Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sundown Hunter

Sundown Hunter, Fluid Acrylic, 29 X 22 FR

Join me for the 49th Annual River Road Show September 4 - 27, 2018.  The exhibition is held at the Louisiana State Archives Building in Baton Rouge, 3851 Essen Lane. Reception: September 20, 5:30- 7:30. This national juried exhibition is hosted by the Art Guild of Louisiana.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Painting among the sunflowers at Linden Plantation, MS

Lots of fun was had at the Sunflower Retreat painting workshop at Linden Plantation, MS. Workshop participants learned a lot form Donna McGee's plein air instruction.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Donna painting sunflowers at Linden Plantation

Donna painting sunflowers at Linden Plantation during a former workshop.

detail of painting by one of Donna's students. 
Donna, I enjoyed the en plein air Sunflower workshop at Linden Plantation so much. I learned so much about mixing the colors of nature and simplifying shapes. Thanks! Linda W.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Absorbing a Place

Sunflower Inspiration, Fluid Acrylic, 14 X 10.5 Inches

My studio work is inspired by my work en plein air and time spent outdoors. On the third day of the Sunflower Retreat, participants asked me to show them how I work in the studio.  I completed the above painting in 30 minutes in the Sunflower Field.  With bodies accustomed to air conditioning, July outdoors in the Mississippi delta is not for the faint at heart .  I had painted there en plein air for 3 days within a 2 week period.  One thing I have learned is that if you get into the place, the place will get into you. I have had some wonderful experiences while painting en plein air that have made me a richer person.  I think this is why so many people find reasons to be outdoors whether it is to hunt, hike, play, or paint.  I have hiking buddy that always encouraged me to "be in the moment". There is nothing that will help you "be in the moment" more than painting outdoors.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sunflower Retreat

 Painting a field of Sunflowers without painting every flower.

Since I began painting outdoors I find painting from photos very limiting.  However, one of the hardest things for beginning painters en plein air seems to be not painting every detail.  Many people are accustomed to accepting the frozen camera view of reality, but in reality your eye sees the world very differently.  You see the field of flowers as moving shapes and colors while only seeing the details of the closest flowers. Sunflowers follow the sun until they are heavy with seed and can no longer turn their heads with the sun.   I painted with the sun over my left shoulder as I viewed the field. Still I found that the painting was more about suggestion of distance and color filled space than about contrast of value. Changes in color notes were subtle and that is what I concentrated on. 
Sunflower Field, Fluid Acrylic, 11 X 14 inches

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sunflower Painting Retreat

Sunflower Painting Retreat with Donna F. McGee                                               July 13, 14, & 15, 2018

Linden Plantation, Glen Allan, MS

Look for more information about Donna's upcoming en plein air workshop at Linden Plantation!

Following in the tradition of Van Gogh, immerse yourself in the subject of sunflowers.  Sunflower Painting Retreat participants will paint en plein air (outdoors) in the mornings and directly from still life (indoors) in the afternoons.  Although photos may be used in some of the exercises, the focus is on painting from life, not from photographs.  Through both acrylic and oil demonstrations and exercises, Donna will share her approach to the tradition of en plein air. She’ll share her personal palette set-up, her unique color-mixing system, and her approach to composition for both landscape and still life. 

Topics include mixing nature’s colors, painting shapes and values, and understanding color temperature and value relationships.   Participants may work with either oil or acrylic.  Some painting experience is preferred.  For Donna’s materials’ lists, email her at  Be sure to include information about the medium you will be using.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Painting on a cloudy Thursday at Linden

When planning for a workshop I like to arrive early and get in touch with the place.  Like everyone else I am overwhelmed by "something to paint" everywhere I look.  One of those spring southern storms moved through on Wednesday night. It was great hearing the rain on the roof of my cabin.  The next morning I went out to do some 30 minute warm-up paintings.  These little 5 X 7's can pack a lot into a small space. Although it was cloudy, there were good color contrasts and soft lights. The value range is tighter, but still good little paintings.  Sometimes colors look brighter against a darker blue-violet-grey sky.  Even the shady areas contain soft reflected light. 

Cloudy Thursday, Grain Bin, Oil on Canvas Panel, 5 X 7 Inches
Cloudy Thursday, Fallow Field, Oil on Canvas Panel, 5 X 7 Inches

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Paintings from the Linden Workshop

Below are some of the paintings from the Linden Plein Air Retreat. Everyone got more comfortable as the 2nd day progressed, getting a new perspective on color and light. Also, they bravely tried my color mixing system rather than relying on tube colors. My photos are a little dark but you can see the different approaches..

 Linda's Painting done 2nd Day of workshop
 MJ's  Painting from the 2nd Day
Peggy's Painting from the 2nd Day

Saturday, May 5, 2018

More of Linden Plantation

 Mary Jane 

We had perfect weather for my Plein Air Workshop.  Our Hosts really treated us "Delta Style" with delicious food and entertaining conversation.  Only a few reasons to return to the Delta for another workshop.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Painting en Plein Air at Linden Plantation

 My Demo Using 3 values to create a drawing, then Painting 
Color Values. Linden is a beautiful, peaceful spot. Watch for more workshop there in the near future.

Linda Snider Ward and her Painting of the Ginkgo Arch at Linden

Monday, April 30, 2018

Linden at Easter

Linden at Easter, Oil Plein Air, 14 X 11 inches
I  spent Easter weekend at Linden getting in touch with the place as preparation for my workshop April 27, 28, 29.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Return to Hennington Farm

What a change a week makes in Early Spring. The trees are budding and the greens are beginning to show their early color.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Afternoon 3/2/2018 Hennington Farm

 The Place

The Painting
It takes me a while to loosen up and feel the spirit of the place.  I love early spring with its mosaic of greens and green & gray contrasts

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Painting Hennington Farm 3/2/2018

 The Place
 The Beginning
Finally a sunny weekend day to paint: Sun, a little pollen, a little cow poop, and painting.  What a great way to spend a morning in early March.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Spring Landscape Painting at Linden Plantation

Join me for a Landscape Painting Workshop at Linden Plantation in the Mississippi Delta

Enjoy the best parts of life in an old-fashioned Plantation setting.  Gourmet meals on fine china, luxurious antique furnishings, veranda sunsets over the cypress banks of an oxbow lake, and plenty of yes ma’ams and yes sirs are merely a caveat to the pleasure of painting in the Mississippi Delta. The day will begin with continental breakfast followed by a painting session from 9 AM – 3:30 PM with brunch break from 11- 12:30.  Daily Sundowner will include wine and photographs of Linden’s spectacular sunsets which will include a special 30 minute Sundown Demo on day 1 and participant painting on day 2.  For more information visit Donna’s web page:  or www.espoutdoors/ . E-mail Donna at for materials list (Be sure to include the medium you will be using).

$650.00 (lodging and meals included). 
To register send check to:
Linden Plantation 
P. O. Box 227
Glen Allen, MS 38744