Friday, October 28, 2005

October 29 Paint Site - Graue Mill

Click on title to see map.

This week's outing will be at Grau Mill which on the enclosed map is the lower P for Parking. I have heard a lot about it as a site. Sergio and I tried to track down a place with a waterfall at York and Ogden and couldn't locate it further. Click on title to see map.

But THANKS TO HALINA we have the spot identified as Grau Mille.

We can meet in that parking lot located on the lower rt side of the map at 8:30 AM and re-convene there at 12:30 PM.

This is our last opportunity to get our paintings for the Show. Everyone says it is a GREAT SITE.

See you there Saturday,


Thursday, October 20, 2005

October 22, Paint-Out REPEAT

Hi Folks!

Everyone was so happy with the paint out last weekend that we decided to do it again this weekend -- both groups!

The Morton Arboretum main parking lot at 8:30 AM. We will decide when we meet if we want to reconvene there.

Our Critique/Get Acquainted time will also include:

*** Invitations are available for the Show at the Tavern Club.


*** By Popular Demand --- Talk about Pricing. We will have a chance to go through topics about pricing including how to use the French Grid, commissions, etc. I hope people will have ideas to share based on their experiences.

It will be COLDER than it has been since last May, according to forecasters. Many of us have memories of where we were painting last May -- when it was COLD -- so layers, layers, layers. Time for the gloves with no fingers.

Look forward to seeing you all.

4100 Illinois Route 53.

Visit their website:

Here is a map of the grounds:

We can meet at the Visitor's Center at 8:30 AM

I am also including another copy of the Registration form in this email for anyone who has lost theirs.


Our theme is "What exactly IS Plein Air Painting?". We are illustrating the differences.

One way is by artists displaying BOTH their Plein Air and Studio paintings for contrast.

The show is about Plein Air -- so those paintings should predominate -- in number and in space.

Therefore, this is how it goes:

Required to enter: 1 -- Plein Air Painting done with PAPC - SW on a group outing.

This entitles each entrant to also enter: 1 --- Studio painting -- OF THEIR CHOICE -- ANY SUBJECT

This would be a total of 2

Following me so far?

Then, Up to 3 -- Additional Plein Air Paintings done with PAPC - SW on a group outing.

This would entitle each entrant to also enter: 1 MORE Studio Painting -- OF THEIR CHOICE - ANY SUBJECT.

This would be a total of 6

We are encouraging every participant to get the best 'bang' for their buck. Thus, each person can potentially enter up to 6 paintings -- 4 PAPC -
SW Plein Air, and 2 Studio paintings.

The limiter is size. Please be cognizant that to have the greatest exposure to a good potential sale situation we must respect the limits of space. Each artist's work will be hung together. Your total hanging space will be approximately 4 feet wide by 5 feet tall. Aesthetics are of course important -- we don't want to look like a warehouse sale group.

We do prefer no metal frames.

The Registration Form is attached. It is in jpeg file form. You can drag it onto your desktop -- just put your cursor on it with one click -- that will change the color -- hold down the left button and drag off and onto your background desktop -- then let go of the left button. Then click on it and it should open your jpeg reading program.
You can print it out whenever you see its form.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

BLOGGER ALERT -- new book "Blog......"

I highly recommend the new book by Dan Burstein and David Kline called

"blog! how the newest media revolution is changing politics, business and culture".

Anyone who can compare the Cave paintings of Dordogne (where we will be going for my painting/mentoring workshop next July) with Blogging, has my attention.

It has been long awaited and is JUST out.

These guys last wrote together with "Road Warriors: Dreams and Nightmares Along the Information Highway" in 1995. It was one of the most fascinating overviews I have ever read and is still used as base material in Computer Science programs worldwide. Check it out!


October 15 -- Morton Arboretum

This weekend we will meet at the Morton Arboretum at:

4100 Illinois Route 53.

(Click the title line to link to their website)

While you are there check the map of the grounds.

We can meet at the Visitor's Center at 8:30 AM

While this will not be THE high color weekend, I am sure we will all find something beautiful to set our sights on!

See you Saturday!

Rita R

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Paint Out Site Saturday October 8, Chicago Portage Historic Site

If you click on the Title line above you will learn about where we will meet this Saturday. I am trying to import the map of the site into this post.

And HERE is the MAP of the SITE:

It is the head of the historic Illinois and Michigan (I&M) Canal.

As such, it is a designated site for the Art in the Parks National Competition -- (entry deadline June 2006). It is thus, a great place for US to EXPLORE and paint. It is also said that it is the only place in Chicago that is the original 'footprint' of where the explorers actually stood as they contemplated the significance of a canal that would connect Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. Everything else seems to be under Wacker Drive, or other modern structures of the City, etc.

Here is where you can read about its Historic significance -- at both of these sites:


LOVE the statue! Great cheekbones!

Here are directions:

Directions to the historic site:
1)      Drive east on I-290 (the Eisenhower Expressway).
2)      Exit right at Harlem Avenue heading south.
3)      The entrance to the historic site is to the right (on the west side of Harlem Avenue) just after 46th Street and about 2 blocks north of I-55 (the Stevenson Expressway).
4)      I suggest we meet next to the statue of Marquette, Jolliet and their Native American guide (which appears to be adjacent to the Parking lot in the map attached) at 8:30 AM.  I will try to get there a little earlier to do some exploring and therefore, have more info when we meet.

My hope is that this location is less of a drain on the gas tanks of those of you who come out from the City.

I hope you find it interesting. There should be 'grist' for our 'mill'.

Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

Rita R