Lehigh Valley plein air event, Easton, PA – until October 14, 2023

Lehigh Valley plein air event, Easton, PA - until October 14, 2023 - Vasari Colors showroom
Lehigh Valley plein air event, Easton, PA - until October 14, 2023 - Vasari Colors showroom

Vasari Classic Artists’ Oil Colors — a small, independent company that makes handcrafted artists’ oil paint — has a showroom in Easton, PA, in the Lehigh Valley. They are sponsoring a month long plein air event in cooperation with the Karl Srirner Arts Trail, which is right next to their shop.

The latter is a parkland along the Bushkill Creek. The event is free with no registration required. Artists are invited to drop by and paint along the trail, or in any of the public parks in the Easton area — some of which are along the Delaware and Lehigh rivers.

More than that, participants are invited to stop into the Vasari showroom, which is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and load up their palette with free samples of Vasari’s handcrafted oil paint.

By way of a disclaimer, I’ll mention that in my role as a website designer, Vasari is a client of mine. However, I think long time Lines and Colors readers will know I’m not likely to let that color my opinion (if you’ll excuse the expression) in what I write here.

That being said, I’ll add that Vasari’s oil paint is the best I’ve ever used, and that includes other “handcrafted” brands like Old Holland and Williamsburg. Vasari’s paints have a wonderful consistency; they flow off my brush like butter, and they have brilliant color with an extraordinary amount of pigment. So being able to use some of this paint for free is a rare treat.

Artists are also invited to drop off finished oil paintings during the week of October 9th to 13th for display in their showroom. The exhibition reception will be from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on October 14th, with judging and prizes awarded at that time.

The address is:
1235 Simon Blvd.
Silk Mill unit P102
Easton, PA 18042

Google map.

Woodland Interior with Rocky Stream, Thomas Moran

Woodland Interior with Rocky Stream, Thomas Moran
Woodland Interior with Rocky Stream, Thomas Moran (details)

Woodland Interior with Rocky Stream, Thomas Moran, oil on canvas, 36 x 29 inches ( 92 x 74 cm). Link is to the Art Renewal Center, which has a zoomable image. I think their image may be a little too dark; I sourced the image above from a site that sells art prints.

Happy belated Autumnal Equinox!

Eye Candy for Today: Edward Cooke view of Venice

Venice sunset behind the church of Santa Maria della Salute, Edward William Cooke
Venice sunset behind the church of Santa Maria della Salute, Edward William Cooke (details)

Venice sunset behind the church of Santa Maria della Salute, Edward Willliam Cooke’ oil on paper laid on canvas, roughly 11 x 18 inches ( 28 x 45 cm). Image sourced from this page on Tutt’ art (scroll down), originally from a Sotheby’s auction in 2016. I assume the original is now in a private collection.

19th century painter Edward William Cooke, who was known for his mariitime paintings, spent 10 seasons in Venice capturing its waterways with beautifully subtle scenes like this one of the famous church, situated on a point of land between two of the city’s major waterways.

I love the sensation of depth he creates here with both linear and atmospheric perspective.

Bertha Wegmann

Bertha Wegmann
Bertha Wegmann

Bertha Wegmann was a Danish painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known primarily for her portraits, her subjects also included landscapes, still life and room interiors.

She is noted as the first woman chairholder at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She was friends with the Swedish painter Jeanna Bauck, who painted a portrait of Wegmann at work.

Eye Candy for Today: Giuseppe Zocchi ink drawing

Giuseppe Zocchi ink drawing
Giuseppe Zocchi ink drawing (details)

Villa Mancini in the Vicinity of Signa, Giuseppe Zocchi; pen and black in on paper; roughly 11 x 19 inches (28 x 47 cm). In the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, which has both zoomable and downloadable versions of the image.

Giuseppe Zocch was an 18th century Italian painter and printmaker active in Florence.

I love the way Zocchi has used different tones of ink in this drawing to create atmospheric perspective and suggest at least four planes of distance.

Joke Frima

Joke Frima
Joke Frima

Joke Frima is a painter originally from the Netherlands now working and living in France. Her highly refined paintings often are of close views of fruits, flowers, gourds and other plants in their natural state, sort of intimate landscapes or living still life.

She also paints more formal still life subjects as well as more traditional landscapes. Her website features galleries of recent work, drawings, and archives of a number of subjects. The basic site is in Dutch, but you can choose a language from the drop-down at upper right of the page.

I’m not certain how her first name is pronounced, but my best guess would be somethng like “yo-kay”. In addition to her website, her work is featured on the Art Renewal Center website as one of their “Living Master” artists.