Just a few of the 100+ artists at Heaven Hill Farm.

Read the preceding posts in the series here: Adventures at ‘paint camp’, part 1 Adventures at ‘paint camp’, part 2 Friday, June 20 Our spectacular weather continued to hold. Friday dawned clear and bright, and by the end of the week, mornings were actually chilly, with overnight lows in the 40′s. Our first spot of the day was a …

The 2014 Publisher

The real purpose of the Publisher’s Invitational Paint Out (aka ‘paint camp’), was, of course, to paint outside in the beautiful Adirondack scenery. With nearly 120 artists of all backgrounds and experience levels in attendance, this required a good deal of logistics but it all went off without a hitch. Our days soon settled into …

Adventures at ‘paint camp’, part 1

by Kathy Partridge on July 7, 2014

in Adirondacks, Art, Plein Air

McKenzie Mountain from Norman Ridge Road. O/c/p, 11" x 14".

The 2014 Publisher’s Invitational turned out to be too “big” for this first-year attendee to describe in one blog post. So here’s part one!

Pensioners. Oil on panel, 19-1/2 x 31 inches. ©Kathy R. Partridge

Well, it’s official, folks. I’m thrilled to report that Pensioners’ acceptance into the 54th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists does indeed qualify me for promotion to what’s known as full, or “signature” status in the organization! That means I’m entitled to sign my paintings with “SAA” after my name if I want, …


The low-down on the two most common solvents used by artists: gum turpentine and mineral spirits. They both have their uses, but which one’s safer?


(This is the second in a series of blog posts sharing my notes on the fundamentals of building a durable oil painting, based on information in the book, The Painter’s Handbook by Mark David Gottsegen. Please understand that I am not the expert here; I’m putting these notes out there for me just as much …


I think it’s a good idea for artists to occasionally review the processes and procedures they use in creating their work. This post is the first in a series, detailing the current thinking by art materials experts and conservators on the best ways to “build” a durable oil painting. This week, I present some notes on supports options for oil paintings.

Pensioners. Oil on panel, 19-1/2 x 31 inches. ©Kathy R. Partridge

I have some great news to share about my latest equine painting, Pensioners! Plus, read a short introduction to learn a little about the Society of Animal artists.

What’s the best brand of artists’ oil paint?

by Kathy Partridge May 5, 2014 Art

Ever have the feeling that the brands you’re using might not be the best? Are you always searching for something better? Then you just might be afflicted with “art supply itch”. Here are some ideas for dealing with it.

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It’s showtime in the springtime!

by Kathy Partridge April 28, 2014 Adirondacks
Plein Air Study: Jonona

It’s become a family tradition: the Partridge artists (my Dad and I) have been entering our work in the Central Adirondack Art Show (CADK) in the little Adirondack town of Old Forge, New York for many years. Old Forge may be small but it has a beautiful new arts facility (called VIEW) designed in a …

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Owls in love (and other signs of spring)

by Kathy Partridge April 21, 2014 Birds
A resident pair of Canada Geese make a daily flight over the garden.

After the longest, coldest winter we’ve had in a long, long time, signs of spring are at last everywhere. I’ve finally been able to get outside and work in the garden. It was seriously neglected last year due to a number of factors: my mysterious symptoms that started in March and ended with gallbladder surgery …

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These things won’t last forever, ya know…

by Kathy Partridge April 14, 2014 Art
Quick shot of the control panel of the VHS to DVD software. Very easy to use. It also has an advance mode for editing and other fancy stuff, but so far I

I have a collection of about a half-dozen or so really excellent art instruction videos in the old VHS format. They are a decade old, and I recently realized that’s actually ancient in a world where technology advances can make things obsolete in just a year or two. I began fretting that either the tapes …

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First plein air of the season

by Kathy Partridge April 7, 2014 Art
The Green Mailbox. Oil on panel, 9" x 12". ©Kathy R. Partridge

Spring has finally sprung enough that it was at last possible to go outside and paint in relative comfort yesterday. Given the mud and snowbanks that are still to be found everywhere, I didn’t want to travel far so chose to immortalize the remains of the plow pile at the foot of my driveway. I …

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From afar? Or up close and personal? That is the question.

by Kathy Partridge March 31, 2014 Art

I’ve been redesigning the ‘Portfolio’ section of my website, adding images, making sure the links work and taking care of other assorted housekeeping tasks. Now, instead of trying to separate images into subject categories, I’ve decided to combine it all into one: Nature & Animals. ‘Cause that’s what I do, and the subject matter varies …

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