Recap of Nov. Plein Air at Mead Gardens

Plein Air Recap for November 20, 2021

Thouraya and Terri braved the drizzly rain at our plein air event in lovely Mead Gardens, in Winter Park. We found shelter at a covered area near the discovery barn.  There are lots of things to paint and draw at Mead, so we should plan another visit there sometime.

Terri did a botanical drawing of a Bleeding Hearts (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) vine. Since they were out in the rain, it was a chance to practice painting rain drops!

Clerodendrum thomsoniae

Thouraya did a beautiful landscape painting, with a strong oak tree and colorful shrubs.

More plein air events will be announced. See you out in the beautiful Florida Landscapes in 2022!

 

 

recap – Plein Air art at the Tibet-Butler Preserve

There were 4 CFWS Plein Air artists at the Tibet-Butler Preserve on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.  They had a very nice day painting at Tibet Butler,  even though it was very humid.

Ann, Leslie and Jane relax and paint.
There were 4 painters:
Jane B.
Ann W.
Leslie R.
And Marcela M.

The artists enjoyed sitting in rocking chairs on the porch and painting together! Everyone had a good painting!

Jane B. did a lovely landscape.
Bees and blue flowers by Leslie R.
Ann W. did a little white house in the landscape.
Marcela M. did a sketch of the landscape and Darwin the African tortoise!

They even got to see  Darwin, the African tortoise! A huge tortoise that has been there since it was very young, donated by someone who couldn’t take care of it when it became very large.

Darwin the tortoise

What fun! Beautiful paintings and a chance to relax, socialize and do some art… what could be better!

Join us next month for plein air at:

November 20, 2021, Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
Mead Botanical Gardens: 1300 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, 32789

December 15, 2021, Wednesday 10 am – 2pm (closing time)    Nehrling Gardens: $5.00 donation is appreciated, this is a volunteer organization. Please enter through the pedestrian entrance. Please park across the street in the church parking lot or the open field next door. 2267 Hempel Ave, Gotha 34734

 

recap: CFWS Plein air at Leu Gardens

Our last plein air of the season was held at Leu Gardens and we had a great turnout of eight members. After we enjoyed the lovely art show, “The Agua Series” in the main house, we went out into the garden to find special places to paint and draw. Cathy and I painted next to the row of blue Agapanthus or Lily of the Nile.

Cathy paints near the blue Agapanthus and pink begonias.
Terri’s painting of the Lily of the Nile.
Cathy’s painting of the Musa Banana.

Marcela and Nancy were up by the main Garden House.

Marcela and Nancy over look the lake as they sit on the patio.
Nancy’s painting of the welcome center garden house.
Marcela’s landscape painting of violet flowers.
Janet did a graphite drawing of the gazebo by the idea garden.
Janet’s drawing of the gazebo in the Idea Garden.
Sandi, Karen, and Thouraya paint bonsai in the Idea Garden.

We had a lot of fun! It was a great time to be outdoors and enjoying the friendship and artistic “play time”. Come and join us in the new season. You don’t have to have any experience! You don’t have to lug around heavy supplies, we pack light and small. You just need a sense of adventure and the creative need to play with your paints. See you out and about next season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plein Air fun at Lake Concord Park!

It was a brisk Saturday morning in Casselberry. There were 5 CFWS plein air artists enjoying the beautiful lakeside scenes at Lake Concord Park. Thouraya, Janet, David, Mary Kathryn and Teresa found some beautiful subjects to experience and paint, at and around the Casselberry Art House.

Thouraya found a nice spot out of the wind to paint.
Mary Kathryn admiring the beautiful mosaics on the art house.
Janet paints near some lush tropical plants.
David and Thouraya picking out the most perfect place to paint.
David did a quick painting of the front porch and garden of the art house. The elegant sculpture seems to reach for the sky.
Thouraya painted the lush palm and blooming purple plants.
Thouraya also painted the sculpture that looks like it’s dancing!
Teresa painted the walkway around the park and lakeside view.

Next month, April 17, we hope to see you at Cypress Grove Park near the small white gazebo. Leave the 4 walls of your studio behind. Connect with nature while practicing composition and color and join us for a wonderful time! See you there!

Plein Air fun at Nehrling Gardens

Marcela had a nice and peaceful day sketching in the beautiful Nehrling Gardens. It was a bit cloudy, but the rain was still miles away. Only few gardeners shared the space with her as she sat at a picnic table and did 2 small sketches.   Check back for more locations and join us in the new year!

Jan. 15 – Plein Air at Nehrling Gardens

Ten CFWS members showed up on Wednesday at Nehrling Gardens in Gotha.It was a great day to paint in such a beautiful and historic garden! It was cool and quiet and there were landscapes, flowers, a pollinator garden and even an alligator sculpture to paint.
Jane finished her beautiful painting of the Nehrling house! Thank you Jane!
It was a great day to paint in such a beautiful and historic garden! There were landscapes of bamboo.

 

There was a pollinator garden with lots of lovely flowers.
Surprise! Someone carved an alligator into a tree trunk.
The front room.

Leslie’s lovely bamboo painting.
Cute bee house near the pollinator plants.
Thank you Marcela for setting this up.  ?

Orlando Science Center Pop Up/Plein Air Event a Success!

The Orlando Science Center on January 26 was a resounding success for Central Florida Watercolor Society. CFWS artists were able to interact with many different age levels—from eight to eighty. The facilities were especially nice and the OSC staff was well prepared for us. I think we would all agree that comments from the staff, observers and, particularly the participants, were very positive. Since all three of our sessions were full—and we’ve been invited back—OSC is obviously a great venue for future public interaction. 

Backyard Biodiversity Day Mead Gardens – Plein Air/Pop Up Recap

It was another fun and educational day at our Backyard Biodiversity Day Plein Air/Pop Up in the lovely Mead Botanical Garden, on October 20. We had 27 audience surveys filled out by folks who came from Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. Most of our ratings were 10 out of 10! The comments were very positive, some examples are – “Loved the interactive painting.” “Wonderful experience! Haven’t watercolored in a long time!” “love the ability to have my child participate in a relaxed setting” “My 7 year old daughter loved painting and learning!”

Karen, Mary, Diana and Terri thank all the families who stopped by our tables and learned about painting the native plants and animals of Florida. Many purchased native plants, and took them home to help feed pollinators and birds.

Our next Plein Air/Pop Up is December 21 at the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts. We will be teaching from 1 – 4 in the gallery . Stop by and join in the fun!

Mennello Museum Plein Air/Pop Up Recap

It was a fun and educational day at our Mennello Plein Air/Pop Up by the lake on Saturday. We had a record 33 audience surveys filled out by folks who came from Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Polk counties. Most of our ratings were 10 out of 10! The comments were very positive, some examples are – “I love how limitless art can be.” “I learned different techniques for my artwork.” “Love to learn.” “It was so relaxing-made my day! Instructor was fabulous!”

Faye, Mary and Terri thank all the families who stopped by our tables and shared a gorgeous day out in the sculpture garden.

Our next Plein Air Pop Up is October 20 at Mead Garden. We will be involved in the Backyard Biodiversity Day. Stop by and join in the fun!

painting under the magnolia tree

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