Photo Gallery Featuring Plein Air Coastal Delaware Artists

Photo of Plein Air Artist Christine Heyse

Plein Air Coastal Delaware artist, Christine Heyse, painting a Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk  scene.
Plein Air Coastal Delaware artist, Christine Heyse, painting a Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk scene. | Source

Children's Beach House

The Children's Beach House in Lewes, DE, was founded by Lydia Chichester DuPont in 1936 because she believed the coastal environment had beneficial healing qualities that could help children who had special needs.

Today the beach house is the center of a year-round community-based initiative offered to DE families who have special needs children.

In Search of the Plein Air Coastal Delaware Artists

Paint smudged faces, hands and aprons, broad brimmed hats and visors, and portable easles made it easy to spot artists participating in the inaugural Plein Air Coastal Delaware Art Competion, Exhibition and Sale. The event was a first time collaboration and fundraiser between the Children's Beach House, the Rehoboth Art League and the Food Bank of Delaware.

The artists and photographers were competing for cash prizes and were jury selected after submitting application portfolios. Thirty-nine artists and 11 photographers were accepted and each participant made a commitment to finish 4 to 6 artworks for judging and sale.

"En plein air" is a French expression which means "in the open air," and according to Wikepedia, the term is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Like movie producers who take their crew on location for filming, plein air artists take their equipment outside and find a place that inspires them to quickly create a painting which captures the mood and lighting of the scene they're creating.

For four days in early May the participants of Plein Air Coastal Delaware painted and photographed some of the most beautiful Southern Delaware landscapes, seascapes, churches, historic structures and boardwalk scenes in Lewes, Milton, Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany Beach.

They worked outside from dawn to dusk not only in the glorious sunshine but also in gusty winds and bouts of heavy rain. This was a seasoned group of professional artists and when asked about the challenges of painting outdoors most smiled and explained they had chosen specific locales that took into account current weather conditions. When the downpours came they were already working under bridges, overpasses, open pavillions or from their cars and on windy days they used buildings and groves of trees as shields.

This article features 8 artists who were gracious enough to spend a few moments talking with me and generously allowed me to take photographs of them and of the art they were creating.

Christine Heyse Painting Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Christine A. Heyse poses in front of her watercolor painting of Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.
Christine A. Heyse poses in front of her watercolor painting of Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. | Source

Photo of Christine Heyse

The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand gave Christine Heyse an elevated view of the boardwalk and ocean.
The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand gave Christine Heyse an elevated view of the boardwalk and ocean. | Source

Christine Heyse

Christine Heyse is a watercolorist who also works in acrylics and oils. She has won many awards in regional and national exhibitions and in 2010 she was awarded a one month Artist Residency in Brittany France. She and her husband recently purchased a home on the Delaware Bay and she loves doing paintings that reflect the beauty of Southern Delaware.

I photographed her as she worked on a colorful Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk scene. She was standing inside the bandstand gazebo which gave her an elevated view of the boardwalk and ocean.

I planned to catch up with her the next day in Bethany Beach but heavy rains prevented me from venturing outside. She was not intimidated by the weather and later told me that she had painted a scene of the Indian River Lifesaving Station from the cramped quarters of her car.

Now that she owns a home in Delaware, I hope to see more of Christine's lovely paintings exhibited in local galleries and shops.

Pratima Rao Painting a Historic Building in Milton

Pratima Rao working her magic with colors and light.
Pratima Rao working her magic with colors and light. | Source

Photo of Pratima Rao's Painting

Pratima Rao sent me this photo of the final version of the painting she was working on in Milton.
Pratima Rao sent me this photo of the final version of the painting she was working on in Milton. | Source

Pratima Rao Painting

Pratima Rao painting in Historic Downtown Milton.
Pratima Rao painting in Historic Downtown Milton. | Source

Pratima Rao

Pratima Rao is an award winning New Jersey artist who took the Cape May-Lewes Ferry into Delaware for the plein air competition. She quit her job as an engineer seven years ago to pursue her dream of becoming a professional full-time artist.

"My employer wanted me to just take a leave of absence but I knew I was never going back to work as an engineer. Pursuing my dream has turned out to be the best decision of my professional life and I'm happier now than I've ever been before."

She loves painting landscapes in the open air because she feels it helps her capture the scene quickly and explore the effects of light. She was excited about being in southern Delaware, an area that she had traveled through but never really explored.

Pratima has participated in national plein air events and her paintings have been praised as being, "filled with color and light, capturing the feel of a place with an unmistakable style and unique viewpoint."

Look closely at the Milton scene she was working on and you can see that it's an excellent example of her bold use of colors and unique style. The landscape colors on canvas were very different from what I captured in my photo, and much more dramatic.

Arlene Matzkin Painting the Milton Theatre

Arlene Matzkin painting the Milton Theatre, capturing a piece of Milton's history for posterity.
Arlene Matzkin painting the Milton Theatre, capturing a piece of Milton's history for posterity. | Source

Photo of Arlene Matzkin

Arlene Matzkin absorbed in her work.
Arlene Matzkin absorbed in her work. | Source

Arlene Matzkin

Arlene Matzkin lives in southern Delaware and this is the first time that she participated in a plein air event. She's a retired architect and was painting the Milton Theatre- a building which housed live theatrical performances until the theatre was forced to close its doors in Oct. 2010 when a bank foreclosed on the property.

It's sad to see a once vibrant theatre sitting vacant, but Arlene Matzkin's painting will be a beautiful watercolor that documents the way it looked while the old sign was still up.

David Diaz Painting a Scene in Historic Milton

David Diaz painting a riverfront scene in Historic Milton.
David Diaz painting a riverfront scene in Historic Milton. | Source

Photo of David Diaz

David Diaz casually sitting on a concrete wall as he paints. He almost lost his balance and fell into the water when I asked him to turn his photo around during a heavy gust of wind.
David Diaz casually sitting on a concrete wall as he paints. He almost lost his balance and fell into the water when I asked him to turn his photo around during a heavy gust of wind. | Source

David Diaz

David Diaz is a prize-winning artist and educator who lives in Annapolis, Maryland. He had woken up early to capture a sunrise over the Broadkill River in Historic Downtown Milton.

When I saw him at mid-day he'd found the perfect location to view and paint a small bridge that's in the heart of Milton. He looked comfortable sitting in a small vacant lot perched barefoot on a high cinderblock wall that was on the opposite side of the official Governor's River Walk and I could tell just by looking at his relaxed posture that he was a seasoned plein air painter. Indeed, he's a member and Chairman of the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters and has worked in venues throughout the Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey region.

Deborah McClure Painting Milton Memorial Park

Deborah McClure painting the picnic gazebo in Milton Memorial Park.
Deborah McClure painting the picnic gazebo in Milton Memorial Park. | Source

Photo of Deborah McClure

Deborah McClure poses with her painting.
Deborah McClure poses with her painting. | Source

Plein Air Artist Deborah McClure

Deborah McClure fell in love with painting as a small child but her parents didn't allow her to paint at home because it was too messy. She studied watercolors when she was in her 20's, started selling watercolor/collage work in her 30's, and a decade later began a faux painting and mural business which she still owns.

When I saw Deborah she was painting the gazebo in Milton Memorial Park- a colorful and serene scene which included the Broadkill River.

Though painting is her passion, Deborah is also president of The McClure Agency in Lusby, Maryland, which brokers insurance.

Mary Rinderle Smith Painting Historical House in Milton

Mary Rinderle Smith standing next to her painting. The house she was painting is behind her and had colorful rose bushes in front of it.
Mary Rinderle Smith standing next to her painting. The house she was painting is behind her and had colorful rose bushes in front of it. | Source

Photo of Mary Rinderle Smith

The house Mary is painting is across the street. The house visible in this photo was what she was using to partially shield her easel from the wind.
The house Mary is painting is across the street. The house visible in this photo was what she was using to partially shield her easel from the wind. | Source

Plein Air Artist Mary Rinderle Smith

Mary Rinderle Smith lives in Pocopson Township, PA, where she has converted part of her home into a working art studio. She is a member of the MidAtlantic Plein Air Painters Association and in summertime she paints with the Brandywine Valley Plein Air group.

When I saw her she was painting a historic house in Milton and told me that she'd wanted to name the painting after the owners who currently lived there, but neighbors said the house was vacant and in the process of foreclosure.

When I asked her why she had chosen that particular house she laughed and said that due to the windy weather she'd searched for a place that would provide a wind break. She also liked the colors of the house and the fact that it was surrounded by flowers.

In addition to doing plein air scenes, she has recently done portrait and figurine studies in charcoal, oil and pastel, and still life studies.

Rosemary Connelly's "Fisher Martin House" Painting

Rosemary Connelly's acrylic painting of the Fisher Martin House in Lewes, DE, was featured in the Plein Air Coastal Delaware Winner's Circle as Honorable Mention.
Rosemary Connelly's acrylic painting of the Fisher Martin House in Lewes, DE, was featured in the Plein Air Coastal Delaware Winner's Circle as Honorable Mention. | Source

Photo of Rosemary Connelly

Rosemary Connelly in her Live Cheap & Make Art Studio.
Rosemary Connelly in her Live Cheap & Make Art Studio. | Source
Rosemary's "Early Morning at Rehoboth Beach" watercolor painting will be on display and for sale at the RAL Homestead Gallery in June 2012.
Rosemary's "Early Morning at Rehoboth Beach" watercolor painting will be on display and for sale at the RAL Homestead Gallery in June 2012. | Source

Rosemary Connelly Received Honorable Mention Award

Rosemary Connelly's painting of the historic Fisher Martin House in Lewes, Delaware, received Honorable Mention in the Plein Air Coastal Delaware competition. I was unable to photograph her on location but she graciously sent me a photo of the painting so I could use it in this article.

Rosemary is a talented artist whose Live Cheap & Make Art Studios are in my hometown of Milford, Delaware. A former graphic designer, she now specializes in watercolor journal paintings.

She is deeply involved with the art community in Southern Delaware and is a member of the Mispillion Art League in Milford, the Delaware Watercolor Society and the Rehoboth Art League.

I will be featuring her in an upcoming hub about watercolor journaling. In the meantime, you can view her work at her website: http://livecheapmakeart.com/ .

Jim Rehak Painting Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge Scene

Jim Rehak painting a scene in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
Jim Rehak painting a scene in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. | Source

Photo of Jim Rehak

Jim posing in front of his painting.
Jim posing in front of his painting. | Source

Plein Air Artist Jim Rehak

Jim lives on the Delmarva Peninsula and has won awards for his regional paintings. He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Art and is a portrait and caricature artist, art director at a sign company, teacher and freelance illustrator.

I found him in the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge where he was painting a waterview nature scene. He said he has participated in other plein air events and enjoyed the fact that this one was close to home and he also knew many of the other artists who were participating.

Exhibition and Sale of Plein Air Coastal Delaware Art

Arlene Matzkin's paintings on exhibit at The Children's Beach House 5/12/12.
Arlene Matzkin's paintings on exhibit at The Children's Beach House 5/12/12. | Source

The Children's Beach House in Lewes, DE

The Children's Beach House in Lewes, DE, hosted a one day exhibit and art sale on 5/12/12. They will also share in some of the proceeds of the sale.
The Children's Beach House in Lewes, DE, hosted a one day exhibit and art sale on 5/12/12. They will also share in some of the proceeds of the sale. | Source

Photo of Christine Heyse's Art Work

Christine Heyse's art on exhibit at Children's Beach House 5/12/12.
Christine Heyse's art on exhibit at Children's Beach House 5/12/12. | Source

Exhibition and Sale of Plein Air Coastal Delaware Art

The Children's Beach House in Lewes, Delaware, hosted a Patron Preview Reception and Awards Ceremony on May 11, 2012 and a one day Art Exhibition and Sale that was free and open to the public on May 12.

The Rehoboth Art League will also host a month long Plein Air Coastal Delaware Art Exhibition and Sale in June 2012.

I was able to attend the Art Exhibition and Sale at the Children's Beach House and enjoyed viewing the many artistic renditions of coastal Delaware that were done by the talented, accomplished artists who participated in this inaugural event. They captured many iconic scenes and it was interesting to compare how some had done totally different paintings of the same buildings or landscapes.

Photo of Deborah McClure's Art Work

Deborah McClure's art work for sale at Children's Beach House 5/12/12.
Deborah McClure's art work for sale at Children's Beach House 5/12/12. | Source

Photo of Rehoboth Art League Homestead

Rehoboth Art League Homestead Gallery will host Plein Air Coastal Delaware exhibit and sale in June 2012.
Rehoboth Art League Homestead Gallery will host Plein Air Coastal Delaware exhibit and sale in June 2012. | Source

Rehoboth Art League Plein Air Exhibit and Sale

The Rehoboth Art League's exhibit titled, "Highlights From Plein Air Coastal Delaware," will be at their Rehoboth Beach Homestead Gallery from June 1 to June 29, 2012. Visitors can view and/or purchase select pieces of art work that will be on display.

The Rehoboth Art League also has other ongoing events and shows and is a great place to visit whenever you may be in Southern Delaware. To find out further information about all their events call 302-227-8408.

If you are interested in learning more about the Plein Air Coastal Delaware 2012 roster you can see a complete listing of all artists who participated, plus a small sample gallery of their work online at https://www.pleinaircoastalde.org/galleries.html.

Hope you have enjoyed this partial photo gallery of the artists.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Art shows are such a joy to attend and this looked like there was numerous beautiful paintings to view. I particularly like Pratima Rao work. This is an awesome and beautiful hub.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

You have done a really nice job here with this photoessay. The photographs are terrific as always. The event seems like such a fun time for everyone. The artist look laid back and happy in their surroundings. This is a fine slice of life you have presented.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Pamela,

So thrilled that you liked the article.

I had so much fun photographing and talking with all of the artists and the exhibit at the Children's Beach House was stunning.

Thanks for your kind words.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Wow - this is way cool and something I would actually take a trip to see! You did a wonderful write up of the event and the artists :)


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

What a beautiful event and how wonderful that it all helps a worthy cause. Not only do the artists do lovely work, but the way you captured each of them working at their craft, both in words and photos, is equally as delightful.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub and really good photo's. I enjoyed the painting and all the information you wrote.

Vote up and beautiful.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mckbirdbks,

The event was fun and the artists were so inspiring because they are doing what they love and are passionate about their work.

I appreciate your kind words and thank you for taking time to leave such a lovely comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ardie,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. This event was cool and a win-win situation as it is helping to raise money for some worthy organizations.

I appreciate you taking time to leave a comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ktrapp,

Thanks so much for your specific feedback and kind words. Am glad you enjoyed the article and agree that it's a wonderful event, especially since it raises money for some worthy organizations.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Writer20,

Am glad you enjoyed the hub and photos and thank you for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


Rosemary Connelly 4 years ago

I'm glad you were able to get out and photograph this event as it was happening! If you want to see the show, it will be on display at Rehoboth Art League through the end of June. Artists were given the choice to take their work home after the event or leave it for the exhibit. (mine will be there!) THANKS again for your interest in the Arts in Delaware and your excellent coverage!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I love watching artists in action. In fact I have had few chances of watching artists doing paintings, but I have never captured them.

You have done a wonderful job here.


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love your photos Gail as you have captured the event in your own artistic way. Nicely done.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rosemary Connelly,

So thrilled to see your valuable feedback and informative comment.

I have added a section about the upcoming art show event titled, "Highlights From Plein Air Coastal Delaware" which will be hosted by the Rehoboth Art League so that readers will know it's not too late to view and purchase some of the select works that were done during this event.

Congratulations on receiving an Honorable Mention Award for your stunning painting of the Fisher Martin House in Lewes, DE.

I'm looking forward to doing a feature story on you in the near future.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vinaya,

Thanks so much for your feedback and ongoing support.

Hope you do capture some of the artists from your country on film soon.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Green Lotus,

So glad that you enjoyed the photos and thank you for the lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You are so blessed to watch those artists paint. I love to watch artists bring something to life. Amazing work from you and them. Thank you for this lovely visit. I feel like I have been to an art show.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

Yes, I did feel blessed watching the artists and being able to write about the work they're doing and it was so inspiring seeing how passionate they are.

So glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate you leaving such a lovely comment.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I could spend the whole day watching artists paint. I enjoyed your presentation. Thank you..


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Although some of the photos wouldn't upload saw enough to be delighted Gail. Went to one in Maine once that was very similar and really got into to it. Two Red Rose' helped a little lol. Enjoyed meeting all the artists and their paintings Gail, thanks so much for the treat!


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What a Wonderful, Educational, as well as Fun Hub Gail. Artist are such "colorful" people...I should know, my sister and late Niece were, and are Artists. You've done an Excellent reporting job on the Artists and the Plein Air Competition. It looks like it was a success, and a good time was has by all! Thanks for sharing, you got some great Photos for us to Enjoy.


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Media Magnate Mom 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Very well done Hub! This is a great photo essay with interesting bios about a wonderful event. It's something I would love to visit sometime. Beautiful and voted up!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Always Exploring,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. I feel the same way about watching the artists and was so happy that they were painting many of the beautiful places in coastal Delaware.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Alastar,

So glad that you enjoyed the hub despite the download issues. I think they must be resolved now because I haven't had anyone else say they were having problems.

Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment. Your feedback is always greatly appreciated.

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi b.Malin,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the article. My sister is also an artist and my Mom had a lot of artistic talent. I don't and have always appreciated those who can paint and draw well.

The event was a success and hopefully will become an annual happening.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Media Magnate Mom,

I'm glad that you enjoyed it and took time out of your busy schedule to leave such a lovely comment.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

What a lovely hub! So interesting and colorful in so many ways. Gail, you always write the most wonderful articles. Looking at your photos and meeting these very talented artists was a great joy. Voted up, beautiful, interesting, useful, awesome and shared.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sannel,

So glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks so much for your kind words, the vote up and the share. All three are greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

I love watching artists and I envy the who can create such lovely pictures. Wonderful hub about art, a pretty area and some wonderful artistic people. Voted up!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Bobbi,

So glad you enjoyed it. I, too, love watching the artists work and have great respect for their talents and abilities.

Thanks so much for the kind comment and the vote up.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

As someone who loves art, this was a joy to read and see. You gave those of us who live in distant places a true feel of the place and learning about these artists and getting to view some of their works in progress was a treat. Thank you Gail! Terrific photo journalism job! Voted everything but funny.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Gail, what a delightful read - an insight into these artists lives and work, wonderful!

I checked out Christine's awesome work on her website, it's beautiful!

Thank you for this fabulous hub, loved your photos as always and voted up!

Best wishes Lesley


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

Am so thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and felt the photos and paintings gave you a feel for the natural beauty of Southern Delaware and the talented artists who competed in this inaugural event.

Thanks for the vote up, your specific feedback and your ongoing support.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lesley,

Glad you had a chance to check out Christine Heyse's beautiful website.

Am also thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and photos and appreciate the vote up and your support.

I so admire the artistic magic you make with your stunning photos.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Gail - I loved this hub about the plein air artists of coastal Delaware. I imagine the area attracts tons of artists - everywhere you look is a paintable scene.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Gail,

What an informative and inspirational piece!

I love reading about the Children's Beach House and the mission they serve. How wonderful when folks lend their special talents and gifts for such a worthy cause.

I will happily be on the look-out for your future piece on Rosemary Connelly's watercolor journalling, which sounds awesome! I am also anxious to check out her website, which looks really cool.

Really wonderful organization of this information.

Voted UP & UABI! Hugs, Maria


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Gail, what a glorious hub. Beautiful photos of beautiful paintings. I also found it very interesting to read how the various people had come to be artists.

I remember when I was 17 I wanted to paint like the Impressionists did and hiked over the hills with my paints and a board to the spot I wanted to paint. I’ve also taken my children out on occasion and we’ve painted en plein air, and this article is making me want to do it again! Thank you for the inspiration!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dolores,

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. Yes, the area does attract a lot of artists and there are so many beautiful places, not just at the beach but the smaller, historic towns like Milton and Milford which are a short drive away from the bustling crowds of tourists.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Maria,

So glad you're planning on checking out Rosemary Connelly's website which will give you a good idea of how talented she is. Her husband is an award winning photographer and they share their Live Cheap Make Art Studio in Milford.

Thanks so much for taking time to leave such a detailed comment.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Melovy,

How thrilling that this article inspired you to paint in plein air again, especially with your daughters.

I bet you could also make a great hub about the experience.

Rosemary Connelly and her photographer husband, Bob, are giving kids classes in nature journaling this summer which I think is an awesome opportunity for our local kids to have a great time, explore the arts and appreciate nature. Can't think of a better way to learn than painting and/or taking photos while out in nature.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up and all across but funny HBN. Gail, great job on covering this special event. It would be fun to go there and paint. I love painting myself so I can appreciate the art behind it. All for a great cause of course. You did a wonderful job writing about the artist. Just a wealth of great information. Big thumbs up.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lyricwriter,

Didn't realize you loved painting and I hope you do get some time to paint in the near future.

So glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate you leaving such a kind and specific comment, especially since I know that your schedule is extremely busy.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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photosbecomearts 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida, USA

I salute these people! They made the world really fun and colorful! Thanks for sharing this! It made me inspire to do my own art as well.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Photosbecomearts,

So glad you found this inspirational and I thank you for leaving such a lovely comment and tribute to the artists featured in this hub. It's greatly appreciated.

I also love your hubber name.


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photosbecomearts 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida, USA

You're very welcome Happyboomernurse! As art as my passion, I will greatly appreciate stuff like this! Oh, thanks for that "love your hubber name" comment. :-)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

You're so welcome.

Will be out to check some of your hubs soon.


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photosbecomearts 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida, USA

I'll be very glad hearing that from you Happyboomernurse! Thanks in advance!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Hi Gail - another hub I missed earlier (why aren't they showing up in my emails anymore??).

As a reporter, I've had a few occasions to interview various artists for the paper's Home Style magazine and always find it interesting to get their perspective about their work. The last artist I interviewed did "en plein air" work; in fact his latest project was to do 58 paintings in 58 national parks.

I enjoyed your profiles of each artist and of course your photos.

Voted up and beautiful for the photos.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Danette,

Glad you found it despite not getting email notification. The same thing happens to me sometimes and I have no clue why as it appears to be random.

Thanks for leaving such an interesting comment. What a great and worthwhile undertaking that the artist you interviewed took on with his project of painting scenes from 58 national parks!!!

Thanks also for the vote up.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I was struck by, "the same people are here!" thank you


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mhatter99,

Thank YOU for taking time to read my hub and leave a cool comment. It's appreciated.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Gail, such an awesome tribute to those artist! I think you need to nerves of steel to paint in public like that. The artist featured are supremely talented. Thank you for sharing! Voted up, and funny because you almost dunked Diaz.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Gail-what a beautiful hub. It must have been so interesting to follow these artists and interview them. I love the meaning of the French phrase...'in the open air'. Lovely. Rated up and across.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi A.A.

Your comments always make me smile.

So glad you enjoyed the hub and yes, it was funny when Diaz almost fell over but only because he was so agile at regaining his balance and was such a good sport about my interuption!

Thanks for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

Yes, I had a great time talking with the artists and seeing how their paintings compared to the 'open air' scenes they were capturing on canvas.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Thank you for sharing this wonderful event. I love to watch artists as they produce something beautiful from a blank canvas. They are certainly dedicated to be out there in all weathers painting scenes and for such a worthy cause.

A wonderful presentation and introduction to each artists.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rosemay,

So glad that you enjoyed the hub and photos. I, too, was impressed by the dedication of the artists and their resourcefulness in finding ways to complete their paintings despite challenging weather conditions.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

Your article and photos have placed a spotlight on plein air painting which is so inspiring. What an interesting article because of the way you highlight the artists and their subjects.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Starstream,

So glad that you enjoyed it and thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I will post your article link to my "Taking Time For A Class" article.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Starstream,

Great! I've also added a link to your "Taking Time for a Class" article in this hub as I'm sure others reading about the plein air painters may be inspired to create art work of their own.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for this trip to the Plein Air Fair! These artists do beautiful work--can't be a favorite here as each piece you've highlighted is wonderful. Such an enjoyable read!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi RTalloni,

So thrilled that you enjoyed reading about these talented artists and seeing some of their work.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a beautiful village that is and your hub is wonderful in capturing the quality works of some very talented people. I would have loved to have been there. Great job my friend!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Billy,

Thanks for the kind words. I think you would love the small towns in Southern Delaware which are tucked in between rural areas with farm land.

So glad you enjoyed the hub.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

I found this hub of yours extremely interesting and informative, Gail! Very well presented. You pictures are perfect. I wish I could paint - a talent I don't have, but covet.

Voted up and awesome!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Martie,

So thrilled you enjoyed it. I'd love to have that kind of artistic talent, too.

Appreciate the vote up and the kind words.


kelleyward 4 years ago

This is a fantastic article Happyboomernurse! I'm sharing this with my son who loves art. The pictures are wonderful. The artists seem to really enjoy what they are doing. Voted up, beautiful, and shared on Facebook! Take care, Kelley


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

I must have my head in the sand to have missed this hub, Gail! I just LOVE it! You've done an outstanding job of capturing the style and personality of each artist, and I love how you've photographed both their paintings and their real life subjects. It's obvious that you spent a lot of time and effort on this hub photographing the artists and their work and gathering the background information - it's worthy of a color spread in an art magazine!

I just joined an art group that plans to do some plein air painting - now I'm inspired! Voted up and shared!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Kelley,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the article and are going to share it with your talented son.

Thank you so much for the vote up and for sharing it on Facebook. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks so much for the kind words. It was time well spent and I had a lot of fun photographing the artists with their work and speaking with them.

I think it's great that you've joined an art group and plan to do some plein air painting and I'm looking forward to reading some first person accounts of your painting adventures in future hubs!

Thanks for the vote up and share.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Wow, Gail! Amazing artists, amazing artwork. It was really neat reading through your gallery here while getting to watch the artists doing their thing in the pictures. The Children's Beach House architecture is a work art in itself! What a wonderful piece you share with us ma'am, thank you.

HubHugs~


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi K9keystrokes,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and photos.

I was amazed by the beauty of the Children's Beach House and its stunning views of the ocean. The interior was modern and bright and a wonderful place for an art exhibit.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and specific feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I vote up and awesome. You outline the artists so well and the photos you took capture them as they work too. What a great idea for a hub! I will share this one too.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Wow! As always I am in awe of your amazing photography. I would love to attend an event like this one and am sure that my little budding artist, Grace, would find it fascinating as well. Thanks so much for this amazing virtual trip!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Cardelean,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos. Yes, Grace probably would enjoy watching and talking with the plein air artists. I can envision her snapping photos and asking interview questions!

Thanks so much for the kind words. They're greatly appreciated.

Hope you and the rest of the family are enjoying summer.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

I am a huge fan of Plein Air! Thanks for sharing the beautiful images and bios of these talented Delaware artists. Fabulous Hub! Voted up, interesting, awesome and beautiful!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lindacee,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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Whidbeywriter 3 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Great hub, I love watching artists in action. I am an artist also but have not tried painting on scene, I mainly paint from photographs, but you never know this maybe the year I try it. Thanks!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Whidbeywriter,

I love watching the artists in action, too. There's something very peaceful about watching and I always like to compare their artistic interpretations to the view I see when I look at the same landscape that they're painting. Invariably, they have a unique take on it.

I hope you do try plein air painting this year.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Dee aka Nonna 2 years ago

Oh my, what fun.....and you photo were just amazing. My imagination took me there through those photographs.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dee,

So thrilled you enjoyed the hub and photos.

Thanks for leaving a lovely comment and brightening my day.

Sending Blessings & Hugs,

Gail

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