Saturday, July 2, 2022

Sheboygan Plein Air Event

Hello Artists!

You are invited to participate in an all day paint out at Christopher Farm & Gardens in Sheboygan, WI on August 27,2022 (rain date August 28,2022).  This is a private garden and a ticked event to the public and you may sell paintings! For more information please view the link. I hope to see many of you there! 

Pamela Grabber

Friday, June 24, 2022

DCPAP Outing - June 29 - Indian Lake County Park

Our next DCPAP plein air outing will be on Wednesday evening (about 5:30 start) on June 29th at Indian Lake Park.  This can be our summer outing at Indian Lake and then I’ll probably also do a fall outing there.  The primary meeting area will be the park’s main parking lot or along the road leading into that lot.  There is a restroom and shelter there.  I’m hoping for a scenic, cloudy sky, to add another Indian Lake sky painting to my collection.  

Tom Gilbert

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Next DCPAP Outing - June 16 - Pheasant Branch

Our next DCPAP outing will be on Thursday (June 16) in the evening (about 5 pm start) at the Pheasant Branch Conservancy.  

The Pheasant Branch park area we’ll paint at is right off Pheasant Branch Road, north of Middleton.  There are two parking areas along the road.  Go to the northern one (surrounded by fields) not the southern one (see map).  There are some areas to set up right by the parking lot or we can walk in a ways near the base of Fredericks Hill, where there are some good painting options.  There are no restrooms. 

There are really nice views from atop Fredericks hill but the path going up there is winding and longer than you'd think it would be.

Hope to see you there

Tom Gilbert

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Marshall Park

We managed to get through the morning at Marshall Park without any rain.  Here's my sailboat/sky painting from there, plus I'm posting another recent painting ... just because I like it. I'd entitle this as "Drifting By".  

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

DCPAP Outing on May 31, Marshall Park

This coming May 31, on Tuesday morning (8 am start) we’ll be painting at Marshall park in Middleton.  It’s right off of Allen Blvd. (see map).  We haven’t painted here a lot, and it’s somewhat small and limited in options, but I’m trying not to repeat the painting locations so much this year.  It has a shore on Lake Mendota and in the morning the sun comes right across the lake, so the sailboats (that are always moored there) are strongly backlit.  There is a restroom.

Tom Gilbert

Monday, May 16, 2022

DCPAP Outing on May 19, UW Arboretum

Let’s paint again this coming Thursday morning (May 19) at the UW Arboretum.  I’ll say 8 am start but, I, myself, may be late. Others might want to avoid early belt line traffic, but, whenever, it should be a nice spring morning. We’ll park at the main parking lot by the Park Building.  I know most people like the gardens area but I may also check out the prairie views from near the parking lot.

I also apologize if anyone missed our last outing due to the mistaken painting date on our blog.  My email and the Facebook site had the right date but we the blog date was wrong  and not corrected until the day we painted.

Tom Gilbert

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

First Painting Date for 2022: May 12 at Viking County Park - Stoughton

 Tom scheduled out first painting date for this year for May 12  at Viking County Park near Stoughton.

 The park is located just a bit north of Stoughton and the entrance and parking lot are right adjacent to CTH “N”.  You want the segment of hwy. N that is north of the N intersection with 51, and south of the intersection of N and B.  Note that there’s a second parking lot on the north end of the park, off hwy. B, but don’t go there.  

 We will paint from 8 AM until around noon. There are restroom facilities at the park. There is a dog park there but in a separate fenced off area. Hope for better weather than recently and to see lots of painters there.!

Note - This post previously referred to a 5/21 date but the 5/12 date is correct - TG 



Wednesday, March 16, 2022

About time for another post here and thought I'd share an experiment I just finished.  I like some of the Australian painters, like Ken Knight, and after watching his short demo videos I decided to repaint a painting of mine from a couple years ago that was rather drab and uninspiring.  In doing this I tried to paint with Ken's technique. I'm attaching both the recent reworked painting and the original painting below that.  I think the difference is rather drastic and intend to keep experimenting in this manner.


Friday, December 3, 2021

Salmo Pond. Black Earth Creek Redux

 Similar angle to Tom's painting. Watercolor. 11 x 14

Had a nice evening at Salmo Pond to end our painting season for 2021.  I won't set up any new outings until next spring, but, of course, members may wish to get together on their own for winter painting.  Those snow scenes are always great if the weather is agreeable.  Here's what I ended up with from the Salmo Pond outing.


Sunday, November 7, 2021

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Indian Lake: 2:45 pm to sunset - Wed. November 3rd

Jan Norsetter's painting of Indian Lake October 2018

 Fall colors at Indian Lake County Park are always nice so let’s paint there next week on Wednesday, November 3rd.  Start time about 2:45 to 3 pm.  I plan to set up my scene but then wait for late evening (sunset) light.  Meet at either the main parking lot or that smaller lot by the new shelter.  There is, of course, a restroom.  We’ve had many trips to Indian Lake but I think you can always find a different view, or different light/color, or a different mode of painting expression.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Warner Park: Painting from 3:15 - sunset - Tuesday October 19th


Our next painting outing will be at Warner Park next Tuesday, October 19 at Warner Park.  We’ll paint in the afternoon/evening with a start time of about 3:15.  I know we just painted yesterday but I’m trying to catch some good weather and earlier in the week looks the best.


This time we’ll meet in the park area near the lagoon and shelter, and main parking lot (not the lakeshore).  The Park is near the intersection of Sherman Ave. and Northport Dr. on the north side of Madison (See map). They do have restrooms.


Tom Gilbert