|'April Flowers' 9x12 plein air pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Every time I visit this area of the country I find more to love. It is wildflower heaven and it begs to be painted. Although I am told to come back in August and I might change my mind! But Spring in the Texas Hill Country is a great place for a plein air workshop.
This year I had a wonderful group of 14 artists. They were an organized and prepared group ready to learn! A few had plein air experience but most didn't have much. I don't think I would have guessed it if they had not told me! Everyone took to painting outside like a pro!
We were fortunate to have decent weather. It was quite warm and windy but at least we didn't have rain! The bluebonnets were another story. Sadly they were early this year and were not as plentiful as in years past. There were enough around to study them and add them into a painting as I did in my demo painting above. Below is a photo of some bluebonnets I saw on my scouting drive before the workshop.
|My gear and demo painting. I had to take my pastel box off the tripod after the demo so it wouldn't blow over!|
I was so impressed with this group! Even the beginners had great plein air set ups. It really made set up and clean up easier and more manageable!
|This is a fun set up! I felt like I was stepping into his office when I came to see his work!|
|Painting in the bluebonnets!|
|My demo paintings|