Monday, 25 July 2011
Easton Plein Air 2011 by Julie Riker
On Saturday I participated in the Quick Draw event at the Easton Plein Air Festival. It was the first time I had been to this area and only my second plein air competition experience. I loved the charm of the town full of well restored homes. There were plenty of opportunities for paintings, but my main criteria was to find a spot in the shade to escape the oppressive heat.
The Quick Draw was 10-12:00. At 12:30 more than 130 artists who braved the heat set up their easels and framed paintings along the street and spectators crowded around to view the finished work. It was extremely exciting! There was a huge range in artist's skill levels, but I was impressed and inspired by the quality of many of the paintings. Many of the painters, some big names in the world of plein air painting, traveled from as far as California for the event and it was worth the trip for me just to see their work up close.
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