Monday, October 27, 2014

Painting Outside or With the Windows Opened Wide

It's that time of year for sure. If I'm not outside painting I've got the doors and windows opened wide to refresh me and my house. The dogs love it, too. This means that running in big circles in the yard may include the track through the kitchen and back outside again for them.

My painting posse and I have been going out to a new LSU area which is the Research Farm which includes wide open land, sheep, goats, horses, and a dog. Thrown in the mix are several work buildings. The weather has been and continues to be perfect.

My favorite plein air painting activity, however, happened last weekend. FW Gallery on Highland Road set up the event in October after it's owner, Rozlan Fransen, had chatted numerous times with Jodi Armstrong about a plein air paint out. (I incorrectly received credit for this event in Dig Magazine's article titled "Art in the Open". Read it. It's a great article nonetheless.)  Roz made it possible for 30 artists to get together for this inaugural event. There ended up being 17 artists in all that came out. We painted on gallery property and in the beautiful surrounding area. What we ended up with was a wet wall reception and a plein air show for the month of October. Gorgeous.

There were challenges with the moving sun, as always. It was more challenging since I was in a partially shaded area and the cool shadows that enticed me in the first place were constantly changing both shape and color.

What made this special is that this was the first of it's kind on our area. There are paint outs, for sure. We do them all the time. What we don't do is turn it into a fun event with a wet wall reception and show. I was able to meet and talk with painters I had only heard of and seen their work.  I do wish I could have taken the time to sit behind them and watch them work.

Artists included me, Jodi Armstrong, Marylyn Daniel, Dana Mosby, Carol Hallock, Amy Anderson, Paul Neff, Charles Barbier, Mary Monk, Donna Kilbourne, Ben Benson, and more. I wish I could remember everyone's names!!

 I enjoyed the area where we were painting and so went back the next day with Marylyn to paint again. This painting, too, is in the show. Thank you, Roz!

There was also a People's Choice Award which was a close battle between Dana Mosby and Mary Monk. Dana ended up winning the run off battle! She will now have the opportunity for a show with FW Gallery next year.

As you know by now, paintings are better experienced standing right in front of it, so take the time to go by FW Gallery on Highland Road. The show hangs until early November.

"Into The Woods"
11" x 14", Oil on Linen on Board, Framed
$200.00
Nanci Charpentier
(Can be purchased through FW Gallery)
Didn't even give it a name yet!
11" x 14", Oil on Linen on Board, Framed
$200.00
Nanci Charpentier
(Can be purchased through FW Gallery)
Carol Hallock, Nanci Charpentier, Marylyn Daniel (l to r)
With our respective paintings on the wall.
Dana Mosby with her finished piece. Winner of the People's Choice Award.
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