I had never taken part in a Plain Air Painting Contest. This was my first year to try it out and what an experience!
Of course I have painted outside before but nothing like this. Five Days of painting out in the wonderful area around Chester County PA and Winterthur DE with a wonderful group of people. I’m hooked!
I was part of the Plein Air Brandywine Valley group and we went out each day photographing and painting. Each day a different location and a new painting.. You painted and framed your pieces and handed them in each day. Photographers were allowed extra time to have their photos printed up.
Tuesday evening 6:30 -9:30 was the Nocturnal event in West Chester – wonderful art produced here. I tried it but it was not for me. I just wasn’t prepared logistically, lights, colors etc but I will be ready for next year.
Wednesday early evening 4p – 6p was the Quick Draw event – two hours to complete and frame a piece. I loved this, I seem to do better art when I don’t have time to think about it. A little different with people walking around looking at your work as you paint, once you block them out you get into the zone. The Quick Draw was held at The Marshallton Inn & The Four Dogs Tavern afterwards the work was on view for the public to purchase .
At the end of the week all the art created during the week was hung by the volunteers at The Children’s Beach House at Winterthur (a DuPont Estate in Delaware) Friday evening was an open reception for the work Oils, Watercolor & Photography The show was on view to the public on Sat and Sun.
I had a fantastic week…nerve wrecking at first but then I got into the flow. The other artists were wonderful and so so helpful. I made some new friends and I hope I get to paint with them again Plain Air.
I cannot say enough about the organizers of this event. Patrick McCoy is the Chairperson and with his team of volunteers from “The Children’s Beach House” in Wilmington they put together a wonderful organized week of painting and events. Everything ran smoothly, I was very impressed with everything. I came away form this week with new experiences, new ideas and a new found love – Plain Air .
Sunday September 22nd the streets of Maplewood Village will be alight with colorful art, fine jewelry, pottery and photography. We will have music, entertainment for the children and lots of art for you to pursue.
This is the 8th year of this wonderful event and I hope you can join us between 11a.m and 5p.m.
Our batteries are recharded after a wonderful Summer Art Camp season, we are now ready for the Autumn Classes which begin on Monday September 23rd.
Valerie, Ann, Erin and I are looking forward to welcoming our returning students and new students to our classes this Autumn. In this era of electronics gadgets and constant noise, we love to see students just relax and feel free to get creative. Students are encouraged to work in all mediums and use their imaginagations. We do not do Teacher led projects, I feel that the students do much better when they can choose what they want to do. We give personal attention to each student. Our Teacher/Student ratio is 6:1
Today August 28th we will be creating art with “Found Objects” during the morning and “Self Portraits” in the afternoon session
Thursday August 29th we will be painting a scene of what we think Paris looks like and during the afternoon we will be painting to music, different moods, tempos and results.
And, Friday August 30th ANYTHING GOES….. Anything that comes int to the students mind is ok with us (within reason of course)
We have had a long weekend and we are now ready to get back to the fun activities at daily Art Camp.
10a.m. – 12:30p.m. We will be using paper, feathers and some glitter to create our own Parrot….lots of fun with this one
Age 5 – 7
1:30p.m – 4p.m. Basic Sketching and were it will lead you. Sketching is extremely important for the artists. We should sketch every day, yes every day
Call to REGISTER – 862-205-9744….$35 per session (Cash or Check)
IRELAND & ITALY
Visit the East Coast of Ireland with Geralyn, Dublin, Wicklow & Wexford.
Stay at the Ferrycarraig Hotel & Spa, paint or photograph the beautiful beaches, stately homes, castles and beautiful Wexford town.
Cost $2300 includes accommodation & food, transportation to and from Airport, instruction, Airfare, Travel Insurance, Tips, Telephone expenses not included in price.
Curracloe Beach Wexford