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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the show at prairie creek lodge, photo by sue sinclair

The show is up!

  I am happy to report that the paintings from the Six Artists Six Prairies project are now hanging at Prairie Creek Lodge in Gainesville, Florida.  I had imagined such a nice day painting with the other artists and enjoying the show opening, but managed to catch a nasty bronchial virus with a long recovery …

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photo of Sandhill Cranes


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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Back home and enjoying painting!

I just returned from two back to back events: a teaching week with my friend and fellow artist Kathleen Wobie at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, followed by a week of painting at the Canaveral National Seashore Invitational Paint Out.  It was a delightful time to be outdoors enjoying the …

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