June 2015 Newsletter
A Bow to Obvious Beauty


Joseph Paquet

New Work

Mohawk-Valley-Spring-24x30-$15,000
Mohawk Valley Spring    24" x 30"    $15,000
O.K., I know - I've been avoiding obvious beauty for a long time. At times even finding it trite and predictable, but this time it dumped my books and took my lunch money - I've been schooled.
The Mohawk Valley took my breath away: expansive, exquisite and boldly delicate all at once.

The vibe was distinctive and ancient.
The wind that moved through the valley carried with it the fragrances of spring and the whispered voices of it's rich past.

While painting this, a rainstorm caused me to retreat to the porch of a old farmhouse where I sat and watched the weather move through the valley. I closed my eyes and breathed it in deeply.
The smell of fresh wind, wet earth and buds unfolding simply finished me.

I highly recommend it.

Rust & Roadsides Trip #5
Canajoharie & Little Falls, NY

Of-Mills-Men-Canajoharie-Creek-30x24
Of Mills & Men - Canajoharie Creek 
30" x 24"  
This was our fifth Rust & Roadsides trip and the focus was mill towns.
John Cosby and I worked and laughed our way through another adventure.

The beautiful spring weather made it possible for us both to work on larger, more substantial paintings including the one pictured above.

The crucial importance of water in our nations history was all around us; Canajoharie Creek, Erie Canal & Mohawk River. Everywhere - walls and water. Gigantic blocks and mortar to corral and harness the power. Elemental epitaphs to big dreams.

As always we met some wonderful folks who lived, worked and welcomed us into their world.

Best job I ever had.

To read the trip blog, including photos and links to articles and podcast interview with John and myself, click here.

Me and Cosby on the bridge over the Canajoharie
Me and Cosby on the bridge over the Canajoharie
photo by Joshua Thomas

Museum Show

Looking East: An exhibition by 27 members
of The Plein Air painters of America

Cape Cod Museum of Art Dennis, MA
June 6 - August 30  Opening June 11, 2015  

Valley-Sawmill-28x40
Valley Sawmill   28" x 40"   $22,000

2015 Workshops


Madeline Island, WI
5-Day Plein Air Workshop
Madeline Island School of the Arts

Monday, July 6th - Friday, July 10th, 2015 

Brooding Sky, Madeline Island 8x12 $3300
Brooding Sky, Madeline Island    8" x 12"    $3300
Two Spots just opened up!

My first experience teaching at MISA was simply wonderful; there was plenty to paint and the accommodations and hospitality provided by the school and staff was top-notch.

I'm looking forward to returning to this lovely island again next summer, I hope you can join me.
 
A special thanks to Charles, Jenna and the entire staff for elevating the experience.

Click here to learn more.

Stockholm Sweden
5-Day Plein Air Workshop

Monday, July 27th - Friday, July 31st, 2015   

Pristine Afternoon Loring Park 24x30
Pristine Afternoon, Loring Park     24" x 30"     SOLD
Learn to see more deeply.
This 5-day workshop with Farigh Ghaderi ArtStudio will introduce you to the power and subtlety of the Prismatic Palette. You will learn to capture what makes each day unique through the use of an elegant underpainting, rhythmically connected drawing, structured value scale and solid understanding of color as value.  Further we will delve into how color is affected by atmosphere and the Prismatic Effect.
You will never look at nature the same way.

Humility and a healthy respect for nature required.

Click here to learn more.

New York 5-Day Plein Air Workshop
Stone Barns Center, Pocantico Hills, NY

Monday, October 5th - Friday, October 9th

Stone-Barns

I am thrilled to be teaching this workshop. The Stone Barns Center is a great location less than an hour from Manhattan offering plenty of variety and an opportunity to study fall color with the prismatic palette.

Day 1 Will begin with an in-depth lecture on the prismatic palette and be followed by an afternoon Demonstration.

 

Days 2-5 Students will be working in the field - plan on working on 2 paintings per day. It is my practice to get around for frequent critiques so you will get plenty of help.

 

All Levels Welcome (Humility Required)

 

 More details here.

Sold

A-Gentle-Indifference-24x30
A Gentle Indifference     24" x 30"     $14,000
To purchase paintings directly from Joe
Just call (651) 485-5807 or email to discuss details and options.

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