Monday, March 5, 2018

Lighthouse Plein Air Quick Paint

I ventured further southeast in Florida this past weekend and entered the 5th annual Lighthouse Art Gallery Quick Paint event. This 2 hour window of "spontaneous artistic combustion" kicks off their week-long plein air festival. About 40 artists, including me, participated in the downtown Stuart, FL area for the quick paint. It was a bit cool by SE Florida standards and by the noon judging of entries the winds were howling about 20-30 mph. You had to make sure your display easel was weighted or turned just right to avoid having wet paintings from being blown over.

I haven't been painting outside much this year and struggled with moving shadows and a busy street corner where I set up. In the end I was not thrilled with the results but had a good time "practicing" and being out there amongst other artists. Here's a quick set of sequence photos;
 Start block in- 15 minutes
 Lay down darks- shadows already moving- 40 minutes
Finished and framed- 2 hours

Here are some of the entries with a few showing awards that were handed out. Some nice stuff by a good group of 'circuit' plein air artists.

 Honorable Mention

 Third Place

 Honorable Mention

 First Place

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