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May 26, 2022
Outdoor painting, often called “plein air painting”, contrasts with studio painting in that the artist must paint readily on the spot with ever changing light and varying weather conditions. Wikipedia notes that “this method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules that might create a predetermined look”. Many artists value this style as it helps define true colors that are seen with the naked eye versus painting from photographs, which become saturated with colors that may not be realistic.
It was fun and stimulating to paint within a group of prolific artists, some of them traveling from other locations across the state to participate and many of whom I had admired for some time. I gained new friends and felt a rewarding sense of being part of the artist community! I also learned new things to apply to my art – some of them practical, such as the best type of easel or paint to buy, but others were invaluable tips on new techniques to try with my art. It is truly humbling to put your work out there in front of other artists and also to paint live in a garden or on location where the public can wander by to peer over your shoulder while you are painting!
Fortunately, I sold quite a few paintings during both events and found the experience to be deeply rewarding despite the arduous schedule of standing for days on end through wind and heat! A great learning period for me, but life goes on and time must go to caring for family and friends, celebrating a wedding anniversary and 4 year old birthday for my grandson, and even a trip to Atlanta to see my daughter and her family there! In the meantime, I am trying to return to updating my website and continuing my relationship with those of you who take the time to read this blog and keep up with my artwork on social media and my website – THANK YOU for your patience and for continuing to follow me.
For now, I have several commissions to finish and look forward to painting from a storehouse of pictures I am always taking while at the beach or traveling! Please see updates on @cathypoulosart on FB and Instagram as well as on this website. I do have one painting hanging at Cameron Art Museum for the “Art of the State / State of the Art” event that lasts until September. That was another story in itself, so stay tuned – and maybe I’ll be motivated to tell that story in another blog. Until next time….. treasure each moment and remember, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
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