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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Galveston Island, Plein Air Workshop

I'll be teaching a Plein Air Workshop, this Fall. Great for those needing to learn the basics and those wanting to learn more and have fun doing it. I'll take you through my process of painting plein air. Then I will go around helping each individually. Location to be determined on the 4th, good chance will go to the beach but might do something different depends on weather etc. 

Try to pack light.

Bring the following:
Small sketchpad, pencil/pen
Oil paint, bring minimum of a white, yellow, red, blue. 
Odorless mineral spirits, for cleaning brushes
Brushes 3-4 total, hog hair or sable large brushes are better, 
approx. 1/2 wide, square tip, come to a good point, couple smaller brushes also.
Medium - refined linseed oil or what you use currently
2 panels or stretched canvas, any size under 11x14 is fine. 
Rag/Paper towels, couple plastic bags for trash
Disposable gloves, keep oil paint off hands
Hat, sunscreen, water, snack, chair if you need one
Umbrella for shading out bright light, but not absolute necessity

Some type of easel or pochade box with tripod, example pictured above. A weighted bag to anchor the easel or tripod helps or just a bag to put sand in. 

Date: October 4th Saturday 10am - 2pm
Meetup: Galveston Art League 10am  for Signup
Directions to the Art League.
Cost: $40

Zen Moments: In The Garden-65- Original Photography by Texas Contemporary Artist Denise Bossarte

Zen Moments: In The Garden-65- Original Photography by Texas Contemporary Artist Denise Bossarte

Zen Moments - In The Garden 65
© Denise Bossarte
Artist of Texas Signature Member

 A piece from my Zen Moments portfolio, In The Garden series.
Mercer Arboretum this summer.
Found on the boardwalk.
Two leaves dancing with their shadows.

30 day challenge and New Book- Suzy Pal Powell

This is day 12-18 Collage. The 30 day has been a struggle but I will make it!!
I got 2 paintings in Chris  Unwins new book. 'The Artistic Touch 6'.  If you are interested in a signed copy, email me with address, etc. They are $28 + SH

Friday, September 19, 2014

PM Sept 2014 2-01 - Original Photography by Texas Contemporary Artist Denise Bossarte

PM Sept 2014 2-01 - Original Photography by Texas Contemporary Artist Denise Bossarte

PM Sept 2014 2-01
© Denise Bossarte
Artist of Texas Signature Member

More from my recent trip to my land of abstracts!
Lovely swirl of colors!

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"Santorini Sunset" Pastel Landscape by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

"Santorini Sunset" ©2014 Niki Gulley
12" x 24" pastel

My husband and I honeymooned in Greece and fell in love with everything about it. Definitely one of our favorite spots was the island of Santorini for its beautiful views of the Caldera, its white-washed architecture with the signature blue domes, the laid back attitude and the warmth of the people. Here is a view at the far end of the island in the town of Oia. I wanted to capture the "skyline," ocean view and the gorgeous sunset that night.

If you’d also like to experience the beauty, history and culture of Greece, join me and travel photographer, Scott Williams, for our Plein Air Painting and Photography Art Trek to Athens and Santorini, Greece May 8-16, 2015. We'd love to have you join us! E-mail Niki Gulley for more information or go to for more details on France, Greece, or our Italy Art Treks.

For more information on "Santorini Sunset," please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, visit to see more of my contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings and pastels.

Miles of Ocean

Miles of Ocean
Galveston Island, Texas
11 x 14
Oil on Stretched Linen
Randall Cogburn

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Frame Example
King of Frame: Marin Gold

This is probably one of my favorite seascapes I've painted so far. Loving the cloud themed paintings as they do add a lot more to the painting. I've went back to some older ways that I used to paint and added that knowledge to what I've learned so far and voila. 

Waterlilies:Paintings By Leslie Sealey

Show Preview  click here to view online

October Workshop: BRUSHSTROKES, EDGES and MAGIC with Gaye Sekula

"Alexandra" After Fechin
Cost: $225, includes studio and model fee

Date: October 3, 4 & 5
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: New Braunfels Art League
239 West San Antonio St
New Braunfels, TX 78130

How many times have you found yourself wishing you could paint more loosely and with more expressive brushstrokes? Please don't give up and pitch your paint brushes. I am confident that I can help you make some real progress, gain confidence and have a great time doing it. 
"Michael as Tevia" (Live model)

The number one compliment I get on my paintings is about my brushstrokes and have finally figured out a way to really teach it. I have decided to enlist my hero, Nicolai Fechin! Whether or not you are a big fan, there is so much to be learned by studying his style.

Nicolai Fechin was an artist's artist. It was very important to him to paint the spirit of the subject, whether it was a model, a landscape or a still life. He was a master of draftsmanship, color harmonies and brushstrokes. To the layman, his brushstrokes may seem wild and random, but he was in fact very thoughtful and sure before adding a single mark. 

While my work pales in comparison, Nicolai Fechin has been and still is my greatest inspiration. I have learned much through my studies of his work and philosophy. My objectives for this workshop are to help you see and understand edges-which ones are important to include and which ones to leave out-paint application with both brushes and knives, and the importance of brushstrokes. I will also do my best to help you to paint from your soul rather than get bogged down in rules and just copying what you see. 
We will copy at least one or two of his paintings and, on the final day, we will paint from life, which will greatly reinforce what we have learned. 

Checks made out for the FULL amount to NBAL can be mailed to:
Sandy Oberg
1400 Greystone Drive
New Braunfels, TX 78132

"Girl with Shawl" After Fechin


French Cafe and Sketching the Streets of France - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

 French Cafe by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

French Cafe is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, and it's good to be back in the studio. I brought home a head cold from France, and in addition to the time change, it's taken a few days to get back on my feet *playing tiny violin*. It has been a rough re-entry into regular life, with no church bells to wake us each morning, no warm croissant aroma to waft up the stairs and help make the wakeup calls irresistible. I took tons of notes during my trip, to help ease the transition for my students next August, and most especially will be sharing my top 10 rookie mistakes for traveling in Europe, so you'll want to stay tuned to my art blog for that, if only for a few chuckles at my expense.... Read more...

I drew a little crowd when I was sketching
in Rocamadour last week....

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Walking the Beach

Walking the Beach
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Frame Example
King of Frame: Arroyo Gold

Supposedly you can find shark teeth on the beach. I haven't found any but my mom has. She liked to walk the beach looking for shells and stuff. Living in Florida she must have found lots of them. The shark teeth she found are the old ones, that have turned dark black, easy to spot in Florida's white sandy beaches, but here it's like looking for the needle in a haystack. 

Cityscape Art, Landscapes, Abstract Street Scene"Violet Umbrella" by Texas Artist Debra Hurd

Cityscape Art, Landscapes, Abstract Street Scene, Rainy City, Umbrellas

28"x22" Oil on Canvas/SOLD

 This painting is SOLD, but commissions are welcomed,contact Debra at

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Blind Light" Dallas pastel by Contemporary Impressionist Niki Gulley

Blind Light, Dallas West End - pastel - 12" x 18"
© Niki Gulley

Another one of my adventures to the Dallas West End brought me to  this scene.  The light patterns and the lone guy walking away drew me in.  I really like the way the colors fade in the distance.  The leading lines put you right on the street.
E-mail me at for more information about "Blind Light"


Please visit my website at  to see more of my pastels and oil paintings of contemporary art.  Or plan to attend this upcoming tour:

White Rock Artists Studio Tour
Sat. Oct. 11 • 10am – 5pm
Sun. Oct. 12 • 10am – 5pm

First Set

First Set
Galveston Island, Texas
8 x 8
Oil on Panel
Randall Cogburn

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Waves at Galveston can get good, real good. However they don't last to long before they crumble. Every once in a while you'll get clean sets coming in but that requires some special conditions. 

Field of Colors by Kay Wyne

Field of Colors
30" x 30" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Contemporary Floral Landscape
Contact Kay for more information.
Thanks for looking, Kay