Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Plein Air Painter - IPAP DEC Feature Artist Lawrence Altaffer

Plein Air Painter - IPAP DEC Feature Artist Lawrence Altaffer

More info and images CLICK HERE
Lawrence Altaffer is an award winning artist who paints representational impressionist landscapes, working primarily in oils, but also in pastels and watercolor. He began painting in 1997 and is primarily self-taught, but has received instruction in painting at the Corcoran School of Art and The Art League. His studio is located in his home, Doubleview, which is an eighteenth century log home near Syria, Virginia on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
His paintings have been exhibited in several prestigious juried national exhibitions including the Oil Painters of America, Arts For The Parks, the Salmagundi Club, Paint America, and the Salon International. In August 2003 “Taggart Lake” was awarded Best In Show out of seven hundred paintings at the Annual American Landscape Show at The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. Howard Paine, former art director of National Geographic Magazine, served as juror for this show and stated that Altaffer showed “outstanding competence in painting water, and rendering it in an infinite number of colors”.
Lawrence Altaffer is an elected member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. This is one of the oldest plein air painting groups in the United States and membership is limited to a maximum of forty painters from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He is also an elected member of the Salmagundi Club in New York which is one of the most venerable and prestigious art organizations in America, whose roster has proudly included renowned artists such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, and N.C.Wyeth. He is also a member of OilPainters of America, Allied Artists of America, American Impressionist Society, American Society of Marine Artists and the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. He is listed in Who’s Who In American Art.

Monday, November 9, 2009

St. Lucia Plein air painter workshop - Jan. 2010

After an absence of a few years, Charles & I are returning to St. Lucia in January 2010.

My husband and I taught painting and photography workshops there each January for 8 years.

The photo workshops were for Professional Photographers of America, where other professional photographers could take courses towards a degree. The painting workshops, were an opportunity for me to meet artists that live in St. Lucia, like now, IPAP Regional Ambassador Alcina Nolley, a very talented artist, as well as artists who traveled to the island for the workshops.

I will be doing

2, 3 and four day plein air painting workshops

all info about the workshop & for registration is at

ST. Lucia, West Indies Workshops CLICK HERE

We're looking forward to going back to visit

all the friends we have made over the years.

Don't put off JOY...

the minute you make a decision to do something

wonderful for yourself,

you experience JOY,

far ahead of the experience in 'reality'

J. R. Baldini

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Plein Air Painter November- International Plein Air Painters

International Plein Air Painters November Feature Artist

FEATURE ARTISTArtist Statement

Barbara Churchley’s paintings reflect her personal connection with the western landscape she lives in. Her paintings in pastel and oil are interpretive and expressive. Her passion for the outdoors has taken her to the summit of all 53 ranked 14,000’ peaks in Colorado. She has explored the landscape “up close and personal” through multiple marathons, hikes, and backpack trips. Churchley finds inspiration painting en plein air in western Colorado where she lives, to the far corners of the world where she frequently travels, pursuing her other passion of birdwatching.

Visit our Website at

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Plein Air Painter- International Plein Air Painters- October Feature Artist

Susan Knight Smith

Susan fine art landscapes, portraits, still life

Susan Knight Smith works primarily in pastel, a medium that allows her to combine her love of expressive drawing with vibrant color. In addition to landscapes, she paints portraits, figure studies, still life, intimate garden scenes, and particularly enjoys plein air painting, or painting out of doors. Susan’s paintings reflect her love of nature, her fascination with the juxtaposition of colors and the play of light, and an enchantment with particular or unique people, places, or things. Of her work, she simply says, "I paint what delights me." She finds much to delight her in the metro Atlanta area where she lives, or near the E. Tennessee home where she grew up. She has also found inspiration for many of her paintings on trips to France, Italy, Mexico, the Arizona desert, and the coast of Maine.

See more of Susan's Work HEREJoin IPAP HERE

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Plein Air Painter - The Artists magazine

Plein Air Painter - The Artists magazine

IPAP member Michael Chesley Johnson has a demo in the Artists Oct. issue magazine

See demo HERE

International Plein Air Painters MEMBERSHIP HERE
Home of the GREAT WORLDWIDE Paint Out

Plein Air Painter - IPAP Feature Artist Phil Chadwick

Plein Air Painter - IPAP Feature Artist see page HERE
Artist Statement

I live and paint out of passion for the natural world. I am inspired by nature, family and fellow artists to see beyond the surface and to share the experience – a vision in pigment and texture. My immediate goal is to extract the maximum amount of inspiration from the moment and have fun doing it while surrounded by and immersed in the natural elements. Somehow the soul of the scene finds its way on to the canvas.

My simple desire is to make the next painting my new favourite and to improve in capturing the essence of the subject with lots of colour and bold strokes!

Become a Member of International Plein Air Painters HERE
Home of the GREAT WORLDWIDE Paint Out

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Plein Air Painter - WORLDWIDE Paint Out Sept 11-13, 2009

Plein Air Painter - WORLDWIDE Paint Out
IPAP Members Registered
Sharon Allen New Hampshire
J.R. Baldini Colorado
Ted Beardsley New York
Lawrence Chrapliwy New York
Nanci Cook BC, Canada
Ruth Cox S. Carolina
Marilyn Fairman NY
Brandy Gale Ontario
Shelley Grund South Carolina
Kathryn A. McMahon Colorado
Greta Michelle Joachim Trinidad & Tobago
Georgia Mansur Australia
Larry Joe Miller Florida
Alcina Nolley St. Lucia
Sandra Nunes Brazil
Laurel J. Prafke Michigan
Lori Putnam Tenessee
Jose Rodriguez Florida
Kath Schifano NY
Rodrica Tilley Pennsylvania
Bill Westerman Ohio
Laurel Wetzork California
Bonnie C. White Texas
Marilyn Witt Indiana
BJ Wright Georgia

NON Members Registered

Lorna Allan New Zealand
Pat Anderson Florida
Laurie Balmuth Oregon
Zan Barrage Ont Canada
Carol A. Barrett New York
Susan Biebuyck Pennsylvania
Kay Bilisoly NC
Susan Cheatham NC
Sharon Fox-Cranston Canada
Elisabete B de Paula Brasil
Susan Nicholas Gephart Pennsylvania
Diana K. Gibson New Jersey
Marsha Hamby Savage Georgia
Barbara Bear Jamison
Carolyn Karch Nevada
Alma LaFrance Massachusetts
Frances Lynn Florida
Maricy Elisabeth Montenegro Brasil
Roger Kirk Nelson Arizona
Teresa Onoda California
Bob Pittman NC
Paulo Santana Brasil
Kathleen Schaefer Germany
Kay Schneider S. Carolina
Peter Sheppard Trinadad
Dayle Ann Stratton Vermont
Wendie Thompson Wisconsin
Sarah Verner Georgia
Mary Beth Vought NY

Monday, August 24, 2009

Plein Air Painter - WORLDWIDE Paint Out

After the Paint Out on Sept 11-13, partcipants are invited to post photos directly to our Fan Page at


See all groups registered at

IPAP Website

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Plein Air Painter IPAP Feature Artist Laurel Wetzork

Plein Air Painter Lauel Wetzork Artist's Statement

I am drawn to the beauty in nature, where colors and contrasts live.
This beauty is what I wish to share with the viewers and collectors of my artwork.
On location, I work with three different mediums: oils, acrylics, and pastels.
I choose oils for their lush color and dramatic potential, acrylics for their bright almost 'digital' color, and pastels for the impressionist feel and softly vibrant colors.

Life is full of contrast: beauty and ugliness, good and evil, joy and desperate grief.
I choose to celebrate Nature in all her captivating and delightful moods.

Laurel will be teaching a plein air painting workshop March 29 - April 3, 2010 in the Santa Barbara, CA area. Please email her if you are interested.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Plein air painting - Mini Workshops Niagara Falls

Art and Artists

Watercolour Art Journaling Mini Sessions en plein air
July 27 & Aug 3. Niagara Falls

Oil /Acrylic Mini Sessons - July 30 & Aug 6 & 20 - Niagara Falls

Monhegan, Maine - Aug 10-14 Click HERE

Niagara on the Lake WATERCOLOR - Aug 25-27.
Click HERE for more info

Workshops are Oil and acrylic unless stated.
Instructor J.R. Baldini. Executive Director.
International Plein Air Painters. or call 800 393-7270
More info at

See Video HERE

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Plein air painting art workshops Summer newsletter

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Plein air painting art workshops Summer newsletter
Schedule up to date of Summer and Fall workshops en plein air.

or call the studio at
1 800 393-7270 for more info.

Mini sessions - WATERCOLOR Journaling
Pochade painting in Oil

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Plein Air Painters - July IPAP Feature Artist Joshua Been

Joshua Been
A Statement of my Work

My paintings are one-of-a-kind pages in the visual journal of my life. Through design, my paintings are viewed best with some distance, while the brushwork brings you in for a closer look. It is the elegant randomness of form and light that I dance with, and I always attempt to do the Universe justice. I hope to remind and inspire others to take the time to really see how amazing this existence is. I am very fortunate for the gift of placing these "reminders" in to the lives of others, and will never take that gift for granted.


Plein air painters - Great WORLDWIDE Paint Out

International Plein Air Painters hosts the Great WORLDWIDE Paint Out for plein air painters around the globe each year since 2002.

We have 30 groups registered so far and 72 days left before the Paint Out.

Don't miss out on promoting yourself and your group for this important event.

Go to WORLDWIDE PAINT OUT and register today.

IPAP membership not required to register

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Positano Plein Air Art Workshop - October 3-10, 2009

October 3-10, 2009
Gordon Haas, BFA RISD and Colette Sexton, MFA University of Oregon, invite you to join them for their Positano Plein Air Art Workshop.
All skill levels are welcome, from advanced painters to novice artists working in all mediums who want to explore the exhilarating method of working plein air. Non-painting companions are welcome as well! There will be morning and afternoon sessions, as well as ample time to for sight seeing, relaxing at the beach or dining alfresco at one of the many charming cafes. Art instruction, hotel, breakfast and group dinner included.
Details at

Monday, June 1, 2009

Plein Air Painters - June Feature Artist Linda Richichi


For me, painting is a pilgrimage — a journey into the mystery of creation and, through that sacred path, ultimately a journey into the deepest reaches of my soul. If in my painting I am successful in reaching my goal, then I see it as a bridge into you.

Whether I am painting in the breathtaking Hudson Valley, near Tuscan castles, or on a sun-drenched beach in Maui, my intent is to capture the underlying brilliance — the spiritual energy — that underlies all of nature. At this point of my development, painting en plein air, absorbed into nature’s grand silence of communication, with all of my senses acting as ready receptors to whatever might be presented to me, seems to most further my mission of discovery. Painting in nature has heightened my awareness of the need to take care of this sacred ground.

With intuition leading the way, I avoid focusing on details to allow for a total immersion of self into the “greater” self that surrounds me. Slowly, the world of form and color merges and shifts, separates and impresses, the whole dissolving into an insistent mood of pure energy. It is this distillation of both what is seen and not seen that I attempt to capture on my canvas. When a mixture of color and form resonates in my being, when I feel that I am at one with nature and that my painting is reflecting that union, then I feel a sense of spiritual awakening. The magic is there and the painting is complete.

The materials I select are those that leave the least amount of waste behind. The Mini Circles Collection are painted with the new Golden Open Acrylics on wooden disks that were saved by the Hudson Valley Materials Exchange in New Paltz, NY from going into the waste stream. I am always on the lookout for products that are of the highest quality and green.

As founder of the World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists, it was my intention that this group act as stewards of the land as well as the art acting as a bridge between countries. An upcoming book will feature the works of the special places these artists have selected

In the end, it is my hope that through my painting I have passed along a respect and love of our land and the need to take care of her.


Monday, May 11, 2009

Plein Air Painter - Niagara Falls art workshop June 6-7

2 day Oil or acrylic outdoor workshop painting Niagara

Experience level : Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisite Student Skills: It is suggested that beginners have the
experience of at least one drawing course.

Students bring their own supplies: The workshop is taught using a limited
primary color pallette.
A complete list of suggested oil & acrylic pigments is supplied.
Canvas board or stretched canvas 12 x 16 or smaller. A support for
canvas and carrying materials.
Incidental list also provided. A painting umbrella is strongly

Class maximum : 15 students
See previous student comments
and more info on website

Other workshops in Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake listed on
Call 1 800 393-7270 or see website for details

Monday, May 4, 2009

May Feature Artist - Greta Michelle Joachim

Greta Michelle Joachim Feature Artist

Greta Michelle is from Trinidad and Tobago
Artist Statement
Trinidad and Tobago

Art became my passion in my adult life. I always wanted to paint the landscapes I would see in my travels but felt that I couldn’t. It wasn’t until I was thrust into an emotional maelstrom, that I was able to experience, through God’s divine intervention, the awakening of my artistic abilities. I started painting in 1998 and didn’t look back.
I love nature and all natural forms. I am fascinated by the ocean and the beaches in my island home of Trinidad and Tobago and seek to share what I am privileged to experience daily with the world.
It is through the study of nature; especially the water, that I am drawn even more into a love relationship with God and my art.
My style is Impressionistic. Although I paint in studio, I am captivated by the experience of painting outdoors en plein aire.
My desire is to take what I’ve learnt so far and stretch and it to its very lengths and depths; to grow and become a serious artist.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

PleinAir Painters _ International Plein Air Painters newsletter

Check out the latest news from members of International Plein Air Painters Organization HERE

Membership info about joining International Plein Air Painters

Visit our Website at
And become a FAN of the WORLDWIDE Paint Out on FACEBOOK

Have a group event planned for the 7th GREAT WORLDWIDE Paint Out ?
Sign up HERE

Monday, April 20, 2009

Plein air painters- 7th WORLDWIDE Paint Out

To take part, you simple register free at PAINT OUTwith your location, date you will be painting, etc.

The event can be just a few artists painting together, or gain publicity for yourself by inviting other artists and making an event to tie into the Global happening.

This is the 7th annual Great WORLDWIDE Paint Out and through the years many new groups have been created in many countries because of the Paint Out, shown is a group in Rio de Janiero.


Jacqueline Baldini
Executive Director

International Plein Air Painters is a worldwide organization of artists dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of plein air painting without restrictions of borders or region. For more info IPAPPlease join us in our seventh "WORLDWIDE" Paint Out scheduled for Sept 11-13, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

April IPAP Feature plein air painter

Jose Rodriquez

Artist Statement

I have been painting and drawing for over 25 years, including 18 years as a graphic artist/designer.
A variety of creative projects have enriched my artistic skills throughout my art career.
Even though I still paint studio work, I get most of my enjoyment from painting outdoors. I feel so inspired when I am surrounded by mother nature and the challenges she brings. I am very proud when people walk by and see my painting in progress and ask many questions of the painting process. If I am not painting with my group of the Ocala Plein Air Painters, I am usually painting from aboard my pontoon
boat. I am fascinated by the waters and the beautiful colors around me that mother nature displays.
I am obsessed with wanting to paint all that I see and want others to see this also.
There is nothing more fascinating and rewarding than a finished painting that was painted on location.

Info on membership International Plein Air Painters

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Myrtle Beach , SC en plein air painting workshop - April 25 & 26, 2009

Join us in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC for 2 days of plein air painting
April 25 & 26, 2009
Oil Painting and acrylic plein air workshop.
South Carolina click HERE

Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30pm
Locations will be in the vicinity of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Come join us as we paint the quaint towns,marshes and Carolina pines.

Workshop will concentrate on grisaille - working a value plan directly on your canvas.

Ever wondered why your finished painting doesn't quite match your
'minds eye vision' that you had when you started your painting ?

Insure a dynamic composition before your brush hits the color.
Learn to go for the drama in your painting !
This special 2 day workshop is only $250.00pp (reg pricing $275.00 for a 2 day workshop)

Workshop 2 day- Title : Problem solving ‘on your feet’ en plein air painting

Description :
2 day working on location workshop to help you achieve drama in your painting. Demo/lecture each morning.
You will learn to ‘bake the cake ‘before you applying the frosting.
Ever wondered why your finished painting bears little resemblance to the excitement you felt when starting your painting ?
Students will work on location and complete 2 12x16 or smaller paintings per day.

Goals :
What you can expect from this workshop

Students at the end of a 2 day workshop will be able to recognize a strong composition and see values using grisalle. This will enable you to make decisions when doing problem solving on your own, painting on location.
Grisaille studies, directly on canvas will enable you to commit to a composition and value plan instead of constantly adjusting your values and shadows, commonly known as ‘chasing the light’. This eliminates the also common fragmented, unfocused painting.

Experience level : Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisite Student Skills: It is suggested that beginners have the experience of at least one drawing course.

Student Required Materials: The workshop is taught using a limited primary color pallette. A complete list of suggested oil & acrylic pigments is supplied. Canvas board or stretched canvas 12 x 16 or smaller. A support for canvas and carrying materials. Incidental list also provided. A painting umbrella is strongly suggested.

Class maximum : 15 students

phone toll free at 1 800 393-7270

Sign up for WORKSHOP updates HERE

Monday, March 16, 2009

Lori Putnam Workshop: Understanding Better Composition (Nashville, TN)

Lori Putnam Workshop: Understanding Better Composition (Nashville, TN)

May 1 and 2, 2009
$175 (50% deposit required)

No one likes to teach it or study it, but the truth is this . . . no matter how well you paint, if your composition is bad, so is your painting! With over 18 years in design experience, Lori will teach you what makes good design in a painting, where composition formulas can fail, and how to avoid your personal tendencies and pitfalls. Any medium is welcome! Demonstration will be directed at oil painters, but concepts and principles will apply to all media.
This two-day workshop includes 1½ days of class work, and plus ½ day (Fri. afternoon) **demonstration.
Class size limited to 10. **Demonstration open to the public.

**Friday afternoon demonstration followed by Q&A and is open to the public so invite your friends. Students registered for classes will have reserved seating. We also hope you will make plans to stay for Lori's reception of new Italian works at the gallery that evening.

To register, email Toni Hooper
or call 615-254-4850.

Lori Putnam, IPAP

Studio, 1506 8th Ave S Nashville TN 37203

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Feature Plein Air Painter - Linda Warner Constantino

Linda is a professor of Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia where she teaches Watercolor for the Illustrator, the Portrait in Illustration and Illustrating the Edible. She is an avid plein air painter and on weekends and during her summers she gives private lessons and teaches a Plein Air Painting Workshop at a "green hotel" and working organic farm in Tuscany, Italy.

Her paintings have been juried into national shows and she won the Winsor Newton Award at the Philadelphia Watercolor Club. She has a special love for small "pochade" paintings of landscapes and still lives and maintains a blog about them entitled "A Passion for Small Paintings" Currently she is represented by Shop SCAD Gallery and the Hilton Head Art League as well as online at her website

One of our members is selected as the FEATURE ARTIST for a month at International Plein Air Painters WORLDWIDE Organization.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Colleague Plein Air Painters,

For years, I have personally heard rave reviews from many of you in person, via email, by phone and regular mail about Plein Air Magazine. Whether you were a subscriber or not, ever saw it or not, artists and galleries from everywhere were (and are still aware) of this most respected publication - and were saddened at its passing.

We now have a grand opportunity to let the publisher (who seeks our opinion and thoughts) offer our collective “voice”, and most of all of our support (or not) of bringing back Plein Air Magazine. Certainly there would be changes. Nevertheless, I remember the days of what I have always felt was our “Camelot” - when for the one bright shining moment, plein-air painting was put on the map in earnest.

The magazine promoted our plein-air heritage (which many of us never knew about), with features about masters of the past, present and future, along with artists getting out of their studios to discover painting on location for the first time. My personal observation was that the magazine had a direct and indirect impact on the plethora of professional and local groups rising up around the U.S. and the globe, collector education and more.

Please join me in this effort to MBRING BACK PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE.
I can only reach the contacts I have here on FaceBook. But you can expand that reach on behalf of us all. Please pass the word about this group.

Together we could spark anew, the fervor, quality and advancement of plein-air painting in all media and genre for generations to come.

L. Diane Johnson

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Painting the Figure en Plein Air in Cortona Italy June 27-July 4 2009 - special discount

Ciao! Toscana Americana is offering $200 off of the workshop below up until January 31, 2009. This is to celebrate the inauguration.

Painting the Figure en Plein Air in Cortona Italy June 27-July 4 2009

*deadline for registration is February 28, 2009

For more information on Painting the Figure en Plein Air, please go to the link above. You will find the supply list as well as various price listings for accommodations and an itinerary.

Submitted by Kathy Busillo

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sense and Sensibility: The paintings of Patricia Woodley and Brandy Gale

Sense and Sensibility: The paintings of Patricia Woodley and Brandy Gale

Both artists explore the landscape from two different perspectives, Brandy Gale from a Plein Air (in the field) perspective and Patricia Woodley from a perspective of, "the internal landscape". Patricia Woodley is an emerging regional artist and Brandy Gale is an emerging artist who resides in Prince Edward County (Quinte's Isle.) (Neither one of them are aware of each others artistic practice.)

Dates: January 8 - February 1, 2009
Opening: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Helen & Arch Brown Centre for the Visual Arts
One Georgian Drive, Barrie, Ontario, Canada L4M 3X9

Monday, January 5, 2009

Plein Air Florida Workshop Feb 21-22, 2009

Plein Air Painting workshop Longboat Key/Sarasota area

Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture focusing on bold composition with underpainting.
You will learn to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss Color relationships, detail, form and edges
Put the brakes on and learn to 'bake the cake' before you apply the frosting (accents)

Participants should be able to start a second painting for the afternoon session so it is suggested to work no larger than 12x16

Supervised painting until 4 pm each day

This workshop is focused on making you a faster and better painter, capturing the essence of the landscape

Workshop is from 10:00 - 4:00 pm
2 day Workshop Cost pp is $250.00 US

Plein Air painting TIP

With plein air painting, I often see artists confused about what to focus on outdoors. Some truly don't know where to begin painting something in front of them. What plein air painting is about, is relating
your feelings about the scene, and not about copying nature.
I have seen artists walk around endlessly looking for subject.

A much more dramatic way to paint is to look for 'light'.

Subject is secondary for me. An ordinary object in a wondrous light becomes extraordinary !

And when you have excitement starting your painting, you can more easily carry that through to the finished piece, instead of deciding at the finishing what you can do to make the painting
more exciting.

Is your painting missing something but you can't put your finger on it ?

It probably wasn't there to begin with...

Go for the drama !

J.R. Baldini workshops HERE
or call us at
1 800 393-7270
IPAP Executive Director

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Plein Air Painter - IPAP Feature Artist Lori Putnam

click any image to enlarge - see FEATURE PAGE HERE
Artist's Statement

“Like a candid snapshot, I strive to record my first impression, to capture a moment in time or everyday life. I express the effects of light and atmosphere, translated so that viewers can experience the beauty in something seemingly ordinary – something they may never have seen in that way before.”
—Lori Putnam