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Artists who paints in oil en plein aire. Member of the three member Plein Aire Cottage Artists. Members: Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta Chandler and Helen Tilston

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Giving Back Martini + Matisse

Mary Rose Holmes, Helen Tilston, Anne Sophie Matisse.

 Each year I donate a painting to what I consider a great cause.   The Event is called Martini + Matisse and the Gala takes place each January.   This fundraiser benefits Clearwater Free Clinic in Clearwater, Florida, which provides health care to those in need.

When the Clinic approached me some 15 years ago and asked for a donation of one of my paintings, I agreed.  The featured artist then was Anne Sophie Matisse, great grand daughter of Henri Matisse who flew in from Europe to attend the Event.   

Five years later we were the featured artist (my art partners, Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta and me).  

This year, during lockdown in Ireland, I painted this scene at our local beach.  "A Mother's Love" is winging her way across the Atlantic to be in Florida in time or the Martini and Matisse gala event in January.   

A Mother's Love, original oil by Helen Tilston

I take this opportunity to wish each of you my dear followers a very Happy Christmas and keep blogging.

Saturday, December 12, 2020



Saturday, September 19, 2020



Artists Tilston and Holmes during filming of Canvas with a cause

We are delighted to share with you our short documentary, approximately 8 minutes which aired on WEDU/PBS Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota on Thursday September 17, 2020 at 8.00 p.m.

For our world wide friends, here is the link to Canvas with a Cause.  In a nutshell it shows the beautiful old fashioned seaside city (more akin to a small town) of Indian Rocks Beach.  This spectacular old fashioned town is on a barrier island and retains old world charm.  Two artists Mary Rose and Helen Tilston, through their art, have brought attention to this beautiful town and some say stopped the tearing down of historic cottages.  We feel it was the residents and visitors who joined in and objected to mass wall to wall high-rise condominiums.


For information on art work:  E-mail: tilston188@yahoo.com

Phone: USA. 813.294.2272 (Mary Rose)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

CANVAS WITH A CAUSE https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PnQzJvwO1F8/XykXWCBYdsI/AAAAAAAAFy8/M7U9R14KHikROhL3K1EK3wqp74186gzHQCLcBGAsYHQ/s3888/IMG_6544.JPG

Hello Friends,  How are all of you keeping during this changed time?      I departed Florida on March 7th for Ireland, following the final filming of 'CANVAS WITH A CAUSE"     I was cautious and a little nervous, as my connection took me through Kennedy Airport in New York.     Upon returning to Ireland we, like everyone else, went into lockdown. I wish there was a better word than lockdown, as it is too bossy for my liking.  

Canvas with a Cause is a documentary featuring two artists Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston, two long time residents of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida and their journey as plain aire artists in the past twenty or so years.  They paint in oil, all original paintings, en plein aire, and no copies are made of our work. When the painting is sold it is gone with all the energy and memories in her creation and the new owner's energy now takes over with the painting.    Someone commented: "Your paintings are like your babies; all with unique character and distinguished"   Documentary film maker Roxanne Mannello, a final year student in Film-Making at St. Petersburg College and WEDU (Public TV/Radio, Florida).   Working with Roxanne was energizing, enlightening and always going that extra few steps to get the best image.  

Wayne David Atherholt, Director of Culture, Mayor's Office, City of St. Petersburg pictured below shares his knowledge of art in 'Canvas with a Cause" documentary.  The triptych"Welcome to Indian Rocks Beach" behind Wayne was created  (by Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston) during the documentary. It awaits a new home.

Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston painting at Indian Rocks Beach during filming of "Canvas with a Cause"

Helen Tilston Painting one panel of Triptych "Welcome to Indian Rocks Beach" as featured in Canvas with a Cause documentary.

Our beautiful and talented cinematographer and film maker Roxanne Mannello filming Mary Rose Holmes painting at Indian Rocks Beach.

Canvas with a Cause is completed and we look forward to a Fall showing on WEDU and, fingers crossed, PBS

I checked my yarn supply and found this beautiful biscuit colour yarn in 100% linen. It matched my hat purchased in Provence last year, so a simple design I concocted and it soothes my soul on long summer evenings and I say good-night to my studio.

Thursday, April 23, 2020





Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Save Our Cottages; Artists with a cause documentary

Plein Aire Cottage Artists 3 Members/3 friends Helen Tilston, Mary Rose Holmes and Violetta Chandler.
January 11 Save Our Cottages Artists with a Cause documentary and art show played to a sold out audience at Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.
Guests for documentary and art show, Indian Rocks Beach

More than 400 collectors and clients filled the art centre.
Interested collector views paintings by Helen tilston
Two years of filming, painting and planning went into this event.   We filmed in Provence, France, the birthplace of impressionism and also at Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.  Two of the most fun filled years of our lives.  

A triptych, one panel by each artist as shown here with Mary Rose Holmes

The three member Plein Aire Cottage Artists are the feature of the documentary and like all great documentaries it is the guests and speakers who contributed who made the documentary such a success.  It was accepted at Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa and won the "People's Choice" Award in 2019.   Currently it is being entered in film festivals such as Toronto, Cork and others before going as promised to PBS where it will receive widespread viewing.   Emmy Award documentary film maker Lynn Marvin Dingfelder and Emmy award cinematographer Larry Wiezycki are a joy to know and work with.

Documentary Film-maker, Lynn Marvin Dingfelder, Violetta Chandler, Larry Wiezycki and Kim Wiezycki

Guests from Arizona, Janice Boug, Artist Helen Tilston and guest from Toronto Raquel Benzacar Savatti

Patron viewing paintings

Patrons Jeni Rae Bond and Jude Bond
Patron Susan Murbach and Helen Tilston

Some new and exciting projects on the back burner which we shall reveal shortly.

Thank you my blogging friends for following along.