Monday, September 25, 2017

A few more paintings from the Wexford Plein Air Festival

Just a pile of wood, oil, 12"x16" . Tried to hide from the rain, hence the choice of subject. :-)

Bridge in Enniscorthy, oil 12"x16". 

Wexford quay on a rainy afternoon, my first painting at the festival, oil, 14"x18.

Enniscorthy, 12"x16".

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fall Art Tour

From October 20 to 22 the Fall Art Tour will be happening in the Mineral Point, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Baraboo areas.  Two of the participating artists, Kyle Martin and Marlys Greenhaigh have painted with our group. Should be a great time of year to get out and visit artist studios.  For additional information go to:

Tom Gilbert

Monday, September 18, 2017

A few paintings from Wexford, Ireland

I am sorry, I haven't joined the group for some time due to summer traveling and beginning of school year. In early August I spent a week in Wexford, Ireland at the Plein Air festival. It was a great event, attended by about 120 artists from Europe, Asia and the US. There were daily paint-outs, workshops on location, a quick draw event and a final exhibit at the Green Acres Gallery in Wexford. The festival was very well organized with a major focus on painting. Spectacular Irish scenery and generally good weather, fantastic food and excellent company of so many wonderful artist made this event truly special!  I managed to complete ten paintings at the festival altogether. Here;s a sampler. :-)  They are all oil on Raymar board, 12"x16", except for the boats (10"x12").

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I'd sure love to see everyones artwork on here

Happy Sunday all. There used to be many artists posting there work and I know when I first started it was a little difficult to figure this out. Do new members know to contact Pat to get access? It seems to be Tom and I's mutual admiration society, lol. Here is an Indian Lake painting I started a month ago and just got around to finishing it. There was a double sun  and an ice cloud rainbow for a while. Such a cool day.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Belleville Park

The park is really in nice shape. It was hard to find a bad spot. I picked a shady spot with a nice breeze. Sure would be nice if I didn't need a few hours of touch up to have a painting. Someday.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Belleville Park

We had a nice day for the outing yesterday at Belleville and surprising enough there were fall colors in the trees and fields across the lake  So I went a bit crazy with the color on this one.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Food for thought

Happy Saturday. I just wanted to share something cool that I think many of you would appreciate. I might be the last to realize this. If you're like me you have accumulated a lot of plein air paintings, some better than others. As a group they look better though. I approached Cool Beans Coffee CafĂ© on Tuesday and by Thursday I had a dozen things hanging with sale prices. All I had to do was ask. We all do his for our own reasons. For me it's to improve my overall abilities and spend hours in great locations doing it. I like to think of the paintings I create in a few hours as practice as nice as some may be. Nothing would please me more than to sell enough to pay for my supplies.

Is art really art if no one sees it? Commence finger snapping.

I encourage everyone to get their art out.