Dear Artist and Plein Eire member,
I would like to wish you a very happy New Year.
Whether your goal is to produce a plein air painting every week, to improve a specific skill like colour or drawing or to attend a painting course, now is the time to begin. Perhaps you plan to take a painting holiday, apply for a residency, treat yourself to some new piece of equipment, find a new gallery or simply make more painting sales, I hope 2014 is an inspirational 12 months for you.
Like all resolutions, it starts with a plan because, without one, usually you won't get far. My daughter with some of her best friends has a 'Resolution Club' . They get together in January over a meal and a glass of wine to write down what they hope to lose or gain or make come true over the year ahead and the message then goes into a sealed envelope. Then they open up last years' wish-list. It is full of fun and banter and it works for them.
I've already begun tidying and clearing out my workspace. There’s a fairly impressive stack of painting panels, freshly primed and I'm earmarking a couple of painting trips in a 2014 year-planner. If you haven't already started to make 2014 your best year, now is your chance to think over what you need to do.
I hope you will post a reply to this '2014' forum about your specific goals which may give inspiration and encouragement to others. What do you hope to achieve in your art before the year is out? You can't be too specific. Vague aims never score a bullseye. We have over 700 members. Perhaps, what you have to propose for yourself will ring a bell with someone else or they with you if you are willing to share your thoughts.
In the meantime, here is a little inspiration from Marc Hanson, one of my favourite American outdoor painters. He is challenging himself to produce 4 paintings per day for the month of February. That is 112 paintings, rain or shine. You can see his video on the project here: Marc Hanson February 2014 and read his blog: 'Painting My Way through Life'.
By the way, as you may have noticed, Plein Eire website has a bit of spit and polish – well overdue, I might add. I hope you like the new look.
Don't forget you can change the look of your personal page, add your bio and any other website address you may have and raise your scrolling images nearer to the top of the page. Details here
Love the new look!
I really appreciate having company to paint with. I'm happy to go out on my own, but knowing there is a group you can hook up with if you want is really great. So is the instant acceptance and the fun and the friendliness.
I think that Karen's trip to near Berlin sounds good. I'd like to go if I can.
And of course I'll be at AITO again.
Happy New Year everyone!
Thats Sonja isn't it? - I mean in the Header that is.
A "Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!" (Happy newyear) to everyone.
For me I'm planning, together with a fellow artist (Jan Baggen) to start a new pleinair group here in Holland (again).
We painted several times together on wednesdays and it seems he's as commited as I am to it.
There use to be an pleinair group in this area called "Pictura Veluvensis" but they quite in 1935.
But anyhow we've got inspired by their name and already started a FB group called "Pictura Gelria."
You should know Gelria is the area (Gelderland) where we both live, like the Wexford county so to speak.
Veluvensis is just besides it, even a part of it to be presice.
So there you have it, a new pleinair group online, facebook and for real, ... Pictura Gelria
Let's find out where this is leading.
Link Jan Baggen: http://www.janbaggen.nl/
Link FB group: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/187689514763060/
Link Pictura Veluvensis: http://www.museumveluwezoom.nl/
And for everyone a Happy New Painting year in good health.
Do not know if I'm in that picture Rene, but it looks a lot like me
I'm very curious..... :-)
Hi Sonja and Rene,
Kind of, yes. But it looks as though you've borrowed Rene's cap. Be sure and give it back next time you see him, won't you? Delighted to have you for our Plein Eire poster girl.
Just an idea...How about you and Rene setting up a Dutch Plein Air Group here on Plein Eire for 2014? You can make all the settings in Dutch, too. I know there are many committed outdoor painters and there's only so much you can do on Facebook. Let us know what you are doing and where you will be painting next and what painting events are coming up.
Thanks for the links, Rene.
PS. I drew the cap...
Not a bad idea Tony, I'll put it through to Jan next Tuesday. we had a simular group on the Plein Air Artsts from Don,
The Dutch Plein Air Painters, but I do't want to travel all over the country to discover that nobody is interested. It's really a treat to see that Jan is so committed, but we are both a little careful not to give it to much, ... I'll keep you informed!
Anyone else want to share plans for his/her art practice in 2014?
'No time like the present'!
Even in a busy day my aim is to make a small art work - painting or drawing at least one a day. I am a teacher so spend a lot of time indoors, but even a glimpse through a window is enough to create a drawing.
Wishing you all health, happiness and some good craic for 2014 - thanks Plein Eire for this platform to meet and share artwork.
Best wishes Nicki Heenan
My plan is to just get out and go - starting today in the Botanic Gardens.
Beautiful weather. I'm wrapped up so well that I'm wearing two pairs of trousers - and I go and paint in a glasshouse - couldn't resist it.
I offered passing children a paintbrush and invited them to make their mark anywhere on my canvas. At one point there was a queue. And the parents loved it too.
No big plans or resolutions - just to continue learning as much as I can and try to get to Wexford this year - love the new look to the site
I am committed to the second year of a Diploma in European Art History until May so the practical side of painting is temporarily in abeyance. However, I am looking forward to renewed effort mid 2014. Aithbliain faoi mhaise duit.