Plein Air Painting Class and Juried Portrait Show

ACRYLIC PAINTING IN PLEIN AIR John C. Campbell Folk School,  Brasstown, North Carolina Sunday, Oct 12 – Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 Would you like to spend a week in the mountains of North Carolina painting outdoors?  There is still time to register for a plein air painting class I will be teaching at the John …

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painter at plein air painting workshop in Odessa, Florida

The beckoning of spring

Here in north central Florida, spring is bursting out in a riot of color and an orchestra of birdsong.  The weather is fresh and the outdoors beckons!  I recently taught a plein air painting workshop in Odessa, Florida.  I am always fascinated by the different subject matter which intrigues artists as well as the diverse …

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Refining the focus

The daunting process of downsizing is underway.  Many things have made their way into new places: paper shredders, donation centers, garage sales, dumpsters and others’ hands. This raised the question: however did we accumulate so much stuff? Which raised another question: however did I get so busy? During the months we took up residence in …

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flowers at Epcot

Invitation

If you are looking for something interesting to do the weekend of April 5 – 7, 2013, consider a visit to Epcot, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  The International Flower and Garden Festival is in full force and this particular weekend is the annual “Art in the Gardens” event.  Sixteen invited artists from the southeast will …

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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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delivering paintings

Barrier Islands: Creations of Tide and Time

Peace at Sunrise, a painting of Sapelo Island by Mary Jane Volkmann Late in October I flew back to the States with a full agenda: being with my mother, our sons and family, visiting friends, sorting out a house packed full of a lifetime of accumulation, delivering paintings and being present for the opening of …

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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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