Monday’s paint out was at one of my favorite locations to paint, Cedar Beach. The wind was pretty stiff and the sun was hot, but my umbrella kept me cool and prevented me from a nasty sun burn. I like the results.
I am very happy to announce that my painting “Paint Your Wagon” was awarded 2nd prize in the Quick Paint catagory at the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival by the 2014 awarding Judge,
I painted 4 paintings during the week, and started on a commission. I could have painted more except we had rain Monday and Tuesday. I painted 3 evenings on Nocturne paintings. First time ever for a nocturne and it was loads of fun, except it was freezing cold in the 50’s.
The most exciting part is that all 5 of my paintings from the week (commission included) SOLD!!! What an incredible week! I had so much fun. It was also a grueling week. Standing from 8 A.M. until Midnight at my age is quite painful and exhausting, but I survived. We had some real cold weather where the temperatures dropped into the 50’s. I chose to paint a nocturne, and I got a commission while painting it, so I ended up painting in those cold conditions for three nights in a row. I developed laryngitis, but thankfully I got my voice back quickly. The voice probably was from talking as well. There were a lot of visitors to my easel. One gentleman brought me pizza while I was painting at night! It was YUMMY! Dexter has great pizza.
We spent a week up at our cabin. It was just my husband and I. Usually my sister and brother are there too. We lost my sister to cancer in February, and my brother is traveling across the U.S. in his Bluebird Wander-lodge R.V. It was hard not having them there. My sister and her hubby usually parked their toy hauler trailer next to ours and we would have coffee together every morning. August 3rd marked 6 months since she passed. My brother in law held a memorial motorcycle ride for her back in Colchester. I wish I could have been two places at once.
It was a miracle I got any painting or sketching done. We’d not been up yet this year, so the first few days were spent waging war on the mice and their mess. They are disgusting, and there is just no way to keep them at bay. They will find a way in no matter what preventive measures you make.
I played at doing portraits on my tablet, but I’m not really ready to share any of that yet. I did a pencil sketch portrait from the Julia Kay Portrait Party group. A small plein air watercolour, and an oil painting of the rifle river.