Saturday, December 31, 2011

Louise Thies Web site needs votes for the WoRST web site!

Please go to this site and give a thumbs down to my website ( so that I can win a website makeover. Tell all your friends. PLEASE!!! I’m in desperate need of some help on this!

You really must visit this web site to see how pitiful Louise's web site is.  I actually sent her a note last week, kindly teasing her of it's content.  I know it will bring a smile to your face.  This is one of her 'pages':

What you’re supposed to see here, is something that says, “This site is under construction.” I have not figured out this website design publishing thing, and until I do, this is what you’ll see. Take my word for it though, Louise Thies IS a world class artist … (not a website designer) and is probably out painting as you’re reading this. She’s real sorry she missed you, but if you’d like to email her, you can at this temporary email address:

Please vote for her web site for a thumbs DOWN to help this artist win a makeover!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Studio paintings

Jim Pettijohn has been busy this fall/winter working in his studio.  He was kind to share a selection of his work.  More will be posted next week.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

CHILLY in Kansas City

It is expected to be in the LOW teens tonight.  I have cancelled the formal paint out for Wed. Dec. 7.  I think it's about time to retreat to the studio for winter.  With the holidays just around the corner, I suspect some of you are busy with finishing up paintings for gifts.

If we have a warm day on a Wed., I will quickly post a location.  For now my friends, continue to paint in your studios.  For those of you hardy painters who choose to go out, PLEASE send me photos!

For those Kansas City painters in our group who have recently started a painters blog or web site, please send the address to be posted.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Prickly Pear Cactus

Yesterdays balmy 50 degrees was a little lacking so I decided to paint in my 'studio' slash living room.  It was really chilly outdoors, and I wanted to 'think warm'.   We had the opportunity to take loads of wonderful photographs this summer, and one of my favorites was the Prickly Pear Cactus.  I recently saw some painting done by Matt Smith, and thought the cactus would be a great subject.  Here is is, along with the photo reference.

Send me photos of the paintings you are working on.  I would love to post them.

Thanks!  Peggy

Monday, November 28, 2011

Location Location Location....It's time for the Kauffman Center!

Wednesday, 30

47 | 31 °F
Chance of

Wednesday's weather in Kansas City looks promising to paint out doors.  The location this week will be The Kauffman Center.  The proper address is:  1601 Broadway  Kansas City, MO 64106-2010
At 18th and Broadway there is an 'Urban Garden'.  This location may be a nice area to set up with a view of the Kauffman Center only a couple of blocks North. 

 The Kauffman Center

Note:  There is a new added section below on 'Gear for Painting Outdoors in the Winter'.  If you can think of a topic to add, please send it to me for a post!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cruising for old things to paint.

On a warm crisp fall day in MO, why not drive around to find old things that are waiting to be in a painting?  I drove around today and found these old cool farm tractors.  Waiting.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sedona Plein Air Event

The Sedona Arts Center is in full swing this week with the plein air festival.  Oct. 21 was the opening gala with Kevin Macpherson's opening show 'Reflections on a Pond'.  It was a wonderful sight for all of those little gems to be displayed in one room to view.  I only have one photo of his work, and with his permission!

Sat. from 1:30 - 4pm the Main St. paint out and sale kept the street jam packed with cars and people.  There were artists from all over the United States participating in this quick paint out.  Joshua Been (Salida, CO artist) had just wrapped up a 3 day workshop in Sedona, and he was on the street Sat. for the quick paint.  As most artist seem to struggle finishing one painting, Joshua completed two.  One was sold before it was finished and off the easel!  If you get the chance to take a workshop with Mr. Been, I would highly recommend it.  He is an excellent teacher and extremely generous with his information.

I am also including a couple of photos of those YELLOW aspens in CO.  Buy a large tube of Cadmium Yellow Lemon if you get the chance to paint in the fall in CO.  Missouri is diving in to color as well.  I hope you are all taking time to paint each Wed.  Our schedule for paint outs has been a little disrupted this fall with everyone traveling.  We will plan for an event to share stories around the holidays.

Colorado Aspens

Sedona AZ

Joshua Been at the Sedona quick paint.

Sedona quick paint artists lined up.

Josh Been's painting

Artists and collectors at the Main St. paint out and sale

Joshua Been's paintings

More red rocks in Sedona AZ.
I hope to get some juicy photos of the upcoming advanced workshop Shawn Cornell is having.  This is just a teaser....I don't have all the details yet!  Enjoy fall!  Peggy

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Debbie Payne win's an award in the CO Rocky Mountain Plein Air event!

Jim at Zona Rosa's Arts Festival

What a great great tent Jim Pettijohn had at Zona Rosa.  Hopefully next year the weather will cooperate a little better.  On a side note, I have one of his hand carved wrens in my living room.  My next purchase will be a painting!  Jim does such wonderful work in wood and paint.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Featuring Mr. Jim Pettijohn

This painting in oil was a beautiful view of the pond across the street from the Briarcliff Shopping area.  It was one of the many locations our group has selected to paint this summer.

Jim will be showing his work at several different venues this summer.  Check our list for dates and directions.  Zona Rosa is coming up!

This painting is from a trip Jim took to the Flint Hills in Kansas.  Wow, take a good look at the reflections in the water.  In addition to painting, Jim is a master wood carver and a very talented photographer.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's going to be hot on Wed. for our paint out!

Remember to bring water tomorrow.  It's going to be hot....again.  But our view should be stellar.  So come early and enjoy the sights and sounds of the downtown airport.

This airport replaced Richards Field as Kansas City's main airport. It was dedicated as New Richards Field in 1927 by Charles Lindbergh. It was quickly renamed Kansas City Municipal Airport. Its most prominent tenant was TWA which was headquartered in Kansas City because of its central location. The airport was built in the Missouri River bottoms next to the rail tracks at theHannibal Bridge. At the time air travel was considered to be handled in conjunction with rail traffic.
The airport had limited area for expansion (in fact, Fairfax Airport directly across the Missouri River in Kansas City, Kansas was actually bigger area wise before it closed). Airplanes had to avoid the 200-foot (60 m) Quality Hill and the Downtown Kansas City skyline at the south end of the main runway. In the early 1960s an FAA memo called it "the most dangerous major airport in the country" and urged that no further federal funds be spent on it. Kansas City replaced the airport in 1972 with Kansas City International Airport.
The April 1957 OAG shows 40 weekday Braniff departures, 39 TWA, 9 Continental, 4 United, 2 Delta, 2 Ozark and 2 Central.
The downtown airport has been renamed for Charles Wheeler who was mayor when Kansas City International opened. Richards Road which serves the airport is named for John Francisco Richards II, a Kansas City airman killed in World War I (and whose name was also applied to Richards Field and Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base).
Despite the concerns about the airport's being unsafe, Air Force One frequently uses it during Presidential visits. [1][2]
Today, the airport is used chiefly for corporate and recreational aviation. Its location just north of the downtown business center provides excellent highway access.
It is home to the National Airline History Museum which focuses extensively on commercial airlines.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Meeting, plans and painting

We met this morning at the Corner Cafe in Riverside.  We brought a painting to critique and a list for location options to paint.  After swapping stories and information (and a hardy breakfast), we set up a plan for new locations for the end of summer and fall.  Thank you to everyone that attended!  It was great to have the chance to sit down and talk.  As requested, we will try to incorporate more of those sessions in the future.
Although it was hot and sticky today, as promised by the weather last night, the pond at Briarcliff was a very pleasant place to paint.  We had lots of shade options and a little breeze off the pond.  I will say the pond was a little on the green side (I did not enhance the photos), thus we had more GREEN challenges today!

Jim Love's painting (and yes that is the pond water so very green today).

Peggy's painting/early stage blocking in color

Our location at Briarcliff pond.

Margaret did it again with a beautiful pastel painting.  The colors are so 'lush'.

Jim and Margaret
Jim's work before he added the waterfall water.

Braircliff pond is a 'best kept secret' of the Northland!  Lots of shad and locations to paint.
Peggy's painting near completion.

I couldn't move this up for Jim's first photo op.
Peggy's painting finished.
DAMAGE in the neighborhood.  There was a lot of roof damage in the Briarcliff area.  

The tree had actually closed off the road for a while.  

Monday, August 22, 2011

Art Suppliers

AirFloat Systems (sturdy shipping boxes for your art) -
Art Panels -
Artwork Essentials EASyLs - - 949.856.2196
Canvas 4U -
Creative Coldsnow-808 Westport Rd. Kansas City, MO. 816-531-1213
French Canvas - - 609.924.0440
Judsons Plein Air Outfitters - - 866.POCHADE
Open Box M -
RayMar - - 888-809-3314
Signature Canvas - - 1-800-420-3434
Sourcetek – – 800.587.5462
Studio Products -
Utrecht- 816-531-8410
4142 Main St

Kansas CityMO 64111 

River Arts -