Monday, December 15, 2014

Call to Paint -- Thursday, 18 December 2014 -- 10 AM

Looks like an excellent forecast for Thursday -- 40 degrees, sunny, northerly winds -- another perfect day for Meig's Point, I think.  Let's plan to meet in the parking lot near Larry's Beach or on the beach below the bluff to the east. Same place as last time. It's just so well protected for these conditions.

I'll hope to see you there.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Special Critique Session -- John Massimino in Wallingford

Greetings to All,

Patricia Corbett is hosting a one-time critique session with John Massimino on Thursday at her studio in Wallingford.  Here's her invitation.  If you're interested, please contact her today to reserve your place. Since the weather forecast is not suitable to call a paint-out on Thursday morning, this could be a good backup plan. And if you've not visited Patricia's studio before, I know some of you will be putting all that space on your wish list from Santa.

Patricia's Invitation:

There is still availability for the special Master Critic Class to be given by well-known artist, John Massimino, Thursday, December 11th from 10:30am to 12:30pm.  You can bring 4 paintings and the total charge for the event is $10 for the 2 hours.

Perhaps you have some paintings that just don't quite give you the results you want. Bring them along. John is great at being able to look at a painting and pinpoint what it needs to "speak" to the viewer. Take advantage of this opportunity to make the paintings that you are not satisfied with "sing!" John said he would sing to get us in the "holiday mood" but he has laryngitis! He has always loved the music world as many of you know.
If you've never been to one of these workshops, give yourself the gift of a real treat.
  This session is by special request and who knows when it will happen again,

If you think you would like to take this onetime
event please let me know. Reservations are based on first come first serve.

The Event will take place at The Camelot Gallery of Fine Art, 310 North Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492.  



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Meig's Point -- December 2014

At wake[up time, my thermometer said about 26 degrees, but by 10, it was almost balmy. Six of us painted -- Betsey, Judy, Hans, Pam, Tina, and me. Pam was recovering from surgery on her foot, so she painted from her car. Tina hiked into the campground to find her stream. The rest of us tucked under the bluff on Meig's Point Beach and basked in the perfect sun trap.The first thing I did was to chuck my winter hat, jacket, and gloves and unzip my fleece. It may be December, but we sure had a beautiful painting day.

Pam left early. When Tina joined us on the beach, just after noon, we were blown away by her multi-media masterpiece. She started with watercolor -- the blues -- then added acrylics -- the browns -- then went at it with charcoal and I think pen, and for good measure she used her fingernails to scrape out some sunlit branches. Masterful! And in about one hour.

Before returning home, Hans, Betsey, Judy and I drove to the Madison Senior Center to view the splendid exhibit by Joan McP and Sandy Kensler.

Meig's Point



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Call to Paint Thursday, 4 December 2014 -- 10 AM

It looks like it might be a beautiful day for Meig's Point, or Branford Supply Ponds, but I know some of you prefer more man-made vistas. So let's vote. They're saying moderate northwest breeze, but Meig's Point has good shelter down on the beach and plentiful sun. Guilford Green also has potential for making a sun trap, or possibly Clinton Landing or Clinton Town Beach.  Let me know by email where you would like to paint.

Wherever we go, I hope to see you there.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Well that was a nice thought that we might get in a paint-out this week. But the weather gods have done it again. Now they're saying 41 degrees/feels like 32. I could live with 45, which is what they were projecting yesterday, but with 41 and that strong northerly wind, it just doesn't make sense. If it's going to feel like 32, that's just over the edge.

Next week is Thanksgiving, so let's see what we get on December 4.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Call to Paint -- Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 10 AM

Months ago, I booked us for Medad Tavern for this Thursday, thinking that it was a place where we could get out of the northwest wind and in the sun. I hope it turns out to be true.  Again, this time of year, it's better to start at 10 and not feel we have to stay a long time. Simple, fast, and focused.

Check the Blog Directions page for how to get there.

I'll hope to see you there for one of our last outings of 2014. But maybe not the last.