Sunday, January 20, 2008

Plein Air painting in Chicago in Winter

If it is over 20 degrees, and the wind is under 20

miles per hour I get out most Saturdays to paint

with the Plein Air Painters of Chicago for 3-4

hours. People stop and ask "are you a class?"

My usual response is "no, we're just crazy!"

I am participating in the following traveling show:
IPAP/LAI World Tour
LAI charter members and IPAP signature members Exhibition Schedule:
This tour offers an exceptional opportunity to view works by artists around the world. The schedule grows weekly so please bookmark and check back frequently to see what cities have been added.
2008 - 2009 Tour
April 21 - May 21, 2008
The Link Gallery
Associated with Peninsula Art School
Fish Creek, Wisconsin (Door County)
Host Artists: Aaron Holland
June 1 - July 6, 2008
The Cultural Arts Council of
Estes Park Art Fine Art Gallery
Estes Park, Colorado
Host Artists: Kathryn McMahon & Doug Martin
July 21 - August 18, 2008
Old School House Art Center
Qualicum Beach, Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada
Artist Host: Dan Gray
Opening September 18, 2008 - January 4, 2009
Terrace Gallery
Orlando, Florida
Host Artists: Brenda Hofreiter & Barbara Perrotti

You might also check out my work at and
Its been a great year.

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Blogger Linda Richichi said...

You are inspiring me to paint outdoors in winter, well, at least while in my car. I'm looking forward to seeing your work in person when I can get to another of the exhibits on the world tour. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Richichi

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Anonymous Jacq said...


Congrats to the Chicago plein air painters !
That's the true plein air spirit !

Re: your comment about being out in the cold painting...I think we all have to be a little crazy. I have had comments from studio artists like' why would you want to go out in the cold when you can paint in the comfort of your studio ?

A few years back (as kind of a joke response to an artists's email)I wrote the following piece...

A Plein Air Painter

Being a plein air painter is...

Sometimes getting wet


sometimes being cold.

Having a nose redder than Santa's.

Mistaking your bug bites for cadmium red paint.

Dancing in a field after sitting on an ant hill.

Watching your favorite 1" brush roll between boulders.

Giving out a lot of directions to tourists.

Singing out loud when you THINK you're alone.

Having the wind sing to you.

Racing ahead of a storm cause you had just a little more to paint...

Being stared at by people.

Being stared at by critters.

Feeling at one with nature.

Feeling at one with yourself.

And coming away with a life changing experience

whether you got a great painting that day or not.

c 2001 J.Baldini

Published Monhegan Poet's Cove - October 2002

Published The Artist's Magazine - March 2003

Published Monhegan Anthology - July 2003

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