|'To Dance Among the Wildflowers' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It was a successful plein air trip not because I won something. It was successful because of the people I shared the weekend with. Imagine a weekend in an idyllic location in the mountains, staying in a cabin on the river with a group of fellow artists....good friend sharing ideas, stories, food and wine....supporting one another, cheering each other on....sharing a love of painting and of nature. What could be better than an experience like that. I am home recharged and renewed and maybe a bit tired.
What does make a successful plein air trip? Not always doing a good painting. It is having the opportunity to be outside and experience the beauty with all ones senses and not from a photo. It is meeting the people who live in the places where we paint and hearing their stories. They enrich the paintings and the paintings to come. Every opportunity I get to share a weekend painting with friends is another wonderful memory to cherish. Even a painting that maybe doesn't work is a valuable lesson!
Thank you to Marsha Savage who was our gracious host and who also won an award for her beautiful painting! It was a great weekend.
|Painting the field|
Here is a picture of the meadow where I painted. The photo below shows the Queen Annes Lace. The blended into the field in their Autumn colors but they spoke to me!
|The Queen Annes Lace I painted|