Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"2012 Forgotten Coast Plein Air Event"

Painting "She' all grey", 8x10
We just returned from our third year at the "Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air event. It was fun as usual, an the strongest show since I have have attended this event. It has become a reunion type of affair, and we look forward to seeing friends that we have made at this great paint out.

My wife, Marilyn, goes to these events with me, and she takes tons of digital shots of pretty much everything that happens. If not for her documentation of some of this, I would have no record of any of this.....and certainly no material for this blog. All I do is paint when I attend something like this. She helps me on these trips in more ways than just taking a bunch of photos. I shutter to think what might happen if I were left to my own devices....I probably would leave the hotel each morning without my wallet and heaven knows what else. Thank you Marilyn for spending your Mother's Day, in your usual unselfish way....helping me do my thing.

Finished painting, "She's all grey".
I found this old dump truck at the Marina.
This is my Quick Draw effort, "Rollin Stone".
Shot of the entire Quick Draw participants.
My friend Ken Dewaard, who won the quick draw and the artist choice awards this year, chatting as I painted the shrimper at Scipio Creek.
The Shrimper, early morning.
Painting the "Crystal Starr"
This was painted on the St. George Island side of the bridge.
"White Sail at St. George Island".
Demonstration day at Mexico Beach. "Red Blanket"
Some new friends sat patiently through most of my demo day.
Thanks for the support.
This is the "Barber's Seafood" in East Point Fl.
12x16 oil on linen.
Each event has a student day, and each artist is given a student
to guide through a painting. This is my student doing a a very nice little landscape
in oil for the first time. This is always a fun day for everyone.


  1. You always paint great, but this group looks outstanding. Of course I love that dump truck! I hope you show it larger someday.

    I'm also jealous of all these great locations you get to paint at. Take me with you!

    1. Sorry for the tardy response Randy. Thanks, I love the rusty stuff as well. I never pass one up if I can help it. Well, I don't go to as many great locations as some painters. At the moment, I'm only doing about three of these paintouts a year, but we travel in the summer. Great hearing from you Randy...maybe we can paint in Texas some time.

  2. ps Big thank you to your wife Marilyn! I also have a wife that takes care of me, so I imagine that Marilyn makes it all happen for you.

    1. You are also a lucky guy! I have female painter friends that often make the comment..."what I need is a wife". It works for me. While I'm looking for my keys, she does everything else.

  3. Hodges, it was so great for me to meet you and your sweet wife at this event! I loved watching you paint and am so inspired by your work. It was a wonderful ten days and just wanted to tell you how much I admire you and your work!

    1. Thanks Denise, and it was a delight to meet you and all the new folks that came to the event. It is like a reunion after a few years of participation. Nice to see friends each year....that's one of the fun thing for me. See you at the next one!

  4. The Forgotten Coast paintout looks like a great location. What do I need to do to get invited to this event?

    1. Rusty, it is a great area and a well run event. It is invitational, and I think they keep the number somewhere around 26. This was my third year, but they do invite different folks....Some artists do it and then sit out....that sort of thing. I will make them aware of your interest. You certainly would be a great addition to the group.