My Plein Air Painting Adventure

2018 East Beach Plein Air PaintingLast weekend (April 13-15, 2018), I had the opportunity to paint outside in East Beach Norfolk, Virginia. Plein air painting involves leaving the studio and painting in the landscape. Most of you may know I have not done this sort of art since I was a water colorist decades ago. Currently, I do my thing in my studio surrounded by my files of reference material, piles of categorized hard copy photos dating back to the 70s, digitized photos (16,000 and counting on my computer or in the cloud), as well as any and all art supplies, canvases, paints,inks, gel medium, printed material for collages, and drawing implements. I paint, collate, collage, paint over, scrub it out, throw paint around using my gloved hands as well as my brushes, dance to my music or scream at TV news all while creating.

Plein air is different. You have to tote your supplies, including your easel, paints, and canvases. You have to remember your water, your hat, your sunscreen, sun glasses and check out proximity to the closest restroom. Your subject matter is generally stationary. Since my forte is action, painting outside here is difficult for me.

The organizers for the East Beach Plein Air Painting Escape do a phenomenal job of dealing with artists who don’t know each other, neighbors who are to house out of town artists, planning food and other accommodations for us, planning a dinner, and marketing and then hosting an art display and sales event. All this while hoping the weekend is as beautiful as this past week was. The fundraising is for the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD)  so success is important. Congratulations to the organizers on a job well done.

Back to me. The main point of my art revolves around my thought process and how I can present emotion.I long ago abandoned painting directly from the photograph. I don’t copy photos. I use them as take off points. For example this weekend I photoed a rusted gate. That became a design element for my imagined dancing figures. Colors are meant to be changed. I generally avoid panoramic use in favor of close-up details that expand to become less recognizable. I can foresee painting a large flower and embedding my figures. So basically I am a faux plein air painter.

Behind the Gates

However I can appreciate the other plein air painters’ unique form of art. It is a tough way to paint. On Friday, the glare was formidable and the wind was blowing so hard. The sand on the beach became a barrage of mini needles. I saw the wind take a fresh painted oil and throw it face down in the sand. While I might have used the sand as a textual element I know the artist was frustrated with what had happened and elected to start over again.

My most comfortable painting experience was perched in front of a live oak quite near my car. I was in the shade with a cool morning breeze while volunteers in golf carts came by with water and snacks.

My plein air colleagues exhibit incredible patience and discipline -selecting their subjects and rendering them so that everyone knows exactly where the location is yet they can see art and not a photo. I lack these traits of discipline and I am not methodical. I am very impulsive and love the art of throwing paint around. So I guess I am not cut out to be a plein air artist. Though I would love to be part of the event again, but set up inside somewhere. That way I could enjoy their company, and paint my little heart out.

East Beach Plein Air Painting Artists

Meet Up with your Favorite Artist

East Beach Plein Air Art Escape

We’re all ready for a bit spring and some warmer days!  This coming weekend, I’ll be painting at the East Beach Plein Air Art Escape along with twenty of the top Plein Air artists on the East Coast.  We’ll be offering the paintings we do during the event for auction on Sunday.  Proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

I’ll be posting where I am on my Facebook page.  Come by and say hello.  We can sit and chat as I paint.

WHEN:  Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

WHERE:  East Beach Bayfront Club, 4550 East Beach Dr, ​Norfolk, VA 23518

ART SHOW & LIVE AUCTION:  Sunday, April 15 | 4:00 – 5:30pm

More info

Painting at the East Beach Plein Air Painting Escape

An Afternoon with Gloria Coker

Did you know I have many of my paintings displayed at Associates in Dermatology?  If you’re interested in a personal viewing of the paintings with me, come join me on Wednesday, May 9th.  I may even be painting in the Waiting Room while I’m there.

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 9th

TIME:  12:30pm – 2:00pm

WHERE:  17 Manhattan Square, Hampton, VA 23666 (Directions)

 

Join me on Friday for an Evening of Art

This week has been a whirlwind getting ready for my 3rd Annual Studio Show and Sale on Friday, November 3rd.  Yes, that is THIS Friday already!

I’ve been busy changing and arranging the paintings at the Associates in Dermatology offices and getting my smaller animal painting ready to hang that night.

Evening of art - Prepping for the Art Studio Show and Sale

In addition to great prices on original paintings, I’ve got a few surprises planned for you!

I hope you can stop by on Friday evening.  The fun kicks off at 5:30PM.

To get the whole scoop, go to my invite.

See you soon!

 

 

 

3rd Annual Art Studio Show and Sale

2017 Art Studio Show and Sale

The holidays are only a few weeks away!  I can’t believe I’m already thinking about gifts for the family!  It’s been a busy summer of painting and working as the Artist in Residence at the Virginia Living Museum.   So …

Get ready for some amazing prices on my paintings for the 3rd Annual Art Studio Show and Sale!!!

When:  Friday, November 3, 2017

Time:  5:30 – 8:00 PM

Where:  Associates in Dermatology office,  17 Manhattan Square, Hampton, Virginia (map / directions)

Come by, browse, shop and bring a friend.  There will be many paintings offered in addition to those in the Aiderm offices.

See you at the 3rd Annual Art Show and Sale!

Don’t Miss Gloria Coker’s Upcoming Art Shows this Spring!

bicycles-flying at spring Art Shows

It’s been a busy spring already. I’m happy to be painting and doing some traveling. I wanted to share some art shows if you’d like to see some great art this spring.

I was asked to participate in the Southwest Virginia Community College Festival of the Arts.  The show began on April 2 and wraps up on Sunday, April 30th.  I’m looking forward to some fresh mountain air (it’s got to be cooler there than in Newport News!!) and sharing about art with the students there. 

Also this weekend begins the Field Day Art Gallery at Norfolk Academy.  Can you believe they’ve been producing this art show and school fundraiser for 33 years?  I will be featured among 100 other artists.  The show will only run through May 10th.  If you’re in the area, stop by and enjoy a broad collection of art.

Twenty of my bicycle paintings are being included in a unique show at the Williamsburg Library.  The Bicycle Art and Culture Show begins with a Gala (and bike ride) on May 1st.  You can enjoy the bicycle paintings through June 15th.

 

 

Countdown to Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale

I’ve been busy gathering my paintings from recent shows and far flung galleries in time to share them with you at Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale.  You’ll find art of all sizes from 8 x 10 to large wall-sized paintings.  You’ll also find a broad selection of different themes from sports and dancing, to people and landscapes.  Don’t miss my animal paintings created during my time at the Virginia Living Museum.

Get ready for some great pricing for your holiday gift giving!

Come by, browse, shop and bring a friend.  Here’s the scoop . . .

When:  Friday, November 4, 2016

Time:  5:30 – 8:00 PM

Where:  Associates in Dermatology office,  17 Manhattan Square, Hampton, Virginia (map / directions)

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday evening!

Holiday Show and Sale

 

Artist Reception at TNCC

In case you missed the delightful Artist Reception at TNCC last month, the folks at the Visual Arts department at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) put together a lovely video.  I wanted to share it with you . . .

Thanks to everyone who made the time to come out to see the exhibit and hear me share about my time at the Daily Press.

Oh, and in case you didn’t hear yet . . .

Back by popular demand, I’m hosting my Holiday Art Show and Sale on Friday, November 4, 2016.  Hope to see you there!

2016 Holiday Show and Sale

Holiday Show and Sale

The holidays are around the corner.  I can’t believe I’m already thinking about gifts for the family!  Through the summer, I’ve begun to pull pieces from many of the galleries.  I don’t know if it’s a sign of the times or galleries just aren’t as popular as they used to be.  I’ve also just finished a delightful show on sport paintings at the PFAC.  So …

Get ready for some amazing prices on my paintings for the Art Studio Party!!!

When:  Friday, November 4, 2016

Time:  5:30 – 8:00 PM

Where:  Associates in Dermatology office,  17 Manhattan Square, Hampton, Virginia (map / directions)

Come by, browse, shop and bring a friend.  See you at the 2016 Annual Holiday Show and Sale!

Sharing Stories from my Past in Daily Press Interview

For my coming up Artist Presentation and Exhibition at TNCC (Thomas Nelson Community College), Natalie Joseph, from the Daily Press, interviewed me about my previous experience as a newspaper illustrator.  Here’s a peak …

Talk of the Tongue discussed at Daily Press InterviewSomeone could spend all day listening to Gloria Coker’s stories.

As she prepares for her art exhibition and career presentation at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on Monday, she recalls the many tales behind over 30 years of work.

For the first time, Coker will tell a new story, showcasing news and courtroom art from her days as an illustrator at the Daily Press in the 1980s and early ’90s.

She spent more than 10 years as an illustrator, earning the job with no formal art training. She has two stories she highlights of her time in the courthouse. She covered the 1985 trial of retired Navy officer Arthur Walker, who was convicted as part of a family espionage case that included his brother, John Walker. She also recalls the moment a policeman called to inform her that an one of her illustrations led to the arrest of an escaped man from death row.

For the video and rest of the Daily Press Interview, visit the Daily Press.

Odd Family Thanksgiving Newspaper Illustration

Thomas Nelson Community College Exhibition and Artist Presentation

Come join artist, Gloria Coker, for an exhibition and artist presentation close to home at the Thomas Nelson Community College.

Would love to have you come by!  Here’s the scoop:

Where:  Thomas Nelson Community College, Templin Hall
99 Thomas Nelson Dr, Hampton, VA 23666 ( directions / map)

Date:  Monday, September 26, 2016

Time:  5:30 PM

Artist Presentation:  In Mary T. Christian Auditorium

Thomas Nelson Community College Exhibition and Artist Presentation