On May 2nd, 2009, eight plein air artists from Petersburg were picked up by Wrangell based Summit Charters at the south end of Mitkof Island. Our destination: a Sketch the Stikine workshop with Juneau artist, Kathy Hocker. No one left disappointed and all left wanting lots more.
Instructor, Kathy Hocker and our landing site along the Stikine River Delta. Now how were we supposed to fit that scene in that tiny frame?
Lazy sea lions provided cheap models with plenty of opportunities for quick sketches.
Carol and Marjorie make a final pit stop Marjorie sketches in her electric limpet hat
Karen sketches a watercolor scene filled with action while Don mixes up pencils and oil pastels.
Carol renders the Stikine with it's driftwood guardians as Sally hones in on Sandy for a sneak peek.
Alice and Judy confer before the final wrap up with Sandy, Kathy, Sally, Alice and Judy.
International Plein Air Painters Paint Out
In September, 2008, we joined (from a distance) artists from Brazil, the West Indies, Italy and the U.S. -- to name a few locations -- as we participated in the 6th International Plein Air Painters Paint Out. We even had sun and a couple of black bears participate.
Carol Beckett, Don Cornelius, Sandy Wolf, Sally Riemer, and Karen Cornelius Photo by Tri Pod
Pete Beckett, leader of our support group and Carol Beckett
Sally Riemer and one of her fans Carol Beckett and Sandy Wolf
Images from a Plein Air Painting Workshop
Taught by Kesler Woodward July 25 through 27, 2008
Sponsored by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and Petersburg Arts Council
Workshop instructor, Kes Woodward, critiques a painting at the end of the first day of painting. The big question was, who took credit for the painting? That's because after getting us all pumped up with things to look for as we worked such as a range of values and intensities and ways to achieve a feeling of distance, he threw us a ringer.
The ringer came after an hour and a half of work, we found out we were in an artistic version of the game of "musical chairs." We had to find someone with whom to exchange paintings. What a great way to take away our possessiveness of the paintings, to loosen us up and pay attention to what we were learning rather than try to come away with paintings to hang on our walls.
L: Brooke Cummins C: Mystery Artists Works R: Joe Viechnicki
L: Berthiel Evens works on Sally Riemer's World's Most Scenic Outhouse
R: Bev Siercks works on Lana Corl's alder
L: Carol Beckett C: Even Kes had to cook his own lunch R: Marjorie Paust gets knows how be admiration comfortable when she paints
L: Brooke Cummins C: Brooke's rework of Carol Beckett's start R: Alice Young
L: Cherie Martens -Sandy C: Sandy Wolf R: Sandy Wolf - Cherie Wolf collaboration Martens collaboration
Joe Viechnicki, Alice Young and Karen Cornelius's modifications of Don Cornelius, Marjorie Paust, and John McCabe's starts
Happy artists and their collaborative works at the end of the first day of painting.
Day two began with simple enough instructions. Pay attention to getting a range of values and intensities, plus a good discussion of a variety of topics. But, then as Kes sent us off to paint he tossed in a ringer. Keeping the correct values and intensities, we were to complete the painting in it's complementary colors. That is greens were to be red, blues - orange, etc. That was tough one for right brainers.
The following images came from that day, a day with even one more challenge, rain showers. And no one even complained.
Joe Viechnicki and Sandy Wolf demonstrate differing techniques to paint in the rain. Most of the rest of us stayed under shelters, close to Pete Beckett's fire.
Karen Cornelius followed up her painting in complementary colors with her interpretation of the scene as she actually saw it.
Kes offers suggestion about Joe Viechnicki's and Berthiel Evens' complementary painting, as well as everyone else's works.
That's it. We have more images from this magical weekend, but this gives you an overview of what transpired. We look forward to painting with our reinforced group, thanks to Kes, as the year progresses. We'll keep adding images to this web page as our adventures unfold.
Fresh Air is a group of Alaskan artists who paint en plein air in the middle of southeast Alaska’s spectacular coastal rainforest. Located in Petersburg on Mitkof Island, our remote location can only be reached by boat or plane. We’re an informal group who generally try to get together to paint most Saturdays throughout the year. While our objective is to paint en pleine air, frequent stormy weather necessitates flexibility in where, or sometimes, if, we go out. When weather forces us indoors we often get together as a support group, helping each other grow in our painting lives. While small in number, we’re big in spirit. And we’re big in adventures.
We began painting together in January, 2006, and already we can ask how many plein air painters have watched whales feeding between brush strokes -- or have had a large bull sea lion chase us from our easels while painting on a harbor pier? Working in an spectacular setting surrounded by wilderness these are but a sample of our exciting experiences.
Fresh Air is an inclusive group who welcome artists who work in any medium to join us anytime. We even welcome spouses and friends. One member’s spouse is our unofficial fire builder to bring warmth to those semi-frozen fingers in sub-freezing temperatures, or to roast hot dogs during a summer outing. Our goal is to have fun and grow as artists in the process. We do both.
Roderick Smith, an Oregon/California artist on a 2007 pilgrimage to trace the footsteps of Rockwell Kent, gives an impromptu workshop to Fresh Air members Carol Becket, Doug Long, Sandy Wolf, John McCabe and Karen Cornelius
Sandy Wolf works on an oil painting while John McCabe searches for one of his abstract compositions on his version of a Daniel Smith folding chair.
Bethiel Evens (left) and Carol Becket (right) demonstrate our tolerance for variable weather conditions.
Our 2008 Plein Air show at Wild Celery Gallery L to R: Doug Long, Carol Beckett, Sandy Wolf, Don Cornelius and Brenda Norheim
More Images of Fresh Air in Action
John McCabe advises A good place to paint Sally Riemer Berthiel Evens