Nashville - February 2017

 Mike Bergen
9X12 ink/watercolor
“Broadway Boot Co”
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 Earl M Boyer Jr
Old Store
mixed media, 8.5 paper
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 Nicola Dalbenzio
Nashville TN 1
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 Látó Éva
Nashville, Tennessee
watercolor/15x20 cm
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 Françoise Lecomte
Corner of Victory Park, Charlotte Ave
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 Valérie M.
"Sunny Day"
Ink and watercolor wash 21x29 cm
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"apple trees in full blossom"
watercolor, 24cm x 32cm,
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 Antonio Romero Santana
Acrílico sobre papel: 30 x 40 cm.
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 Sue Schwertl
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Jeff Sipper
Watercolor 6"x8"
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Bill Guffey
By the Harpeth
8” x 8”, oil on unstretched canvas
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Our February Paint Out is 
Nashville, TN 
Open for participation from February 1 thru February 28

You'll find an interactive map of Nashville and the area southwest of Nashville above, though you can't access the little yellow pegman from that map. Use the link on the upper left of, or below, the map, "View Larger Map", and the map will appear on your monitor; drag the little Yellow Man onto the map, let go while he's over a blue area, and start exploring. Find an interesting subject/area. Change it all you want. Or paint it straight up as you see it. Instructions are in the sidebar to the right. Any questions, ask 'em in the comments or email me directly.

This month we travel to Nashville and areas to the southwest. The boundaries of the area included are as follows: Southern boundary is Interstate 840 with I40 to the west and north, I65 to the east. Around Nashville the northern border is I24 and I40. Refer to the map picture with highlights. Nashville and its environs is a diverse and exciting area to paint.

This month is the 8TH ANNIVERSARY of the Virtual Paint Out. Thank you all so much for participating, whether this is your first time, or your 96th!


It is necessary to stress the importance of a couple of rules. One is the image size issue. It states in the rules in the right sidebar on this blog that the image has to be at a resolution of 72 and no larger than 1000 pixels on the widest side. Submissions not following the rules will not be posted.

IGNORE THE BLUE DOTS! Google has added every user submitted photograph to the maps in the form of blue dots. Make sure your reference comes from the actual Street View application and not a photograph. Thanks.

Also, each artist must include the URL of the location that the artwork is based upon. To find the URL is easy. In the maps mode, while looking at your scene you have chosen, click the "LINK" button at the top LEFT of the screen, check the "Short URL" button. With that link highlighted simply copy it and paste into your email with your submission. (How do you not lose your location? Click "SEND" with your view up and email it to yourself.)

If you want a link to your reference included with your information please make sure you include the SHORT URL for the reference with your submissionUsing the new Google Map to get a short link to your location in Street View, you need to do the following...

While in Street View, click on the three dots in the box that shows the location name. In the pop out box then click "Share or Embed Image". Click on that and in the box that pops up, make sure the "Share Link" tab is active, then simply check the box for "Short URL". Copy that link and paste it in the body of your email submission (and send to yourself so you don't lose your location.)

Below is another option for getting a short URL. If you use Google Chrome browser, install the short URL app. Makes it really easy to grab a short URL from any page you are on.

So there you go. Should be extremely easy. If your submission doesn't show up on the blog, please check the list near the top in the sidebar entitled, "Don't see your submission? This could be the reason..." Thanks.

Thanks again to Google, as they have given their permission for artists to use Street View as a reference for paintings that can then be sold without fear of copyright infringement.

And thank you, artists, for participating.

Remember, participation is open to all levels of artistic ability.