Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Plein Air Last Week

Last week was very busy, painting outside and dodging rain showers. Participating in the Loveland Paint Out, with SWOPA on Thursday in Covington and at the Warren Co. Festival of the Arts on Saturday. Several deluges lead to hurried packing, wet equipment and incomplete paintings. I had to wipe a couple off and start again when the pitter wasn't pattering...

First successfully completed work (second attempt) was "Nisbet Park Ampitheater", painted in Loveland, from under the picnic shelter, on a day with predicted rain (so of course it didn't). Alternating clouds and sunlight make for some interesting decisions on highlights and shadows.
The Baker-Hunt Cultural Center in Covington, Kentucky is a wonderful series of old homes and purpose-built structures in the Licking River Historical Area. This hurried view of the garden was the second attempt that day, getting started after a brief shower put a end to the wiped off first. Again clouds and bright sun alternating...

I went back to Loveland on Friday and painted with a head start from this photo, taken on Tuesday. I mistakenly deleted the photo I took of the painting when downloading the camera. I left the finished work to hang in Paxton's Restaurant (with green umbrellas in the photo) after the wet paint sale on Sunday.

Saturday finished out the week in Lebanon, OH for the Warren County Festival of the Arts. Our Mason Area Painters group was asked to provide some painters to decorate the venue. Saturday was a beautiful day, mostly sunny with temps in the 80's, but 10:00A to 5:00P makes for a long day on your feet painting.

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