Last weekend I attended the Elora Plein Air festival for the first time.
To be honest I was a bit nervous, driving up to Elora not knowing anyone or what the event
Would expect of me. Then getting sunburnt, carrying heavy gear up and down steep slopes, catching a cold
And commuting about 3 hours each day, It was all worth it!

The winter months take their toll on energy levels and motivation,
I can think of no better way to kickstart painting enthusiasm then with a painting festival like this.
Spending time outside and around beautiful scenery, whether it was Elora’s downtown or on
The grand river is inspiring for Artists.

The volunteers at the Elora centre for the arts were so helpful,  from registration
To helping artists find interesting locations to paint from. Even when I dropped off my completed paintings
At the centre each evening, there was always a smiling face and helping hand to get things sorted.

Last but not least the Artists partaking in the event were exceptional people,
Very encouraging whether out painting with you or happy to see your painting sold at the Art show.

Below are the paintings completed during the Plein air festival and sold at the Art show on the events final day.

Purple house 8 x 10 – oil on birch panel

 

Downtown Elora 8 x 10 – oil on birch panel

Artist at work 8 x 10 – oil on birch panel

 

 

 

October was a busy month, I tried my hand at keeping up with daily painting on 5×7 inch boards as well as trying to paint Plein air as much as possible.  I didn’t paint every day or paint everything on location but hey shoot for the stars and even if you don’t get there you are still much further ahead!   It was a most enjoyable experience and I plan on keeping up the habit of painting as often as I can in hopes of having enough work for an art show some day.

The larger paintings below appear in the order they were painted.

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I’m sad to see the summer go but it will be one to remember!
Many summers in the past have come and gone and I would have
barley taken the time to notice, due to freelance or other computer
related projects that resulted in me spending most of my time indoors
instead of outside enjoying nature.

This year I purchased a small moleskine watercolour sketchbook and built myself
a simple stand to clamp my watercolour palette to, during my lunch breaks I would
go to the nearest park or find a quiet spot near work and try my best at capturing
moments from life.
Below are a few of the ones I felt were the most successful.

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It’s been a great summer for getting out of doors and doing some drawing.
I have really enjoyed drawing more from life lately, even though these sketches are done quickly and simplistic
they mean more to me because it took time to hike to these places, fend off bugs and heat and really just sit
and be present with what was in front of me.

As well drawing with pen has been freeing, making more definite marks knowing they can’t be erased
and not having to worry about sharpening a pencil that gets dull saves time, especially when time is limited
with outdoor lighting or during a lunch break.

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