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 leads the Tuesday group and
Marilynn Swan leads the Saturday 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! Nobody has to be experienced to paint with 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 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. In general we don't consider
rain days. We don't cancel. We leave it up
to the individual to decide if he wants to
paint that day, rain or shine. However, we
do have an email list for the plein air artist,
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 Webmaster. There is a nominal
fee for the year: $10 paid to Becky Berry,
Connie Kuhn at
Pat leads our gentle critique at Lyncliffe July 20, 2010

Don't you wish you had come too?
Seneca Park Oct. 19, 2010
Luci Mistratov's "Big Rock"
Nature Preserve in
some of us hiked to the waterfall
Trudi leads our gentle critique of
Markey Weaver's painting in the
Pavilion after a luncheon feast.
Sue Hinkebein's painting
(forest life contributed by Becky)
Connie Kuhn
Leslie Whitten
Jeannine Jones
Judy Mudd
Judy Mudd paints our purses on a very
wet May 3, 2011
Connie Kuhn just has to paint a person
May 3,2011
(we had to stay inside because of rain)
Pat Hagan at Blackacre
June 7, 2011
Pat and Becky (our chairman and
treasurer) paint the lovely old house
together at Blackacre 2011. What a
Friends at Liberty Hall
July 2011
(Luci, Pat and Judy)
Leslie tries to pick a favorite at Lynclif
June 2011
We had fun at Mike Linning's after a
successful painting day at
August 2011
Judy, Becky, Pat and Luci
where we had a show 2011 in La
Grange, KY
(the old library building across from the
How Luci sketches
La Grange
October 18,2011
Pat Greer and Leslie Witten
Marilyn Swan
sketches and keeps warm
Frankfort 2011
Leslie, Judy and Luci
Frankfort 2011

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. (Although I have a habit
of now I understand what Luci sees.
Becky Berry
November 2011
Locust Grove
Shirley keeps busy at Locust
November 2011
Our last outing was anything but
dreary on a rainy day. We spent the
time at Cunninghams drawing and
painting in the round. This got us all
laughing uproariously.
November 15, 2011
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 agrees.
Wakefield Scearce Christmas Party
November 29, 2011
Robert Genn

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 fresher.

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 Toes"
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 have
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
May 3, 2012
Carolyn finds and art friend in
Bardstown June 19
Susan, Pat and Diane admire Becky's
collage of plein air venues for 2012 at
the Plein Air Show opening reception
held at the KWS Gallery
the pot luck lunch was yummy at
Leslie's Swan Lake 2012
Thieneman's provided lots of unique
painting opportunities