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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Painting on location in Melrose Bay Gallery's Open Air Arts was a blast!

Bygone Days- Original Plein Air Oil Painting, 8"x10", Tina Corbett Copyright 2015

Crooked Palm- Original Plein Air Oil Painting, 9"x12", Tina Corbett Copyright 2015

Little Church in Melrose - Original Plein Air Oil Painting, 6"x6", Tina Corbett Copyright 2015


Two Cats at Rest - Original Plein Air Oil Painting, 11"x14", Tina Corbett Copyright 2015
It was 8 days of painting, almost every day, in the beautiful town of Melrose, Fl.  Traveling 45 minutes from my home was a bit of a trip but worth every minute.  The weather certainly cooperated and it was perfect. The first location was where I painted "She Guards the Gate". The street was breathtaking. This gate was in front a huge house and property that was very meticulously taken care of. The sun just hit the flag and gate magically I had to paint it. While I was painting little tiny flowers kept falling off the surrounding trees and into my painting palette.

 
 
The week before the public painting days on Sat. & Sun., we painted either on our own or on the properties of people in the area who graciously hosted us. "Bygone Days" is where I painted at in Keystone where a fellow artist's lives on a little bay called Brooklyn Bay. Who knew there was a bay in Florida called Brooklyn after my childhood home?  I painted another painting of Brooklyn Bay, 6"x6", not pictured here, but on sale at The Melrose Bay Art Gallery thru April 26.
 
Two Cats at Rest, was painted on a grand day. A property owner offered his place to us on the Melrose Bay called "Singing Fishes". Driving thru the place there is a big cute sign saying that and by the water are three singing fishes statues. The view of the bay was amazing and he had the two catamaran's there just begging to be painted.
 
All of us, participating artists, cumulated all our hard work at the reception, last Saturday, at the gallery and many sales were made to happy art patrons who enjoyed good food and great art.  The show runs until April 26, and is open for Melrose's Artwalk, Friday, April 3. The gallery is located at 103 SR 26, Melrose, FL. South side of SR 26; West of SR 21, Phone: (352) 475-3866, Hours Sat.10 am - 6 pm, Sun.1-5 pm.
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Look at whats going on in the Month of March!



This years festival is going to be bigger and better than ever. There will be great music and an amazing sand sculpture by Florida's Gulf Coast, Mark Flynn along with a huge kids zone so bring them along.

Friday Evening - March 6, 6 - 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, 10am - 5pm
at the Tioga Town Center Newberry, FL

On the south side of Newberry Road, west of I-75, west of Gainesville.







This is my favorite event all year. I have so much fun. I love painting in such a beautiful location and hanging with my artists friends. I also enjoy interacting with the public. Besides the waters of Melrose Bay are just breathtaking and the historic homes are lovely so it is an all around win win for me.

Be sure to come on out and enjoy the fun public days, March 14 & 15 of the Open Air Arts Plein Air Paintout. See art demos, be the first to purchase art directly from artists who are doing the Quick Draw, (which I will do too,) or at Melrose Bay Art Gallery's Art Reception March 21, 6 - 9 pm. Get the first choice sales at the Art Patron's Purchase Award Reception also on March 21, 4 - 6 pm. Purchase Awards can be bought directly from Melrose Bay Art Gallery or email me and I will get them for you. They come in $100 increments.

Over 30 artists will be participating in this fabulous event, including me! See you there!



Monday, August 25, 2014

The progression towards the Fall Art Festival Season

Starting on Poe Springs
 
Progress on Poe Springs
       This year will be my biggest season ever, this fall with 3 paint outs, 2 maybe 3 art festivals and in the spring, possibly 3 art festivals. I will be posting my fall schedule soon. With all this, I am painting as much as I can with our plein air Fridays with Gainesville Fine Arts Plein Air group, miniature pics and bigger studio pieces.  These following pics are two of the larger pieces that I will use for showcase paintings at the festivals starting with Thornebrook Art Festival on Oct. 4-5 in Gainesville's Thornbrook Village on 43 St.
      The first one is not completed but I work at the High Springs Art Coop and will hopefully finish it, this Thursday. This summer, I went scouting good painting spots in Poe Springs, a beautiful state park just outside the city of High Springs.  I took the photo quickly because the mosquitos were thick that day. I found this gorgeous scene at the end of the walking path to the area where you can swim and picnic. I will post the finished painting soon but you can see it's progression here.
       The next pic, I call "Approaching Rum Island" is completed and will actually be shown at The Autumn Fest Exhibition at the Suwannee River Regional Library, 1848 South Ohio Ave (Hwy 129), Live Oak, FL., Sept.  8-19. This show is put on by the Live Oak Artist Guild. I will have to  pic it up before the Thornebrook Art Festival to have it for sale at the  festival.
      This painting was fun to do since I took the reference photo while  we were coming around the bend of the Santa Fe River and into the  boat dock on Rum Island. My husband, daughter, son in law, my  fabulous granddaughters and I went kayaking down the river this  summer, renting kayaks from my friends at  Rum 138 Canoe &  Kayak rentals. You will always get a good deal and quality  experience from Doug and Merrilee, tell them I sent you!
      Rum Island is a beautiful park, off the Santa Fe River, a favorite  around here for swimmers, picnickers, painters and river enthusiasts.  It has a sketchy past from years ago when rough characters, maybe  river pirates, graced it's shores.

Working on Poe at the Art Coop
The Start of "Approaching Rum Island"
More progress on "Approaching Rum Island"


The completed "Approaching Rum Island"




And the night painting continues.......with a finished product.



 As I stated in a previous post,  Painting in the Dark - A new experience! my friends and I decided some time back to participate in the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Saturday night, called The Moonlight Walk and attempted to paint in the moonlight. What I discovered is you can start the painting in Plein Air but is is physically impossible to finish it once it gets dark! So here is the progress at dusk, at night and then the progress in the studio to a finish product.




Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Always willing to learn!

      One of my yearly goals that I have set for myself was to take two art workshops per year.  Each time I always try to take lessons from a different artist. I feel this helps me grow as a well rounded artist. Sometimes, I take a workshop for oil painting and other times it is in a totally foreign medium. This year I am getting out of my box and learning how to paint in watercolor. Linda Pence, a wonderful, eclectic artist in Gainesville, teaches watercolor and has studio time in 6 weeks intervals, once a week. You can see her schedule on her website lindapence.com. I did the first 6 weeks and I just signed up for another session.

     Watercolor is a totally different medium for me.  I have had to dig deep to not approach my painting like an oil painting.  It has been fun and challenging and I have met a whole new group of artist friends. Getting out of my creative box is always fun!


This very expressive pelican was from a photo I took in Cedar Key while visiting it with my cousin Denise.


These natural eggs I bought from my friend, Lu Ann who has a wonderful chicken farm was a real challenge with all those values.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Painting in the Dark - A new experience!

Patricia Veatch, me, and Karen LeMonnier

I had to use a chair as an easel because I forgot mine!

Karen and Patricia hard at work.
Saturday night proved to be a challenge and an exciting adventure for me and my friends. Fellow artists, Karen LeMonnier, Patricia Veatch and I were were invited to participate in an annual event at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Saturday night, called The Moonlight Walk.  Tim Malles, artist friend, organizer of The Hogtown Plein Air Painters Club, of which we are members of, invited us. Tim is also a member of the Alachua Astronomers Club who actually puts the event together. The group sets up several telescopes to observe the heavens and to educate the public to the wonders of astronomy, they set up several fun things to do. The gardens also had 1500 luminaries set up throughout to make things beautiful. The place soon became crowded with happy people waiting in anticipation for the skies to clear.

Another local artist and friend, Peter Senesac joined us and we were able to start painting at dusk. It soon became extremely dark.  Unfortunately, it was very cloudy so there was little moonlight to help give us highlights to paint in the dark and for the astronomers to see the planets and the stars.  The night was still fun with delicious strawberry shortcake for the artists made by Tim's wife, Joanne.  Karen's family also joined her and enjoyed the gardens and activities. When the night took over, I soon discovered that my headlight, meant to help me see to paint, became a lighthouse for the local bug population! So Patricia and I decided we would finish our paintings at home.  Fun was still had by all.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Getting addicted to Plein Air Painting!

Streamside at Morning Light sold at The Winter Fine Art Fair at Tioga.

Grazing at the Farm sold at the High Springs Art Coop.

Country Road sold at Boca Fest.
Every Friday has become a wonderful ritual.  In the past several months Gainesville Fine Arts Association has started a little group of Plein Air Painters spearheaded by a super lady and artist, my friend Patricia Veatch. She emails an invitation to many on her contact list and we all meet to paint. Each week is a different location all over Alachua County. We have had fun days on the Santa Fe River, painted a local horse farm in Jonesville, country roads in Alachua, The Thomas Center in Gainesville and many times at the beautiful Kanapaha Gardens.  I even have a yearly membership their now. I will keep you posted on all of our fun adventures.

It has really helped build my inventory for paintings so I can hang in many places now.  I am able to keep the High Springs Art Coop stocked with work and still have plenty of work for art festivals. In 2014 I have done Boca Fest in Boca Raton, The GFAA Winter Fine Art Fair in Tioga and last weekend's, Santa Fe College Spring Arts in Gainesville. For two of them it was my very first time doing them and each was a success for me, the best one ever was in Tioga.

I have lots of new stuff hanging at the High Springs Art Coop so if you get around to visiting High Springs check it out.  The town is springing with life these days. Many new cutie shops have opened!  Maybe it is time to rediscover High Springs especially since the weather is spectacular!