Jeanne Conrad/photographer/artist

Joyce Cusick

Plein Air
Members meet each month
October through May
to paint on site at scenic locations
in and around Citrus County.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
9:30 AM

Rainbow Springs State Park
State road # 41, North of Dunnellon, Marion County, FL.

Rainbow Springs

Meet on the terrace, overlooking the Headwaters and main spring.

Entrance fee: $ 2.00

Directions: From Inverness, drive north on ST. RD. # 41through Dunnellon. The Park is located about 4 miles north of Dunnellon on the east or right hand side.  There is a sign and a divided entrance road which soon becomes a narrow lane, to reach the parking lot.  Then walk to the payment window.  The covered terrace is a few steps further.  I will probably paint there.

Lunch: Swampy’s further downriver.

Rainbow Springs is a beautiful park filled with flowers such as: red bud trees, camellias and and azaleas.  There are benches throughout the park, some with tables.  Besides the spring and river there are two large waterfalls, a boat dock, swim area and wonderful trails and a butterfly garden.

Supplies: Small watercolor kits, shouldered or wheeled, and folding easels are good;

Remember your hat and dress in layers for a cool beginning that warms by noon.
Bring your cameras to help you decide what to paint.

See you Tuesday.
Please reply if you are coming.    
Joyce Cusick,


Plein Air at Silver Springs State Park

Plein Air artists are welcome to paint at Silver Springs State Park 8 AM - 12:30 PM on the second Saturday of every month. Gates close at sunset. Enter the park from Silver Springs Blvd (SR #40). No fees for the artist, and the artist receives a 50% discount voucher for lunch. Paintings offered for sale will be juried into the small gallery. Paintings must be framed, ready to hang. The artist prepares two inventory sheets listing the Title, Medium, Artist's name, and Price. 30% of each sale is donated to the park. Contact JHoyce Cusick.

We need to make some revisions to the Silver Springs invitation to paint out.  This location is also going to be our paint out location this month.  Saturday, I plan to be there from about 9:00 to 9:30am, and paint until about 12:00 noon.


Plein Air Tips

Wear a hat, and a scarf may add to your pleasure.  It is suggested that you bring a light jacket to start off, with a long sleeve shirt and tee shirt underneath.  That way you should be comfortable removing a layer as the day warms. Bring a piece of plastic in case of a shower so you can forget about getting wet and concentrate on painting.

I usually carry OFF (in a packet) to ward off any bugs and sun block for the backs of hands and sometimes the back of neck area.

Paint should be water color on paper.  Acrylics, watercolor pencils, etc. are also good.  Beginners find the watercolor pencils easy to use.

A board to attach WC paper, or WC paper  block or pad work well.  Quarter or half sheets are good for size.  

Brushes and a small water bottle with a small watercolor palette and colors. 

A lightweight folding easel is good and a folding stool or chair. 

A camera helps to isolate your center of interest and help plan your composition.  Also, you can't paint everything in one morning so taking a few pictures helps you to decide the best view.


Plein Air Painting – What’s It All About?

Joyce CusickPress Release by Norm Freyer - January 2017

I am sure that, at some time or other, you have seen an artist busy painting on an easel outside at some location. And you were probably unaware that the artist was doing what is called plein air painting. Wikipedia states, “En plein air is a French term that translates literally as the open air.” The term “plein-air painting,” as it is currently used, usually refers to paintings that are completed on location. Once considered revolutionary, when French Impressionists like Monet and Pissarro first began painting outdoors, today working on location is routine for many landscape artists. Plein-air painters often contend that something is lost when a painting originates from a photograph as the sole reference material—that it just doesn’t convey the experience of being there.

At the January 13th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society we are fortunate to have one of our long-term members, Dunnellon artist Joyce Cusick, as our demonstrator on the subject of Plein Air Painting. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and after graduating, she was employed in a staff artist position with The Paramount Line greeting card company, in Pawtucket, R.I. Upon moving to Florida, she and her husband Gene raised three children, she freelanced Illustration and Design, and studied and went to college. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting. She taught drawing and painting at Loch Haven Art Center, Orlando and in Hollywood, Florida. Today, she and her husband have been Marion County residents for 38 years. Joyce says, “I have always enjoyed being outside in undeveloped natural and woodland areas, along rivers and at the seashore. Pencils and sketchbook went with me everywhere so I could draw and capture the wonders that I saw.” She continues, “My favorite subjects are trees, especially the mighty cypress trees that grow along the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers. People, coastal birds and wild animals are also favorites, especially Florida Panthers, whenever they appear I quickly paint them into the picture. The State Parks including Rainbow Springs, North of Dunnellon and the Florida Wildlife Park in Homosassa are also favorite places to paint.  Anything that moves or catches the light, including people and portraits are within my chosen subjects”. Joyce is a member of the Citrus Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, the Ocala Art Group, Ocala Plain Air Painters and the Florida Plain Air Painters. She has continued her education attending workshops with noted artists, Nita Leland, David Becker, Janet Rogers, Peter Spatero, Judi Wagner, Pat Weaver, Jean Grastorf, Steve Rogers and others. To view Joyce’s work, go to her web site at

You may contact Joyce Cusick to schedule
     additional Plein Air sessions
     or to join Joyce on other "paint-out" days. 
For other upcoming local Plein Air Events, check
the Ocala Plein Air Painters website.