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I painted and taught 2 workshops in France for 5 1/2 weeks in the summer of 2014. I also ate well, visited museums, practiced my french, and walked a lot. These are SOME of the paintings. I have many that were simply good practice for better things to come.
3 days of plein air paintng at Penn Valley Park. 6 paintings. 3 stinkers. But that means that 3 turned out. Only 2 that I’m willing to post.
Some of the reasons I love plein air –
1. It is amazing to see how others interpret/design/paint the same scene
2. I learn from other artists
3. I meet other artists
4. I’m out in nature
5. It keeps me growing
I have two works in the MAPS Members’ Juried Show. The show is exhibited at Southwind’s Gallery in Topeka, KS until June 27, 2014.
This weekend I went to Indianapolis and I packed all of my art supplies that I thought I would need. I learned some valuable lessons that will serve me well on some later, longer, airplane trips this year.
The biggest thing I’m discovering is you have to pack for who you are and where you are at. I am NOT a 6’2″ strong young man who can carry lots and walk forever. I’m a 5’4″ 61 year old woman who is in good shape, but I don’t have the legs, heart, lungs, strength of a young man. I always see those people as the spokesperson for what to pack.
I took pastels on this trip. Whenever I see what people pack for workshops, they have a nice wooden box with lots of colors. Pastelists LOVE their colors. I have been very proud of how much I edited down my color selection. This selection would be fine if I had just a little walking to do. But it will not be working for my long trip, where I like to walk around and look at the scenery before I decide. I will not have the luxury of driving to a spot and unloading. I discovered that my very edited down selection was still pretty darned heavy if I was doing much lugging around. So I have edited down quite severely.
I’m going to take a piece of gatorboard for a rigid backing, several sheets of UArt 400 or Wallis paper. I’m taking 11×14 and 9×12 size paper, my box of pastels, a small watercolor set, small vitamin bottle filled with water, a small container of rubbing alcohol, a rag, a pencil, eraser and a pocket camera.
Yippee! One work accepted in to the Symphony in the Flint Hills Juried Exhibition.
The ninth annual Signature Event will be held at the Rosalia Ranch in Butler County on June 14, 2014.
The Kansas City Symphony plays in the beautiful Flint Hills. A Field Guide book is produced. And beautiful Flint Hills themed art is displayed and sold. At the end of the symphony a cattle drive takes place way behind the symphony as a finale. It is breathtaking
I attend a weekly figure drawing class. I highly recommend it if you want to maintain your skills. I notice when I miss a week or two I backslide. And over time, my work grows. Still.
I am a finalist in the Over 60 category, in the March 2014 issue of “The Artist’s Magazine. See my work on p. 4