Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Open House and Studio Sale

It was a beautiful winter day in Berger Mo , and about 50 art lovers ventured out to Lyon School for the first day of my biannual studio sale-------Come out tomorrow-----Sunday Dec 12th for music , food and great art!!! I'll make some delicious bison chile ------we'll have flamenco guitar and a warm fire on the front porch!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Studio Sale and Open House

Less than two weeks until my Holiday Studio Sale and Open House !!!!!!!
Come out and bring your family and friends for Beautiful Art , Music and a day in the country!!!

Saturday and Sunday , Dec 11th and 12th , 12 noon until 6 pm
4588 Lyon School Rd, Berger, Mo 63014---------573-834-5064

Katie Kantley's hand -dyed silk fashions will be modeled between 2 and 4 pm on Saturday!

Directions from St Louis: Hwy 44 West to Hwy 100 West, Continue 9 miles past New Haven, to V V (left), 1 mile to Lyon School Rd (right), 1 mile to property on left!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Lyon School Autumn Plein Air

Hello All-----The weather is going to be beautiful for plein air painting-----I am looking forward to painting all weekend! Saturday workshop from 8 to 4 pm-----Open paint Saturday and Sunday all day ( you do not have to take the workshop if you come Saturday)

If you would like to come out earlier or stay later that would be fine----and anyone is welcome to bring a tent and sleeping bag to stay over----or I highly recommend a stay at the Central Hotel in New Haven-----Just give me a call with any questions----573-834-5064----I'm home cooking today!

Direction to Lyon School from St Louis: Hwy 44 west to Hwy 100 west (towards Washington)Go through Washington and New Haven----continue 9 miles past New Haven to
V V ----go Left on V V 1 mile to Lyon School Road -----go right----then 1 mile to property on left ---mailbox is on the right side opposite the driveway-----

please scroll down in this blog to my supply list from my Spring plein air workshop----or give me a call----

I enjoyed a wonderful plein air event in Ste Genevieve Mo Last week----and had the beautiful reward of receiving "Best of Show " in oils for this 8 x 12 painted at sunset at Chaumette Winery---"Evening Splendor" -----I arrived in Ste Gen and went directly to Charleville winery --------knowing it would be a rush to paint a small piece and enter the "Paint the Wineries " contest-----so I decided to just paint on my own -------I painted this 8 x 10 "Cosmos with a View" as the other artists painting there went off to the evening's reception----I then decided to hurry over to Chaumette ----it's about 5 oclock at this point ----to paint the sunset ---the owner graciously allowed me to stay and paint after closing ------and I relaxed into the warm glow of sunset and long shadows that blanketed the huge view------ relaxed and painted quickly -----is that an oxymoron? In alla prima style---I think it is just what the painter needs!!
As an added bonus I sold ----" Evening Splendor"---- the next day as I was framing it outside the Main Street Inn-----!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Art Show at Wiegand Studios

Sunday, October 3rd, 12 noon until 6 pm
Jan Takacs & Julie Wiegand
Present their plein air & studio oil paintings in a special one day show at
Wiegand Studios , One Wiegand Drive, Chesterfield, Mo 63005
For more information contact Julie at 573-834-5064
All are invited to this free event!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Autumn Plein Air and Open Studio at Lyon School

Join me at Lyon School Studio in October for my Autumn Plein Air Event----Saturday and Sunday , October 16th and 17th, Sunrise to Sunset! Artists and art appreciators are invited to join me at my home/studio to paint, sketch, watch, visit my studio, or just enjoy the countryside. I will teach a plein air workshop , Saturday the 16th , from 8 am until 4 pm. The fee for the workshop is $75.00 and includes lunch----which I will lovingly prepare--------

All are welcome to come for one or both days----free event ---(fee for workshop and lunch only)-------sign up required---I will limit the workshop to 15 people-----4588 Lyon School Rd, Berger, Mo 63014

More information and sign up -----573-834-5064

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hot Summertime

Hello all
Steamy Missouri summer is upon us----early morning and late evening painting are the times for plein air ----a bit more studio work for me ----yet when I do get out to paint---the humidity makes beautiful atmosphere----so it's a mixed blessing-----

I had hoped to be painting sunflowers in the Clarksville area this week but the growing of sunflowers is a bit sparse this year---I do plan to try to make the Sunday, July 25th reception from 1 to 3 pm at Clarksville glassworks---hopefully with at least one fresh sunflower painting----I will post more information on whether there are any fields of sunflowers later this week!!

I thoroughly enjoyed painting the ranks of hay as they were raked by our friend Howard Schutt on our 15 acres of meadow----he purposefully slowed down his raking to accommodate me----my brush and brain were moving as quickly as possible to capture the classic image.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Directions Lyon School

Please plan to come to Lyon School Summer Studio Sale and Open House---- bring your friends for an afternoon in the country !!!! June 26th and 27th ---12 noon until 6 pm ----New art-----Great food and refreshments----mostly local and organic----beautiful scenery inside and out ---All local and organic! ---and as mentioned on my postcard----My prices will be adjusted to fit the current economy! I have reduced my smaller work by 30% and my large studio pieces are reduced by as much as 50% ------

Directions to Lyon School from St Louis : approx 60 miles----Hwy 44 West to Washington , Mo Exit (Hwy 100) Hwy 100 West through New Haven , Mo, Continue 9 miles after New Haven to Hwy V V (left) 1 mile to Lyon School Rd (right) 1 mile to property on left ---4588 Lyon School Road, Berger, Mo 63014 Phone at Lyon School : 573-834-5064 call for additional directions or questions

Summer Studio Sale & Open House 2010

My summer studio sale is approaching ----- and i'll be painting away until it's here----I've just completed a 4 x 6 foot studio work of the beautiful Virginia Bluebells which bloomed profusely over many acres in the Meramec River Bottom at the Shaw Nature Reserve. My painting buddies Jan Takacs and Charissa Coyle shared the wonderful experience with me as we painted plein air among the blooming beauties. I then took my 12 x 16 plein air study and developed it into the finished studio piece!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Change is in the air

hello all

A big blogging THANKS to those who came out for my Lyon School Plein Air Spring painting workshop and paint out! I foresee that in the future my plein air workshops will become a holistic event of painting, music , food and health ! I was happy that my real food lunch served was as big a hit as my suggested color palette ! My next plein air event is planned for the 3rd weekend of october----I am available for private and group lessons throughout the year---give me a call--573-834-5064
As springtime grows all around us I have been out painting it----I participated in the Augusta Missouri 8th annual plein air event ----over 100 artists painted and sketched the lovely Missouri landscape and quaint town, and we then presented our completed fresh work in a show and sale on the final day.
I have just returned from a plein air workshop in Bennett Springs Missouri, taught by the talented young painter, Joshua Been , from Salida, Colorado. This workshop was hosted by Macreed's Gallery , Lebanon, Mo. I had a wonderful time working hard at gaining new insights into the nuances of impressionistic plein air and studio oils!
I highly recommend Josh as a knowledgable, energetic, and generous teacher.

Lyon School Summer Studio Sale and Open House
is just 6 weeks away!!! June 26th and 27th, 2010
12 Noon until 6 pm -----------------------------in consideration of the current economy------------particularly mine----I will be adjusting my prices for a period of time-----------------
-------- Thanks to my past clients and collectors for understanding this move------------

All are welcome to give me a call for a visit to my home studio here at Lyon School anytime------------573-834-5064 or thanks!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Supplies, Info, etc ---- April 17th workshop

Hello all ----I need to clear up a bit of confusion ----My Spring Plein Air weekend is Saturday and Sunday April 17 th and 18th-----that's clear---- --All are invited to come to paint plein air---or just to watch and admire the art being produced-----at no charge both Saturday and Sunday----My plein air WORKSHOP IS SATURDAY ONLY from 9 until 5 pm at a cost of $65. ---including lunch which I will lovingly prepare-----I will be sure to state the information differently for my October Plein Air Event!

SUGGESTED Supply List for OIL PAINTERS : Limited palette: Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow,Titanium White additional colors Scarlet Lake, Permanent Yellow Deep, Pthalo Blue, Burnt Sienna, odorless thinner---i prefer eco friendly citrus thinner--linseed oil , small bottle of olive oil or lotion

ALL ARTISTS NEED:Large brimmed hat, portable easel, rags and or paper towels, 4 or 5 small panels or canvases about 8 x 10 size---plus one or two larger size of your preference---

On Saturday Morning ---for the workshop I will do a demonstration----and talk about plein air and the elements that go into painting a successful painting as well as covering practical and technical information---ending with a short question and answer session---
Then you will all set up to paint---I will assist you if you need it ----giving as much individual attention as you need-----at the end of the day--- if time allows ----we will do a short critique -----I am looking forward to sharing with you what I have learned in my 30 years of doing art ---- and I will enjoy---I'm sure ---learning from you!
We will break for lunch mid- day----and I will only cancel if the weather is impossible----!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Directions Lyon School

65 miles from St. Louis----Hwy 44 west to Hwy 100 West, Continue 9 miles past New Haven to
V V (left) 1 mile to Lyon School Rd. (right) 1 mile to property on left.

Florida Light and Color

Tommy and I have just returned from a week in Florida----we had the pleasure of being at a close friends daughter's beachside wedding in Naples------Our walks on the beach in the early morning light with soft pinks reflecting in the sand, while sandpipers, gulls, and egrets spent the time fishing for their breakfast in the surf and sand were inspiring moments-------The full moon cast a magic reflective spell on the water-----ahhhhh----we swam in the chilly gulf------had a great time ----and although I didn't paint in oils ----I sketched , water colored, and photographed our lovely experience---------You'll see in descriptions of my work---the term --- "experiential" ------It will be referring to all the moments and experiences that lead to the development of each piece----ahhhhh life! Time to paint and experience this beautiful Missouri spring!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Barn Stands Alone

Painted en plein air in the Berger Bottoms, Autumn, 2009

Lyon School Plein Air -----April 17th & 18th

Saturday and Sunday April 17th & 18 th
Come join me at Lyon School Studio ---my home & studio
to paint plein air!!!

Friends, art lovers, family & artists of all levels are welcome!
------- All are invited ( at no charge) to come paint , sketch or watch---------
Purchases directly from the artists' easels are encouraged!

Plein air workshop Saturday from 9 until 5
Instructed by Julie Wiegand
"Capture a Mood with Color & Light "
$65.oo fee for the workshop---includes lunch prepared by me!
Contact : 573-834-5064 or
I will limit the workshop to 12 participants

Spring is in the Air

Hello all----It is officially spring ----I was in Colorado in late February enjoying the amazing vista views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from 10 miles outside the small town of Westcliffe -----about 1 1/2 hours South of Colorado Springs----Tommy , Emma and I had a wonderful time-----We had great weather----hiked, painted, hiked some more, cross country skied, downhill skied, painted some more, relaxed and soaked up the mountain air and plenty of Colorado sunshine----There was even a little health food store to buy provisions of local grass fed beef, bison and elk, and organic produce in Westcliffe, which made me happy.

I did 6 or so new paintings and sketched quite a bit------so that also made me happy!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Snow Shadows 2010

Hello all and Happy nearly New Year 2010!

I enjoyed the long lasting beautiful snow we've had this month and have adjusted to the cold fairly well---------I got out and painted several times and have some nice winter images to show for it--------I just hung 18 of my most recent oil paintings in St Louis at Fleishman Hillard , the communications firm in downtown St Louis. This is an Art St Louis sponsored show which will run for two months .

I have a show at the Monday Club in Webster Groves Missouri, which opens with a reception on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7th , 2 until 4 pm. Please stop by the Monday Club for my reception, we'll serve refreshments and I'm showing my Travel Images collection of oils, to take you away to warm ocean settings on a cold February day!!!! This show is up through March 3rd.

Interested in plein air painting??? Join me on April 17th & 18th , 2010, for plein air painting at Lyon School----workshop Saturday ---or just come to paint anytime Saturday or Sunday----beautiful views---great comraderie----warm up for the Augusta Plein Air event!