En Plein Air – Sunday 18th May – Telegraph Station

Telegraph Station - Alice Springs

Our 2014 En Plein Air season kicks off this Sunday 3PM at the Telegraph Station. Meet on the river bank behind the main building.  If you are running late look for us scattered about! Bring your art materials as you need. Please consider that the social aspects are as (if not more) important as the artistic endeavour! Do as much, or as little art as you desire! Consider bringing a vino and BBQ grub to enjoy with your snacks that can be as simple or elaborate as you so wish. These we normally share after a time of drawing/painting .. whatever.  Remember a hat, water and a stool. Contact a committee member if you wish to borrow an easel.

Season Program details are under the ‘Plein Air’ TAB at the top, below the banner.

(Photo courtesy Allan Weeks)

En plein air  is a French expression which means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif  (“painting on the ground”) in French.

Claude Monet – Painting by the Edge of a Wood (1885)

 

John Lavery – The Principal Street at Grez (1884)

Emil Orlik – Max Slevogt an der Staffelei im Garten (Neukastell) (1917)

Winslow Homer – Artists Sketching in the White Mountains (1868)

 

Images from the Wikimedia Commons.            Commons is a freely licensed media file repository.

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes (resembling modern toothpaste tubes). Previously, each painter made their own paints by grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil. The Newlyn School in England is considered another major proponent of the technique in the latter 19th century.

It was during this period that the “Box Easel”, typically known as the French Box Easel or field easel, was invented. It is uncertain who developed it first, but these highly portable easels, with telescopic legs and built-in paint box and palette, made treks into the forest and up the hillsides less onerous. Still made today, they remain a popular choice even for home use since they fold up to the size of a brief case and thus are easy to store.

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Will you be an entrant in this year’s Advocate Art Award?

Centralian Advocate Masthead CMYK for email

It’s time to start getting your entry under way    for this year’s ‘Advocate’!

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OK.. so you’re here on our blog so we guess you’re at least considering an electronic entry?  Go on .. it’s really simple! However we still have paper forms here if you’re not quite ready to take the leap!  We will also this year return to entry forms in the Centralian Advocate.  A  few of you told us you missed them last year.

First up, can we suggest that you ensure you are financial (membership lapses each year on July 1) if you wish to obtain the benefits.  Any memberships/renewals received now will carry into next year.  But membership isn’t compulsory to enter unless you are an ex-resident of Central Australia.

Make a start with your art and then come back here soon when you have settled on your work and submit your entry. You can find the details on the top drop-down menu above under the Advocate Art Award.

Details and Entry click here

We have a number of new sponsors this year but the Centralian Advocate remains our major sponsor.

En Plein Air – Sunday 23rd September, Emily Gap

Postscript:

Sunday’s session was small but highly enjoyable! Maybe a few more will join us next time on October 7th. Details soon.

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CAAS En Plein Air, Emily Gap 2012

We are running out of time during the current milder season to share some outdoor artistic and social time together with En Plein Air.  Members and friends are welcome to join us this Sunday at Emily Gap. We will meet after 3PM in the carpark at Emily Gap for some art and a social.  If you are running late look for us scattered about! Bring your art materials as you need.  Emily Gap is outside the Restricted Areas so you are free to bring a vino to enjoy with your snacks that can be as simple or elaborate as you so wish. These we normally share after a time of drawing/painting .. whatever.  Remember a hat, water and a stool. Contact a committee member if you wish to borrow an easel.

En plein air  is a French expression which means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif  (“painting on the ground”) in French.

Claude Monet – Painting by the Edge of a Wood (1885)

 

John Lavery – The Principal Street at Grez (1884)

Emil Orlik – Max Slevogt an der Staffelei im Garten (Neukastell) (1917)

Winslow Homer – Artists Sketching in the White Mountains (1868)

 

Images from the Wikimedia Commons.            Commons is a freely licensed media file repository.

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes (resembling modern toothpaste tubes). Previously, each painter made their own paints by grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil. The Newlyn School in England is considered another major proponent of the technique in the latter 19th century.

It was during this period that the “Box Easel”, typically known as the French Box Easel or field easel, was invented. It is uncertain who developed it first, but these highly portable easels, with telescopic legs and built-in paint box and palette, made treks into the forest and up the hillsides less onerous. Still made today, they remain a popular choice even for home use since they fold up to the size of a brief case and thus are easy to store.

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Walk in the Art, 2012

The concluding unique event at our annual Advocate Art Award is the ‘Walk’ where artists share with interested members and visitors aspects of their art practice and exhibit.  To close, afternoon tea was kindly provided by our committee member Françoise and daughter.

The People’s Choice Award, to the value of $1200 was shared between Sheriden Appel and Jenny McFarland for their popular metal sculpture entry titled “Summer’s Bluff”.  Congratulations to both Sheriden and Jenny.

We wish to sincerely thank Nathan King, Exhibitions Officer at Araluen who not only curated the exhibition but conducted the  ‘Walk’ when at the last-minute our president Ron fell ill.

Finally the Special Voters’ Prize, the painting generously donated by Papunya Tula Artists was won by Henry Smith. Congratulations Henry!

Henry’s ‘Slow Burn’

Terra Firma (detail) 60 x 60 cm oil on canvas

CAAS member Henry Smith has a new exhibition opening Friday at Araluen.  The title is ‘Slow Burn’, all members and friends welcome!
Exhibition Opening:  Friday 1 June, 6.00pm, Araluen Galleries
Opening Speaker:  Rod Moss
Exhibition:  Saturday 2 June to Sunday 8 July
Artist Floor Talk:  Saturday 2 June, 11.30am
Araluen Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 4pm

Open for Business!

We are happy that so many of you joined us for the recent Opening. It was a great success! Thanks to so many for your support. We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Minister for the Arts and Museums, Hon. Gerry McCarthy who opened our new building and exhibition  and for the support of the Deputy of the Administrator, Mrs Pat Miller AO.

To see more photos, click here: 

The Members’ Exhibition will be open again next weekend 2nd & 3rd June from 10AM to 5PM.