Eagle Plein Air Festival Ends

June 5, 2016

For my second year, I bombed the Eagle Plein Air. I did have a good outing at David Mensing's Workshop and learned a good deal. There was a very appreciative audience this time. One of the things that Mr. Mensing stressed had to do with painting in the sun/light out of doors, we have a tendency to paint dark and heavy. Then, when we hang the painting in doors, it looks dark. I appear to be the king of that particular malady. 

 

 I painted out by BanBury Golf Course and had a good time, but not all that great success. My quick draw this morning was a really poor attempt. I just could not get going, poor drawing, fussed with the background way too much, so it competed with the subject, which was two firemen collecting money from motorists in "Fill The Boot" 

 

I realize these photos are poor, but not much worse than the actual, so . . . I am feeling a bit low. If I guess at a placement among all the artists, I'd say  I was right in the middle, but the good paintings were really quite spectacular, so I feel like a piker. Hopefully, there will be another year and I am pretty stoked to practice, although I do not paint well with the palette knife and don't totally ascribe to what is popular right now in plein aire competitions around here. 

 

All in all, it was a good time and Meg Glasgow at Finer Frames put on a fine competition and high class show, which continues for the month of June. If you have a chance, go see. There are some very wonderful paintings, and some not so wonderful, but all worth the look.  

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