Monday, February 25, 2008

American Artist April Issue

Look for us in American Artist!

American Artist has called International Plein Air Painters and Landscape Artists International two of the World's foremost landscape painting groups...

The April issue of American Artist magazine features the
Far & Near Horizons World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists
prominently on page 11 in the "Quick Sketches" department.

Tour participants and organizers J.R. Baldini (Founder, IPAP) and Karl Eric Leitzel (Founder, LAI) have paintings accompanying the article.
Linda Richichi, the former North America Tour Director, is also quoted.For your enjoyment, here is a preview of the page.

(Click on the image for a larger version.)
Congratulations to juried new World Tour members for 2008-2010

Leslie Allen of Colorado;
Garin Baker of New York;
Christophe Cardot of Florida;
Jessie Cook of Florida;
Debra Groesser of Nebraska
Clive Pates of Mississippi.
Colette Odya Smith of Wisconsin;
Ellen White of Georgia

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Montana Plein Air Competition

Madison River Foundation holds plein air painting competition: June 21-27

The Madison River Foundation announces its first annual plein air painting competition June 21-27 in Ennis MT. Top three juried pieces will receive cash prizes. Housing is provided to participants.

For more information and applications to join, please contact Shay(at)3rivers(dot)net.

The Madison River Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization whose goal is to protect and enhance the river’s trout fisheries. The Foundation represents the river, and the welfare of its trout, in public policy forums and works with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Madison Valley landowners to determine the most feasible and pertinent projects.

IPAP membership application

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Niagara Falls - Day in an Artists's Studio

Article: Art embraces special moments, places in outdoors";
By Doug Draper
Arts & Entertainment
Feb 08, 2008

This past Tuesday, on a damp, gray, foggy morning when many Niagara residents would probably prefer to spend a little more time in bed, Jacqueline Baldini was eager to head out to the countryside to capture the mood of the day on canvas."I am looking out there," said the Niagara artist at her studio on Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls, "and going 'Wow, look at that.'
"Those "wow" moments, when Baldini is full of passion for the light and colour a day can bring -- regardless of the weather or the time of year -- has fueled her art for more than 30 years and has earned her the respect of other artists, nationally and internationally, for her ability to produce works embracing special moments and places in the outdoors."I don't want a perfect world," said Baldini in a studio with walls full of paintings of the Niagara Falls area, including the rapids of the famous river and its cataract, and of other regions of Niagara and the rest of the world, including Portugal, Spain, the Bahamas, Honduras and Yucatan.
"If all we had were all blue skies and sunshine, that would be boring."Baldini is offering everyone from beginners to those will some experience in applying oil paints to canvas anything but a boring time at a workshop she is hosting at the Lundy's Lane studio this Sunday.
That workshop, called Day in an Artist's Studio, runs this Sunday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with coffee and Danish treats in the morning, a lunch and all materials, including canvas and paints provided, for a fee of $65."I am asked frequently to do weekly lessons at my studio," Baldini said. "I made the decision a few years ago, that people learn and absorb much faster when completely immersed in a project."As a host and mentor at the workshops, Baldini said she always finds them as rewarding as those who attend hopefully do. Often from someone who is just starting out in art, she said, she is reminded of the virtues of keeping things simple in some of her own work."I've had complete beginners in my classes," she said, "and I have learned from them."
Baldini's approach to art is something she said is described as "Plein Air Artist" or one who chooses to paint from life outdoors. "This often means painting in the fog, mist or frozen landscape of this beautiful peninsula," she explained. "Plein Air Painting is a metaphysical skill capable of creating an image that lets the viewer 'be there in the moment' when viewing the painting."An upper New York State native before moving to Niagara Falls more than thirteen years ago, Baldini is the founder and signature member of International Plein Air Painters (an organization of artists dedicated to producing painting of moving outdoor settings around the world) and in 2002 established the first Worldwide Paint Out, that brings groups of artists together through the internet each year to share their work.
Her paintings hang in private and public collections across Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. To obtain more information on this Sunday's Day in an Artist's Studio Workshop or to register for the workshop no later than this Saturday,
contact Jacqueline Baldini at her studio on 7973 Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls at 905-354-8692 or 1 800 393-7270 or visit her website at

Sunday, February 3, 2008

CALL for Entries - Estes Park Plein Air Painters

7th Annual 2008 Estes Park Plein Air Event. This longstanding, premeir internationl plein air event is seeking entries from the best of the best plein air painters from around the world to be considered for the 7th annual painting event and exhibition. The event is being held again in August, 2008 in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado - the gateway to the awsome Rocky Mountain National Park.

Click here for prospectus

Friday, February 1, 2008

Workshop: Painting the Figure en Plein Air in Cortona, Italy

Painting the Figure en Plein Air in Cortona, Italy
May 3-10, 2008
with Kathy Busillo


In the tradition of Sorolla, Sargent and Prendergast we will be
painting the figure en plein air in Cortona, Italy. Simple scenes from everyday life are a long-standing tradition of the plein air painter. Picture yourself standing under the sun in Tuscany painting with a local model posed before a vineyard or within an olive grove. Other painting sessions will be in and around town where scenes of people going about their daily business abound. A day trip is planned for Florence and the Uffizi Gallery, with emphasis on viewing paintings with the figure in the landscape. Another day will be spent in Siena painting its residents and guests.

*All-inclusive plans, other options available.
For more information
please go to Painting the Figure en Plein Air or email Patrick at with subject heading "Painting the Figure en Plein Air"


Saturday: Arrival in Cortona

-Arrival and Check-in in Cortona at assigned three-star hotel

-7:30p Welcome to Cortona wine and chocolate tasting at La Saletta.

-8:30p Dinner in Cortona at La Loccanda del Loggetta

(All restaurants to be announced)

Sunday: Cortona

-9:00a-11:00a Morning Demonstration

-11:00a-1:00p Morning Workshop

-1:00p Lunch Anticca Tratorria

-3:00-7:00p Afternoon Workshop

-7:30p Wine tasting at Toninos Terrace

-8:00pDinner in Cortona at Flu Fluns

Monday: Cortona
-9:00-1:00p Morning Workshop
-1:00p Lunch Trattoria Etrusca

-3:00-5:00p Afternoon Workshop

-5:00p-7:00p Afternoon Demonstration

-7:30p Wine tasting Il Pozzo

-8:00p Dinner in Cortona at Trattoria Toscana

Tuesday: Florence

-Day trip to Florence with lunch provided

-Visit to Uffizi Gallery

-8:30p Wine tasting and dinner in Cortona at Hotel Oasi or TBA

Wednesday: Cortona

-9:00-1:00p Morning Workshop

-1:00p Lunch at TBA

-3:00-7:00p Afternoon Workshop

-7:30p Wine tasting at Margherita

-8:00p Dinner in Cortona at Route 66

Thursday: Siena

-Day trip to Siena with demonstration, workshops & lunch included.

-8:30p-Wine Tasting La Saletta

-9:00p-Dinner in Cortona at Tempero

Friday: Cortona

-9:00-1:00p Morning Workshop

-1:00p Lunch in Cortona at La Locanda del Loggetta

-3:00-5:00p Afternoon Workshop and prepare for art show

-5:00p-7:00p Art show and critique

-8:30p Farewell Wine Tasting Dinner in Cortona at Pane e Vino

Saturday: Departure

- Morning breakfast session, optional

- Morning Check-out

- Open-air Market

- Departure from Cortona or we can help you plan an extended stay!

Note: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary.

All times are approximate

Cortona Italy Workshop: