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20170918_165302While painting at Sanders’ Ranch on Monday I was joined by Marlys Bernal.  Marlys is one of the ladies that has horses at the ranch and she comes out to The Studio every few months to paint Pet Portraits.  She is a very good painter and has done some beautiful work with me but her favorite medium is watercolor.  I was happy that she came out to keep me company painting this week.  I was so involved in what I was painting that I didn’t pay attention to what she was working on  until the end of our session.  Imagine my surprise when she showed me her work….ME!  She painted me painting!  And I LOVE it!!!  I was thrilled that she gave the little watercolor sketch to me.  I’ll be hanging it with my collection of other “painters at work”.  (I have about a half dozen with this subject matter and I love them.)  Thanks so much Marlys.  I can’t wait to frame it up and get it on the wall.  Let’s get together soon and do this again.

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I had a few minutes to finish the Plein Air Sunflower paintings from Monday’s Paint Out at Burnside Sunflower Farms.  (Read about that here.) Today may be another Paint Out day.  We are planning to paint at Barrel Oak Winery.  Let’s hope we can make it.  Why not come paint with us?!

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Yesterday I got to paint at Burnside Sunflower Farm in Haymarket.  What a treat to get to paint in plein air.

The place was really busy since it was a holiday but it was still lots of fun.   Here are some scenes from the farm along with the paintings I started.  They are about 85% done and I’ll finish them in the studio this week.

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Lauren with 1st Plein Air PaintingOur Art Retreat to Whippoorwill Farm has ended and was a great success.  Ten of us went to practice our plein air skills.  Some were painting outdoors for the first time…and they did great.  Take a  look at Lauren with her first plein air painting.  She did a fabulous job.  She completed about 90 percent of it on location and then finished it up at class last night.  Beautiful work Lauren.  So glad you were able to go and experience plein air painting.

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Catherine and Kelly painting at the workshop

Catherine and Kelly painting at the workshop

The view and my start on the painting

The view and my start on the painting

Gretchen at work

Gretchen at work

The view we painted

The view we painted

Painting in Plein Air is my favorite way to paint and I don’t get to do it as often as I would like.  Last Saturday we had a Plein Air workshop at Dickey RIdge Visitor Center in the Shenandoah National Park.  It was a wonderful morning….cool in the morning but then the sun peaked out and the view was fabulous.

The term “plein air” was used to describe Claude Monet and the Impressionists in France.  In French it means “open air” or “outside,” but since Monet’s time the term has been used to describe people who take their easels outdoors to paint.  Plein air painting is for people who love to be outdoors in nature, people who love to paint landscapes (as well as other outdoor subjects like buildings, old barns, flowers, gardens, etc).

The colors and detail you can see while painting outdoors is so much more vivid than you see when painting from photos.  And where we live there are so many lovely scenes to paint…the mountains, the valley, the Shenandoah and so much more.  (Click here and here to see other plein air painting session.)

We will hold another Plein Air workshop this fall so if you have ever wanted to give it a try start planning now to join us.

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I enjoyed a lovely morning at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center painting that view.  I have painted it several times but it’s always a thrill to be there painting outdoors.

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2015-05-11 07 25 24_resizedOften when people think of painters they imagine an artist with an easel set up outdoors painting.  And many artists do paint that way but not as many as you would think.  Plein Air painting is not as simple as it looks.  There are many things to consider but it is very rewarding.

If you have wanted to give Plein Air painting a try why not join us for the Plein Air Workshop later this month.  Click here for additional information and to register.  

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