Good luck to our first ten entries! If it were the 31st today, every entry would get a prize. Enter and/or vote anytime in October. You can vote once per entry and there is no login or registration required to vote. Share your favorites on Facebook and Pinterest.
Blue Ridge Fog – Rhonda Care
Back Paddock Sunrise – GumboBen
Beach Walk – mary pat byrne
Reflections on the water… – Lorand Sipos
Marblehead Lighthouse – Mary Ann Clady
Adoration in Autumn – Caroline Karp
Barker Lake Color – bzgriff53
’22 Goes to Work, oil, 12×12 – Rose S. Kennedy
Ladder Creek Falls, Study – Karen Bakke
Kiki’s Home Place – Gary Baughman
What a great contest! What talent and dedication it took to produce these beautiful paintings! Personally, I wish I had the money to make them all mine. What we do have are some sturdy, useful carriers that will lighten the load and protect that beautiful work in the field.
Thank you to all who entered! Congratulations to the winners! Check your email for the information we need to send out your prizes.
Our Fall 2016 Plein Air Contest will run through the month of October. Please like and follow our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/myartcocoon for more updates and plein air community posts.
“Sea View” Lisa Mozzini-McDill
The 10 artists who would each win an art cocoon if the contest ended today! But it doesn’t! There is still time to enter and vote! You can vote once per entry and there is no login or registration required to vote. Share your favorites on Facebook and Pinterest to support plein air artists.
Garden by the Sheepscot River by Corinne McIntyre
Three kayaks. 10″ x 12″ by Perry Austin
Cape Cod morning fog in… by Catherine Bergson
Lake Garda, Italy by Carol Griffin
Plein Air Easton 2 hr… by tara will
River Rock by PRESTON KING
Boat Launch City Park Baton… by CB Hume
Wilson’s Vineyard, 8×10 oil… by Annie Strack
Slumbering Souls Meadow -…by Robert Backmann
Grand skyby Kirk T Larsen
Lakeside Afternoon by Christopher Leeper
Five lovely new Plein Air Paintings to vote for!
Southern Drama by Ed Cahill
Mission Trails Gold & Gray by Robert Matheson
River Strole by Tamera Menard Ovall
Summer Holiday by Susan Ballou
Blue Heron by Mary Manning
I 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.
||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.
A drama-free week of painting at Acadia National Park in Maine! We here at Art Cocoon are happy to sponsor Fall Color Week. We can’t wait to see the paintings made. Hope everyone has a blast!