Many artists paint from photographs, their computer monitor, and an assortment of other reference materials. Myself as well. However, painting outdoors on occasion, has helped me immeasurably when using photos as reference while working in my studio. The experience gained has helped me to better interpret what the camera distorts and misrepresents. A good example is shadows. The shadows and darks in a landscape most often reproduce as dark masses, lifeless in color. Your outdoor experience teaches you to understand the subtle value and color variations that you can now incorporate into your work.
Get out there, paint from life. You don’t have to invest, in all the paraphernalia related to plein air painting (French for “in the open air”). Just take a minute to look around your own back yard. Paint a tree, your fence, set up a still life in a sunny spot. You can make a painting from almost anything.
Have fun with this, don’t expect a masterpiece. Consider this an exercise to enhance your results in the studio. Do this, and it will change the way you look at photographs!
My finished painting will be on display at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery for the month of February. I welcome your comments and thoughts, If you decide to give this a try, send me your image for my feedback. Email to Fifthavenueartgallery@gmail.com, attn: Bill
Go to: Bill’s page for more about his background and to view a sampling of his artwork.
Friday, June 6th
One of our former own, Paul Davis, an award winning artist from Vero Beach is back! The front gallery will be hosting Paul’s show entitled “Above Water”. Paul is internationally collected and sought after, with images pertaining mainly to the sea and boats and even the best inflatable paddle boards sometimes. No one captures the mood and ambiance better than Paul.
Mark your calendar and make sure you stop by during the month to see these new paintings. Come to the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery on June 6th from 5:30 to 8:30 and meet Paul.
“Travels”:A Solo Exhibit of Landscapes from America and Abroad by Jini James
Conch Key by Jini James
April 1—April 28, 2013
Gallery member artist Jini James is exhibiting in a solo show for the month of April. James has created all new works in oil from her “endless list” of visual inspirations from the Chesapeake Bay, the American Southwest, Central America, Paris, and Iceland. Her first painting trip was to Honduras, loaded down with a heavy French easel and at least 30 tubes of oils, plus canvases. “The exploration of Mayan ruins in Copan, Central America was a life-changing experience,”says James. “Through art, I realized how cultures survive. It was the artists who recorded Mayan history in stone. I also learned that with each subsequent trip, I packed lighter and lighter until watercolors and mini sketchbooks took the place of the oils, canvases, and an easel. “My watercolor studies, along with photographs, translated into oil paintings when I returned to my studio,” says James.
In her artistic endeavors and travels, James has received numerous awards and signature memberships in the art world. Her training began in her teens when she studied privately with a well known New York Illustrator and progressed to study at Moore College of Art and The Pennsylvania Academy. Her passion for life long learning includes workshops, “for that once or twice a year tune-up”. “I am a believer in craftsmanship and preserving reality while allowing the viewer to see the painterly strokes that are laid into the piece. These are story paintings.”
The Gallery desk will be distributing free raffle tickets, one per person, from April 5 until April 13 for this lovely painting by Jini. You must be present at the Second Saturday Art Talk to win.
SECOND SATURDAY ART TALK
James will also discuss her work at the gallery’s Second Saturday Art Talk on April 13 at 2 p.m. Thoughts about painting on site as well as creating a good composition will be discussed along with a painting demonstration. Arrive early as seating is limited.
Saturday, February 9th 2:00
Exhibiting artist Larry Moore will make a guest appearance at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery on Saturday, February 9 at 2 pm to talk about his oil paintings and give a demonstration. Please join us to learn about composition, color mixing, and his travels. An active member of the Plein Air Painters of America, Larry will also talk about traveling with paints, canvas, and brushes.
A national award-winning artist, his works are widely collected and exhibited throughout the United States in private collections and museums such as the Orlando Museum of Art, Laguna Museum of Art, Naples Museum of Art, and the Tallahassee Museum.
Free and open to the public. Arrive early as space is limited. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located at 1470 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Artists District (EGAD) of Melbourne. Phone number is (321) 259-8261.