The Plein Air Painters of West Michigan hosted a paint out Pilgrim Haven Natural Area in South Haven, MI on July 27th. Pilgrim Haven is part of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy of West Michigan. It was a cloudy and windy day but Pilgrim Haven has a beautiful stretch of beach and we all had lots of fun anyway. The critique was done at the “fireplace” — the only structure standing on the property. The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy has plans to develop this site in the near future. To read more about Pilgrim Haven click on this link. http://swmlc.org/content/pilgrim-haven-natural-area
I participated in a 4-day workshop given by Marc Hanson on June 24-27 in Petoskey, MI. I’ve been a fan of Marc’s painting for a few years and was very excited to hear that he would be in MI this year. What a fantastic workshop! Marc kept us busy doing different exercises every day from value studies to painting from memory. We painted at a different location every day as well. Marc was a patient and attentive teacher and I highly recommend his workshops to painters of all levels.
On March 23, 2013 I went painting at Hemlock Crossing again with the PAAWM.org group and painted in about the same spot as two weeks ago. There’s so much to paint there and we all had a great time. Here’s a couple of pictures of Kathy Kalinowski and Sharon Tarr painting. It was a rather cloudy day but that’s ok with me.
It’s been way too long since I’ve been out plein air painting so Saturday I finally got a chance to go out. I went to Hemlock Crossing to a spot I had scoped out earlier. It was cloudy and 38 degrees. It was fantastic to be out and a little chickadee kept visiting me, perching on a branch and watching with interest. 8 x 10, oil on canvas panel.
This year’s Wau-Ke-Na Art Walk, which benefits the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and showcases the talents of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan, was a big success. It was a beautiful, sunny day and lots of artists came to paint, along with hundreds of people who walked the trails and visited with the artists while they painted. The SWMLC sold their 2013 Painted Sanctuary Calendar as well. If you would like to donate to the SMMLC please visit their website at http://www.swmlc.org.
The PAAWM group had a paintout in Plainwell, MI on August 11 as part of the Plainwell Art Festival. It’s a beautiful, quaint little town. I loved this old brick paper mill building with the vines and the river flowing in front. So I tried painting it. It was such a lovely day with several artists attending.