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At kid’s classes this week we painted a scene from Skyline Drive.  Nice job everyone!

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SNP 1st Overlook 1.jpgSometimes a last minute drive up in the Shenandoah National Park produces some terrific painting ideas.  This is one from late yesterday afternoon.

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Art Campers - ages 5-6 Paint Shenandoah National Park

Art Campers – ages 5-6 Paint Shenandoah National Park

Daisy with her framed painting.

Daisy with her framed painting.

Yesterday our little art campers (and I mean little-ages 5-6) painted the entrance to the Shenandoah National Park.  These little ones did a great job!  You can see more detail in the painting with Daisy’s framed piece.

Today – the GAZEBO!

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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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20140825_130757Several weeks ago I was commissioned to paint a farewell gift for a staffer leaving an office here in town.  Her favorite hike at Shenandoah National Park is Mary’s Rock so that was the subject for the painting.

They gave it to her yesterday and she liked it!

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Phyllis Northup (right) explains sketching techniques

Phyllis Northup (right) explains sketching techniques

Betty Gatewood, Park Ranger, explains the schedule

Betty Gatewood, Park Ranger, explains the schedule

Hiking to our Sketch Location

Hiking to our Sketch Location

Participants in Big Meadows

Participants in Big Meadows

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Quick sketches done by seminar participants

Quick sketches done by seminar participants

Big Meadow-Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadow-Shenandoah National Park

The “Celebrating Wilderness Through Art” Seminar that I attended yesterday was delightful!

The group of about 25 met at Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51) and were warmly welcomed by the staff of Shenandoah National Park as well as by our seminar leaders Betty Gatewood and Phyllis Northup.

We were given an overview of the Wilderness Act which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.  The seminar was offered as part of that celebration.

The focus of the day was on the “How and Why of Journaling Nature”.  The leaders did an excellent job in such a short time to focus on seeing and sketching as well as recording what we see, feel, hear and smell as we view nature.

We spent time sketching out in the middle of Big Meadows, recording colors and sights.

Hiking to the location to sketch gave us the opportunity to see small bits of nature that we sometime forget to slow down and take in.

Sketching is a wonderful way to slow down and see!

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