Plein Air at the Howard County Conservancy's Fall Fest, Oct. 3
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We had a great turn-out on Saturday, October 3, for a plein air paint-out sponsored jointly by the MPS' Howard County plein air group and the Howard County Conservancy. We'd been invited to be a part of their Fall Fest celebration, which included pony rides, hay rides, strolling musicians, children's activities, and a wide variety of cooking and horticultural demonstrations. The weather turned out to be gorgeous, despite all predictions for clouds and rain, and we were all in plein air heaven. It's a lovely place to paint, and people seemed to find all kinds of excellent vantage points, from close-ups of the plants and the rock fountain in the children's garden to the historic house and outbuildings, to distant views of golden fields and stands of deep green trees. During the course of the day, many of the Conservancy's Fall Fest visitors stopped by to view the works in progress, giving us a welcome opportunity to continue educating the public about pastel. There were at least 20 paintings lined up at the 3pm get-together, a truly inspiring sight, covering all of these motifs, and more. Several of us were bunched together in the shade of the Montjoy Barn, and in addition to the pleasure of having each other's company while we painted, it was especially interesting to see how differently each artist interpreted the same scene. The Conservancy was thrilled to have us there as an integral part of their Fest-ivities, and we've been asked to come back next year. Meanwhile, keep in mind that the Conservancy is public land, and if you did not get enough painting in on Saturday, you can go back anytime to do some more!