Saturday, April 19, 2014

Another Plein Air Event in FL

3/29/14 - first plein air sketch of the day - Jupiter, FL

3/29/14 - the start

3/29/14 - 2nd plein air sketch of the day

3/29/14 - plein air sketches displayed outside of gallery for judging
3/29/14 - 3rd study of the day

One week after winning the Quick Draw competition for the Lighthouse Art Center, I enter another plein air event.  This one was hosted by A Unique Art Gallery, which was also in Jupiter, FL.  This was just a one-day event, and they did not have a Quick Draw category, so I just painted.   It threatened to rain all day, but I managed to do 3 studies before I had to return the work to the gallery for judging.  The paintings were displayed on the easels, which were lined up outside of the gallery.  Then, we all piled into the gallery for the awards ceremony and celebration, as the skies opened up with a massive thunderstorm.   I won an Honorable Mention!  :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Plein Air Festivals in Florida 2014

3/23/14 - DuBois Park in Jupiter, FL - Quick Draw Competition
3/23/14 - in progress at DuBois Park

3/23/14 - Framed piece at Lighthouse Art Center

3/23/14 - Awards Ceremony at Lighthouse Art Center 
For the 3rd year in a row, I've headed down to Florida in March and April  to teach a few plein air workshops.  While I was there this year, I decided to participate in a couple of plein air festivals.  Because I was too late to sign up for the 4-day festival, the only thing open to me was the "Quick Draw".  In a "Quick Draw", anyone can register and participate.  At check-in, the officials stamp the back of your panel, paper, or canvas to make sure that artists are not pre-painting or pre-drawing, and that all work is done within the time limit.   Because I paint fast anyhow, the Quick Draw was very appealing to me.  The location was predetermined, and all artists began at the same time.  

Originally, I was going to paint the lighthouse, but I chose to paint a couple, instead, who were reading under some palm trees.  The way the light played on the trees and the figures was delightful.  When the horn sounded, all artists had to stop painting, go to the art center, and frame their painting, which would later be judged.  After dropping off my painting, I headed back to the beach to play in the waves.  

An awards ceremony was held later that day, and to my great delight, I took First Place in the Quick Draw!! I didn't realize that most of the people would be dressed up, so I was still in my painting clothes.  It was a lovely surprise, and it was great fun!  To make it even more magical, the painting sold at the opening!!  Hooray!

Note to self:  If I get to do this again, I will be sure to bring along a dress...just in case :)