Invited by Laura Segil of Segil's Fine Art Gallery, several artists painted on the lawn of the historical landmark "Idlewild House." This is the beautifully preserved home of Linda Leigh Long and family.

We enjoyed a perfect late-summer's day for the paintout. Laura organized a luncheon picnic on the lawn which was elegant and really delicious. The artists got to talk and paint together under the shade of the magnificent trees in the front garden. We don't know how she did it, but Laura managed to turn down the scorching heat which had been baking Southern California for days, and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting.

Among those who painted were Walter McNall, Jay Ewing, BJ Lane, Lynne Fearman, Shirley Flynn and Brenda Swenson. I metour newest and youngest painter, George, who was inspired and painted a fabulous watercolor of the house. As it happened, his passion and full attention to his work inspired me, to paint him. Ahhhhhh! My portrait of George is now part of the Long family collection.


"Idlewild Young Artist "
20" x 16"
Oil on Board
Julie Snyder


Victorian Lawn Plein Air
Party & Paint-out,
September 15, 2007

Segil Fine Art Source
Invitational Paintout
Idlwild House, Monrovia, California

The beautiful Victorian house and grounds.


Artists of all ages stopped by. This is George.


There are many spectacular finds around the grounds. Arbors, bird bath, fruit trees and statuary.


Lynne Fearman (seated) shares a few words with Brenda Swenson (in white) and Linda Leigh Long, owner of the estate and our gracious host. Brenda is just back from Tuscany where she conducted a painting workshop. She shared her beautiful sketch book and travelogue, where she had meticulously portrayed the Italian landscape and ancient cities. Bello, bello!

George and I, we are buddies and fellow artists.


Stefanie Snyder poses in the afternoon.