My friend, Marilyn, invited me to participate in an artists’ open-air event where 50 artists would paint on location, outside in the beautiful and peaceful gardens. I felt excitement like I haven’t felt in years, so, of course, I said an emphatic YES!
And WOW! We were in a profusion of colorful flowers with other people who shared the same passion, and lots of friendly visitors stopping to observe the progress. What else: old-fashioned white-wood gazebos, meandering trails, water fountains, water fall, and a daffodil festival. This gives you a sense of the setting.
Now, I haven’t painted outside, let along painted in oils outside, in years.
Planning: First, what paint supplies to take, what to pack, how to get from car to gardens…all the logistics. Sunscreen, sun hat, thermos of hot tea, lunch, directions….camara, apron, sweater. I would be gone from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
And I did arrive on time and Marilyn and I set up in the gazebos where we would have shade. The day was supposed to be warm…and it was warm when the sun came out from behind the clouds, but got cold when hidden. So, I was very glad I had that thermos of tea. And just to set the scene some more, I brought two china teacups for us to use. Nice!
Here’s the results of the day:
My intent: girls in the garden, impressionist style, nostalgic, pastel, loose strokes, texture. This sketch may be finished or I may go back in and reinforce some details. Not sure yet.
As a thank-you, here’s a mini bio.
Marilyn Scott-Waters is a children’s book illustrator, writer, paper wizard, and much more. I’m always inspired! She has at least six books published and several more in progress. Visitors from around the world receive her monthly newsletter and free paper toys. If you are looking for fun activities, creative inspiration, or special gifts visit Marilyn at her website. ( http://www.thetoymaker.com ). Another by Marilyn:
P.S. the thumbnail art at the beginning is another by Marilyn. She really let herself play and experiment. Enjoy!