about my work...

"I paint Niagara for the same reason Monet painted his haystacks over and over ...the ever changing light".

Creativity art workshops & retreats

Creativity art workshops & retreats
See website for other locations www.permissiongranted.org

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Plein Air Painter - St Lucia Workshop

Plein Air Painter - St Lucia Workshop
In just a few days I'll be heading to St. Lucia for some plein air painting and a bit of R&R.
Looking forward to painting with the Lucian Plein Air painters again.
I am also greatly looking forward to sun, sun, sun !!

I'll try to post update depending on my connections while I'm there.
Alcina, Cecil, Peggy and all ...see you very soon !!

If you don't know St. Lucia, it's called the 'Helen of the West Indies'.
I renamed it the 'Heaven of the West Indies'.

St Lucia has a temp of about 80 degrees in winter and the most dramatic cloud formations you have ever seen. I call them 'passion clouds'...

In 3 days, I will be the one with the biggest smile on my face.

Happy New Year to All !!


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Plein Air Painter workshop- Florida Feb 2010

Plein Air Painter workshop- Florida Feb 2010

Still a few spots left for the en plein air oil/acrylic Feb 27-28 Sarasota/Longboat Key workshop.

Please go th the ARTWORSHOPS website to learn more.
Two days of painting outdoors - FLORIDA - FEBRUARY = SOUND GOOD ?
Come join us as we explore the Florida landscape.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Plein Air Painter Auction Ends Today At 5 EST

Plein Air Painter Auction Ends TODAY at 5:00 pm EST
Workshops- Art Supplies - Paintings !!
Free shipping on any painting within the US

Plein Air Painter Auction Ends TODAY at 5:00 pm EST

Free shipping on any painting within the US

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Plein Air Painting Workshop- St. Lucia Caribbean

Plein Air Painting Workshop- St. Lucia Caribbean
Oil/Acrylic painting workshop is hands on with full days of painting
and critiques.

St. Lucia, Pitons, Oil on canvas(John Turchin Art Gallery)
Classes will be held from 10 am - 4:30 pm daily.

Demonstrations capturing light patterns using grisalle and composition
will be emphasized. Critiques will be held for suggestion and
individual critiques can be arranged for some of your current work.
Days are spent painting in and around the Rodney Bay & surrounding
The workshop is very *Caribbean*, very relaxed.
Why not treat yourself to an exotic, fun, learning holiday?

$475. US funds pp for 4 day workshop instruction only.
$400. US funds pp for 3 day workshop instruction only.
$300. US funds pp for 2 day workshop instruction only.
Participants are responsible for their own materials, travel
arangements, food & accomodations




Sunday, December 6, 2009

Plein Air Painter - SILENT AUCTION

Plein Air Painter Silent Auction
From December 6 - 16, 2009SILENT AUCTION :

Items will be up from Dec 6 - 16 at 5:00pm

Items are numbered with a minimum bid.
ITEM will be sold to highest bidder ( all bids will be kept private)
Complete list of ITEMS for AUCTION HERE

You do not need a PAYPAL account - Credit Cards can be used.

shipping is included anywhere in the US by USPS if applicable
for flat $5.00 US standard shipping only.
Insurance is the responsibility of the bidder if desired.
We suggest insurance at this time of year.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Plein Air Painter Mini Auction

Watch for Plein Air Painter Mini Auction coming up this week.
Includes Workshops,painting studies,art supplies,memberships and more

Link will be posted soon !



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Plein Air Painter - Holiday Gifts for the ARTIST & Art Posters

The PERFECT GIFT Shop online has
Personalized gifts for the Plein Air Painter, Artist DIVA and Fine Art Posters from Niagara Falls, the Caribbean and Maine.Artist Gifts and Art Posters
A NEW online Gift store to get some personalized gifts for the Artist on your Holiday list.
Or look through Art Posters of Maine, St Lucia,or Niagara Falls for something for the wall, or a stocking stuffer.
All designs are Original
Ordering is easy online.

Click HERE
to see our online Gift Shop.

The Holidays are just around the corner and you need the PERFECT GIFT

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Plein Air Painter - A Week in Heaven -CARIBBEAN art workshops

Plein Air Painter - Caribbean art workshops

I will be returning to St. Lucia in January 2010 for my 9th trip to the island.
Previously, I have taught both painting and photography workshops for 8 years each January called a Week in Heaven.

Participants have a choice of 2-3 or 4 day workshop in oil or acrylic plein air painting.
More info HERE

Friday, October 16, 2009

Plein Air Painter - Last workshop & LOCAL COLOR the Movie

Plein Air Painter - Last workshop & LOCAL COLOR the Movie

The last of the outdoor workshop in Niagara Falls was this past weekend.
The weather was a bit chilly but the creativity and enthusiasm was flowing !

On Sunday we painted at the School of Horticulture and on Monday, we painted
at Dufferin Islands.

Last month I got the chance to work with some of the best Artists working today.
American Artist magazine Masters Weekend featured Richard Schmid, Kevin Macpherson,Frank Serrano, Skip Whitcomb to name a few.
I also met Director/Producer/Artist George Gallo who did a sunrise demo in Glen Eyrie
Park in Colorado Springs.
If you have not seen his life inspired film LOCAL COLOR - see it soon.
We had a showing in Colorado & just today, I received my own copy.

A heartwarming film.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Plein Air Painter Workshop - Sarasota, Florida

Plein Air Painter Workshop - Sarasota, Florida.

February 27 and 28, 2010 are the scheduled dates for the Sarasota/Longboat Key Florida plein air painting art workshop in oil or acrylic.

Escape from the Winter temps and join us for a personal growth painting workshop.

Having just finished some interractions/mini workshops with artists like Kevin Macpherson, Skip Whitcomb and Richard Schmid,I can't begin to tell you what a boost
being able to work beside other artists is...

If you are a starting painter, this workshop will give you guided direction. If you're a seasoned painter, renew your passion, nurture your heart and soul, capturing the beautiful florida landscape.

Workshop fee for instruction only is $275.00.
Paypal available for your convenience.
More info on website - Click HERE

Know someone else who may be interested ?
Gift Certifcates make wonderful & special Holiday Gifts.

1 800 393-7270

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Plein Air Painter - Whoopie Pies

What would a trip to New England be without Whoopie Pies ?
We found a place that had a good variety called WICKED WHOOPIES
They were pretty good but, my favorite can be bought at the Rockland Cafe.

Going home, we stopped at the Thomaston Cafe

This Sunday Brunch was mucho yummy - yes, that is Lobster in my eggs !

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Plein Air Painter- Last of the Summer Artworkshops

American Contemporary Plein Air Painter
Last of the Summer Art Workshops

More Information and latest newsletter HERE

Maine, Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake

Plein air painting workshops

Call the studio at 1 800 393-7270

Monday, July 27, 2009

Plein Air Painter - Niagara Falls

Plein Air Painter workshops at Niagara Falls.

This painting of the Canadian Falls was painted on Friday.
The weather was iffy but, held out for the day workshop.
The mist from the Falls rose diagonally to become one of the amazing clouds on the dramatic, overcast morning.

Canadian Falls
"Overcast Morning"

12x12 Oil on Linen
Framed in a plein air frame

1 800 393-7270

Friday, July 3, 2009

Mini Plein Air Artworkshops

NEW for Summer 2009
Mini Sessions WATERCOLOR Journaling and Oil painting pochades
in Niagara Falls, Canada and Niagara Falls, NY

Read newsletter online HERE

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Niagara Falls plein air painter

Click on image to see full painting

American Contemporary Landscape Artist

12 x 12
Oil on Linen

Painted in Niagara Falls, Canada .
You will find that J.R.'s landscape paintings have many qualities that will enhance your living space and connect to a moment in time,
that you can enjoy and live with in your environment.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Niagara on the Lake Artworkshop

Always wanted to take a plein air painting workshop ?
Here's your chance to work in the prettiest little town in Canada.

A list of supplies will be emailed to you with your confirmation.
This workshop offers instruction in either
Oil or Acrylic painting
2 day June 22-23, 2009
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost $275.00 US pp - workshop instruction only

If you need more info
Call me at the studio
1 800 393-7270

Sign up now by PayPal conveniently

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Plein air painter - World Turtle Day

Today is World Turtle Day
For those of you who know me, you know I love turtles.

From the time I was a kid, I had turtles.
See more about how the environment is important from the Humane Society

I especially like this STORY
If you see a turtle in the road.
I frequently turn my car around and help them across...
Help a Turtle today ! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Plein Air Painter - read latest newsletter

Plein air painter artworkshops newsletter CLICK HERE

Still have some vacation time you're planning for ?
Latest artworkshops newsletter has info about upcoming
painting workshops

Who takes artworkshops ?
There have been an 8 year old and an 80 year old.
People who've never picked up a paintbrush
And people who only paint in the studio
People looking to hone their painting skills
People looking for a different kind of vacation
People looking for a new direction in their life
People looking for a hobby after retirement
People applying it as a stress reliever
People looking to start a business
People trying to make a life decision
People who just like taking workshops
and people who have no idea why they're there...

Come join us...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Plein Air Painting - Niagara Falls art workshop June 6-7

2 day Oil or acrylic outdoor workshop painting Niagara
Falls.Experience level : Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisite Student Skills: It is suggested that beginners have the
experience of at least one drawing course.

Students bring their own supplies: The workshop is taught using a limited
primary color pallette.
A complete list of suggested oil & acrylic pigments is supplied.
Canvas board or stretched canvas 12 x 16 or smaller. A support for
canvas and carrying materials.
Incidental list also provided. A painting umbrella is strongly

Class maximum : 15 students
See previous student comments http://artworkshops.homestead.com/comments.html
and more info on website

Other workshops in Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake listed on
Call 1 800 393-7270 or see website for details

Friday, April 24, 2009

Plein Air Painter - Flying into a tragedy

I'll start from the beginning.
I saw the fire from the air approach coming into Myrtle Beach on Wednesday afternoon.
It looked like a tornado from the plane.

On the ground, there was no talk other than it was a fire.
By dinner the fire had crossed a highway and in a 4 minute span, consumed 5 houses.
At 2:00 am were were awakened by a neighbor to update on the fire. At 4 am, we were evacuated. At 5 am were were one of many at a friend's at Little River, with many dogs and cats that were not welcome at shelters set up in the city, including a stray that my cousin rescued.
The National Guard was called in and began water dropping. We thought the fire had changed direction and attempted to return home about 1 pm, by 4, the neighborhood was again evacuated and we went to a friend's seasonal home, by that time I had been up for over 30 hours.

During this time there was very little communication. In the empty house, with no electricity, the portable radio we had, played more music than actual news.
The news updates were surprisingly from the day before.

We were able to return to the neighborhood last night to dense smoke advisory but, at thi time Fri noon, there's talk of evacuation once again.

Over 20,000 acres ave been affected, an entire community in Barefoot Landing has been burned to the ground. Animals left chained when their owners, perished.A few shelters were accepting animals.
The threat is not being able to get out in time, the threat is that the wind changing direction has made the fire unpredictable and routes out would be iffy.

The Horry County area needs to get better disaster response in place. They are equipped for Hurrcaine damage but, not prepared for a fire of this magnitude.

I am not in direct danger but, monitoring the situation.

My workshop has not been canceled.

Tourists are still being assured that tourist areas have not been affected.

My heart goes out to all who have lost their homes during this tragedy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Plein Air Painter - Plagarism

Plagarism - it exists...
But don't you just hate when someone comes along and takes the words right off your
website and writes articles and BLOGS - My article is clearly labeled copyright and may not be reproduced without written permission.
I am so upset ! I found another artist who had written an article on a site called Empty Easel about Choosing an Art Workshop - only when I started reading, she had plagarized an article I had written and copyrighted clearly 5 years ago ! It's also on her blog at http://elicedrone.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-have-great-workshop-experience.html

Monday, April 13, 2009

Niagara Falls to Myrtle Beach - artworkshop for plein air painters

Niagara Falls to Myrtle Beach for plein air painter artworkshop is only 9 days away and counting.
Seems there's always a push at the end to get all my duck's in a row so the studio can function without me till I return.

And inevitably, I have to postone last minute studio requests which always happen to come in when I announce I'm going away for a week or so. Suddenly, everything is urgent. But, it usually works itself out and clients seems to be much more understanding that I'm not just leaving on holiday but, actually going away to work.

Workshops are exciting adventures, each one different, even though I've been to a location before. The biggest variable is the artists that come to my artworkshops.
I only have communication with most over the internet or by phone. I actually, in most cases, meet and work with them the first day of the workshop. This may seem unusual but, it's actually the norm over 90% of the time !

So, I continue to prepare for this next Niagara Falls to Myrtle Beach adventure.
Stay tuned.

My life as an Artist

Monday, April 6, 2009

Myrtle Beach plein air painting artworkshop

Join us in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC for 2 days of plein air painting
April 25 & 26, 2009
Oil Painting and acrylic plein air workshop.
South Carolina click HERESaturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30pm

1 800 393-7270

Locations will be in the vicinity of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Come join us as we paint the quaint towns,marshes and Carolina pines.

Workshop will concentrate on grisaille - working a value plan directly on your canvas.

Ever wondered why your finished painting doesn't quite match your
'minds eye vision' that you had when you started your painting ?

Insure a dynamic composition before your brush hits the color.
Learn to go for the drama in your painting !
This special 2 day workshop is only $250.00pp (reg pricing $275.00 for a 2 day workshop)

Workshop 2 day- Title : Problem solving ‘on your feet’ en plein air painting

Description :
2 day working on location workshop to help you achieve drama in your painting. Demo/lecture each morning.
You will learn to ‘bake the cake ‘before you applying the frosting.
Ever wondered why your finished painting bears little resemblance to the excitement you felt when starting your painting ?
Students will work on location and complete 2 12x16 or smaller paintings per day.

Goals :
What you can expect from this workshop
Students at the end of a 2 day workshop will be able to recognize a strong composition and see values using grisalle. This will enable you to make decisions when doing problem solving on your own, painting on location.
Grisaille studies, directly on canvas will enable you to commit to a composition and value plan instead of constantly adjusting your values and shadows, commonly known as ‘chasing the light’. This eliminates the also common fragmented, unfocused painting.

Experience level : Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisite Student Skills: It is suggested that beginners have the experience of at least one drawing course.

Student Required Materials: The workshop is taught using a limited primary color pallette. A complete list of suggested oil & acrylic pigments is supplied. Canvas board or stretched canvas 12 x 16 or smaller. A support for canvas and carrying materials. Incidental list also provided. A painting umbrella is strongly suggested.

Class maximum : 15 students

phone toll free at 1 800 393-7270

Sign up for WORKSHOP updates HERE

Monday, March 30, 2009

Plein Air painting Artworkshops newsletter

Longboat Key/ Sarasota plein air artworkshop video

Check out the latest Plein Air Painter Newsletter for all workshops
Locations include Florida, South Carolina,Maine,Niagara Falls,Niagara on the Lake,and Niagara Falls.

Next Workshop April 25 & 26 - MYRTLE BEACH Myrtle Beach, SC

For more info CONTACT
1 800 393-7270

Monday, March 16, 2009

Longboat Key Sarasota plein air workshop

Longboat Key Sarasota plein air painting workshop.
New dates posted soon for Fall 2009

Visit the ART WORKSHOPS website to watch for updates.

Our February workshop was really inspiring - the location, the weather, the artists.
More info coming in newsletter.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Plein Air Paintings- Niagara Falls, Maine and Caribbean

- Have paintings that need that 5% touch before I can add to website.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Niagara Falls artist paints the Ca D'Zan

12x12 M. Graham paints Oil on linen - click on image to enlarge

A recent plein air painting trip to Sarasota and Longboat Key, Florida included painting at the fabulous Ca D'Zan, an Italian Renaissance style mansion overlooking Sarasota Bay at the Ringling Museum.
This is one of the plein air paintings done as a demo for the workshop on Sunday morning.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Niagara Falls going green

The City of Niagara Falls, Ontario has banned the sale of bottled water at all city facilities

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Plein Air Painter Niagara Falls - 2nd annual "Day in an Artists Studio"

Plein Air Painter Niagara Falls - 2nd annual "Day in an Artists Studio"

Still a few spaces left for the FEB 15 WORKSHOP on Sunday
See previous posting on what's included in your 10-4 workshop.

This is a fun, relaxing day with goodies to munch and all materials needed supplied for your use.
Why not share the day with a friend ? You'll each go home with your own finished oil painting.
Only $65.00pp
For more info call
1 800 393-7270 or
905 354-8692

Friday, February 6, 2009

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Plein air art workshops dates for 2009 posted

Plein air art workshops dates for 2009 posted
Check out our posted dates for all plein air locations

Day in an Artists's Studio _Feb 15- Niagara Falls

FLORIDA - Feb 21-22, 2009 Longboat Key - Sarasota

Niagara Falls, Canada May 17-18, 2009-

Niagara USA - June 6- 7, 2009

Niagara Falls - June 22-23, 2009

Niagara on the Lake - July 3-4-5 WATERCOLOR

Monhegan Island, Maine August 10-14
All information at Monhegan Workshop
Call 1-800 393-7270

Monhegan Island, Maine AUGUST 15-16

Niagara on the Lake - August 25-26-27

Niagara Falls - Sept 11-12

Niagara on the Lake - Sept 28-29-30 WATERCOLOR
Niagara Falls - Oct 11-12

More details at ARTWORKSHOPS
or call 1 800 393-7270 Studio hours 9-5 weekdays

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Art workshops - Plein Air Painting in Florida - Studio in Niagara Falls

Plein Air Painters - Studio Painting from Life
Two Art workshops coming up in February

Tired of the Snow and shoveling ?
The primer - Day in an Artists's Studio - see below (click on image to enlarge)
The Finale - Longboat Key/Sarasota

See all info at STUDIO
or call Toll free at 1 800 393-7270
Local (905) 354-8692
Studio hours 9-5 M-Sat

Monday, January 19, 2009

Niagara Falls Valentine Painting workshop

Niagara Falls Painting Event
2nd annual "Day in a Artists Studio"
Sunday Feb 15, 2009
Join us and escape the cold for a mini holiday - a Valentine for yourself
We provide -
morning coffee
light lunch
1 artist canvas -take your masterpiece home
use of environmentally friendly M.Graham oil paints
use of artist brushes
use of easel
instruction from 10-4pm - 'Painting from life'
Studio:7973 Lundy's Lane
Niagara Falls
Contact us at (905) 354-8692

More info

VISA/MC Paypal available
only $65.00 pp

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Plein air painter - Florida workshop

Plein air painter - Florida plein air painting workshop.
Sunny Longboat Key/Sarasota area
Feb 21-2, 2009

According to a tourism website the area is culture rich and Longboat Key has 90% more per capita creative people than all of the US.
Sarasota has the beautiful Ringling School of Art and Cultured Gardens.

Come join us as we paint outdoors and soak up some sun and the ambiance of the area.