Sunday, October 4, 2009

Kings Gap Garden Harvest Day
Plein Air Painting and Art Exhibit in the Mansion

Today, four of the artists from our plein aire group and I painted on site in the gardens of the Kings Gap State Park here in Pennsylvania during the Garden Harvest Day festival. It was a gorgeous day, and because of the mild Summer we have had, the flowers in the garden were still quite beautiful. Lots and LOTS of people attended the festival, so there were lots of interesting comments and questions for the artists. I have to say that I especially enjoyed the little ones and their candid remarks!

In addition to painting, we also had an exhibit of other plein air paintings we have done of the park. It was held inside the mansion during the festival, and was very well-attended. Thanks to everyone for helping this come together. Pat Putz, I appreciate all the effort you put into getting this whole idea off and running - thank you so much for everything you did. Thanks to my daughter Amanda, who helped me set things up in the mansion on Saturday. Mary Beth, the name tags were a great idea! And special thanks to my husband for staying in the mansion to manage the exhibit, allowing us all to paint outside!

Here's a picture of me starting to block in my painting.

Ralph Hocker just started, and he's almost done already! He was working on a support that he had initially painted an intense red, and it really made all of the greens he was using in his painting sparkle.

Pat Koscienski, Sue Gray, and MaryBeth Brath found a perfect area that allowed them the choice of painting the lily pond, or the old Kings Gap Water Tower.

Lyn O'Neal's paintings and my paintings(the four on the right) on exhibit at the mansion.

Paintings done by MaryBeth, Ralph and Sue. MaryBeth's are the four paintings on the left. (When I saw her painting of the older gentleman on the bench, I was quite impressed because that same gentleman walked into the mansion this morning as I was setting up the exhibit, and although I had never seen him before I recognized him immediately in her painting!) Ralph's paintings are the four in the middle (we think he got at LEAST three offers on his painting of the Kings Gap Water tower), and two of Sue's beautiful watercolors are on the right.

Pat's gorgeous acrylic and oil paintings are on the right, and Sue's other two watercolors are slightly visible on the left.


Pat Koscienski said...

Claire, thanks for putting this whole paint out together. It couldn't have been a more beautiful day.

Rosemary said...

What a wonderful day you and the group had! Thanks so much for sharing the photos with us. The paintings are fabulous!

Claire said...

Thanks you, Pat. It was a great day!

Claire said...

Thank you, Rosemary. We really did have a terrific time, and the flowers were gorgeous for this time of year. I appreciate your comments!

Leslie Hawes said...

What a fine thing to do! I am so impressed with the exhibit that I see from the photos.
Great group.

Claire said...

Thanks, Leslie! It is a terrific group of people to know, and to have the privilege to paint with.


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