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Sunday, April 21, 2013

OOPS Artists turn out in droves to paint at the Palo Alto Plantation!

What a great time the OOPS artists had at the Palo Alto Plantation painting Sunday. We were treated to a tour of the house by owners and gracious hosts, Brian and Stephanie Watson. It was a treat to have so many artists painting with us from out of town... places like Goldsboro, Salisbury, Appex, Kinston, White Lake, and Elizabethtown were represented. We !had several new members paint with us (it was cool to see five children drawing and painting) plus our Piedmont ladies, Phyllis, Sharon, and Beth. Brenda Behr even dropped by for a surprise visit to paint with us. Thanks everyone for making the beautiful day and beautiful location so much more special. Thanks to Karen for organizing this special paint out! See you next month at the wild flowers near the Emerald Isle bridge!

OOPS gang with Palo Alto Plantation owners, Brian and Stephanie watson.




Renee and Gwen




Bernie Sr.

Bernie Jr. and Bernie Sr.




View from Karen's painting...


Bernie and Brenda


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spring into plein air season!

I came across this great blog article about plein air painting through Jerry's Artarama.... sounds like there may be several posts on the subject.  Plein Air Painting - An Introduction

What is plein air painting?

If you're at all familiar with art and painting, even peripherally, chances are you've heard of "plein air" painting. Despite appearances, painting en plein air is not just a snooty phrase tossed around by painters who are trying to be impressive: it's a real thing, practiced for hundreds of years, and one most likely in practice today by many artists who just aren't aware of its fancy French name.

The term en plein air is simply French for "in the open air," meaning plein air painting is just creating art outdoors. Now, you'll be thinking, "What about cavemen? What about Australian aborigines? What about all those outdoor megaliths and Egyptian statues and everything that's been around for thousands of years before France even existed? Surely THEY didn't work en plein air!" Okay, technically that's correct. It's just that the French coined the phrase for it back in the 1800's when painting outdoors really took off and its popularity skyrocketed.

Read the rest of the article by clicking on the link below...

Monday, April 1, 2013

OOPS April 21st Paint Out at Historic Palo Alto Plantation House

WHAT: OOPS! April 2013 Paint Out organized by Karen Crenshaw.

WHEN: Sunday, April 21, 2013 from Noon until... Spring is HERE... come out and paint... what are you waiting for!

WHERE: Palo Alto Plantation, Swansboro, NC. The Palo Alto will whisk you and your guests back in time with its reconstruction. The owners Brian and Stephanie Watson have re-created a bit of history in Onslow County. They have worked diligently restoring the Greek revival charm that the Palo Alto Plantation embodies. They have worked together with the Historical Society of Onslow county to assure that the re-construction process meets all the guidelines to maintain its standing as one of Onslow Counties oldest historic homes. The Palo Alto Plantation sits on three acres of historic Civil War history. Built in the early 1800′s, the Palo Alto has been owned by only 3 families and will maintain the the fashionable charm of its time.

DIRECTIONS: 1706 Belgrade Swansboro Road, Swansboro, NC... Click HERE...

WHY: Simply put... we LOVE gathering with like minded artists and painting outside!

Newbies welcome... all mediums and skill levels... simply show up with your gear and be prepared to have fun! No worries... there are NO art-snobs in our group!

What the heck is OOPS and how do I join the FUN?



"Freedom Fountain" paintings due SOON!

If you have not painted the "Freedom Fountain" yet... you have three weeks to "get'r done"

The OOPS artists' paintings will be included in the Council for the Arts "Freedom Fountain" Art Show on exhibit in May.