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PleinAir Magazine October - November 2014

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in this issue

4 min.
now recruiting for the pleinairforce™

I recently visited a home owned by a man who is a billionaire and a highly influential person in American politics and banking. We enjoyed a casual conversation about life and business that segued into a discussion of art. He owns a substantial art collection, one that is primarily focused on Old Master paintings and drawings, with one contemporary piece by David Hockney. During our meeting, I gave him copies of my two art magazines, Fine Art Connoisseur and PleinAir. His response just about blew me off my chair. “What is plein air?” he asked. I didn’t expect that response from someone who travels the world in a private jet and has homes scattered across the globe. I tactfully explained that the term originated in France in a negative article about…

1 min.
16th annual laguna beach plein air painting invitational

OCTOBER 12-19, 2014 Connect with national and local Plein Air artists as they capture the beauty of Laguna Beach. Enjoy eight days of events including Paint-Outs, Quick Draw and Silent Auction, Plein Talk Art Discussions, Afternoon Collectors’ Soirée* and more. For details call 949-376-3635 or visit our website. * Tickets available online for Afternoon Collectors’ Soirée, all other events free to the general public. www.lagunapleinair.org A special thank you to our supporters: Charles N. Mathewson Foundation Lisa Argyros/Argyros Family Foundation Sea Wind Properties The PADMA Group City of Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation The Ranch at Laguna Beach The Irvine Museum Plein Air Magazine Laguna Board of Realtors Returning Home Foundation National Charity League Distinguished Guest Artists Invited Artists RAY ROBERTS JEFF SEWELL RANDALL SEXTON JOHN BRANDON SILLS MICHAEL SITU W. JASON SITU BRYAN MARK TAYLOR…

2 min.
avoiding failure

While in the midst of developing a painting, we sometimes feel we are on the brink of failure. That’s usually because the unfinished painting is a jumble of fragmented brushstrokes we fear may not come together as we hope, or because we are so entranced by the painting process we’re no longer conscious of our original intentions. Having experienced that state of uncertainty before, we know to persevere in the hope that everything will look better in the end. And if the painting does fail, we can always scrape off the paint and salvage the panel, or we can save the “dog” to remind us what not to do the next time. The artists featured in this issue have advice that may help us avoid failure, or at least alert us…

1 min.
charles webster hawthorne (1872-1930)

The founder of the Cape Cod School of Art, Charles Webster Hawthorne taught his students to paint color relationships rather than using color as decoration applied over forms. “Painting is just getting one spot of color in relation to another spot.... Let color make form, do not make form and Color it,” he wrote in his influential book, On Painting, which was compiled from Hawthorne’s notes by his wife (Dover Art Instruction). One of the exercises Hawthorne used to teach the importance of color relationships was to have students paint portraits of models posed on the beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts. One of Hawthorne’s best students, Henry Hensche (1899-1992), became his assistant and eventually took over the school. Hensche continued to have students painting in the warm, direct sunlight along the beach.…

4 min.
painting buildings & cityscapes

As part of our series of special reports on plein air subject matter, we highlight paintings that include buildings as focal points. Some of these focal points are rural barns and houses, others are urban edifices and thoroughfares. They challenged the artists to put the buildings into accurate perspective, enrich the otherwise dull colors, and convey their reasons for making these particular structures important in their paintings. The process of creating these paintings also required some of the artists to contend with crowds of onlookers, traffic patterns, curious animals, or limited working space. This survey also includes paintings that have recently won in the Buildings category of the bimonthly PleinAir Salon competition (www.pleinairsalon.com). Robin Weiss “While it is true that buildings are often gray or neutral to the eye, artists can search…

6 min.
“on-the-spotters” outdoor paintings

ARTIST DATA NAME: Len Chmiel BIRTHDATE: 1942 LOCATION: Hotchkiss, CO INFLUENCES: “Gustav Klimt, Andrew Wyeth, Tom Thompson.” WEBSITE: www.lenchmiel.com For artists who are as unpretentious as Len Chmiel, the idea of labeling their creative process with a French term like plein air seems silly. It would be better to simply call it what it is — painting what he sees and understands at a chosen location — or what Chmiel calls “on-the-spotters.” And the act of creating a painting outdoors should also be as direct and simple as Chmiel’s term implies. There’s no need for an excessive number of paint tubes, specially formulated mediums, or elaborate compositional plans. Chmiel will be talking about his efficient painting process during the Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey, California, from April 13-17, 2015 (www.pleinairconvention.com). If you are fortunate enough…