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Another Sweet Chance to Win an Art Cocoon

Pleir air artists, get ready to win these useful wet panel carriers! They protect your painting and everything around it. Our 2017 Summer Plein Air Contest will run from June 15th to July 15th.  You can enter up to three paintings for a chance to win one. Winners are determined by popular vote.  I painted this strawberry field last week during  our annual visit to Whittaker’s Berry Farm in Ida, Michigan.  Even with my two year old twins along, I had was able to finish a quick study and we picked ten pounds of berries.  My oldest daughter and her friend were very helpful, and so was my Art Cocoon.  I taped in my canvas panel when I loaded up my kit in the car.  I used a table top easel and sat on the straw right next to the berries.  They smelled lovely and the weather was absolute perfection.  The kids had fun picking (and eating) strawberries and fell fast asleep on ride home.
I didn’t unpack my kit when we arrived home, because I was wiped out after unloading the littles and the berries.  Around two am, I woke up and started worrying that I might have loaded the art cocoon in the car with the painting facing down.  I ran out to check and sure enough I had. However, my masking tape held up so my painting was still intact. I put the lid back on, banded it securely in place and set it painting side down in my studio. Then I went right back to sleep.

 

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.

Traveler One Christmas PackTraveler One Gift Pack

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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2 large_dabf1ffac2d5b2eb5c9f6324cf5ffec4A Roadside Moment

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We’d like you to meet Jeremy Sams

Art Cocoon presents… from the woodland waters of North Carolina…
20 time plein air award winner…featured plein air artist… Jeremy Sams!!!
As a representational artist who works in acrylics, my primary goal is to capture on canvas the wonder and awe of God’s creation along with the scene’s emotional impact. In order to achieve this, it is of utmost importance for me to spend time studying and painting the particular scene on location, en plein air: to experience the sounds, the smells, the cool breeze or the humid air, and the movements of wind and shadows. All of these elements play a role in the emotional reaction we may have to a particular place.
Click here to read more…
“Finding Shelter”, 24″ x 30″ acrylic
This is a studio painting painted from a plein air painting that took 2nd place in the Burnsville Plein Air Competition this past May in Burnsville, NC. It’s a view looking up toward Celo Mountain during a typical summer storm. It has never failed to rain on me while painting in this area.
“Through the Woods at Renolda”, 10″ x 8″ acrylic
Reynolda Village in Winston Salem, NC is a favorite spot of mine in the spring and early summer. This day was spent studying the effects of light on the tree and path with the boat house through the trees.

Offering Plein Air Artists a Low-Cost Alternative to Framing

Women Artists of the WestThe above Facebook post was made as a thank you for our donation of  art cocoons (complete with extravagantly staged photo of awesome rooster painting!).  In their follow up comment, Women Artists of the West makes a valid point about frames being one of their biggest expenses.

There are ways to avoid the high cost.  There are yard sale frames, second hand store frames, clearance section frames and discount store frames.  All of these involve time shopping for deals;  as well as any time/materials spent cleaning, touching up or completely restoring bargain frames. Some artists choose not to frame because their art sells right off the easel in an Art Cocoon.

Art Cocoons offer professionals a way to display artwork before a sale and to protect it after. Our sturdy cardboard carriers last for years. Paint right in them, all the way to the edge of your canvas panel! Display your paintings without removing them from their carriers and send them safely off to their new homes.  The price point drops significantly when you purchase lots of three or six.

Here’s the cost breakdown:

Traveler One (fits canvas panel sizes 4″x6″ – 5″x7″ – 6″x8″ – 8″x10″)
1 – $17.00
3 Pack – $11.65 each
6 Pack – $9.15 each

Traveler Two (fits canvas panel sizes 8″x10″ – 9″x12″ – 11″x14″)
1 – $19.00
3 Pack – $13.31 each
6 Pack – $10.83 each

Art Cocoons in Action

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Gloria Chadwick, having fun painting Longhorns at Del Mar Fair.

“What a bonus it is to use the Art Cocoon while painting in a tourist setting. I have sent my paintings off to their new homes in the secure cocoon much to the relief of the traveller. I believe the carrier made the difference on whether or not a sale took place. “