Fall Landscapes in Pastel with Laverne Bohlin in October 2019

Autumn’s Song, pastel, copyright Laverne Bohlin, http://www.lavernebohlin.com. Used with permission.

By the time Laverne Bohlin returns to Illinois and The Morton Arboretum in the first week of October, there will be plenty of views similar to the one she has portrayed in her stunning Autumn’s Song, above.  Autumn is one of the best times of the year for artists to attempt to capture some of the beauty of nature, and Laverne will be sharing some of her techniques for doing so in soft pastel.

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm, Laverne will give a presentation, sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild, at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  Tips, techniques, materials, subject matter and inspirations will be touched upon in the program, and guests will be able to ask questions and get a close-up look at some of Laverne’s luminous artwork. This program is open to all, free-of-charge.  Visitors and guests should let the gate attendant at Arboretum know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild meeting to be directed to Thornhill.

Laverne Bohlin’s pastel supplies and pastel painting in progress.

For those who want to learn even more about painting with soft pastels, Laverne will also be teaching a weekend workshop, Fall Landscapes in Pastel, at the Arboretum on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th, 2019.  The workshop will take place indoors and out, with the changing colors of nature as inspiration.  Beginning and intermediate artists are welcome, but some experience working with pastels would be helpful.  The workshop is open to all interested, and there is no requirement for membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum, although Arboretum members will receive a discounted registration fee.  Please click on the above image or highlighted link for more details, to review the supply list, or to enroll in the workshop.

Nature Artists’ Guild at the Field Museum on September 18, 2019

The Field Museum, one of the world’s largest museums of natural history, has been a gem on Chicago’s lakefront for nearly 100 years.  Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild have been invited to a paint-out among their collections on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 with Artist-in-Residence, Peggy Macnamara.

“On May 2, 1921, crowds lined up for miles to visit the Field Columbian Museum on opening day.” Charles Carpenter. Photo credit http://www.fieldmuseum.org

The Field Museum, Chicago, IL. Photo credit http://www.fieldmuseum.org.

Peggy’s watercolor paintings of birds, fish, mammals, and insects are found throughout the Field Museum and in her behind-the scenes office.  She is the author and illustrator of several natural history and art books, and is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Peggy is also, importantly, a friend of the Nature Artists’ Guild!  She has taught numerous classes and workshops at The Morton Arboretum and at the Field, given several wonderful presentations to the Guild at Thursday evening programs, and has generously hosted Guild members at previous paint-outs at the museum.

Artwork by Peggy Macnamara in her office at The Field Museum. All artwork copyrighted by the artist.

Nature Artists’ Guild members should contact Linn Eldred if they’d like to attend (her contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Yearbook).  Attendees will need to meet the group and Peggy at the entrance hall by the gift shop of the Field Museum promptly at 10 am on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 for free admission and a short guided tour.  Artists are then free to wander the vast collections to find their subject matter. The Ronald and Christina Gidwitz Hall of Birds and the dioramas are popular spots for sketching.

The Field Museum’s Ronald and Christina Gidwitz Hall of Birds. Photo credit http://www.fieldmuseum.org.

Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and parking.  The museum’s website has plenty of suggestions for parking, but the cost may be $20 or more, so carpooling is recommended when possible.

Please click on the highlighted links or the images to read much more about the museum and Peggy Macnamara and her artwork.

An Opportunity to Learn Woodblock Printing with Ben Calvert

Nature Artists’ Guild members may remember Ben Calvert from his fascinating presentation on creating woodblock prints in February, 2019.  Ben will be teaching a four-evening introductory class beginning on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and continuing for the following three Wednesday evenings, at The Morton Arboretum, where he will share the history, supplies, and processes involved in woodblock printing.  All supplies are included.

All are welcome to join Ben in this class, which will be suitable for all skill levels.  There is no requirement to be a member of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum to register, although Arboretum members will receive a discounted enrollment fee.  Please click here to register or to read more about the course.

Fellow procrastinators should note that to prevent cancellation, The Morton Arboretum requires a minimum enrollment number well before the start date of any class.  To minimize the likelihood of any class cancellations, early enrollment is highly encouraged.

Great Migrator Rest Stop, copyright 2018, Benjamin F. Calvert III.  Please click on the image to be directed to Ben’s website.

Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2019 Summer Encounter Artwork

The 2019 Summer Encounter for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild has come to an end. This project required the artists to start their artwork at one point of their paper or canvas (usually the bottom) and add to it each week, without necessarily knowing exactly where it would lead.  The results were impressive and wonderful!

Some of the participants have kindly agreed to share their Encounter artwork with us here.  Perhaps we’ll be seeing some of these pieces again in the upcoming Fall (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art in November at The Morton Arboretum.  Congratulations to all the participating artists for, once again, venturing outside their comfort zone.

Larger images of the artwork can be seen on the 2019 Summer Encounter Gallery page under the Member Artwork tab of this website.

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Coming Soon for the Nature Artists’ Guild

  • There will be a paint-out this September for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild, with the exact date and location to be announced shortly.  Update – the paint-out will be at Chicago’s Field Museum with Peggy Macnamara at 10 am on September 18, 2019. More details to come soon!
  • The prospectus for the 2019 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum will be sent in early September to all members of the Nature Artists’ Guild.  New members are welcome to join the Guild before then to receive a prospectus.
  • Images from the 2019 Summer Encounter are being received from the artists and will be shared here and in the next issue of the Nature Artists’ Quarterly (a members-only publication).
  • A Creative Event has been scheduled for September 5, 2019 at 7 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum for Nature Artists’ Guild members.  Lots of fun and creativity will be in store as members create handmade objects to sell at the Autumn (Holiday) Exhibit.  A list of skills being shared and suggested supplies to bring was sent to members on August 12.  All proceeds from the sales will be used to support the Nature Artists’ Guild.

Nature Artists’ Guild Program Next Thursday, August 1, 2019

The next program sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild is only one week away, on Thursday evening, August 1, 2019 from 7 until 9 pm at The Morton Arboretum. This program will feature three stations with different types of artwork being done at each.  Please click on this link to read more.

All fans of nature and art are welcome to attend, free-of-charge.

Please click on any of the images for larger versions and artist names.

Cantigny Gardens Paint-Out August 7, 2019

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to attend the next paint-out on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 beginning at 9 am at the lovely Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton, IL.

The Gardens at Cantigny beckon you. They tug at your senses, drawing you closer. If you listen carefully, each garden will tell you a story, unfolding with every step. You will feel your body relax as you absorb the landscape and the landscape devours your stress. The hustle of life melts away just a few steps into our 29 acres of flourishing, blooming tranquility.

http://www.Cantigny.org

 

Although parts of the garden will be closed for “revitalization”, there will still be plenty of nature to paint in the their gardens of Golden Pond.

There will be no charge for admission or parking for this event. Guild members can arrive any time after 9 am, and stay for as long as they’d like (or until the park closes).

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild at previous paint-out at Cantigny Gardens.

After sketching, painting, or photographing the beauty of the gardens and grounds, there is much more to do at Cantigny Park, the 500-acre former estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Wonderful restaurants and cafes, museums, a visitor’s center and the Cantigny Shop will all be available for participants to enjoy.

Participating Nature Artists’ Guild members are encouraged to contact Linn Eldred if they plan to attend, but last-minute attendees are also welcome! Linn’s contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook or in the e-mail sent to members on July 21. Folding chairs and picnic lunches are allowed in the park. Please click on one of the highlighted links for driving directions and to learn more about Cantigny.