October plein air painting at Port Costa

port costa california

Port Costa was founded in 1879 as a railroad landing. It's a tiny community (pop. 250) with a historic downtown area, surrounded by 1300 acres of parkland and rolling hills along the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline. A very scenic spot for painting and sketching - lots of great work has begun!

Concord Art Association Annual Celebration

Every spring, we celebrate our members with cake and a white elephant swap! Everyone donates some new or gently used art supplies, and then we draw names to take turns picking our favorite item to bring back home. Here are just a few of our talented member artists.

From the left:
Front row:  Dorothy, Mariette, Carol, Bobbe, Gloria
Middle row:  Claudette, June, Roxi, Carolyn, Julia, Pat
Back row:  Kathy, Mary Frances, Liz, Pat, Betty, Cathy, Bob, Al, Lisa

Plein air painting at Heather Farms Park

Betsy Trtek 
Bob McNutt

Carol Husslein

Cathy McNutt

June Vega

Loreta Landucci

Sara Tancredy

Plein air painting at the Benicia Waterfront

Benicia CA waterfont

Nothing beats the San Francisco Bay for painting and drawing inspiration...fresh air and palm trees swaying in the sea breeze. Our May plein air painting day at the Benicia Waterfront was lovely, with perfect weather and great company!

plein air watercolor benicia waterfront

From watercolor to acrylic to gouache, lots of paint hit the canvas to convey several different scenic views. Join us for our June plein air painting day at the Martinez Waterfront Park and Marina - click here for details.

Concord artists plein air painting Benicia waterfront

May meeting recap - the craftier side of mixed media

acrylic ink lutradur lisa fulmer
Acrylic ink on Lutradur
I was thrilled to be able to share my wonderful world of creative products and techniques with the group at our May meeting!

We had a great conversation about the beauty (and therapy) of all kinds of creative expression, and how much fun it can be to blur that line in the sand between "art" and "craft."

As a professional designer for the craft industry, I get to work with a wide variety of products that both artists and crafters enjoy using. My own artistic style leans more toward mixed media, fiber art and abstract work, so I'm wont to combine anything and everything when it comes to tools, materials and substrates.

Here's a linked list of just some of the products I shared. No matter what your artistic pleasure, there's something here for just about anyone. Try it, you might just like it!

Our day at the Concord Art & Wine Walk

People were met, art was sold, wine was tasted, music was heard...all in all, it was a great day at the 2nd Annual Concord Art & Wine (and Beer!) Walk, a fundraising event sponsored by the local AAUW.

Several of our  members had tables and panels full of their wares, from notecards to silk scarves to giclĂ©es and original paintings. We sketched and painting and even did some sunprinting on fabric.

Can't wait for next year!




Mary Frances