Monday, July 28, 2014

Sun or Shade... artist's choice for plein air this week.

   Thursday plein air group stays local at Adam Tallman Park to paint. It is close to the Lodge at Mallard's Landing (where we will have our Plein Air Show in October). It has 2 ponds with trails around and viewing platforms over the water. It is very shady in most parts- a good place to paint in the expected warm weather. Bring water, a spot of lunch and perhaps some but bring the bug repellent just in case! I'm hoping to be there for the morning light by 9:30- see you there!

From Hwy 16- take the Wollochet/City Center exit
Go SOUTH (away from Gig Harbor downtown- towards Fox Is)
VERY SOON- watch to the right for MALLARDS LANDING sign/Wagner Way- turn right.(It's between 2 small strip malls, across from Shell station. If you get to Hunt Dr/signal- you missed it!) 
Turn right on Wagner Way, parking is past pond on right side (you get a glimpse on each side of road) there is a concrete block building that looks like public restroom (but it's a pumping station). Trail access is from parking- or walk past ponds to back of strip mall and catch the loop trail there. Trail is paved- so wheeled transport works well. There are 2 deck over looks on larger pond closest to freeway, and one on the other pond.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

PAL Festival Art Demo Tent July 19-20

Up near the food and the music stage, we had a double tent and great new banners proclaiming "Art Demonstration". It was nice to paint with live music! I brought some flowers and veggies from the garden to paint, in case artists did not have photo reference or plan to paint Festival. I liked my little sunflower painting that I did on Sunday. Thanks to all the PAL Artists who demonstrated their art mediums and skills: Feather Hilger, Lynda Lindner, Pat Lebbert, Mimi Van Ballenberghe, Donna Trent, Pat Meras, JoAnn Sullivan, Chris Bronstad, Lola Waller, Stevie Cardinal, Cathie Johnson, Myrna Binion, Pat Rush (and me- Anne Knapp). I hope I did not forget anyone!

Skansie Netshed 7/24/2014

We are so LUCKY- Feather worked with Lita Dawn Stanton  to get us access INSIDE Skansie Netshed. I would say there are 100 different paintings inside this 'shed for me- then of course, every artist would bring their own vision/style to make to possibilities endless. Feather and I painted inside, Charli Meacham and Cathie Johnson were painting out on the back deck, others came to sketch and photo, and Carlene Salazar painted Skansie Netshed from the Park Pavilion. I did a study of one little part of one wall, lit by the side windows morning light, on a brown panel. Lita Dawn wanted us to knaw that this Netshed belongs to ALL of us- and that we are welcome to come again. Hmmm... maybe this would be a good option if we get rained out later in the season?

Marions Garden

   We were invited to paint at Marion Ekberg's garden- what a lovely setting- so many choices! Feather went for the Garden "Shed" (too nice to call a shed!) and I painted pots on a rack- yup- I need to finish the watering can yet- but captured the light and shadows that attracted me. I was working on new (to me!) brown "card" (resin impregnated) panel like Degas sometimes used. Pat Lebbert did nice small painting of statuary (I think it was rabbit from Alice in Wonderland), and others came to sketch and photo. We have invite to return- I sure would like to go back again- Thanks, Ekbergs!

Eddon Paint Out

It was so dreary (foggy- low tide) when we arrived on site. Charli Meacham did a lovely 1/4 sheet watercolor of tide flats with boats beyond. I just was not feeling to love of landscape- I usually love tideflats- but these seemed kinda scummy. Sometimes you just have to go for COLOR- I did painting of the life vest rack instead!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Plein air session on the horizon

   This week our outings take a break in observation of independence day. Go out and enjoy a little red white and blue skyscape with family or friends  and mark your calenders for July 10th for the next session is at Edon's Park newly renovated area. Keep an eye to the weekly email for further details of next weeks event and if you aren't receiving those notices go to the Peninsula Art's League
 to see how to get on the mailing list. Also you can find out about all the other exciting opportunities offered by your local art group. Have a safe holiday!