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!

 

 

Join us at the Mead Gardens Plein Air!

November 20, 2021 – Our next Plein Air will be at the beautiful Mead Botanical Gardens, 1300 S. Denning Drive, in Winter Park. This is a popular spot to paint! Your muse will be happy! There are 47 acres to explore of streams, a pond, native plant garden and tortoise habitat, and hiking paths. Lots of turtles and fish and birds!

Free Admission – We’ll meet at 10 a.m.

Bring a bag lunch, hat, sunscreen and your art supplies!

We will meet at the little amphitheater near the restrooms.

https://www.meadgarden.org

 

 

 

 

 

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!

CFWS Plein Air Event FUN! For Feb. – May 2021 See you there!

February 17, 2021  –  WEDNESDAY !!! 10am – 4pm
Tibet – Butler Nature Preserve
8777 Winter Garden/ Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836

Please be attentive to the park entrance, it is easy to miss. Follow directions from the park entrance to the parking area near the Park Office. Restrooms are nearby. There is a small butterfly garden with native plants there, and a habitat for rescued tortoises. The large veranda has rocking chairs for visitors. Past the veranda and the office is the entrance to the trails. No fees required

March 20, 2021 – Saturday  10 am – 4 pm
Lake Concord Park, adjacent to where the Casselberry Art House is located.
Quail Pond Circle parking area
Casselberry, FL

There are many park benches and lots of outdoor sculptures in the gardens.

April 17, 2021  – Saturday  10-4pm
Cypress Grove Park
290 Holden Ave., Orlando FL

NOTE: Meeting Point to be determined.

May 15, 2021 – Saturday 10 – 4pm
Leu Gardens (Entrance fee for non-members)   1920 N Forest Ave., Orlando FL
Meet by the outdoor sitting area outside the main entrance.
https://www.leugardens.org

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!

Plein Air: Nehrling Gardens

WEDNESDAY December 16, 2020
10 am – 2 pm (closing time)
Nehrling Gardens
2267 Hempel Road
Gotha, FL
Please use the Pedestrian Entrance. Paths are mulched so it is rougher walking. There are benches along the paths. A $5.00 donation is requested. The main house museum and library are closed until further notice as of this date, Sept ’20, due to Covid-19 considerations.Parking is available across the street on the open field or at the Church parking lot. Hempel Road is a very busy road and everyone should be careful when crossing it.

Wearing of masks will be required of all participants.  We will observe social distancing when we set up.  It may seem strange but let’s have fun with this new normal.

Plein Air: Ward Park

Saturday November 21, 2020
10 am – 4 pm
Ward Park
Cady Way and Perth Lane, Winter Park FL
Across the street from the Wellness Center of Winter Park.
If there is work being done in the park’s parking lot, it will be unavailable for cars. If so, parking may be done along the street.
Wearing of masks will be required of all participants.  We will observe social distancing when we set up.  It may seem strange but let’s have fun with this new normal.

Join in the Plein air fun at local gardens!

The CFWS plein air chair, Marcela Moglia, has been very busy setting up some wonderful venues for our artists who like to venture outdoors. This is a great time of the year to be out in nature with your painting kits!

Last month we went to Mead Botanical Gardens to paint in the butterfly garden. Leslie Rossetti found inspiration for a beautiful painting in the north side of the garden:

Next Saturday, November 21, we will have our plein air gathering at Ward Park. From 10-4 (more or less).  The section of the nature park is across the street for the Center for Health & Wellbeing, at 250 Perth Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792. There is a lovely little stream that runs through it.   We will be planning more events with the Center for Wellbeing, so this is a great opportunity to see the outdoor gardens.

Corner of Perth and Loch Lomond

So, please bring a bag lunch, water, brushes, paints,  papers and come paint with us! We will look for you!