Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


Summer Meeting, 2011

We had a very small turn-out for our summer meeting in July, but those of us who were there had a great time! As you know, we’d planned to hold an outdoor painting / sketching session at the Howard County Conservancy, but as the day got closer, it became apparent that the weather was not going to cooperate, with temperatures in the high 90’s to low 100’s, and excessive humidity. So for everyone’s safety, we got our usual rooms back at the Glenwood Community Center and sent out word that we’d meet there, in air conditioned comfort, and hold a critique session. There was a very short business meeting, to begin with, and the major highlight from that was the fact that we’ve now set the dates for the Kim Lordier plein air workshop: it’ll be May 8 – 11, 2012. The location is still undecided: further details will be forthcoming over the next few months. Then we were ready to start the critiques. We were prepared to break into groups, as we usually do, but in fact, with only about 20 people there, we all agreed that one group was fine. It was very informal -- lots of support, laughter, lively discussion, and thoughtful attention paid to critiquing our colleagues’ paintings -- and we saw some excellent work. The food was great, too!