Steps for Creating Plein Air Paintings

Last week, Sharon spent three days outdoors in a Debra Joyce Dawson workshop  to enhance her plein air painting skills. Sharon has been painting en plein air since 2007 and encourages anyone who loves painting to give it a try.

What is plein air painting?

En plein air is a French term for painting outdoors. Translated literally it means: “in the open air”.  Plein air painting came out of the French Impressionists period in the late 19th century, and has endured in America until today.

Sharon states, “The idea for plein air is to do a quick painting outdoors, then use it as a reference for a larger work in studio.”  Wind Swept is an example of a painting created from a plein air piece.

Wind Swept from a plein air painting.
“Wind Swept” is available as a print and as other merchandise (throw pillow shown) on Sharon Weaver – Fine Art America.

Steps for Creating a Plein Air Painting

  1. Begin by drawing a value sketch of your chosen scene in pencil or black marker limiting your values to 2 or 3.
  2. Transfer drawing to canvas and mass in the drawing with a large brush using middle values.
    TIP: Be sure to use lighter values than the scene appears.
  3. Cover the surface as quickly as you can with these middle values.
  4. Once canvas is covered begin pushing and pulling colors and values, adjusting as you go, till finished.

 At the Plein Air Workshop

Deb Dawson at her Plein Air Workshop
Debra Dawson demonstrating in her workshop. 
Sharon outdoors plein air painting.
Sharon outdoors plein air painting.

View Sharon’s plein air portfolio.

Contact Sharon for more information about purchasing a plein air painting from her portfolio.

Country Paintings For Sale at Henne’s

This month, Sharon Weaver has two country themed paintings on display at Henne’s Drafting and Art Supply. Stop by Henne’s store at 110 W. Third in Mansfield, Ohio before the end of May to view them.

Country Paintings Available at Henne’s

Old Hunter – 16 x 10 – Oil is available for $550 USD.

Old Hunter - country paintings
Old Hunter

Maria – 11 X 14 – Oil is available for $200 USD.

Maria - country paintings
Maria

View more country themed paintings in Sharon’s Studio Work portfolio.

Email Henne for Purchase Information.
Directions to Henne’s Drafting and Art Supply

Decorate with Fine Art without Breaking the Bank

Do you find shopping for fine art depressing? Your home is your sanctuary. You want it to be beautiful and give your guests a sense of who you are and what you love. But original fine art – whether it be an oil painting, watercolor, or pastel – is usually unaffordable.

Wind Swept Pillow
Wind Swept Pillow

Why not purchase prints instead? At Fine Art America prints can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of the original work of art. You can decide if you want to buy the print already framed or purchase a frame later on. Other products are also available, such as throw pillows, iPhone accessories, and greeting cards.

Fine art animal prints or landscape throw pillows make great gifts, especially to yourself!

White Tiger
White Tiger

Sharon Weaver has animal paintings like “White Tiger”, landscapes, plein air, and portraits available through Fine Art America. And she is adding more each week. Contact Sharon to learn more about ordering her artwork online.

 

Purchase Sharon’s Artwork on Fine Art America.

New Galion Art Gallery Hosts The Merry Month of May

The Merry Month of May Art Show

The new Brush and Palette Art Gallery located on Galion, Ohio’s historic Cider Alley is hosting “The Merry Month of May” art show from May 8th to May 30th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00pm. With an artist reception to meet the 15 area artists on Saturday, May 9th between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

Sharon with "In Angel Hands" at Brush and Palette Art Gallery
Sharon’s “In Angel Hands” on display.

Sharon Weaver, a five year member of the Brush and Palette Art Club, will be displaying two of her plein air paintings and a pet portrait titled “Fat Cat”.  A framed print of her landscape painting, “In Angel Hands” is on display as part of the gallery’s co-op space. “In Angel Hands” prints are available for $25USD.

 The Beginnings of the New Art Gallery

The Brush and Palette Art Club has been around since 1960. The club has hosted many art shows over the years at community events like Galion’s Oktoberfest or places like Kingwood Center. A few months ago, club members agreed it was time for their own gallery. Coordinated by club members Carol Kable, Della Kaple, Diane Bell, Mo Taylor and many others the Brush and Palette Art Gallery was born.

You must be a member of the art club to display works in the art gallery’s co-op space, but coordinators plan to showcase other groups in special art showings like “The Merry Month of May” Art Show. Currently, in the works, is a June showing of the Crawford County Arts Council.

Carol Kable at B&P Art Gallery
Carol Kable at B&P Gallery

Della Kaple, artist, club Newsletter Chairperson, and gallery volunteer, wants the community to know “this is not an exclusive club”. She encourages anyone to stop by the gallery and ask about becoming a member. “The mission of the Brush and Palette Art Club,” said Carol Kable,  club Publicity Chairperson, “is to promote and encourage the enjoyment of art in the community.”

Paintings, Portraits, Sculpture, Pottery, and More

The Gallery plans to offer classes by club members which will cover many types of artwork, such as jewelry, sculpture, painting, fiber art, and pottery. If you are interested in art classes, stop by the art gallery or call them at 419-468-2944 to find out more. The gallery’s art shows and art classes will be announced in area papers like Galion, Crestline, and the Mansfield News Journal.

Mo at B&P Art Gallery
Mo at B&P Gallery

Directions to the Brush and Palette Art Gallery

The Art Gallery is located between Market Street and Columbus Street in the rear of 114 Harding Way East in Galion.

Send Sharon a message for more information.