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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Plein Aire Paint out in Gainesville

Recently I was invited to participate in my very first Plein Aire event. Yesterday we painting around 5th avenue in Gainesville. An older area slated for renovation the neighborhood is mostly African American. It if filled with history and hidden treasures of lovely cracker style homes and interesting architecture. I have never had so much fun painting. All the other artists were so warm and welcoming to me the new comer. My friends Sue and Tim are veteran Plein Aire Artists and invited me to join their group but with Post Office obligations time does not allow it for now.

Here you can see my first painting. I was able to finish it in 2 1/2 hours a first for me. It is Fletchers's Bar. I choose that place because of an old friend, Charlie, who used to tell us of his funny stories of his escapades in that bar. While I was painting outside lots of the local people and the owner came around to talk with me and loved my painting.

Then second picture is of an old fire station, then Health Dept. building and now the Willimena Johnson's Art Cultural Center. It is a fabulous building but as I started painting it, I realized it was quite the challenge with all it's architectural aspects. It is definitely more work that a few hours so I took it home to finish it. We have until Monday to hang it at Central Office Product's Gallery off of 6th Street in Gainesville. It was such a beautiful day, I can't wait to do it again!

I have not posted in awhile because I have been so busy. Three weeks ago I exhibited at Thornebrook Art Festival. It has taken me this long to mention it because although it was a lovely festival it wasn't very profitable for most of us artists. They had moved it up 2 weeks into September and it was soooo hot I thought I would pass out. My booth was in a great center location but in the full sun. It was exhausting.