Sunday, December 16, 2007
"The Paintings of George Bellows," exhibit at the Mennello Museum of American Art through Feb. 24.
Beautiful Monhegan Island has been an artist colony for centuries with many great artists like Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, Robert Henri, as well as modern artists Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, James Fitzgerald, Lawrence C. Goldsmith and others too numerous to mention being drawn to her mystery and spectacular plunging cliffs, as well as the simplicity and beauty of island life. Monhegan is enchanting and seemingly caught in a time warp of its own choosing with no cars and in most places, no electricity. The island has a working lighthouse and museum full of island history and artists.
Monhegan boasts some of the rarest birds and wildflowers in North America and wildlands protected in a trust by Theodore Edison.
Monhegan Island paintings and plein air painting workshop by J.R. Baldini
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I will be at the Pumphouse in Niagara on the Lake tomorrow and Saturday with an exhibit of plein air paintings.
You can also register for the Special 'Mini' Holiday workshop on Feb 10 th.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Sign up for a one day 'Mini Holiday"
a day in an artist studio -
Give the gift to yourself or someone on
your Holiday list.
one day only...
Sunday, February 10th.
Includes 9-5 workshop instruction
Use of oil paints and brushes
only $65.00 per person
Go home with your finished original painting
Sign up with a friend and give yourself
the gift of time.
7973 Lundy's Lane
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Adult or preapproved juvenile
Call 905.354.8692 to register
or drop in to see me during the
Artful Treasures show
Nov 30 or Dec 1 at
The Pumphouse - Niagara on the Lake
to view paintings or see other workshops available.
Friday November 30 and Saturday December 1,
10:00AM – 5:00PM.
Original items on exhibit and for sale.
This Exhibition and Sale is in conjunction with the Rotary Club Holiday House Tour, but the general public is welcome to the Pumphouse and entrance to this House is free.
Information: The Niagara Pumphouse Visual Art Centre,
247 Ricardo Street,
J. R. Baldini original plein air paintings of Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake for Holiday Gifts available.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I'll be periodically adding ethnic recipes as homage' to my Mom who's a terrific cook.
This time of year I am happy to add her most tasty turkey dressing.
This dressing is so filling - we often make a second to freeze for a main course later on.
After you have removed the 'innards' from your turkey, rinse them, and place in a 2.5 qt saucepan
1 small onion scored to release flavor
1 stalk of celery cut ( leave greenery on)
add water to just cover and cook for 20 min. on medium heat
Optional - you can add 1 or 2 chicken bouillion cubes
When cooked, remove meat and place in a large bowl
1 package bought or homemade croutons
1 to 2 cups of your liquid cooked reserve - you want to moisten well but, not drown the dish.
1 pound of lean ground beef
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onion
1/2 to 1 cup of walnut pieces
1/2 cup salted butter melted
1 teaspoon rosemary seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste.
Mix thoroughly and place in loaf or baking pan.
Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 1 hour.
Serves about 6
Prep can be done the night before and baked along with the rest of your dinner.
You can also substitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Click here to go to their website for all details.
We'll have some stuff there for the auction - bid high and support the animals !
Friday, November 2, 2007
In the morning it was warm if you stayed in the sun, so we painted at the boardwalk. Nothing spectacular that caught my eye but, I did a little warm up painting.
I was quite happy with this painting and when Brandy returned, we decide to go up to the fort for some full sun exposure - we did not think about the wind chill up on the hill. Though I started a painting, it was soon apparent that finishing it would be another matter...
We finally decided that our painting part of the trip was 'finis' and went back to Maison du Fort, where we warmed up with a hot cup of tea and a quick chat with Marielle.
I invited her to view our paintings before they were safely packed for the long trip back to Niagara Falls. She gave us a wonderful suggestion for dinner at a local restaurant called Condi's.
We were not disappointed! I had my raviolis again but, this time they were stuffed with lobster - wonderful! and baked french onion soup - well deserved after a cold day outside...
The next morning bright and early, after a send off by Marielle and her two friendly kittys, we were on the VIA rail first class car heading back to southern Ontario.
Breakfast on the train was very good (not like the faux eggs benedict we had the other day at a local restaurant for $20.00 each - when I remember the name, I'll post it to warn you - the hostess was so rude, telling us we could not bring our paintboxes in with us...)
It was good to sit and relax and be served.
I have a showing tomorrow locally in Niagara Falls at Niagara Square.If you're nearby drop in between 10 and 5.
Till next post...
Monday, October 29, 2007
A great start to a long day of painting.
In the morning, I painted at Place Royale. I had painted there 4 years ago, and found it a difficult subject - too many doors- too many windows - I was painting in watercolor, this time I was using the M.Graham Oils. I picked a simple composition, choosing to leave out a statue bust of Louis XV standing in the middle of the square. Again, there was construction going on.
In the afternoon, walking around for hours, brought me to the le petite Champlain, a grouping of small quaint shops , not far from Place Royale. Chasing the sun, both to get warm and more dramatic lighting, was tiring and Brandy and I settled on this tiny alley and painted till the sun started to go down.
We then, had another great meal and hospitality at Primavera Restaurant. Just to keep up my strength, ;) I had 4 cheese ravioli and bruschetta.
From there, we headed down to do our last painting of the day.
The corner restaurant - Musee du Fort. The corner has a bit of lighting, and we were kept company by a local sax musician for most of the time we painted, along with many curious onlookers, who no doubt, do not see too many painters out at night.
This is one of my favorites from the trip.
Finis at 9:45 pm, we headed back to the hotel - tired but, feeling great about the day.
We missed another painter friend, Mario, who had come to the hotel to paint with us. We walked around so much, he could never have found us !
Original Oils on linen
All paintings available for purchase
to be continued...
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Morning on the first day brought rain that continued steady, but, not heavy all day long.
The large gazebos lining the Rue des Carrieres, provided a wonderful view in any direction for plein air painting.
My morning painting included a brilliantly colored foliage tree, something I rarely paint.
I am working with M.Graham oil paints for the first time. Aside from the alkyd medium, to hopefully speed drying some for transport back, I am finding the consistency is working well for me and I don't need turps or other medium.
After a wonderful lunch at a nearby cafe' Relais Place D armes Ltee, we perused a number of galleries. One you may want to visit is Galerie Cimon-35 rue De Buade, and had a chat with Lillian who is very knowledgeable about local artists.
As the rain continued, we sought shelter on the large stone entrance to the Ontario Tourism building and I was able to complete this painting of Monseigneur De Laval, near Rue Port Dauphin.
to be continued...
Monday, October 22, 2007
An artist friend from Prince Edward County and I will be painting this week inside the walls of the Old City.
I will update the blog, as the week progresses.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Along with the fact that since plein air painting has always been regional and artists were traveling to international locations frequently - the time for an organization without borders or regions had come, a place for artist to make contacts worldwide.
I paint plein air for many reasons, one of which is to call attention to the everyday, the neglected, the time worn, and show the drama or quiet beauty around us by painting with light.
I have come to know many plein air painters as a result and am happy to call them friends.
As I look toward the 7th year of IPAP, I hope to be able to interract with more members and do a bit more traveling in the process.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
They just received 19 dogs from Louisiana that were either unclaimed by owners, lost or running wild. They are all beautiful dogs deserving of a loving home, after the long ordeal they have been through with hurricaine Katrina.
I remember seeing some of the distraught owners on the news, as they were boarded into buses and forced to leave their beloved companions behind.
Have a look at the Niagara Falls Humane Society website.
There just may be someone for you...
Niagara Falls Humane Society Annual Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale takes place at the shelter, located at 6025 Chippawa Pkwy. All of the proceeds raised will be used to assist the animals. The book sale will continue during business hours until Oct. 26.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sept 30 -Oct.1, 2007
You can find out more info on these and other upcoming art workshops at
Or call the studio weekdays 9-5 at 1 800 393-7270 for info or to register securely.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I love flowers in the garden...
I've been passing what's left of the Hollyhocks in the garden every morning this week.
The gardens in Niagara are getting more summer weather this week.
There was a translucent quality, that I thought needed to be captured.
I finally got to spend some time painting this morning. The light moved quickly.
But this 8"x8" oil pochade on linen was the result.
Friday, September 14, 2007
It was another successful Plein Air Paint Out staged on the brink of the city's glorious, world-famous cataract.
More than two dozen plein air painters set up their easels in Queen Victoria Park and around the area Sept. 7-8. It was the fifth time the Paint Out took place in Niagara Falls while International Plein Air Painters staged other Paint Outs across the globe this weekend.
Kath Schifano, from Grand Island, N.Y., has been to the Paint Out in Niagara Falls before, but still found a fresh way to paint things like the falls and the Niagara Falls, N.Y. skyline, subjects she has painted before.
"The coolest part is you really get to know the falls and its parts and bumps and shiny parts," said Schifano, who has also painted Niagara Falls from the American side.
Sam Paonessa, who grew up in Niagara Falls but now lives in Scarborough, agreed there are more than enough ways for artists to look at the falls. It all depends on angles and how the light falls on the water and the escarpment.
"It will take a while before I get tired of painting the falls," said Paonessa, a plein air veteran of 20 years. "It's the beauty and the power. Its got such a force you want to be able to capture."
Manuel Jomok, from Red Bank, N.J., plans to retire this year, pack up an RV and tour the United States to paint everything he sees. His goal is to get to Alaska by 2009.
"It's different landscapes, different people, different culture," he said of the joy of painting outside. "It's all part of the experience.
Painters had a beautiful day to paint outside Saturday, but had to deal with windy conditions Friday -- something they say is worse than painting in the rain because everything is moving: subject, canvas, paint.
"I don't know if you call that fun," Jomok joked. "It's part of plein air.
"It's exciting to be outside instead of in a studio."
Jomok spent the weekend trying to capture the force of the water of Niagara Falls, something he said he could only truly do by painting the world-famous cataract from only a few steps away and not from a picture in a studio. Jomok plans to retire soon and will pack up an RV to tour the U.S. with the goal of getting to Alaska by 2009 and painting everything along the way.
Artists completed as many paintings as they could over the two days and submitted two each to be judged. Two winners will be named, each receiving a $500 purchase award. One winning painting is to added to the city's art collection while the other was given to Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
5th WORLDWIDE 'Paint Out 'Niagara Falls, Ontario-Niagara Falls, New York
Global Art Awards Niagara Falls -(click on video image --->)
2007-09-10 10:04:52 - List of paint out award winners.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The 5th WORLDWIDE Paint Out
took place the weekend of September 7th with plein air painters painting in a
variety of locations globally
In Niagara Falls, Ontario, at Queen Victoria Park, International Plein Air Painters headquarters, artists came from all over North America to paint the famous cataract, hosted by the Niagara Parks Commission.
For the second year the competition awarded two Best of Shows sponsored by the cities of Niagara Falls,Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York.
The Honorable Mayor Ted Salci and Executive Director, J. R. Baldini, announced the competition results at an artists awards exhibit on September 8th at Eagle Valley Golf Club, Niagara Falls.
Best of Show ,Niagara Falls, Ontario - Lawrence Rudolech, Hanover, Indiana
Best of Show Niagara Falls, New York - Vicki Brophey, Guelph, Ontario
2nd Place-sponsored by Dick Blick Art - Debra Joyce Dawson - Pataskala, Ohio
2nd Place sponsored by Niagara Hilton Fallsview - Manual Jomok - Red Bank, New Jersey
IPAP Founders Award - Ray Hassard, Cincinnatti, Ohio
IPAP Founders Award - Jennifer Smithwell, Scarborough, Ontario
Honorable Mention - Debi Harwick, Boyertown, PA and
Sam Paonessa, Scarborough, Ontario
During a 1 hour ‘Quick Draw' the award winners were
1st Place -Sam Paonessa,-Scarborough, Ontario
2nd Kathryn A. McMahon-Colorado Springs, CO
Honorable Mention- Debra Joyce Dawson-Pataskala, Ohio
International Plein Air Painters can be found at
http://www.i-p-a-p.com/ and welcomes applications for
membership from plein air painters and benefactors
wishing to advance the plein air movement.
International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) celebrates the
natural world and promotes the appreciation of landscape painting in nature.
Plein air painting is 'a metaphysical skill capable ofcreating an image that lets the viewer
‘be there in the moment.'
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Last minute details are being put into place today, as groups of plein air painters all over the globe anticipate participation in the
While the nature of en plein air is mostly all prima, some artists do a bit of tweaking back in the studio to their painting but, to be plein air, this amounts to only 5-10% on the piece.
Here in Niagara Falls, we have some return artists coming in for the paint out and many more that will be experiencing painting the drama of Niagara for the first time!
If any one is in the area this weekend, look for the artists in Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Artists tent located at the base of Murray Hill.
Info on this event will be updated as the weekend progresses.
J. Baldini Executive
Director and founder
International Plein Air Painters
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Niagara on the Lake voted the 'prettiest town in Canada' was the recent location for a 3 day en plein air watercolor painting workshop. The weather was great and the town was not too crowded, being it was towards the end of the season. The video is a little noisy, I'll have to remember to block my mic next time - all adds to the atmosphere. People were very friendly and interested in what was being done. The town is quaint and the perfect subject for plein air painting. Go directly to painting workshop date and location schedule here.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Our first stop was a mixer at Vista lanes. I have to say, I'd never been in there before but, I'd guess it hasn't changed much in those years. A few of us in the photo- Jacki Glinecki (me), Candy Meyers, Karlene Bulcinski, Elaine Ciccone and Fred Carncross
Then there was Jeff Jones and his wife enjoying the really loud music. It was good to see Jeff.
Forgive me for the names left out of photos - this is Fred,again and Sandy Zimmerman.
We were able to do a tour of the old building - now on the registry of Historic Places but being used as an old age home.A few of us were able to get the $1.00 tour and were allowed into some of the older parts of the building. Here's Candy, Polly Nolan and myself in the old choir room.
Part of the old building going into the gym/auditorium which is still there but, will soon become a storage room.
And the gym - what memories walking in here !
Geez, this place used to look so much bigger !!
Frank Marrotta in the old gym locker corridor .
Some of the other places we were allowed to go in for the 'private' tour were so dark and we had only one flashlight, so no really usable photos there. We went down to the little theatre used for drama productions - it was dark even then but, now had refuse all over and construction debris. Still an interesting tour.
See if you recognize any of us in this photo ?
This was a group discussion session at the Sunday picnic with some of the grammar school gang from Holy Trinity on Lincoln Avenue. Jim Chmielewski,Roman Kulik, me,Walter and just out of the shot Christian Wojchiehowski. (hope i spelled these right)We were given a set a questions and each group from different grade schools had an interesting discussion about what it was like during those years for each of us.
Roman,Christian,Christian's wife and Richard.
Here's Fred with (I think) Barb Stoio, Linda Feole and ?
Here's the gang from Holy Trinity again. Me,Walter(last name?),John Swiecki, Chritian Wojciehowski, Richard Chimelewski,and Roman Kulik.
OK, where were the rest of you guys? I know you get together in Utica once in awhile.
This was one of the photos at the reception. Polly Nolan was kind enough to ask me if i wanted to show a few of my paintings at the reception. Just happened that 2 large ones were shipped back to my sisters place from the Karpeles Museum, as I live in Niagara Falls Canada now, and was taking them back with me ( border customs for shipping -
is a nightmare, so I said 'sure, great idea'
Thanks, Polly, it was fun to share !
If you'd like to see paintings on my website click here
The alumni association was also at the reception and I have a video upload here for you to join in and sing the UFA song ...one more time.
No, I'm not singing...thank goodness.
Anyway, hope to hear from some of you, if you see this blog. You missed a good time!
aka Jacki Glinecki
The story was run in the July 29th Baltimore Sun.
The Second Annual PLEIN AIR painting competition - Havre de Grace, Maryland! August 1-4, 2007 Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Havre de Grace in the historic water view city of Havre de Grace, Maryland, where the Susquehanna River meets the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.
• More than $10,000 in prizes • Gala Preview Saturday eve Aug 4 • Exhibition/sale Sunday, August 5-19
For further info, contact: 410-939-9342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry Juror: Jacqueline Baldini, Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
J.Baldini is Executive Director and Founder of International Plein Air Painters. She is a Plein Air Painter as well as Master Photographer. She is a member of International Plein Air Painters, The Professional Photographers of America, American Society of Photographers. Her paintings are part of private and public collections in the US, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and Europe. She conducts Plein Air Painting Art Workshops in Niagara Falls,Ontario , Niagara Falls, USA, St. Lucia, West Indies and Monhegan Island, Maine.
The recipient of numerous international awards, Jacqueline’s work has also appeared in many publications including The Artists Sketchbook Magazine by The Artists Magazine,The Artists Magazine, American Artist Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Country Living Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur.
WORLD TOUR of CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE ARTISTS
on Saturday the 2nd of June 2007
from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Newburgh, NY 12550
Please see details here
Jacqueline will be on hand for the reception - the exhibit runs through July 31, 2007
World Tour website click here
Hear an interview about the exhibit with Jacqueline and Linda Richichi here
Jacqueline work is on view at the
John Sterling Harbor House
Monhegan Island, Maine
through July 22, 2007
Willowbank School of Restoration Arts
Exhibit August 2-3-4-5, 2007
Opening reception August 3, 2007 from 7-10 pm
As a child Jacqueline, spent lunch hours in Munson Williams Proctor Institute Museum, when other children were on the playground. She was more at home in a solitary world that included books and art, and most fascinated by Thomas Cole (February 1, 1801 - February 11, 1848) was a nineteenth century American artist; is regarded as the founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement that flourished in the mid-19th century and was concerned with the realistic and detailed portrayal of nature.) Series of paintings called the "Voyage of Life" and spent countless hours immersed in the atmosphere that these tremendously large paintings created.Childhood - Youth - Manhood - Old. Age At the age of 10, her parents sent her to Munson Williams Proctor School of Art where she spend evenings and Saturday mornings emersed in the artists world that held such fascination for her.
Plein-Air Painting is a metaphysical skill capable of creating an image that lets the viewer 'Be there in the moment' when viewing the painting. J. R. Baldini
If I had to name one of the most influential elements in my artistic life, I would have to write a description of the magical state of consciousness one experiences on Monhegan Island.I have not, to this point in my life, experienced Monhegan personally in words. I believe painting or visual art is suffocated by verbal description.
Years ago when I met the great Hollywood and Broadway actor and artist Zero Mostel on the island, I invited him to a painting critique. He asked what we did at these critiques (which, I might add, had accumulated quite a following). With a feined look of horror on his face he boomed,"my dear, art is to be appreciated not criticized!"
You have certainly heard someone comment-I don't know much about art...But, that is not true. Words aren't necessary to express appreciation for visual art, your spirit tells you when you are moved by a creation.
Enjoy your visit here and may you leave with a work of art in heart.
Click here to listen to an interview with Jacqueline about Plein Air Painting