I think that last week's plein aire event in Herndon, VA will probably be my last for 2012. Next year, I hope to clear my calendar during the spring and summer so that I can participate in more plein aire competitions across the country. I love participating in competitions, and I usually meet lots of interesting people and learn so much about the history of the different areas I travel to.
This has been my second year of participation in plein aire competitions. My goal this year was to: paint faster and (perhaps) win an award. I've won two Honorable Mention awards this year, and I've gotten my painting time down to a little over two hours. Who knows, perhaps next year I'll consider myself ready to paint in some "Quick Draw" competitions. I've been practicing for speed and accuracy all summer, and I feel I've met my personal goals. I am (for once, I admit it) satisfied with my growth.
I completed two paintings on Friday and I finished a town scene on Saturday. I felt very satisfied to have produced three pieces in two days.
"Lil' Caboose," won an Honorable Mention in the Herndon, VA Labor Day contest. I like this little piece. It's loose and I was able to put in just enough to depict this well loved scene in Herndon. I completed this painting in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
The painting of the little white store is a scene from Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA, which was a new location for me. It took 2 hours and 30 minutes to paint it. I was tired by the afternoon. I want to thank Shirley for suggesting this location. It's a wonderful place, with lots of broad, red barns, old houses, a lovely Quaker church, outbuildings, all sorts of animals and loads and loads of history. Frying Pan Park Farm is a depression era homestead and it's an interesting look at society during the 30's.
Italy and living "la vita dolce."
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