Tuesday, September 15, 2020
The weekend after Labor Day was the 20th annual Worldwide paintout. The Niagara Frontier Plein Air Painters gathered again at Niagara Falls State Park to celebrate.
Jeannette captured the first bridge at Three Sisters Islands
Ylli painted the small 'Hermit Falls' from the bridge.
With lots of space for social distancing the painters spread along the path around Goat Island.
Sunflowers of Sanborn is a local farm attraction that brings many people each day to enjoy all the attractions here. With special permission to enter early, our painters simply backed their cars up to the fence and pulled out pochades and tripods. Acres of sunflowers faced us, raising their heads to the East and the brilliant summer sun. Artists often talk about convenient travel studios in their cars and a high lift back is important for access to supplies as well as offering shade and a handy umbrella. Here's Roy working with watercolor in his car's shade.
Paint what you see!
Martha was wheeling her gear further into the field. Masked, of course.
Donna crossed the fence to get close to her subjects. Sunflowers are perfect in pastel.
Ylli captured the whole field in an oil painting.
Kath's ink and watercolor bridge.
Each year, we have something special and beyond paintouts and often there are more. One of our favorites is inviting an artist to speak and demonstrate to our group. This year, Thomas Kegler graciously agreed to demo Plein Air at a creek near East Aurora, socially distanced, of course.
Tom's palette and mixed values
Using a vertical palette and paint shelf.
Despite being spread out, the attendees were able to share questions and see his demo. Being outside and spread out, everyone felt safe and comfortable wearing masks in close proximity.
His painting at the end of the demo time, and time for the artists to start their own with guidance from Tom, using his underpainting technique and whatever other gleanings individuals learned.
Cory Moscato's afternoon painting, using the lovely light reflecting into the water.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
We did our best to maintain Social Distancing at the fishing dock at Buckhorn State Park. We always get a good turnout here. Great views in all directions, right near the parking lot!
You don't have to be a painter to enjoy this park.