One day in June, we found a way to end our isolation and work at the same time which is absolutely wonderful. On a day that was kind of iffy in terms of the weather (it was supposed to rain at about 1 o'clock and come down torrentially) there was some apprehension about going outdoors to do some plain air painting. But being a daring women that we are we opted to head out anyway at about 10:30 in the morning and met at a local park where there is a beautiful spring house and pond which is great fodder for outdoor painting.
|Mary at work|
|My setup with Mary and Kathy|
|The springhouse and pond|
Mary and Kathy and I seemed to cluster in the same spot across from the springhouse. Mary and I concentrated on painting the springhouse and the pond while Kathy was painting some trees and a clearing to the right. Mary was working in acrylics. She is a fiber artist by training but also loves to paint and studied with Al Staszetsky in the past.
|Lots of gear to haul|
|Kathy at work|
Me, you know what I do. As I said landscape is something that doesn't tremendously interest me to paint. I have done it on occasion because I've been inspired by a beautiful place and somehow I think miraculously I'm going to become one of those amazing landscape painters who can capture the beauty that God created. However that's not the case. Whenever I start to paint the fact that I am a humble self-taught folk artist quickly emerges.
As I see my friends around me painting with reds and blues and yellows and oranges and a landscape that I mostly see as sheets of green I really end up feeling quite inept. But that's ok. As artists, we all have our moments of challenge and doubt. if we don;t allow ourselves to get too caught up in it, it will just propel us on to the next thing.
|Jeanne at work on her watercolors|
|Jeanne's lovely pantings|
|The beginnings of my painting|
The other thing for me is that I've really fallen in love with pottery. I still love to paint, but I'm not sure that I am a painter anymore. We have decided to do these painting sessions on a regular basis. Our next one is going to take place at a winery that has beautiful historic buildings and well, yeah, wine. (teehee)
|Me and a sweet furry visitor|
|Kathy with our strolling friends|
|A big wind on Mary|
|Our potluck lunch|