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En Plein Air!
The Kentucky Watercolor society's En Plein Air groups meet on the first and third
Tuesdays and Saturdays at specified places at 9:30 AM
unless otherwise stated. Pat Hagan
and Connie Kuhn lead the Tuesday group. We
spread out in the area in groups or singly and paint until lunch time, about noon,
picnic on our bag lunches and then have an informal critique of our work from the
morning. Some people stay on in the afternoon to finish and others leave. We are
somewhat informal about all this, but we all enjoy the enjoy the experience of
working outside and painting on the spot. Join us!

Pat Hagan gives us some pointers on
how to get started and things to bring on an outing:

* Bag to carry all gear
* Paper - block or Taped/Board
* Paint & Palette
* Brushes
* Water container - Water (some of our locations provide water, some         don't)
* Paper Towels
* Tape
* Easel/Stool
* Plastic garbage Bag to sit on
* Camera (if you want to finish a painting in the studio)
* Hat, sunscreen, bug spray
* Layers of clothes, comfy shoes
* Drinking water and bag lunch
* Bug Spray
Pat Greer and Leslie Witten
Connie Kuhn
Marilyn Swan sketches and
keeps warm
, Frankfort 2011
Pat asks us to be courteous. Ask permission. Disturb nothing, leave nothing
flowers, grass.
Direction of sun? Light and shade. Choose change light for 2 hours. Simplify to
finish the painting in 2 hours.

We plan outings for landmarks, parks, historic homes, private homes, and public
spots like Shakertown or Captain's Quarters.  It doesn't matter if it rains. We don't
cancel. We leave it up to the individual to decide if he or she wants to paint that
day. However, we do have an email list for the plein air artists, so we can plan
together for future dates and generally discuss our art. The email list is open to
any KWS member who wants to be a part of the plein air group. To join the list,
contact Connie Kuhn. There is a nominal fee for the year of $10. For questions
Connie Kuhn at
Images below are thumbnails, click to enlarge.

While driving through the countryside in the misty rain I
noticed the clusters of woods across the fields were full
of color.  Even though the sky was gray and the usual gold
and green of cut crops with winter wheat popping through
gave a muted appearance there was still an abundance
of color.  The distant tree clusters and wooded areas
were not just brown or gray, they were wine and navy with
chocolate and rust patches and deep purples mixed in.  
Too bad I was driving and could not stop and paint or
even snap a picture.  
Now I understand what Luci sees.
Becky Berry
November 2011
Leslie, Judy and Luci
Frankfort 2011
Pat leads our gentle critique
at Lyncliffe July 20, 2010
Jeannine Jones
Leslie Whitten
Carolyn finds and art
friend in Bardstown
Pat and Becky (our chairman and
treasurer) paint the lovely old house
together. What a team!
Luci Mistratov's
"Big Rock"
Don't you wish you had come too?
Judy Mudd paints our
purses on a very wet
Sue Hinkebein's painting
(forest life contributed by Becky)
Trudi leads our gentle critique of
Markey Weaver's painting in the
Pavilion after a luncheon feast.
Connie Kuhn just has to paint a person
(we had to stay inside because of rain)
Friends at Liberty Hall
(Luci, Pat and Judy)
How Luci sketches
La Grange
Shirley keeps busy at
Locust Grove
Pat accepts her antique ruler, a gift from the
plein air group in thanks for her terrific work
in 2011 year.
Leslie is thrilled by her artwork and Linda
Wakefield Scearce Christmas Party
November 29, 2011

More Good Advice!

Teach yourself to paint using leather or wool gloves. I used to cut the
fingertips off, but it's only necessary if you're doing finicky work.
Regular gloves or even mitts can help make your stroke broader and

Precipitation: Whether straight down or sideways, snow, sleet or rain
are fun-spoilers. Wet snow falling and puddling on acrylic or
watercolour has only limited creative value. Oil and water, of course,
don't mix. "Best Brellas" are simply brilliant on calm, sunny days--but
in a gale they can move you and your work a mile down the valley.

Warmth: "Scottish antifreeze" from a small flask is best. Cocoa from a
thermos works but is less fun. Some ladies of my acquaintance put
chemical warmers called "Heatmax Hot Hands" and "Heatmax Toasti
into needy areas. I like to point out that Scotch taken orally in
moderation warms all over.

Some painters report the main benefit of sub-zero painting is the
achievement of speed. But there's also a wonderful feeling of smugness
that slips over you like a soft woollen blanket. Whether an island unto
yourself or together with a gaggle of good companions, you're adrift and
apart from a madding world and in soft communion with wonder.

Best regards,


Esoterica: Acrylics and watercolours freeze easily and take on an
unpleasant granular texture which stays on after they thaw. Keep all
your paints, including oils, in a warm part of the car and don't leave
them in a car overnight. Liquids like acrylic medium and linseed oil
should be near to room temperature for best viscosity. The Russians
pioneered thinning watercolours with vodka. When ice begins to form on
the palette it may seem like the time to reconsider chartered
accountancy, but really it's just time for the lodge. Tomorrow will be
another day.
JJo and Judy paint floral cards
this winter in the Gallery
Nancy Burk (left photo) paints the still life
with reflections she helped set up.
New member Phyllis Vaught (below) and
Leslie Whitten paint their version at the
Gallery on our last indoor session.