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  • Marsha Hamby Savage { Hi Joan, and thank you so much for your kind words. I enjoyed reading your post about being inspired by watching other artists... I am, just as you were, ready to go paint after I watch someone demonstrate. The tree shows your enthusiasm for the subject. Keep up the work, because that is how we get better each time. } – Jun 05, 6:38 PM
  • joanvienot { And you, Cindi, delightful! I look forward to seeing your art! } – Jun 04, 9:40 PM
  • joanvienot { You would have enjoyed painting here, Deborah! } – Jun 04, 9:37 PM
  • Deborah Mason { great pic, nice depth and light. so nice it was a good event...nice to have folks inviting the group to these type events.. } – Jun 04, 9:29 PM
  • cindi bow { What a delight to visit with you today at the 5th anniversary Clay reception! I have never experienced a garden party as nice as I did today. Loved the tree you drew inspiration from today, along with your encouragement. } – Jun 04, 7:43 PM
  • Deborah Mason { i love the depth of the black and white picture...it is fun to watch you explore the pastel... } – Jun 04, 2:42 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you. This tree in particular, stood out as different from the others in the preserve where we were painting. } – May 21, 1:36 PM
  • joanvienot { This piece is 12 x 9, unframed, approximately 20 x 17 framed. } – May 21, 1:35 PM
  • Cindi Newhouse { Beautiful! What size is this? } – May 21, 1:28 PM
  • Cindi { Well written, Joan! Trees are my friends, too, I've always thought they were full of knowledge and magic! Your painting is serene! } – May 21, 1:27 PM
  • Deborah { Wow so exciting to sell so many this week..congratulations } – Apr 16, 6:23 PM
  • Deborah { What a dream trip..thanks for sharing it with us. Your paintings reflect your joy in the trip. Good luck with your knee.. See you soon Deborah } – Mar 14, 3:54 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Eda! Your support and encouragement mean a lot to me! } – Jan 17, 9:39 PM
  • Eda { I love seeing your work! Your story is a strong one...finally reaching the one thing that allows your soul to soar!! So happy for you...knowing you over the years... A woman of many talents, for sure!! Wishing you continued success in all you pursue!! 🙂 } – Jan 17, 9:36 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Caitlin! I see the doc for a follow-up appt tomorrow (12/5/16), and hopefully will be approved to take the brace off for longer periods of time and permission to hold a pencil or a paintbrush. } – Dec 04, 8:02 PM
  • Caitlin { I'm amazed at your non-dominant hand works! Very beautiful & glad to hear you found a creative outlet/forgiving medium while recovering. Hope the rest of the recovery is quick and also, congrats on getting juried into The Foster Gallery’s Winter Rotation! } – Dec 04, 6:40 PM
  • Kathy Krumel { Very nice read Joan....I could feel the heat! I too love the pitcher plants. As a child my father taught us how to open the tube to find all kinds of mysterious bugs in various degrees of decomposition. Sometimes we found a live fly and would set it free, believing ourselves to be heroes for a day. Love your painting!! Happy weekend Joan } – Jul 23, 8:03 PM
  • Linda Quinlan { Great story about a wonderful person, teacher and artist. } – Jun 15, 7:29 PM
  • Cindi { You are one busy woman!!! Love your work and your willingness to help others in their artistic journey! Your bio is great! } – Jun 09, 11:01 AM
  • Linda Quinlan { I was so thrilled to be taught by Joan. I had been wanting to take from her for a while. As soon as I saw her name on the Website for Forgotten Coast Plein Air, I signed myself and my friend Leigh up. It was terrific. I am so proud of what Joan has accomplished with her painting. } – Jun 07, 12:35 PM
  • Celeste Jones { Words of wisdom! And great WCs.... } – Mar 26, 10:41 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you Deborah! I saw your photos on Facebook, your figure standing on her own two feet. Can't wait to see the finished piece! } – Nov 03, 6:16 AM
  • Deborah { What a great week. I am in Tucson just finished a clay sculpture workshop. Aren't we lucky to enjoy our art! I especially enjoyed the lighthouse. Lovely } – Nov 01, 9:54 PM
  • Theresa Grillo Laird { Good going Joan! Very inspiring! } – Sep 22, 11:14 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you for taking the time to comment, Deborah! You are ahead of me with the MacPherson books - I pick one up, open it to any page, read a little, then put it down again. Hopefully I am absorbing a little, but I know I would do better with a more methodical approach, like reading the pages in order, Ha! I look forward to hearing how you like your Guerrilla Box. Mine rides with me in the car all the time, in case I have to paint in between Wednesday outings. Happy painting! } – Aug 16, 1:16 PM
  • Deborah { good for you to handle the heat and paint so well. I am missing being down. Ohio work keeping me busy. Still working on reading the MacPhersen books. Trying to read them like text books, taking notes, not just for the passing enjoyment. Have finished one, just starting the second. Just bought me a new box for in ohio, I love the one in Florida, but need one up hear. PUrchased a small one a guerrila box..doing the daily exercises...now to find more time to do the most important thing. PAINT ...looking to be back in Santa Rosa Beach by first of Sept. sure enjoy the pics and your blog Deborah } – Aug 16, 12:56 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you for your sweet comments, Eda! I look forward to you getting out and about again, so that you can join us! You would surely have been howling along with everyone else if you could have made it last night! I am pleased that you are taking this painting, and that it means as much to you as it does to me! } – Aug 01, 1:19 PM
  • Eda { I love your blog and the painting of the Blue Moon Drumming on the beach! I only wish I could have participated on such an amazing evening. I have watched the sun go down and the full moon come up...more times than I can count (over my decades on the beach)...but I don't recall a Blue Moon night. I will be at the next one for sure (I think in 2018)! Thank you for sharing the magic of the evening with anyone who was unable to be there...it means so much. I would like very much to purchase the painting you made that night...if possible! Thank you again for sharing! Love and hugs to all, Eda } – Aug 01, 1:13 PM
  • joanvienot { Hi, Eric! Your comment was "Good morning. Love the painting of the town hall. My wife and I saw another painting of the town hall that is white and was hanging in the Barefoot Cottage in the past. Did you paint that?" I shortened the comment to the first two sentences, and answered the question, by private email with a pitch to add it to your collection. 🙂 Sorry you didn't receive it. Sincerely, Joan } – Jul 11, 6:54 AM
  • Eric dyess { You truncated my question. } – Jul 10, 9:19 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Eric! } – Jul 10, 1:39 PM
  • Eric dyess { Good morning. Love the painting of the town hall. } – Jul 10, 9:03 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Allison. While I might recognize you if I saw you, I can't place you for certain, but please know that your friendly energy is part of that painting along with the several others who stopped to chat!! I appreciate you taking the time to look at my works! Many happy returns!! } – Jun 14, 12:08 PM
  • Allison Bacovillard { Hi! I'm sure you don't remember me, but I was in Apalachicola and spoke with you as you painted the building with the palm trees. You said you were just blogging about self acceptance. It was nice to meet you and your paintings look great 🙂 } – Jun 14, 8:11 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you Susan. Great to hear from you! Show me your painting of the umbrella trees when you are done! } – Jun 11, 1:36 PM
  • Joe C { Super and Wow } – Jun 07, 2:54 PM
  • Susan { Hi Joan, Thanks for all the tips on how Kathy Odam starts her paintings and approaches plein air painting. You were very brave to paint a large painting. I too have started painting 8x10 mostly. I love your painting of the umbrella trees at Western Lake. Cathy has asked me to paint her a painting of them. It's sad how our steady jobs take away time from what we love to do. Happy painting! Susan } – Jun 06, 2:48 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Patti! Meeting regularly with all you Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters has really helped me. No doubt the bracelet I got from you also gives me the confidence to paint well, because it looks so good on me! 😉 } – Apr 28, 1:34 PM
  • Patti Overholt { I love way you narrow down your subject and the freedom of your brush strokes. } – Apr 28, 12:55 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Robin! Every painting presents new challenges---it never gets old! } – Apr 27, 10:12 AM
  • Robin { wow! I know this is much harder than it looks. So much detail would overwhelm me, you did a fantastic job of breaking things down. The values of the leaves are great and the scratches to show the small blackberry vines are brilliant! } – Apr 27, 8:02 AM
  • Deborah Scott Mason { thanks for sharing. you inspire me to get back to plein air more often. I took a great workshop from an well established Ohio plein air artist, Debra Joyce Dawson. Still seems like a lot of pressure for me to get all the steps in, composition, value, lighting, etc etc...i have enjoyed watching your work over the past year. again, thanks for sharing, it is inspirational. } – Mar 27, 11:31 PM
  • Mary Bahler Kelly { I would like to follow u on facebook. ..Hadley posted your drawing and I very much enjoyed it!! } – Mar 27, 6:51 AM
  • Jamie Sholes { Where could I find a legit copy of this? I grew up in Basin Bayou and would love to have this as a set in my house! } – Feb 17, 11:05 PM
  • Theresa Grillo Laird { How sad but what a beautiful tribute from both of you! } – Feb 09, 3:40 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Caitlin! See you in a couple weeks! } – Jan 15, 10:16 PM
  • joanvienot { Kaaren, thank you for taking the time to visit with me and then to look up my website! } – Jan 15, 10:15 PM
  • Caitlin P { LOVE both of your owl motifs! I am going to print yours and pin it up at work...I have a wall near my desk where I pin up inspiring art from our publications, he'll be in good company 🙂 } – Jan 15, 10:25 AM
  • Kaaren { Joan, It was lovely to meet you as you were painting the top one. Turned out very lovely! } – Jan 03, 4:13 PM
  • Deborah { Thanks. I am traveling in Miami area. Hope to paint this afternoon. Thanks for the inspiration } – Nov 13, 8:26 AM
  • Deborah { I just spent several days tent camping at Grand Canyon , painting as well...nothing like it!! Will you share with us about your time with Dalai Lama? } – Nov 01, 7:32 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you! Your encouragement means a lot to me! } – Oct 27, 10:26 PM
  • Caitlin P { Loved this post - always look forward to seeing your updates in my inbox & this one really captivated me! the final artwork is so beautiful. keep rocking it! } – Oct 26, 9:38 PM
  • joanvienot { I appreciate your remarks, Lori! I look forward to you joining our plein air group again! } – Sep 25, 11:07 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Joyce! It's a pleasure to hear that my intention communicates. } – Sep 25, 11:06 AM
  • Joyce Hogue { You captured the wild beauty of that island! So much energy over there--always changing, so much to see. . . } – Sep 25, 6:00 AM
  • Lori Ceier { Each new painting I see of yours brings me closer to the natural world. You have achieved a looseness with your brush that so connects with the moment. Bella Arte! } – Jul 29, 9:34 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Jill! It was a pleasure meeting you too, and I am following your successes on Facebook! By the way, we're talking about having some Northwest Florida plein air paint-outs, between the Pensacola painters, the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters, and the Artists of Apalachicola Association, maybe 3 paint-outs a year, in each of the 3 regions of NWFL. I'll put our fearless leader, Ed Nickerson in touch with you. } – Jul 19, 1:30 PM
  • Jill Berry { I enjoyed reading your take on this experience and the events in Appilachicola. That landscape sure does lead the eye back & in the distance, Nice work! It was great to meet you. } – Jul 19, 11:53 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you for your sweet comment, Lynn! } – May 29, 6:11 AM
  • Lynn Wilson { Love everything about this site. Super pro u r. } – May 28, 8:31 PM
  • Sue Catchings { Hi Joan, Wow! It sounds like you had a great experience! I sure hope to come back down and paint with you again sometime. I guess you've not even stopped for a break since Morgan's workshop! But all you've been up to sounds amazing! If you hear of them needing any more students, let me know! ~ Sue Catchings } – May 21, 7:30 AM
  • Jeanie { Joan, I read your piece outloud to Ken. We both enjoyed it very much! You're quite a writer. We loved all of our experiences in Apalachacola, including sharing our seafood dinner and, of course, the wonderful workshop under Morgan' expert tutelage. Hope to see you at some of the art activities on 30A! Jeanie } – Apr 14, 6:40 AM
  • Leslie Kolovich { Thank you so much for sharing Joan! Your writings are such a great compliment to your art! } – Mar 06, 7:51 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Eda! I think he was just young, and didn't yet know the concepts of abundance and diversity in relationship to creativity. I knew just about everything when I was young too, and am much, much less certain now, ha! } – Feb 04, 7:08 AM
  • Eda Busby { Enjoyed reading your Blog, as always! Sounds like you had a 'needle' in your side with this visitor. It's good to converse, and express ideas, but this guy sounds like a 'nut job'... Love the paintings! Glad the weather was better!! :)) Eda } – Feb 04, 2:23 AM
  • julie gilbert pollard { Nicely put...thanks!!! } – Jul 24, 10:27 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Karen! Let's keep encouraging each other! } – Feb 27, 3:54 PM
  • Karen Kolenberg { I not only see you making the leap every day, in the choices you are making, I see you manifesting great results. You are inspiring me. } – Feb 27, 11:24 AM
  • Joyce Hogue { I really like this baby. } – Feb 27, 6:32 AM
  • Joyce Hogue { I think you've made the leap. Great story! } – Feb 27, 6:19 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Joyce! The little bird sold, the same day I painted it, within hours of posting it on Facebook. I was thrilled about that! } – Dec 30, 12:47 PM
  • Joyce Hogue { Joan--beautiful! The AW experience never ends with Chapter 12, for sure. Is the little bird still available? If so, I want it. Happy New Year! } – Dec 30, 12:32 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Robin. I would love to be as prolific as you!! } – Dec 26, 10:08 AM
  • Robin { Love the work in progress and the finished painting, glad you are going to schedule time to paint, I LOVE your work! } – Dec 26, 9:43 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Stephanie! I am enjoying the Artist's Way workshops, glad you are there! } – Nov 05, 2:13 PM
  • joanvienot { My pleasure, Eda, I'm happy that you enjoyed them! } – Nov 05, 2:06 PM
  • Eda Busby { What awesome pictures of an awesome morning! These pictures are a true treat for the eyes! Thanks for sharing them... Eda } – Nov 05, 10:20 AM
  • Stephanie Burke { Great blog. Your photographs of the buoys are my favorites. See you next Monday for Artist's Way } – Oct 16, 6:17 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Robin! Welcome home! I am expecting to participate in some of the local Wednesday morning outings with the Emerald coast plein air group -- maybe we'll get to paint together! } – Oct 16, 7:01 AM
  • robin { Nice job! Wish I'd been home for that event, it looks like you all had a blast! } – Oct 16, 6:54 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you! You know one day I'm going to dedicate an entry to Leslie Kolovich's photography! } – Oct 14, 6:03 PM
  • Leslie Kolovich { Love your work! } – Oct 13, 9:13 AM
  • joanvienot { Robin, I'll keep you posted -- I don't have anything planned yet, other than my commitment to do it!! } – Jul 22, 11:54 AM
  • Robin { Love the hair! When are you teaching the class at CAA this fall? I'd love to come! } – Jul 21, 10:01 AM
  • joanvienot { Thank you for your comment, Teresa. Someone somewhere said that if only 10% of the people in an area come to a particular point of view and really live it, that is the tipping point, they will convince the rest. The challenge is not just having good intentions, but really living it. } – Jun 22, 1:32 AM
  • teresa { wonderful to follow along on this journey with you and Leslie. So admire the conviction and belief in one person creates a ripple that turns into a wave of change. thanks for sharing. meaningful...very meaningful stuff. } – Jun 21, 5:36 PM
  • Beckie Perrott { Beautiful sensitive drawings, Joan. The 2 simple line sketches could keep my attention for hours. Nicely done. } – May 04, 3:12 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you Velda! Yes, new location soon to be announced! Very exciting! I'll keep you posted. } – Mar 10, 5:04 PM
  • velda dougherty { Hi Joan, haven't made it over to life drawing at studio b this year, and now the gallery is gone, have they found a new site? collen mentioned a house on 30a but have yet to hear any address...keep me posted. Your work is incredible and I find your blog very inspiring. keep up the good work! velda } – Mar 09, 9:56 PM
  • joanvienot { It was a pleasure meeting you as well, Sue. I enjoyed your video interview of Colleen Duffley and Studio b's Light Impressions iPhonography installation. } – Mar 06, 9:12 PM
  • Sue Rostvold { Nice work Joan. Brings back memories of when I took life drawing... in the seventies. Nothing quite like having a live model. I really like your simple pen and ink pieces. - Great meeting you in Telluride last week! } – Mar 05, 9:16 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Heather! } – Feb 03, 5:56 PM
  • Heather Clements { Joan, that color drawing came out fabulously! Love it! And you really captured the model, as well. } – Feb 03, 8:41 AM
  • Teresa Cline { Joan, as always I so enjoy and appreciate your willingness to share your art journey. The clarity of your thoughts as you work your way through process reveals a deeper level of understanding allowing me to see it through the artist eye and soul. One of your thoughts "developing only the more important area of each pose" resonates personally for me. I struggle with this concept continually, it's become the main focus of my own mark making, how to leave out everything I consider to be noise, leaving just enough information for a viewer to complete the intention. Keep up your great work and thanks for sharing. } – Jan 20, 5:38 AM
  • joanvienot { Robin, I'll keep your comment in mind. Thank you for the encouragement! } – Jan 03, 7:38 PM
  • Robin { OK, I've seen pictures of some of your landscape paintings and they are beautiful. That said, I believe you would be taking a step backward if you did not try to include the human form in some of your new paintings. You have such a gift for capturing the essence of the person, I think you could easily create art incorporating all that you have learned about drawing people into a new painting style that anyone would love to hang on their walls! } – Dec 30, 6:40 PM
  • joanvienot { Thank you, Carol Ann, and Teresa! It's so affirming to receive comments, especially from fellow artists whose work I admire! I wish you both continued success! } – Dec 01, 10:20 AM
  • Carol Ann { Love this drawing, and the angle of the strokes. } – Nov 25, 7:03 PM
  • teresa { Very nice work! } – Nov 25, 1:18 PM
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