Monday, April 27, 2009

American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA)

Painting by Christopher Blossom ASMA

American Society of Marine Artists is now on display through September 2009. My family and I had the privilege to see this marvelous Exhibit at the Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina. The Exhibit will be in Spartanburg through May 2nd, 2009 as it is a traveling exhibit and will move on to its next stop at Wilmington, Delaware.

Everyone who has some interest in art NEEDS to see this Exhibit! On display are 100 paintings and sculptures from the Greatest Marine Artists living today in the United States. If you enjoy fine art, this show will take your breath away! I asked my 14 year old daughter if she could pick the 4 best pieces and she said yes, but it would take a couple of hours for her to decide. This is from a teenager who was reluctant to come. My 9 year old after seeing the show wanted to paint with me when we got home.

Chapman Cultural Center including the Spartanburg Art Museum

For any of you who have not been to the new Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) it is a beautiful facility and part of the Chapman Cultural Center. The Center includes 3 beautifully designed buildings which were finished in 2007 and costing $32 million. Scott Cunningham, Assistant Director and Curator of the Art Museum and his staff are to be commended for giving us the opportunity to experience this wonderful exhibit from the American Society of Marine Artists. Also going on at SAM is the wonderful Blossom - Art of Flowers Exhibit which continues till June 13, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

Plein Air Inspirations

For those of you who do not know Artist Marc Hanson, I want to tell you what he is up to. Marc is a wonderful landscape painter living up in Minnesota and is a plein air master. For the whole month of April of 2009 he is painting 4 - 5x7 inch plein air paintings a day and posting them on his blog each day for a total of 120. He calls it "My Painting Marathon" Here is the link

That is what you call hard work! By the way Marc is a great teacher also; I took his 5 day landscape workshop at Taylors Falls, MN 2 years ago. I highly recommend him.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Painting In Hawai'i

Esther my wife has worked very hard over the last year and earned us a trip to Hawaii for 7 days from the company she works with called Stampin' Up. Not only was she good enough to take me along, but she let me bring my paints! We stayed just north of Kona on the big island. Where we were located, the annual rainfall is only 5 inches a year, irragated of course.

This was the first painting I did during our stay. I must humbly say it was a crash and burn, a wipe out, or should I say a wipe down. Never never paint the sun directly, unless you know what you are doing.

Big island is a good name for this place. Not only is the island big, the mountains are big also. The largest are over 13,000 feet above sea level. That is actually twice the size of the Rocky Mountains by comparison and are snow covered year around. And on the other side the weather is totally different. They receive over 250 inches of rain a year.

The eastern side of the island and one of the many waterfalls where it rains almost every day.

We got to see active volcanoes, but I was glad it wasn't too active during our visit. This time last year this volcano blew and sent boulders the size of cars into the parking lot right near where Esther is standing.

Painting at Black sands beach in the wind! You can see my hat influencing my palm tree.

Another quicky. Me, hanging onto the easel and leaning into the wind.

Mountain top painting at about 5000 feet overlooking the Pacific. About 50mph wind kicked up and started blowing black sand all over my paintng and into my eyes sent me running for cover.

Mountain drive where rainbow are common. What a diversity of landscape the big island has.

Hapuna Beach with beautiful white sand. These waves are seriously mean!

Nice spot to paint. It was in the shade, out of the wind and next to the men's room and water fountain!