Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer Painting Ideas

Pierre Auguste Renoir's painting of Claude Monet painting his garden

A couple updates to casual paint-outs you should know about:  Sue Davis's planned paint-out for June has been rescheduled tentatively to July due to pesky cedar mites near her home (aargh!).  Sue tells us the heat kills them off and they should be gone by mid-to-late July.  Also, Bob Dalegowski has a June 14 paint-out planned jointly with Northern Arizona Watercolor Society members.  Check the APAP website for more details coming soon.
Here's a neat opportunity for you and your paint-out partners: PleinAir Magazine is looking for plein air paintings of painters painting plein air for its "Painter Painting" feature on the last page of each magazine!  Yep.  Paint a plein air piece, and include another artist in the act of painting outdoors, then send a high-resolution .jpg of your artwork as an attachment to an email providing the title, size, medium, year, and artists involved to: steve@pleinairmagazine.com .

If you weren't among the lucky folks who made the trip to New Mexico in May to the joint paint-out with Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, take a look at APAP's Events page, and scroll down a bit.  Founding Member Jane Newman was kind enough to send a few photos from her trip that we posted as a slideshow: http://www.arizonapleinairpainters.com/ .

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Call For Arizona Artists

The Open Air Invitational at Yavapai College
Hosted by the Perceptual Artists Society and the Friends of Verde Arts

Definitive Plein Air

Definitive Plein Air is outdoor painting from direct-study. It is a creative process that uses no secondary references, such as memory, photographs, reproductions, projections, camera displays, or electronic displays of any kind, including the otherwise 'historically traditional' uses of a camera obscura or camera lucida, and all compositional work is begun and completed by the artist at the point-of-view, via eye-to-subject-to-canvas interpretive study. Such works may be created by either alla prima [all at once] method, or through recursive study - multiple visits to the point-of-view over two or more days.
The Perceptual Artists Society and the Open Air InvitationalThe Perceptual Artists’ Society (PAS) promotes the role of perceptual painting and sculpture, and maintains that direct study and perceptual work will continue to underscore and have direct relevance to contemporary art and its continued development. Membership is open to all artists who work from life, whose visual source of inspiration is based on the act of looking, and who understand the enduring role of perceptual art.

To emphasize the role of perceptual painting as integral to the concept of plein-air landscape painting, the PAS will hold its first plein air event: a biennial Open Air Invitational in 2011. The purpose of the Invitational is to demonstrate and exhibit some of the best examples of Definitive Plein Air works. In other words, we want to support and celebrate the artists in our midst who work with earnest determination to see and paint with their own eyes and hands, the outdoor subject in its natural, uncompromised, state of being.

The event will give ten professional and ten student painters almost three months to complete five landscapes, worked exclusively from life with no reference to secondary source material, with at least one of the works completed in Yavapai County, Arizona. A private viewing and awards ceremony will be held on October 6, 2011, in the Verde Gallery on the Verde Valley Campus of Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Arizona, and the exhibition will be open to the public from October 7 – November 6, 2011. A first prize of $1500 will be awarded, with more awards to be announced.

Applications and more information: http://www.clivepates.com/

Monday, May 16, 2011

Way Out West Fun For Artists & Collectors

Last chance to register for APAP's joint paint-out with Plein Air Painters of New Mexico May 20-22 (yes, you can bring guests!). More information on registering for this outing may be downloaded in .pdf format from the APAP website's Show, Paint-Out and Event Calendar page. Start here: http://www.arizonapleinairpainters.com/, and find the links to this page on the left-hand side. Events are listed in chronological order. If you have a paint-out or event scheduled, please let Sandy Farley know right away. Email her at farleystudios@cox.net.

Marla Smith's "Livin' the Good Life"

Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery in Prescott is featuring our own APAP artist Marla Smith in a show that begins June 1 and runs through July 14, 2011. Marla and sculptor Diana Simpson share the spotlight in this celebration of western art.

Marla has a deep and lasting love of the great American West. She was born in Prescott, Arizona and has the good fortune of experiencing ranch life. "There is no greater joy than a glorious southwest sunset or a hushed and peaceful sunrise."
Come see the work of these two exciting artists at Mountain Artists Gallery, 228 N Alarcon St., Prescott. Check Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery site at MountainArtistsGuild.org for more information and plan to attend a special Meet the Artists Reception Friday, June 24.

While you're making plans for the Memorial Day weekend, don't forget to pencil in the 37th Annual Western Art Show and Sale, May 28-30, sponsored by the Phippen Museum in Prescott. Several APAP members will have booths at the Courthouse Plaza, and admission is free.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Flagstaff Arboretum Paint-Out June 26-27, 2011

Flagstaff Arboretum, from their site http://thearb.org

The Third Annual Flagstaff Arboretum Paint-Out is scheduled this summer for Sunday, June 26, 9 am to 5 pm, and Monday, June 27 from 9 am to noon. Attendance is limited to twenty APAP members, who may reserve a spot in this event by contacting Dawn Sutherland at artbydawn@mac.com as soon as possible.

This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase and sell your works in the Arboretum's lobby after the paint-out during the following month. The Arboretum gets 30%, and since it's not a judged contest, there are no entry fees. Hard to beat!

Paintings must be framed and ready to hang after the paint-out.

The Arboretum is located about four miles down Woody Mountain Road, off Route 66. Learn more about the Flagstaff Arboretum by visiting their website at http://thearb.org/.

For more information on the paint out, please contact Dawn Sutherland at artbydawn@mac.com .

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Feature: APAP Member of the Month

Saguaros are blooming! So are prickly pears and other low desert cacti. Now's the time to grab your plein air gear and get out there before it gets too hot!

Get to know APAP members by checking our website's new feature: Member of the Month. For May, we spotlight Scott Brems, a Phoenix artist whose painting, "Lookout Above The Chiricahuas" won Best of Show in April's APAP Annual Members Juried Show.

Each month, members may submit their bios, a photo of themselves and one painting to be drawn at random the following month for Arizona Plein Air Painters' Member of the Month. Members whose entries are selected will be the focus of a special web page that includes contact information for potential buyers.

If you're an APAP member in good standing, please send your information and .jpg's to: farleystudios (at) cox.net to enter next month's Member of the Month drawing. Right now, you can take a look at Brems' information on our website, http://www.arizonapleinairpainters.com/ , and we hope you enjoy a great week.