Monday, September 14, 2009

Intense week of painting on Whidbey Island

It was an enjoyable but, intense week of painting at the Plein-Air U.S. Open. My painting was a struggle most of the week. I was rained on twice, and once, the wind caught my umbrella with my painting, sailing them both onto the highway. Fortunately, a bus stopped all traffic for me while I retrieved them. Determined to continue, I worked and overworked the painting for six hours: "ugh."

Towards the end, I headed for the beach for a little sunset painting. I guess I needed to be inspired and Jamie was the model that inspired me, wow! The inspiration lead to a "Juror's Choice" award of which I'm very proud.

The last painting was a father and son fishing at the end of the day at Deception Pass. The salmon were running and they didn't notice me painting them from the trees behind. Titled "Got One Dad", they never looked back to see me working. As it often seems in art, the faster paintings are the ones that capture the emotion of the moment while the labored ones miss the mark.

Pictured below is Anne Schreivogl painting on the streets of Coupeville. A brightly colored safety sign with "Plein Air Painter" boldly on it was a great help. In years past, cars and people sometimes challenge your position on the streets. I was hesitant at first, but came to love that sign as the week went on.


  1. I never thought of using a sign like that. Like most good ideas, this one is so obvious and right in front of us!

  2. The Juror's choice is great. Congrats


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