Traveling with Art Cocoons by Suzanne G. Morris, ASMA, PAPNM

morris-photos-verticalI love using Art Cocoon wet painting carriers. They are lightweight, easy to carry, and one size carrier will work on many size panels, eliminating the need to pack multiple carriers for a plein air outing. Since we have to carry our gear on our backs, these are all important advantages to consider when choosing your equipment. I like the fact that the panels are encased in the Cocoon allowing me to easily paint all the way to the edge of the panel.

When I am traveling to paint, weight of my gear becomes even more of a consideration than ever. For my recent trip to Cuba with Eric Rhoads and Plein Air magazine we had a 44 pound weight limit. For this trip, I packed linen canvas cut to one 11×14 size in an Art Cocoon carrier and a roll of masking tape, cutting the weight down to a couple of pounds. On location, I chose my size and simply marked off the canvas accordingly. I used a quick drying medium so all of my studies were dry by the end of the week and packed neatly into the Art Cocoons for my return flight.

I have multiple plein air set ups, but my favorite is my Soltek easel for it’s compact size and ease of set up. I can have it up and ready to paint while others are still unpacking the components of their set up. The one big disadvantage I have found is that when conditions don’t allow me to use an umbrella, it is very difficult to keep both my painting and my palette in shade. I discovered a quick easy way to fix this problem. With the easel set up against the light, I attach the top panel of my Art Cocoon to the easel with a bungee cord just above the box part of the easel. This keeps my palette in shade.

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“At the Pass” by Suzanne Morris

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The two small studies are of one of my favorite places to paint…I love rivers, lakes, and marshes…the shapes are amazing. I also love painting reflections on the water… the colors and the abstract nature of the shapes is so interesting.

at-the-pass-finshedThe finished painting. “At the Pass”, will be in the Laguna Plein Air Painters Show ” Less is More”. The show is at the Forest and Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA, March 7- April 3.

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Introducing Suzanne G. Morris, ASMA, PAPNM

Artist’s Statement: “I have been painting for as long as I can remember.  Several years ago I was introduced to painting “alla prima” from the Italian meaning all at once. It employs painting “wet into wet” on the canvas. I am fascinated by the play of light and shadow.  It is the effect that light has on a subject that draws me to it… the cool morning light on the water, the colors deep in the long shadows of late afternoon, or the way reddish light at sunset seems to warm everything it touches. Any one of these effects can transform an ordinary subject into an extraordinary one.  It is the joy I feel when I come across one of these special moments that I try to capture on my canvases. This is accomplished by adherence to light and shadow patterns, the use of vivid descriptive color, and bold expressive brushwork.

My love of the water is reflected in my subject matter.  My palette is inspired by my passion for life.  Being an artist is a privilege.  It is about being in a special place and developing the means to express how I feel about that place.  If I do everything just right, I get to share a piece of the magic I feel with those who view my work.

Click here to read more about Suzanne…

Fresh Paint! Check out this week’s plein-air contest entries.

1 in 37!  These are great odds!  Every vote counts.  Don’t forget to share so all your fans can vote for you.  Or share to get NEW fans, who can then vote for you.  We’ll be sharing and pinning our hearts out over here.

The picture with the most votes will win both sizes of our Traveler Gift Packs.  These packs  are so useful for plein air painting.  Tape the included canvas in and you are ready to paint.  When you are done, stick on the bump its for extra air in front of your painting and pop the lid on.  Two of our heavy-duty black rubber bands and a clear plastic zip bag are included to make sure nothing happens on the way home.  If/when you sell off your easel, your client can get their new treasure home with confidence.

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Traveler Two Christmas Pack

The photo with the most votes by December 15th also wins this paintbrush holder. It’s hand-turned Mahogony made by West Canaan Art.

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Go see our newest entries or enter yourself:

Sand and Surf

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Beach Buddies

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An Afternoon Stop

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aka the old chicken coop

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Light before the Storm

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Clouds sweeping across the High Plains

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Painting up river.

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Creation

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Yield

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Archway at Halifax Estates

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Brandywine Light

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More Plein Air Photo Contest Entries! Don’t Forget To Vote and Share.

We have received many lovely paintings and fun shots on location!  Please take a minute and vote. Then share, so like minded people can vote too!

The picture with the most votes will win both sizes of our Traveler Gift Packs.  These packs  are so useful for plein air painting.  Tape the included canvas in and you are ready to paint.  When you are done, stick on the bump its for extra air in front of your painting and pop the lid on.  Two of our heavy-duty black rubber bands and a clear plastic zip bag are included to make sure nothing happens on the way home.  If/when you sell off your easel, your client can get their new treasure home with confidence.

Traveler One Christmas PackTraveler One Gift Pack

Traveler Two Christmas Pack Traveler Two Gift Pack

The photo with the most votes by December 15th also wins this paintbrush holder. It’s hand-turned Mahogony made by West Canaan Art.

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Go see our newest entries or enter yourself:

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Brad Holt’s Plein Air Blog

If you haven’t had a chance to follow Brad Holt’s wonderful blog, now’s your chance.  His recent post is on painting in the Sedona Plein Air Invitational.

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He won a few awards, including  the 2016 Image Award, from the Sedona Arts Center. for his painting of Cathedral Butte, shown above. He also sold enough paintings to make the trip well worth his while.  Congratulations, Brad!Brad Holt

Plein Air Painting Know How: “Outdoor Study to Studio”

My copy of “Outdoor Study to Studio” is here and it’s a good read.  I love to paint out, but rarely know what to do with a piece when I get it back into the studio.  After reading Micheal’s Chesley Johnson‘s new book, I’m eager to pull out a few old color studies and my photos and get to work. Get your copy here.

 

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Introducing Featured Artist Victoria Castillo

Artist’s Statement:
“I am a figurative painter. I like the poetry of the human form in light-infused settings.  Sometimes I paint women in bright, sunlit gardens to catch the sparkling light off the planes of their faces and collar bones. Other times I work in cool, quiet interiors where the light is soft and envelopes the model.The marvelous thing about paint is that it can be used to create the illusion of the natural world, while at the same time being obviously paint, with abstract and beautiful qualities all its own.  I never want my paintings to go too far in one direction or the other (either too polished and “realistic” or too abstract) – the tension of that middle ground excites me. I want you to see the brushstrokes and gobs of paint when you get up close to one of my canvasses.Often I dress my models in antique silk kimonos and drop-waisted dresses from the 1920’s.  I use the clothing because it fits my personal aesthetic. I like art deco lines and shapes.  I choose colors and patterns that bounce light and allow me to “riff” (like a jazz artist) with my brushwork, creating beautiful abstract patterns.

The women in my paintings are strong, they are not merely decoration as found in many impressionist paintings of the last century (though they may be dressed in similar clothes). My women own their space. They are in the garden, playing the piano or at the dining table because it gives them pleasure.  They inhabit an inner world that I hint at in each painting.”

Click here to read more about Victoria…


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