Monday, September 17, 2012

Post... Paint Out - Part One

The 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out is today... in the rear view mirror... or... it's history... as the saying goes! As with all planned well in advance outdoor events... involving some experienced and other inexperienced participants, much of the success of the event hinges upon good weather. September...  in these parts at least, can be unpredictable at best and downright nasty in the worst scenario. Planning and providing for unforeseen unfavourable circumstances keeps organizers on pins and needles until the event is over.

We were, again this year very fortunate to have the weatherman in our corner... with a huge storm and torrential rains occurring after all participants were inside the dining establishment and site for the evening demo. We were indeed fortunate to have avoided the distinct possibility of having had people on island sites... rather than in Rockport.

As with all undertakings... there are "hitches n' glitches" than come at you from nowhere... and last minute adjustments are the order of business to cover the bases.  Both of our scheduled presenters for both night were forced to cancel for health and personal reasons... leaving the after evening meal entertainment gas tank measuring... empty! I volunteered to do a painting demo in oils... and ended up doing a demo and talk based on plein air preparation on both evenings.

The evening meals were excellent at The Galley Restaurant here in Rockport and at Caiger's Fishing Resort located a few minutes east of the village on The Parkway. I think this fact greatly helped both my delivery... and the reception of my offerings on both occasions. Put that with my committee duties and three consecutive days of outdoor painting... and you will accept that this morning... I'm feelin' a little "out of gas" myself!

All of the attending artists reported enjoyment on each day... amazement at the unique beauty of The Thousand Islands... and for many... their newly found joy in having painted... "out there"... en plein air! Judging by the wonderful and varied results of their joint efforts displayed at the closing wine and cheese reception hosted by the Rockport Development Group... all left for home not only with good memories... but with paintings that indicated new and exciting growth for each!

I am certain after my discussions with each participant...  that our numbers should swell further from 24 artists for the 3rd Annual Rockport Plein Air Paint Out. I will treasure my own time spent
"out there"... partly with students and new friends and for the most part... alone as I prefer painting the glory of Creation as I "see" and feel it. My day on Pine Island spent mostly on my own... painting a site that I only became aware of as a result of reading "Of Time and an Island"... a novel written years ago by the now deceased owner of this island retreat... JK Keats. Keats was a respected political journalist who "packed in" city life... and his "job" in Washington... to live on Pine Island year round with his family... still "doing his work"... writing as a free lance contributor to travel and sporting publications from his "office/refuge" on the Island.

As migrating warblers tweeted and visited... I painted his office... and a path he must have followed to his "work" many times. I  felt his presence throughout my day there. It was a high honour to have the permission of his three children to paint and sojourn here. I think that JK and Margaret both... wherever else they are presently... in the Universe might have smiled and have been pleased to see their rich and private legacy being shared... by so many complete strangers. But then again...perhaps we're not really strangers at all. We are simply sharing parallel journeys only at  different time planes. Thank you Keats Family!

My thanks to Wendy and the other committee members for a great experience... and to the many village folk who also shared their properties with us during the course of the weekend. Thank you too... to the restaurant owners and servers for making our event this year ... HUGELY successful!

A pancake breakfast kicked off the event on Friday morning on the lawn at Wendy's . What a meal and view to get the taste buds into action for a grand day of plein air painting!


 The view of Fancy Rock Island from Pine Island... a favourite subject for many participants.


 Isolde and friend Pat painting... (comfortably) in style from the dock on Pine Island.




The result of my Friday evening demo and talk about the value and hows of plein air painting. An oil version of the water colour sketch I did in one of my painting classes in August... up scaled from 14x10 inches to 24x20 inches. "River Sentinel, Sunken Rock Light, Alexandria Bay, NY- oil on canvas.


"Wind Swept Refuge on Pine Island", a 10x8 inch black toned canvas completed quickly with one brush in about 40 minutes. It would serve as the subject for the evening demonstration to show the value of a sketch in developing a strong appreciation of the structure of a subject in one's mind.





Hard at work at the 10x8 oil demo on black canvas... using positive negative relationships and masses of colour only to replicate a sketch done on the Island in the afternoon. Done from memory... no  reference used.


The result of that exercise is a reasonable... but very different interpretation of the original subject... focussed more on sky effects than the foreground interest in the first!


 Isolde... deep in thought while she sketches in the village.

Group interaction at the final Wine 'n Cheese reception  to which the general public and the artists met... mingled and shared impressions of the event, People's Choice "friendly" ballots were cast... selecting four favourite paintings for awards of excellence.


These were the People's Choice award winners for this year's event! Big smiles... Guy and Gals!

Thank you to all participants for their fine spirit and and camaraderie! What a fine weekend we all shared together! New experiences... new sites and new friends! See you next year!

Till next year... Good Painting to ALL!!

11 comments:

  1. Oh what fun this would have been! Bruce, sounds like you all had an awesome time and the weather does indeed look fabulous. Congrats to the People's Choice winners!

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  2. Good Morning Sherry!... It was great fun indeed... for everyone! The event is made to encourage and to bring together folks that either already enjoy plein air painting... or those who would dare to accept the challenge of a new plein air experience!

    Judging by the responses at the end of the event... those goals were more than met... making it a resounding success!

    The Awesome fall weather... just cool enough to make being outside a bit of a high really did create the mucilage of our success!

    People's Choice awards are smilin'... for sure!

    Thanks fpor your comments and for visiting. Stay tuned for part two... in a day or so!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  3. How wonderful, a world of sunshine, water reflections, smiling faces, paintings and happiness. I love your wee study now that is what I call a lovely spontaneous study that captures the heart of the subject. Thank you for sharing. The sun is shining here at the library here too Bruce!

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  4. Hello there Caroline!... Glad that the sun is shining in your life as well!

    It was a wonderful weekend of plein air painting... enhance by the great fall air and sunshine! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience... and came away better for it!

    Thanks for dropping by with your cheery ... upbeat comments!

    Good Fall Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  5. Well done on stepping in at the last minute with your demo. I love the result. Everyone looks as if they're having a great time and it looks like a wonderful place for plein air.

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  6. Hi there John!... Thanks for visiting and for you supportive remarks!

    I was pleased with the result for both demos... given the fact that I was really tired from a full day of painting which left me a little wilted... and not totally on my game!

    It was great to share with everyone... and I think we all gained from being together over the three days! I certainly did!

    Good Fall Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  7. I would love to have participated in this - looks like everyone had such a good time! I only wish the photo of the People's Choice winners and their work was not so overexposed - I wanted a really good look at the art!:-)
    I have been carefully looking, also, at many of your paintings as I work away on this landscape for the Cortes Children's Forest. I slap paint on and then feel tentative and niggle at the same two inch spot for two hours! Craziness! I am making myself forget all those teeny details and see the "big picture" and hoping to get that down with vigour and pizzazz! Your looser approach is a big influence for me right now! Thank you:-)

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  8. I appears that a grand time was had by all, Bruce!
    You stepped up to bat for the demos and smacked 'em right outta the park!
    Thanks for all the photos...Inspiring! :)

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  9. Hi there Karen!... Stay loose with the one you're on right now. It has such a lively... and painterly quality... and a very strong composition right from the get-go!

    Keep it loose! Paint shapes and remember ... "a stroke laid is a stroke stayed!" You'll do just fine Girl!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  10. Hi there Dean!... Thank you for the high compliments on the demos! One never knows when one goes to bat at a demo... whether you have it in you to take the heat... "in the strike zone"... if you know what I mean.

    One bad swing... and you're out of it!I did enjoy doing them... but boy... was I "bagged n' tagged" by the final day of painting!

    Thanks for dropping by!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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