Monday, September 6, 2021

Painting at Cherokee Park followed by Annual Potluck Sept. 15th (rain date Sept. 16)


Watercolor of Cherokee Park by Gretchen Twietmeyer

Hi All! 

We can’t let another summer get away without a Plein Air potluck so let’s go for it… 



Wednesday, September 15,2021 - 8AM 

Cherokee Marsh

(Thursday September 16 rain date)

Please bring a dish to pass. You can deliver food to me anytime after 7AM for convenience/refrigeration if you’d like.

1013 Menomonie Lane

608-354-5314 (Marla)


If all goes according to plan, in addition to the Plein Aire opportunity we will have a young neighbor Chloe Johnson modeling in the backyard from 9-noon for anyone interested. She is only available Wednesday so let’s hope the weather is good. I will be compensating Chloe for her time but feel free to give her an appreciation tip. She is a very bright home-schooled student, and is saving for college.


You are all welcome to use the facilities in the house. I just ask that you wear a mask when inside. Enter front door, turn right into hall, first door on the left. 


This year we will put food out on the lower level. Come through gates on the right or left side of house to back yard then enter back door. Lunch starts around noon. We can dish up and sit outside in the back yard. Please bring a chair (and umbrella if needed). I will set up a table & tent but depending on the number of people attending we may not all fit under it. 


Cherokee presents many near-by painting opportunities. There is the park on Burningwood Way, a nearby marina on Lighthouse Bay Drive near Mariners Inn on Mendota, the marsh path at the end of Sherman Avenue and the foot paths near the intersection Wheeler & School Roads. Since we’ll all be gathering for lunch just paint what delights you. Bring your painting and your easel for display to our driveway so we can all enjoy each other’s work. 


Russ has been having some health concerns this summer. If I find we are needing to deal with a health issue our backup location will be Joan Sieber’s home also in Cherokee at 1005 Burning Wood Way. We will keep you posted through email updates. 


So looking forward to seeing everyone!




Marla J. Brenner

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Painting at Festge Park - Thursdays Sept. 2 at 8am

 Next Thursday, September 2nd, we’ll paint at Festge County Park just a bit west of Cross Plains off Highway 14.  We’ll paint in the morning with about an 8 am start time. The park does have restrooms.  

 As you may know, the last couple years we’ve painted more often at Salmo Pond, which is just across the road.  Bur I thought we could try Festge for a change.  It does have that long vista view.  Of course, people are welcome to paint at Salmo if they wish, but then maybe make a trip over to Festge to visit the other painters.  (per Tom's email)

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Warner Park Beach

Had a nice morning for our outing at Warner along the the lake shore.  Here's my painting of the distant Maple Bluff plus a photo that I may paint someday.



Thursday, August 12, 2021

Next Painting Date Aug. 18th at 8am at Warner Park

 We will meet at the park for painting from 8am to around noon.  Maybe go for lunch depending on the interest?  Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 30, 2021

McCarthy Park Outing

We had a few people painting at McCarthy yesterday.  The temperature and humidity were fine, but I didn't expect such a hazy sky.  I suppose the wildfires have something to do with it.  The sun looked more like an orange moon rather than the sun. I tried to get the effect of the haze into my painting. It may still need some touch up but this is the plein air version.



Tuesday, July 27, 2021

McCarthy Park outing changed to Thurs. July 29th

 Due to weather forecast we will paint at McCarthy Park on Thurs instead of tomorrow.  Same time!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Belleville Outing

Since we started a Facebook group page I sense we may be neglecting our good old blog.  I do think the blog has some advantages and I hope we can keep it up.  Here's my painting from Belleville where we had a really surprising nice evening when the sun came.  I left a bit early so I could watch the Bucks basketball game, but, then, all the way home the sunset skies were really majestic.  I should have stayed and painted.

I'm also posting a painting of a scene from McCarthy park where we'll be painting on July 28, in the evening.  I started this painting a long time ago and I had wiped out the sky and just left the foreground.  Finally a couple months ago I decided to play with this painting and added the sky.  Can't remember where I got this sky from, but it was a fun painting.

Hope to see you next week.


Evening Painting at McCarthy Park 5:30 pm

McCarthy Youth & Conservation County Park, Dane County, Wisconsin


On July 28th (Wednesday) we’ll paint in the evening at McCarthy Park.  I plan to get there about 5:30 pm. 

 McCarthy Park is east of Madison off County Road “TT”.  It's near the intersection of Interstate 94 and CTH “N” (see map on Events calendar post)  There is a restroom.  Hope to see you there.  Tom Gilbert