Joseph Paquet Painting Studio

News from the Studio

May Newsletter: New Work & New Workshops
St. Paul, MN, 2!th Annual Summer Workshop: June 10-12 SOLD OUT
Madeline Island, WI 5-Day Workshop: August 8-12, 2106
The 'Big Idea' - Creating a Large Studio Painting, Sept 12-18
Chatham Creative Arts Center 4-Day Plein Air Workshop Sept 27-30 Fall 2016 Studio Classes, Sept 7 - Dec 22, 2016
Cover Article, January 2015 issue of Plein Air Magazine
Rust & Roadsides, a collaboration with John Cosby & Joe Paquet
New Studio Location!
Still in the Northern Warehouse Building, upstairs in Studio #234


The Living Experience: Why Paint Plein Air?

Forward to the Salmagundi Club 'Why Outdoors?:The Plein Air Painters of America' exhibition catalogue. Written by Joseph Paquet

“Why not just take a photo?”

All of us have heard that question while painting outdoors. The fact is that even the finest photo will never be a just substitute for the Living Experience of painting on location.

The Living Experience is first about connection. Continue Reading...

Open Letter for All Artists

Almost every artist I speak to these days has a profound tale of woe to spin. The common complaint: bad economy = lack of sales = "Whaa happened?" For those of us who make our living and put food on our family table, it doesn't really matter what happened so much as what we can do to adjust. In our moments of panic, rash and destructive choices are made to turn a buck... we diminish ourselves and often do untold damage to careers which have taken a long time to build.

For so very long galleries were the way: the omniscient ones, and for a very long time most of them did a fine job with it. Continue Reading...

Joseph Paquet, while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, had the good fortune of finding a mentor in artist John Foote who opened his eyes to the joys of drawing the human figure. After graduating, Paquet met another major influence in his life, John Osborne, who was uniquely gifted artist and teacher. Osborne believed that a landscape painting should begin on location, but that its poetic essence should be completed in the solitude of the artist's studio. Paquet experienced a demanding and rewarding apprenticeship, in which he learned to fuse field studies with the image he could see in his mind's eye. Increasingly however, Paquet is creating most of his work from life, believing that the direct correspondence with nature increases the potential for greater feeling. "Intellect, he says, doesn't keep one warm at night."

He has been featured in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, The Artist's Magazine, American Artist, Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine. Paquet's awards include both Artist's Choice and Collector's Choice from The 2007 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational as well as the 2008 Alden Bryan Memorial Prize from The Salmagundi Club of New York, the First Place in Landscape from the Richeson 75: Artist's Choice Competition and The Edgar Payne Award for best Landscape at the 97th Annual Gold Medal Show at the California Art Club.

Paquet is a Signature Member of The Plein Air Painters of America, The Salmugundi Club and an Out-of-State Artist Member of The California Art Club.