Hanging out with Painters


peacock at Kingwood

I’ve had lovely times recently hanging out with painters. Saturday I joined a paint-out with the Ohio Plein Air Society. We were at Kingwood Center, a 17-acre garden in Mansfield, Ohio, that is open to the public. The group met in the parking lot at 9 a.m.to socialize over coffee and doughnuts, then dispersed to find painting spots. We reassembled at 2 p.m. for a critique. A great day! Monday night the two-hour meeting of the North Central Ohio Portrait Artist Group was a painting session. Our male model was decked out in pirate gear. The costume was so great I wished I had time to do a full-length portrait; two hours was barely enough time to render a respectable head and shoulders view. Again, a delight for me was seeing the multiple ways different artists depicted the same subject. Some drew only the face, some included the shoulders and torso, some portraits were softly blended, others were crisp images, media included watercolor, oil, and pastel, and each artist was seated to have a slightly different viewpoint. Art-making is often a solitary pursuit, but the experience is enriched when is a shared adventure.


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