the color of water, photo by artist Mary Jane Volkmann

The Color of Water

I recently received the most wonderful gift!  One of my artist friends, Linda Blondheim, and I were invited by a mutual friend to spend a few days painting on an island in the Gulf of Mexico.  Painting water and being around it thrill me, so the opportunity to have an artist residency where I could …

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painting Tuscawilla Prairie

Workshop Invitation: Landscape Painting on Location

Workshop Invitation: Landscape Painting on Location The weekend of February 21-22 I will be teaching a landscape painting workshop with Kathleen Wobie at Paynes Prairie State Park in Micanopy, Florida.  Kathie and I have been teaching together for 11 years but have not held a Florida workshop in some time.  It’s a great time of …

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Mary Jane Volkmann and Linda Blondheim, artists

Picking up where I left off….

“Waiting for a Word” A year and a half ago I went out to Fair Oaks and started this painting.  Fair Oaks is a gorgeous estate in north central Florida, renowned for its diverse beauty and the welcome extended to artists to visit and paint.  On that particular day and for some unknown reason I …

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studio in Kassel, Germany

Back online!

Life certainly presents interesting opportunities and challenges!  I traveled with Walter to Europe in July as he pursued some fascinating developments in his career.  We started in Ferrara, Italy, where he worked with colleagues and a professor and his team using a small unmanned aerial vehicle, (not a spy ship) to photograph the destruction and …

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plein air painting workshop taught by Mary Jane Volkmann and Kathleen Wobie

The John C. Campbell Experience

Each spring and fall for the past several years I have had the privilege of co-teaching a plein air painting class with Kathleen Wobie at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N. Carolina.  We originally taught classes by ourselves, assisting each other when we had full classes.  We realized how much we enjoyed …

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painting of a neighborhood path

Winter Park Paint Out

I’ve just returned from quite a week at the Winter Park Paint Out!  The organizers pulled out all the stops to make it a fabulous week.  It always takes me a couple of days to reorient myself after these intense weeks of non-stop painting, functions and visiting with my fellow artists.  A concurrent poetry competition …

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painting by Mary Jane Volkmann

Off and Running!

After three glorious days painting in the magnificent flower gardens of the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot, I’ve had great practice for the Winter Park Invitational Paint Out which begins this coming Sunday. Each year the team of volunteer gardeners at the Albin Polasek Museum, where the paint out is held, do everything they can …

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asking questions about painting

Art in the Garden at Epcot, March 23 – 25, 2012

For the past nine years a group of 16 artists from the southeast has been invited to paint in the gardens of Epcot during the “Art in the Garden” weekend of the International Flower and Garden Festival.  I feel privileged to be part of this event and look forward to it each year.  As was …

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photo of Sandhill Cranes

Transitions

When I’m outdoors painting I keep my binoculars and my iBird Explorer Pro handy!  I get such a thrill in watching and listening to the birds, especially the flocks of Sandhill Cranes in Florida at this time of year.  I am now busy putting the final touches on a number of paintings which will be …

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Paynes Prairie in the morning mist

From Prairies to Barrier Islands and ? in between…

It was a glorious fall in Florida.  The weather seemed to change so slowly and it seemed to my artist eyes that the leaves stayed longer on the trees in more color than I had seen in previous years.  It was great to get out and explore, watching the changing landscape to the calling of …

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