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Page from the recent interview by Bob Bahr of The Artist's Road co-founder John Hulsey in Outdoor Painter (Plein Air Magazine). John shared with Bob his experiences this fall being filmed by PBS St. Louis while he demonstrated plein air paintiing high above the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois.
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Oil Painting Demonstration by Ann Trusty
International Artist Magazine honored Ann recently with an impressive 10 page article titled, Directly from Life, in the August/September 2015 issue. Ann takes us through her oil painting process in a step-by-step demonstration of her still life painting of the ephemeral Coral Charm peonies. "The editor asked me if I could create a demonstration of my oil painting techniques for the magazine, and I immediately thought of painting the gorgeous Coral Charm peonies. Their temporary urgency reminds me to be present in the moment as they are. Their blooming time can be so short; it is like painting a sunrise followed by a sunset. I loved the risk and challenge of the situation and the staff at the magazine were terrific to work with".
Sample Pages from the Article, "Directly from Life".
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The Philosopher's Camp
A now famous journey was undertaken in 1858 by a group of ten men to a place called Follensby Pond in the Adirondacks. These men, from Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts constructed a primitive lodge from materials they found. The place became known as The Philosopher's Camp.
Most well known among the adventurers was poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Accompanying him was another poet, James Russell Lowell, two doctors, two scientists, two lawyers, the younger brother of writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, and an artist, William James Stillman.
Stillman organized the trip, as he had explored the region on many painting trips. As the only artist member, he has left us with a visual record of what has become a significant gathering of some of the most famous thinkers of the time. At the time the trip was organized, the area was still difficult to access, requiring days of extensive preparations and travel by train, wagon and boat. The trip incited interest in the Adirondacks as it became publicized in newspaper accounts across the country.
Although each member of the group held his own distinct views, all seemed to share a common attitude of deep respect for the beauty of nature and its importance in artistic and intellectual creativity and inspiration.
When William James Stillman returned to the camp twenty-six years later, he found it developed and commercialized. The disfigurement fueled conservationists to begin the fight to establish the Adirondack Park in 1892. Follensby Pond is now protected by the Nature Conservancy.
James Schlett has written a new book, A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers' Camp in the Adirondacks, which tells the story of the famous gathering.
Emerson wrote a poem about the trip titled "The Adirondacs - a Journal Dedicated to My Fellow Travellers" in August, 1858. You can read it in its entirety by clicking here.
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