John & I went to Paris June 3-1120160607_14494720160604_185056

We stayed in a very nice studio apt we arranged through Airbnb.  It was in the heart of Paris in the 13th and close to the metro.

Just before we left there were reports of flooding in Paris with the Seine near overflowing.

 

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

John & I

John & I

The Louvre and the Dorsay were closed until Wednesday so we decided to take the Hop-on Hop-off bus for two days.  These always work well for us when we travel.  We hopped off at the Eiffel tower and had lunch at one of the near by bistros.  On the second day of the Hop-on Hop Off we went to Montmartre.  It really is a tourist trap.

 

I had hopes of doing some plein air painting there but the energy just was not right.  We did pass the Moulin Rouge on the way to Montmartre and afterwards stopped at the Erotic Art Museum which was quite a nice exhibit.

Basilica of Sacred Heart

Basilica of Sacred Heart

Paris from the steps of the Basilica

Paris from the steps of the Basilica

 

 

 

 

 

 

The famous Moulin Rouge

The famous Moulin Rouge

Scenes from Montmartre.  We did take the funicular up so

Museum of Erotic Art

Museum of Erotic Art

we did not have to climb all the way up.  With careful planning, we got to see the Rodin museum, the Hotel des Invalides (the military museum), Museum Orangerie. Musee de Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, Versailles and Isle de Cite

The Dorsay used to be a train station.

The Dorsay used to be a train station.

Monet's waterlilies at Musee L'Orangerie

Monet’s waterlilies at Musee L’Orangerie

John in front of the The Grande Obelisk at the Louvre

John in front of the The Grande Obelisk at the Louvre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodin's 'the Thinker

Rodin’s ‘the Thinker

Venus de Milo at the Louvre

Venus de Milo at the Louvre

The Dorsay used to be a train station.

The Dorsay used to be a train station.

Monet's waterlilies at Musee L'Orangerie

Monet’s waterlilies at Musee L’Orangerie

 

When we drive north we take advantage of Trip Adviser to find good places to eat.  This time we stopped at an authentic Southern Fried Chicken place.  It was the highlight of the trip.  Three generations of women serving up the best fried chicken I ever had.  We will definitely stop there again.   20160525_115234 20160525_115944 20160525_121331 20160525_121339

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Wine Painting on t-shirt

 

Well I’ve been trying to do daily painting, but today it was art database update.   But I was able to update Latest Artwork Added to FAA which includes many plein air paintings from the winter.  And I updated my CAFEPress Store Donna’s Art for Everyone  where my paintings are printed on everyday items so Art can be part of your everyday life.  Started doing a series of paintings about wine.  How cool is this t shirt for drinking your favorite Merlot or Chardonnay.

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Mangroves at Rutherford Park – Plein Air

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I run a group for plein air paintings on Pixels aka Fine Art America.  There are some beautiful plein air paintings that the members post.  Take a look at http://fineartamerica.com/groups/plein-air-painters–all-painting-media.html?tab=artwork

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Grassy Waters

Grassy Waters 9 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas Paper .  This one was very well received when I posted it on Facebook.   I have been trying to do some daily painting to implement what I have been learning lately.  In this one I was focusing on the Cape Cod School of Art.

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Th13087514_10154453059525348_4355556754880952771_ne May edition of Plein Air Magazine had a wonderful article about Plein Fun Fest, here in our back yard! Honored to have been included in the ” Winner’s Circle” of awards, along with such talented painters and friends.  I was co-chair of this event so happy to see it work out so well

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ocean-Inlet morning sunBut I broke my wrist..  I was just getting to Ocean Inlet, was in the parking lot.  As i get out of the car my foot turn over and down I go.  Of course my painting buddies say “Is it your painting are” and when I say “no” they tell me to stay and paint.  But the pain got the best of me so I
took a few pictures and did this one at home in the studio.  Not right away of course.

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These are the paintings from my Adriatic Cruise.  I was teaching watercolors aboard the Queen Elizabeth.  These were some of the places we visited and were the subject of the watercolor classes.Greek Temple in Corfu Gibraltar Dubrovnick Seville Croatia Venice Sicily

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Artist Reception for "Art Outside the Walls: en Plein Air"

Artist Reception for “Art Outside the Walls: en Plein Air”

My weekend of Art & Culture began with the Artist Reception on Thursday April 10th, 2014 for Art Outside the Walls: en Plein Air, the exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach that showcases the artwork of the group I co-founded, Plein Air Palm Beach (PAPB).  This is an exhibit I have been working on all season. 

 

It is runs from April 11 –June 7th, 2014 and can be seen during regular hours of the Cultural Council; Tuesday –Saturday 10 AM – 4PM.  It is a joint project with the Cultural Council and Plein Air Palm Beach showcasing the work of local area and visiting artists.

 

Artwork

We painted out in the 10 different locations, chosen from the members’ favorite places to paint in Palm Beach County, over the course of ten weeks, between December and February, going to a different location every week.  Sometimes the weather did not cooperate but that did not stop the hard core artists.

During the course of this project, over 80 different artists participated and well over 200 paintings were produced.    Not only was I a participating artist and organizer of the paint-outs, but together with Ralph Papa, co-founder of PAPB and Nichole Hickey, Director of Artistic Services at the Cultural Council, I helped plan the actual exhibit.  So by the time the opening reception rolled around, I felt like a celebrity walking in on the red carpet. The natural high and floating feeling I got from this Artist Reception will keep me going for awhile.

The Reception

 

The artists I work with in PAPB are tremendous and all have been very supportive and encouraging during this project. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach, as usual has been very professional and is always a pleasure to work with.  I have been an artist member of the Cultural Council for the past two years and highly encourage other artists to consider becoming members as well.  It is so nice to have professional organization working for arts and culture in our area.

 

The second part of my arts weekend was my participation in the Atlantis Spring Fling Art Show and Sale.  It is a very nice community event that includes an art show.  It was fun to be with a group of artists and have a chance to show my work and even made a sale.   With two other exhibits ongoing besides the above, most of my work is currently out being shown in exhibit.  Not really a bad problem.  Thus, I brought mostly artwork from my cruising travels to the Spring Fling Show.  Sometimes I feel like I’m not painting enough but when I pulled together my work for Spring Fling I realized I had quite a few paintings.  Side benefit of preparing for a show and sale like this is that it really helps to get the artwork inventory organized.  Besides it was fun to be chatting with other artists and Atlantis gave us a nice dinner to boot.

 

Finally, on Palm Sunday, I attended Seraphic Fire concert of Haydn: Last Seven Words.  A good friend and I have season tickets and originally we were supposed to attend on Thursday in Boca, but that turned out to be the night of Cultural Council artist reception so we decided to reschedule to Sunday in Miami.   The weather and traffic tried to thwart my plans; we encountered heavy rains and, at one point, a sign saying all lanes on I95 closed.  So we had to get off and take the scenic route to Miami Beach.  No problem, but we made it with only a minute to spare.  The anxiety of the weather and traffic melted away as soon as Seraphic Fire began to sing.  I was transported for a brief time to a place of sheer pleasure and beauty.    After the concert, we took the scenic route back part way as the traffic was still snarled on 95.  However, by now the sun was out, and we got to enjoy the ride and each other’s company.

 

My weekend immersion in art was complete.

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The major exhibit of Plein Air Palm Beach, Art Outside the Walls: en Plein Air, will be on exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach fr

om April 11th to June 7th 2014.  The opening reception for artists and members of the Cultural Council is April 10th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  If you want to get a first look at this incredible exhibit and meet the artists, RSVP here http://www.palmbeachculture.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.details&content_id=71790

Plein Air Palm Beach, the group I co-founded with Ralph Papa is very pleased to have worked with Nichole Hickey, Manager of Artist Services at the Cultural Council, on this endeavor.  This project was a major undertaking for our newly founded group and involved artists painting at ten of our favorite plein air locations around Palm Beach County.  As to be expected, there were challenges, including a number of days of bad weather, not what one expects in beautiful South Florida.  The solution was to have many make-up plaint-outs in order to have a good representation of the artists in our group as well as a good representation of the locations.

The beach at the inlet in boy ton Beach

The beach at the inlet in Boyton Beach

 

River Walk at Rieverbend Park in Jupiter

River Walk at Rieverbend Park in Jupiter

And it worked.

 

The body of work produced from these paint-outs was spectacular and it is going to be incredible seeing them all hanging together in the exhibit.  Myself, I have several pieces in the exhibit; that of happens when one organizes the paint-outs.

Working on this exhibit has brought together two of my passions, painting and project management.  Not only did I get to be an individual participant, but I was able to organize and orchestrate the project.   As an individual participant, I am honored to be exhibited along with world class artists.  Being the project manager was gratifying, not only in seeing the exhibit take place but also receiving the appreciation and support from all the participating artists.

 

 

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