Sunday, June 24, 2012

Painting Outside Plein Air

 Plein Air A painting done outside rather than inside in a studio. French en plein air, meaning 'in the open air'
I was lucky to do some paintings a few weeks ago on Block Island although they are still not ready to be shown. (Touch ups are needed.)  I also got out with my camera and caught a lovely sunrise.

                               Here I am sititng on my back balcony on Block Island painting.

One morning we had visitors

 Waterfront Festival Huntington NY Sunday June 24th  
Today I was one of the artists who participated in the Waterfront Festival in Huntington at Vanderbilt Mansion Museum. This is a great idea orchestrated by Rich Rivkin, a series of 7 festivals this summer. Bringing together artist with musicians. Rich also produces "Live Art Fusion" events on Wednesday nights.  Today was a especially lovely day to be outside. I found there is something about seeing an artist at work that makes people extremely inquisitive, many came over to chat with me or other artists asking questions and making comments.  Which was very nice, especially since they were supportive. I was lucky to have my sister and her friend show up to take a few photos for me.

The next Festival will be Sunday, July 8, 2012 Noon - 4pm
at Heckscher Park in Huntington NY and again on Sunday, July 29, 2012 1 - 6pm at
Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport NY both will be featuring artists painting to live music by four bands, overlooking the Long Island Sound how great is that? 

 Also on  Sunday, August 12, 2012 2 - 6pm Rich has planned Live Art Drum & Dance Fest Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport NY 50+ Hand Drummers and Dancers, along Live Painting by dozens of Artists,

I can’t wait to do this AGAIN! Especially at the Vanderbilt Mansion which has so many great spots to paint. I had a wonderful time and it was packed with people who came to relax and listen to the music and take in the sights. The scenery and Mansion is gorgeous so check it out and if you are an artist well …..Get our your easel!


  1. Ooh, sounds great, Vivien! Just when I'm not around, so many good things are happening on the Island, with the arts! I'm glad you got to participate and found it to be fun and affirming, as well. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Yes was fun and it gets me painting!