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Monday, October 28, 2013

Let the Festaval's Begin...

My Booth at Thornebrook

Fall is always so beautiful up here. It is just invigorating! The humidity has subsided and you just want to dance outside!  Two weeks ago was the Art Festival at Thornebrook in Gainesville and the weather and the art drew us all outside!

Thornebrook Festival was very nice and an ok festival the crowds were not as I had hoped on Saturday and I think it was because of the Gator Game that happened to be on TV. Sunday was a much better day for everyone.

The crowds at Mount Dora.
This past weekend I met my friends from South Florida for the Arts & Crafts Festival in Mount Dora. We had a delicious lunch and then glided through the intense crowd to find our own treasures. It was a great festival and I bought a birthday present at my friend Robin's cousin's cork art booth. Then I found this fabulous leaf plate for my fire place and a ceramic artist who had great stuff. Parking was tough though, because the town was packed. Robin's uncle lives in Mount Dora so I was able to park at his house so that made life a little easier.

Mount Dora is a lovely place with historic homes and amazing vistas with it's lakes.  I would really love to plein air paint there soon. Put that on my list of things for 2014.

The cool thing is I got accepted for the Mad Hatter's Art Festival next month in downtown Coconut Grove, November 16-17. More info to come soon!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Looking for a great Holiday gift - Check out the Summer House Gallery at Kanapaha Gardens in Gainesville

The Cobblestone Way

Stairway to Heaven I

Bridge of Dreams

Banana Trees at Kanapaha
Last month I participated in the Worldwide International Plein Air Paintout at Kanapaha Gardens in Gainesville. It was such a wonderful weekend.  I was priviledged to paint with so many artist friends and some of the work produced would blow you away.  All the paintings from the 16 different artists will be shown at the Summer House Gallery Exhibition until Jan. 6, 2014. Kanapaha Gardens is located at 4700 SW 58 Drive in Gainesville, west of I-75, off of Archer Road.

There is such a variety of wonderful painting available and they make wonderful Holiday gifts, why not check them out at the gardens.  Did you know that 40% of all the sales goes to keeping these beautiful gardens going? So you can buy a once in a life time gift and donate to a wonderful cause.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Info about Copyright's for Artists very important!

I just saw this on Facebook from my artist friend Esteban Barturen from Miami it is great information to protect your art.  An art marketing hangout called Xanadu Gallery posted this great video. It is something to think about how to protect our art with copyrights!.

It is hard because by nature we are not the best business savey individuals. As artists we don't think with that side of our brains.  So we are constantly having to work on being more organized and run our creative side like a business.  I am a constant work in progress!

Tale of Two Turtles 9"x 12" now on sale on my website Tina Corbett Fine Art

Friday, August 30, 2013

Morning Plein Air Painting at Dudley Farms with my buds!

Starting my painting.
Almost done.
Sue Ellen and Karen.

Craziness has set in with this pic!


Great day at Dudley Farm in Newberry with buds, Karen, Karen, and Sue Ellen. It was a gorgeous day and really wasn't excruciatingly hot until we left at noon. It is a picturesque place, with many magical places to pick for painting subjects.  Historic Dudley Farm is a state park and working farm located in the east part of the town of Newberry and west of Gainesville off of Newberry Road. They have a yearly art plein air paintout that attracts many artists and visitors and is a great fund raiser for the park.  When I first moved to this area I attended the paint out as a visitor and loved all the paintings the artist's were creating. It was my first experience seeing a Plein Air event. I was sold on how cool it was.
The gorgeous barn

Friday, August 23, 2013

Save the Dates!!! Sept. 13,14,& 15, 2013 Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

The Lily Pad Pond at Kanapaha is still available at the Newberry Firehouse Gallery

Some of the great bamboo growing at the gardens sold in Miami.

The time has come around again for the Worldwide International Paint Out and I will be participating for the second time with other artists at the beautiful Kanapaha Gardens in Gainesville. Here is some of the work I did last year.  It was my first Plein Air official event and I had a blast.  I sold two of the paintings from that event.  The other two are hanging at the Newberry Firehouse Art Gallery, in downtown Newberry, FL and the other is at my coop, High Springs Art Coop, on main street in High Springs. I am looking forward to doing it again.  Hopefully with all this rain the flowers will be in full bloom!
          The following info was taken from the garden's website
 "Local landscape artists will be gathering to create live paintings at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The 3 day event is part of the 11th Worldwide Artist Paint Out, sponsored by International Plein Air Painters, linking artists and locations all over the world and promoting art as a universal language that has no borders. The lush settings and vistas of Kanapaha Gardens will offer the artists an abundance of inspiration. The gardens have long been a muse for the local creative community, and hosted in 2002 one of the very first paint outs in Florida. Since then, these events have seen an explosion of popularity and patronage. Come join us! Witness the mysterious creative process as you stroll through the gardens from artist to artist. They will marvel you with their sleight of hand as they magically create masterpieces before your very eyes! "
The fabulous Spanish Moss at the gardens sold.

  This was painted in the woods next to the Bamboo Gardens This painting is still available at the coop.
Save the Dates and hopefully I will see you there!!!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Attention all Plein Air Painters - The Best Invention since Ice Cream!!!!

Me starting my painting.
Last year when I got accepted at my very first official Plein Air Event at the Kanapaha Gardens in Gainesville I got turned on to the coolest gadget! A must have for the endless war against mosquito's for the artists painting outdoors.  The week before the event, I went on a scouting exhibition for cool painting locations at the gardens.  I literally ran through the bamboo gardens to escape the nasty biting bugs! I told my husband about it that night at dinner. He went to his box of hunting equipment and pulled out this handheld TV remote size device and said this is your answer.  

The ThermaCELL is propane powered, no batteries no mess.  There is a little bottle of propane that you pop in on the bottom and then slide the small blue refill pad behind the grate. You can hook it onto a belt, hang it on your easel or like I did, placed it right below my chair by my feet. It is safe and odor free, no need to spray your skin with anything!  It is a popular piece of equipment for hunters who cannot have anything with any scent or noise.

Almost done, just need a few touchups!
I bought mine at the sporting goods department at Walmart for about $19, where you can also buy the refills. My blue pad has lasted three times and I have not replaced it yet. My husband tells me that when the pad turns white you need to replace it. You can also buy other ThermaCELL products such one that can be set in the middle of a picnic table that is larger. I bought some for my son in law, Scott, for when they barbeque at their home.
Karen LeMonnier

I used my ThermaCELL this past Saturday while painting on the Santa Fe River with my buddies, Karen LeMonnier, Patricia Veatch and other lovely lady artist friends!


Karen Kerowack

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer is fun in High Springs!

"In the Shadows"

The recent Spiked Ice Event at the High Springs Art Coop was a blast.  It was technically an adult ice cream social. We had several flavors of ice cream with various liqueurs and my favorite toppings, nuts, oreo cookies, strawberry's and fudge and caramel syrups. The gallery was packed and it was a great night.

Bullwinkle making friends.
Each coop artists submitted two pieces of art for the guest artist wall and will be featured throughout the month of July.  This is my horse painting which I call "In the Shadows".  This lovely quarter horse lives on the large property on the northwest side of ours in High Springs. He is one of several gorgeous horses that roam freely there.  I took this pic when I was walking Bullwinkle.  They seem to like him and only come near me by the fence when I have the dog.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Plein Air !!!!

The reception was at the end of the day at the Doris Art & Cultural Center in Gainesville, June 1

Historic Magnolia Plantation Bed & Breakfast,

Historic Matheson House
The Duck Pond area in Gainesville, titled "Southern Sass"
The month of June opened for me with a paint out in Gainesville.  Celebrated the 90th birthday for Gainesville Fine Arts Association they sponsored along with The Doris Art & Cultural Center, a plein air event of the historic areas of Gainesville. Those areas included the north & south side, the Pleasant Street and Duck Pond sections.  It was fun, lots of camaraderie amongst the artists and we were served a great lunch at the Doris by Paddiwhack owner, and GFAA President Chuck Sapp. The day concluded with a wonderful ice cream social with lots of patrons, artists, and delicious dessert! All the art created that week is hanging at the Doris for the entire month of June and into July.
All the artists from the event!

I have really gravitated to these events, it is fun to get out there and paint live and I get to visit with fellow artists friends.  It gets really exciting when the public observes and purchases your work!

After the show comes down my work that hasn't sold will be showing at Parks Lincoln Ford 3333 N Main Street in Gainesville.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Having a blast at the Melrose Bay Open Air Arts

I almost passed this scene but saw my friend Susan Koon, painting it on the side of the road, I stopped to talk and then decided to stay and paint it with her!
A small 6" by 6" Azaleas from the first day.

This week has been a world wind of painting and fun. At the last minute I found out I was excepted to the Melrose Open Air Arts.  It is a yearly art celebration in a lovely town in the middle of North Florida between Gainesville and Saint Augustine.  The town boasts 4 art galleries with one stop light.  It has several lakes, farms and lakeside homes that is so incredibly charming.  As you walk through the residential part of the town along the lakes, you smell orange blossoms. I found it intoxicating and inspiring. Even though you weren't required to go out every day of the week long event, I was drawn to paint there everyday except one.  I tried to rest that day but felt like I was losing time to create by taking a day off.

I am literally exhausted.  I created 9 paintings! The most I have ever done in such a short time.  I painted as loose as I could to create these and learned much in a week.  All the participating artist and volunteers who ran the Plein Air event were warm and helpful.  I made many new friends this week.  The town of Melrose welcomes artists, they encourage you to paint on their lovely properties, and feed you too!  It was a blast.  Here are the pics of scenes I painted and most of the paintings.  One sold last night and the rest will be for sale until April 21 at the Melrose Bay and Bellamy Galleries in the town of Melrose.

The Rosse Dock "Bill's Boat"

Road to the Butterflies.

Melrose Bay Park

One of my personal favorites, the Homemakers Club.
"Naranjas - "Capturing the intoxicating Oranges.
Green House with a dog
The dog drew me in here, he was so friendly and beautiful I couldn't resist staying to paint.

Very First Painting of the Paint Out