plein air event

offut lake gardens july 21 2018

plein air

On July 21, 2018, a handful of artist friends gathered in my home-studio gardens to create en plein air. This French term refers to drawing or painting on location, usually outdoors.

One artist brought authentic Korean cuisine. Japchae noodles -- traditionally made for a celebration. Yum!
She also brought a rolled food (looked like sushi but no fish). Sorry no photo.
And some Korean "pickles."



Some gathered reference photos of flora and fauna, later to draw or paint.

Yes, a buck visited us that day, but stayed in the shadows. I took this photo prior.

Swallowtail butterflies lingered a long while, ideal for photos.

iphone photos texted to me...


Above is a short video made on site (en plein air) by RJP using only a hand-held iphone.



I'd never seen this before - a good way to adhere watercolor paper to a support board (gator board), using 3M hang-ups. Pull on them and they release without any marks to paper or board. Thanks, Glen! So smart.



Weather was perfect.
Gardens were lovely and full of birds and butterflies (and a buck deer).
This may happen again next year - maybe as a simple workshop. It'd be fun to have a guest instructor offer tips, simple direction, or introduce something new to try.



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