find a specific artist, style or genre that you are interested in, and focus on that. For example, I’m interested in representational work, with a focus on landscape and cityscape. For representational landscape, I can visit the Brandywine River Museum. There I can study Garber, The Wyeth’s, William Lathrop, Redfield, and a host of others who’s work is good enough to be included in the worlds greatest collections.

Looking at Other Artists for Inspiration, Robert Bohne

The Poetry of Nature: A Golden Age of American Landscape Painting at Brandywine River Museum of ArtMarch 19, 2016 to June 12, 2016, Louisa Davis Minot (1788-1858)

I study the technique, the composition, the palette, I even study the matting and framing of works. After all, presentation should not be overlooked. Keep in mind that this works for any type of art. If your style is similar to Paul Cézanne, go to the Barnes Foundation. Marcel Duchamp? Go to PMA. The idea here is to study the work of those who inspire you.

There are other way’s of doing this too. A good collection of books on your favorite artists is always a good place to start. And let’s not forget a search of Google Images. I was recently studying the works of Frederick Mulhaupt, a turn of the century landscape painter who’s work I have always admired, in an attempt to discover what it was that made so many of his paintings appealing to me. Using the Google image search, I was able to see pages and pages of Mulhaupts, and I discovered a common denominator. The use of strong diagonals in his compositions. Something that I could look for in nature when choosing a scene to paint, and something that I can use when composing a painting.

And last, but certainly not least, you should surround yourself with art that you love. And this doesn’t have to cost a fortune. I’ve built a sizable collection of beautiful and inspirational artwork on a budget. Much of it bought at auction and at thrift stores. I’ve learned from years of experience that you should buy what looks to be exceptional work, regardless of whether or not you recognize the name of the artist. Quite often I buy works that are unsigned, and quite often I’ll find a signature or some other identifying marks that will help in identifying the artist. If it’s affordable and it inspires you, buy it. Even if it’s just a good reproduction.

Looking at Art for Inspiration, Robert BohneUnsigned drawing bought for $20 at auction. Signature found on back – Harry Becker (British 1865 – 1928), Collection Robert Bohne’

To sum it up, most of the accomplished artists that I’ve studied with have reached the same conclusion. That the most important thing an artist can do to advance his or her artistic ability, is the constant analytical study of great works of art.

Paint on. Robert Bohne’

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