Thursday, June 19, 2014

Painting at Mountain Farm

Plein air painting is always an adventure and yesterday was no exception.  The weather was sunny and warm when we met at Mountain Farm.  There were 16 artists painting and sketching in various mediums - oils, watercolors, pastels, pencils and pens.  

Mountain Farm is located in Celo, NC, and raises goats and lavender.  It has a beautiful view of the Black Mountains.  Several of us painted near the lavender labrinth, which is located on the high point of the farm.  When we began, there wasn't much breeze, but before too long, the wind picked up.  Umbrellas and canvases went flying.  And have you ever tried to paint goats?  They aren't the best at staying in the scene!  

Laurel Lovrek painted this lovely pastel painting.....

Lavender Ladies
5" x 7" - pastel

Thanks for stopping by.....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Painting again.....

Spring has officially arrived.  That means for those of us fair weather plein air painters, it is time to get outside to paint.  

Today, Laurel Lovrek and I painted scenes of the South Toe River from Carolina Hemlocks.  The weather was nearly perfect - not hot and not cold.  A great day to start our plein air season.

Here is a photo of my painting from today: 

South Toe River at Carolina Hemlocks
artist: susan garriques
6" x 8", oil on canvas board

And below is the painting that Laurel started.  She says " This is a shrub that caught my eye, because it flows with the river.  The pastel is large for plein air, 9 x 12, so this is unfinished."

painting in progress
Artist: Laurel Lovrek
9" x 12", pastel

It felt so good to be outside today!  Where we were painting today, there isn't any cell phone reception.  It is a great place to escape from the "world", immerse oneself in nature, and just paint.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!