Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Opening reception for one of our plein air artists

Ed Magnotti will be having an opening reception this Sat, 5-8, at Branford Art Center, 1229 Main St, Branford, CT.  Ed joined our group and MAS plein air this summer (or was it last year?—they go by so fast).

Hope to see you there.


P.S. Let me know when you are having an opening reception and I will post it here.

Winter Studio Branford Art Center

Jay Babina and I just met with Yvonne Gordon-Moser, manager of the Branford Art Center (BAC).

I know a lot of you are already in multiple winter studios but in case you are still seeking companionship while painting indoors in the winter, we can use the studio at BAC on Wednesday mornings from 9 AM- 1 PM for $10 each.  We can either paint from our own photos or bring a still life to share.

If you are interested, please email me at sbrown01 (at) snet (dot) net.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hammonasset Shoreline Greenway Trail Feb 4

Eight artists (Cheryl, Jay, Isabel, Betsey, Diana, Anne, Ed, and Sally) arrived to paint at the entrance to the Shoreline Greenway Trail with temperatures in the low 50's.  Though it was overcast, there was a brightness to the day with occasional sunshine breaking through.  Judy, another one of our group painters, came to walk the trail and took some candid shots of us painting.  (Thank you, Judy.)

For those of you who didn't finish your paintings today, would you like to send me a photo of your completed painting and I will post it?  Let me know if you are going to do that.  This will only be for the winter months though when our paint outs are so infrequent.

I hope we get another nice day like today very soon, however, it IS February.  We were lucky today.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Call to Paint Thursday, Feb 4, 11-2, Hammonasset Shoreline Greenway Trail

We are looking at a week of warm weather, though Wednesday is forecast for rain all day and Monday many of us are locked into our all day winter studio.  Thursday seemed like the best day to call a paint out in preparation for an upcoming plein air event in April. The temperature forecast is 46 degrees and mostly sunny so let's plan on 11-2, the warmest part of the day.

The Madison group of the Shoreline Greenway Trail asked our plein air group if we were interested in painting along the Hammonassett section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail on Saturday, April 2.  Madison Art Society did this last year and it was a lot of fun.  MAS will also participate this year.  The event is widely advertised and filled with trail walkers who love to stop and talk and look at your painting.  This year there might be an option for a show at Friends & Co for the works painted that day.

The trail committee also provides golf cart transport to various areas along the trail and frequent the trail during the morning to take people to rest rooms or back to their cars.

You'll notice the boardwalk on the right before you enter the park.  That's the beginning of the trail and can be reached from the campground parking lot where we'll park.  You can walk along the trail to explore where you might want to paint on April 2.

This will be the only posting to the blog for Thursday's paint out so if you are not on my winter email plein air list, please send me your email and I will update you on Wednesday to confirm in case the weather changes and is not conducive to a paint out.

Hope we get the good weather to be outdoors and painting this week,
sbrown (at) snet (dot) net

Friday, January 22, 2016


Greetings to All,

Getting the year off to a great start with winter openings -- I received the the announcement below from Diana Perron and lifted the photo of Scott Paterson's painting from his announcement for their shared show at the New Haven Lawn Club.

Other openings you may want to catch are Maple and Main's first juried show January 30, 6-8 PM, and Lyme Art Association's Associate Artist and Wonders of Winter shows, Sunday, January 31, 1-3 PM. Nudging into February and thinking of Valentine's Day, perhaps you would be interested in the Jewelry Trunk Sale by four jewelry-makers at Clinton Art Gallery (20 Main St.) on Saturday, February 6, Noon to 5 PM.  And Madison Art Society's member show opens at the Scranton Library on Sunday, February 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.

That should keep us busy enough.

Watch for details soon regarding the Guilford Art League member show in March. Are you painting?

But keep reading (below) for more details on Diana and Scott's opening at the Lawn Club.


From Diana -

I look forward to seeing you at the reception for this show on Wednesday February 3, 5-7 PM.
The exhibit is also open for 9-5 daily viewing from now through February 28th
at the New Haven Lawn Club.  It features new paintings by me and people places things
by Scott Paterson.  In case of bad weather, the show will be held one week later-
on Wednesday February 10th
Come and celebrate the new painting year with us!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Winter Tune Ups at Clinton Art Gallery

Greetings to All,

Clinton Art Gallery, 18-20 Main Street in Clinton, is offering several classes and workshops over the winter/spring months. All are based in our comfortable, well-lighted classroom, where you will find upholstered chairs, an accessible sink (for water-media), and coffee (or tea) ready to brew. If you don't find something that interests you here, watch for future offerings.


Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Explore and use the art and mind connection to improve your art, and enrich your art making experiences. Clinic, classes, and workshops, led by veteran artist and teacher Bill Colrus, will help you assess and rethink the way you see and execute your work. Designed for the experienced and semi-experienced artist.
8 Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. Plus one make-up session. $232.00
Classes are open-ended; you can join at any time
Instructor: Artist Bill Colrus
Call 203-689-5675 TO SAVE A SPOT

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 3:00 pm.
A class designed expressly for absolutely non-talented beginners. Learn how to draw and paint, and coax your artist out of hiding. Create and feel comfortable with your equally ungifted classmates.
8 Wednesdays, 12:30 – 3:00 pm. Plus one free make-up session. $232.00 ($60 materials cost).
Classes are open-ended; you can join at any time
Instructor: Artist Bill Colrus
Call 203-689-5675 TO SAVE A SPOT

Saturdays, starting Jan. 9 - Mar. 5.  10:00 - 12:00
For aspiring illustrators and painters alike, from quick gestural sketches to detailed art, learn to draw convincing figures from observation and memory.  8 Saturdays, starting Jan. 9 - Mar. 5.  10:00 - 12:00 plus one free make-up session.  $192.00.
Instructor: Artist Bill Colrus
Call 203-689-5675 TO SAVE A SPOT

Saturday, January 23, 2016,
1:00-4:00 pm

Bring:  Your sketching supplies, some goodies and a tea cup, tea pot, tea cozy etc. to sketch.

Everyone is welcome from beginner to experienced.  This is not a class, just a fun mid-winter get together to enjoy sketching tea cups, tea pots and goodies while enjoying the company of other sketchers. The gallery will provide the tea.  Each sketcher is asked to bring a tea cup, a tea pot, or a tea cozy to sketch and a plate of scones, cookies, etc. to share.  Cost is $10. 

Instructor: Artist Jan Blencowe
Please email to reserve your spot

1:00 – 3:00 pm
Saturday’s: February 13th, 20th, and 27th

Taught by experienced decorator and instructor Emy Triay
Learn the basic techniques for preparing, icing, and decorating cakes.  Cost: $54.00

Email Emy Triay to join at


Every Monday starting Feb. 8
12:30 to 3:30 pm in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at Clinton Art Gallery

Bring:  Your painting supplies, table easel

All artists at all levels are welcome.  This is a drop-in session; not a class; artists work on their own paintings or a still life set up in the classroom; critiquing at the end of each session for those who want to participate. Cost is $5 per session payable when you arrive.

Please email to get your name on the list or if you have questions.

INTRODUCTION TO ALTERED BOOK ART JOURNALING - two-day workshop with Jan Blencowe

Friday, March 4, 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday, March 5, 12:30 - 4:30 pm

This two-day workshop is an introduction for those new to art journaling, as well as those who are already involved with art journaling as a practice.

Art journaling is not about making art, it is about using the process of art making as a vehicle for creative inquiry, self-discovery and growth through a transformative and multifaceted art and life practice.  

Honor your experiences, deepen your understanding of the life journey you are on, explore your connection to your own stories, symbols and myths.  

Cost: $120
Instructor: Artist Jan Blencowe
To register email 
limit 12 participants

Participants will learn to:

§   prepare an existing book structure for use as a journal
§   alter it through the process of visual journaling
§   set an intention as the foundation of a journal entry
§   create layered backgrounds
§   use various collage techniques
§   incorporate paint and collage together
§   incorporate words onto the journal page

All materials will be provided, participants are asked to bring with them collage materials such as: magazine pictures or words, scraps of decorative papers, copies of old photos, and any bits of ephemera, for example: receipts, ticket stubs, postcards. Bring anything that has meaning for you, is part of a story in your life or simply catches your eye for any reason, even if that reason is not clear to you at the moment. Collecting materials is an intuitive process. 

ART RESOURCE CLUB - $25 for 5 weeks or $6 each time you come
    Watch Art Instruction Videos, Hosted by Artist Joan Handschumacher
    5 Tuesdays - February 2 - March 1, 12:30 - 3:30 PM

We will get together over a byo lunch and then watch and discuss an art instruction video. The gallery will provide coffee, tea, and cookies. We will have an assortment of videos available for watching at the gallery. Although some subjects may be relevant to all members, depending on member preferences, we may alternate between the various media - watercolor, acrylic/oil, pastel.

This group could end up to run indefinitely, especially as members may wish to share favorite DVD’s from their personal libraries. However, on March 8, 15, 22, and 29, we will plan to attend the Galleries in Motion series of art lectures on Tuesday afternoons at the Guilford and Madison libraries.

To obtain more information and/or to register, email

Friday, December 25, 2015

Hammonasset on Christmas Day in 62 degree weather

Five of us painted at East Beach at Hammonasset Dec 25.  There were hundreds of people running, biking, walking, many with dogs happy to be out, and the mood was indeed festive.  Jay, Betsey, Diana, Cheryl, and I each found different views to paint while still remaining within relative shouting distance.  This is an area that has no shade so in the hot summer sun, it would not be a desirable venue, however, I won't forget the area for spring and fall paint outs.  Plus there's Middle Beach which also has some nice perspectives.

And four of us painted Wednesday on the Guilford Green, though by noon the wind had made the day quite chilly.  Didn't get photos from Wed but below are the photos from today.

It doesn't look like there will be any good days to paint next week, with much cooler temps and a possible wintry mix one day.  So cheers, everyone, for a great year of plein air painting.

Stay tuned for that post-snow day in 2016 with bright sun, no wind, and 40 degree temps for a call to paint, either from Jay or me.

Happy New Year!