Monday, May 14, 2018

Paint Out at Neck Road Boat Launch Thursday May 17

Hi, everyone,
This afternoon is a gorgeous one. But it isn't going to last... However, in a week of showers, Thursday does look the most promising with a forecast for part clouds part sun.

Last week at West Wharf beach, five intrepid painters came to paint in fog and drizzle. Unsurprisingly, none were watercolorists! But they get high praise for determination.

We will be painting at the Neck Road Boat Launch in Madison (directions on the blog as usual at This is a lovely spot, looking out over the marshes and river in one direction, including anchored boats and the Grass Island Shack in Guilford, and towards the houses on the point silhouetted against the skyline in the other. Watch out for high tide, though. High tide at 1.26pm may affect the parking lot so if you set up to paint right by the river, you might have wet feet if you stay too long (see our friend Larry below!).

Hope to see you there.

PS, there have been a few changes to the schedule of locations. Please do check the updated list now; the changes are in red type. It is unlikely there will be any more this year.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Paint Out at West Wharf Beach in Madison, Thurs May 10

Weather should be good. Directions on our blog at in the right-hand column as usual (somehow those directions also include the Surf Club; we are not going there this week, just to the West Wharf beach).

Last week we had seven painters (Betsey, Tom, Jean and her friend, Jane, Pam, Veronica) on a beautiful morning behind the Clinton Town Hall. The river was lovely although the marsh grasses hadn't yet come up (didn't bother the painters - we have special powers). The trees had that wonderful spring haze of yellow, green, and pink. I had some photos but I'm sorry, my camera seems to have lost them.

Please note, there are two changes (in red) on the list of locations for this year (on our blog at in the right-hand column as usual). Our original date for Mercy Center didn't work for them. I'm awaiting confirmation for the Florence Griswold Museum date at the end of August.

See you on Thursday at the beach!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Paint-Out at Clinton Landing Thurs May 3, 2018

Clinton Landing (behind the Town Hall) is a fine painting spot. Marshes, river, gazebo, buildings. The weather will be the opposite of last Thursday, actually almost HOT (79 degrees), so bring your summer outfit (if you can find it!). Directions as usual in the right-hand column of the blog at
See you there.
PS, I'm not a morning person so I never get there at 9 am. If I'm there by 10, that's good...

Monday, April 23, 2018

First Paint-Out of the Season!

Hi, everyone,
What gorgeous weather this past weekend and again today!

Our first painting date in 2018 is this coming Thursday, April 26, on the Guilford Green around 9 am or whatever time works for you. Trees, lawns, benches, shops, houses, churches, plenty of subjects to paint. The weather is forecast to be cloudy and mild but not raining. I look forward to seeing you and getting back to outdoor painting.

Directions as usual are on the blog at in the right-hand column.

Best wishes,

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Outdoor Painting Schedule for 2018

Spring Is Here (supposed to be, perhaps, maybe?)

Greetings, painters,

I've just put this season's outdoor painting schedule up on the CTSA blog at

Our first paintout date is Thursday, April 26, on the Guilford Green. I will send out a full announcement that week.

For your convenience, below is the schedule (but keep an eye out for announcements in case we need to change a venue). The schedule isn't quite final; there are a few venues where we need permission to paint, and I'll be taking care of these.

I look forward to painting outside without freezing; I'm sure you do too.

Keep tuned in,

April 26: Guilford Green
May 3: Clinton Landing (Town Hall)
May 10: West Wharf Beach, Madison
May 17: Neck Road Boat Launch, Madison
May 24: Young's Pond Park, Branford
May 31: Trolley Road, Guilford
June 7: Bauer Farm Park, Madison
June 14: Thomas Griswold House Museum, Guilford
June 21: Mercy Center, Madison
June 28: Hyland House Museum, Guilford
July 5: Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford
July 12: Guilford Marina (Docks)
July 19: Clinton Landing (Town Hall)
July 26: Medad Stone Tavern, Guilford
August 2: Stony Creek
August 9: Brewer Bruce & Johnson Marina, Branford
August 16: Neck Road Boat Launch, Madison
August 23: Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford
August 30: Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
September 6: Clinton Town Beach
September 13: Branford Green
September 20: Dudley Farm, Guilford
September 27: Hammonasset Beach State Park, Meigs Point
October 4: Trolley Road, Guilford
October 11: Bauer Farm Park, Madison
October 18: Olmsted Outlook Park, Guilford
October 25: Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford
November 1: Guilford Green
November 8: Branford Green
November 15: Pleasant Point Trains, Branford
November 22: No location, Thanksgiving
November 29: Guilford Green

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

John Fleming Show at the Guilford Art Center

John Fleming Show from Feb 23 to March 11

The opening reception was very well attended last week, and the show is a real treat. Do try to get there!

Here is a link to Mary Beeman's review of the show, at the Guilford Art Center's website:

Below are some images from the show, courtesy of Maureen Belden, executive director of the Guilford Art Center.
(I absolutely love these paintings and sculptures - John was a creative genius. Chagall comes to mind...)


Thursday, January 11, 2018

News from the Guilford Art Center: Exhibition of John Fleming's paintings

To the current Watercolor Painting Group from Mary Beeman.

I know many of you fondly remember painting with John Fleming over the years.  After he passed, his son, Jack, shared many of his paintings with our outdoor painting group.  We gave the balance to Guilford Art Center to use some day for a fundraiser — well it's happening!!

His family has also donated a number of additional paintings for the show.

I know we'll all be delighted by the many wacky, amazing watercolor paintings with red lips and fingernails!!

There will be an opening reception for an exhibit of John Fleming's paintings on Friday, February 23, 5-7pm at the Guilford Art Center.

Any sales of John's paintings will benefit the Center.

Tell your friends!

Also —

March 9 (time TBD)

ART & CRAFT BEER FUNDRAISER – Sample some of Connecticut’s best craft brews at GAC’s annual Art & Craft Beer event each spring. Guests are invited to enjoy a selection of beers from area breweries, stroll through the gallery and enjoy bar food; wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served. Additionally, there is a silent auction of brewery items and works by GAC students.

John's paintings will also still be in the gallery for this — and his great-nephew, Greg Nobile, is providing catering from The Stand.