Plein Air Buds

We meet in the south Charlotte every Tuesday for plein air painting. To be put on our mailing list telling about our next paint out, email Nancy Kennedy at

Location: Matthews, NC
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Comment by Debbie Yacenda on June 23, 2015 at 3:08pm

Despite the heat, the Buds had around a dozen painters at Bill and Linda Gluck's Garden this morning. It was mostly made up of day lilies in all colors but blue. Linda tells me that's the one color they do not come in. So lovely and worth the effort to endure the heat. Thanks to Bill and Linda for allowing us to visit. Next week the Buds will take off. Take a break and paint indoors... with air conditioning!

Comment by Debbie Yacenda on June 22, 2015 at 8:19am

The Buds will be at a Daylily Garden this Tuesday, 6/23, at 9:30 AM. I do not put private addresses on the web but if you are interested you can email me: Bring water, bug spray and maybe an umbrella along with your supplies. It will get hot! Afterwards we will lunch together at Panera Bread at the Arboretum.

Comment by Debbie Yacenda on June 16, 2015 at 4:07pm

Despite the heat, the Buds had pretty good attendance at Col Frances Beatty Park today. There were 8 of us: Kathy Collins, Carol Pighin, Sherry Yu, Suzanne Wilson, Mary Catherine Hawes along with me and two newbies: Bridgette Pyles and Jack Whitaker. We all found shady spots and enjoyed cool water and occasional breezes while painting. And it also helped that Mario's was very close by for lunch. Who says summer is a bad time to paint outdoors? Loved it.

Comment by Debbie Yacenda on June 14, 2015 at 12:13pm
Just letting you know we will meet this Tuesday 6/16 at 10 AM at Col.Frances Beatty Park at 4330 Weddington Road in Matthews. When you come into the entrance stay on the main road until you come to a stop sign. I will turn left and go all the way to the end at the lake. You can go straight and park by the playground and take the trails to the lake. Your choice. Either side has plenty of parking and restrooms.
It will be HOT! Temps are predicted to go up to 99 degrees! This is when I anticipate a drastic drop in attendance. Which is totally understandable. Some cannot paint in the heat due to health reasons and if that is the case, I want you to stay home. For those of us who don't mind the heat (too much), below are some tips and places to go for tips. I love the  bandana idea!
Dealing with Heat
Many of us plein air painters live in parts of the world where the heat and/or humidity make it especially challenging to stand out in the landscape for hours on end. We tend to get so engrossed in our art making that we forget to take care of ourselves as we should.
Keep Well Hydrated
Dehydration is the number one cause of artists swooning at their easels during the heat of the day - drink lots of water or other non-caffeinated liquids. One of the visitors to this site (who lives in Tucson, Arizona) recommends freezing your water bottles the night before going out on a plein air painting expedition. You will have plenty of chilled water for a few hours of painting in the heat. 
We also recommend a cotton bandana soaked in chilled water and tied around your neck - a great cooling trick that really works.
Wear a big sunhat or use an umbrella
Also, lots of sunscreen (30 SPF at least) on all exposed parts.
Also, there are plein air tips on Pinterest! Check them out here:
Lunch? We usually head out at around noon-ish. There's Mario's not far from the park. You turn right as you exit the park and you will soon see it on the left.
And I spotted this painter at the park Saturday afternoon. Anyone we know?
Comment by Debbie Yacenda on June 9, 2015 at 4:33pm

The Plein Air Buds enjoyed Renfrow Farm, not only as a painting site but it is a great place to buy fresh veggies too. Day started out with a little rain and heavy clouds but it all cleared up by the time we started. The sunflowers will be in bloom in a couple weeks. Yep, we will return! Thanks to Pressly and Ruth who run the place. Thanks to Dottie Leatherwood for arranging it all.

Comment by Debbie Yacenda on June 2, 2015 at 3:53pm

The Plein Air Buds will have an informal paint out at Renfrow Farms in Matthews this Tuesday 6/9/15 at 10 AM (weather permitting). Please RSVP for this one to me at so we can make sure there is adequate parking. Carpooling would be nice! After painting, we will lunch at Beantown in Matthews. Go to the web site for address and other info: Renfrow Farms. This is NOT at Renfrow Hardware.

Comment by Debbie Yacenda on May 26, 2015 at 2:52pm

Thank you, Connie Winters, for a wonderful paint out at your home and gardens. Everyone had a great time... all 24 of us! Yep, a big crowd today. You could not take a bad picture at this outing.

Comment by Debbie Yacenda on May 21, 2015 at 9:25am

The Plein Air Buds will be at a private garden this Tuesday, 5/26 at 10 AM. I do not give private addresses on the web but if you want to join our group's informal paintout, email me at and I will add you to our email list. 

Comment by Debbie Yacenda on May 19, 2015 at 6:55pm

Plein Air Buds were a little nervous this morning with the cloudy skies BUT... the sun came through. Thanks to Beth Anne Cieri with daughter, Meghan, Jennifer Spaker, Kathy Collins, Meg Nelson, Carol Pighin, and Dottie Leatherwood for hiking and painting at Landsford Canal State Park in SC. We all want to return. Give it a try even without the spider lilies. You will love the shady trees along the river.

Comment by Debbie Yacenda on May 18, 2015 at 8:20am
Spider lilies, here we come! 
Paint wherever you like at the Landsford Canal State Park (2051 Park DR | Catawba, SC 29704 | Phone: 803-789-5800tomorrow, 5/19 at 10 AM. It takes about an hour to get to from my house in Weddington. I will be down the trail, 3/4 of a mile, at the viewing platform for the spider lilies. I've added a link to a video explaining it far better than I can.
Admission is $5/person. The park opens at 9 AM. Arrive a little early for the hike. Bring your lunch, beverage of choice, bug spray, sunscreen, umbrella, etc... I have never seen these lilies and can't wait! I may even sneak a peek today and if I do, I will send pics.
For directions, click around this web site after viewing the video. Hope you are not afraid of snakes!
Driving Directions : 
I-77 Southbound: Take exit 77 to Highway 5 & 21. Turn left (south), travel 16 mi. to the Landsford Canal State Park sign and turn left. The park entrance is on the left. 

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