Monday, May 31, 2010

Palletteers at Rust Op Twist

Amidst another "cats and dogs" kinda rain last Thursday, with the forecast for Friday being an 80% chance of rain with intermittent thunderstorms, I seriously contemplated sending out an email cancelling the next day's painting excursion. But I didn't.. and I'm so glad I didn't because painting at Rust Op Twist, rain or shine, is always a remarkable experience.
Arriving in a slight drizzle, I was greeted by 6 tail wagging, barking dogs. As I got out of my car to look around, Jack, our host, gestured for me to come into his home (the former stables) and showed me around. What a great place: 12" thick walls, vistas over the extensive green lawn out to the sea and beyond, a private courtyard, covered porch and breezeway, and lots of character!
Slowly the rest of our brave group of Palletteers arrived: Chris B, Elizabeth, Elwin, Brenda, Alma and me. Later we were joined by Gene with his grandson Henry. We all faced the same dilemma: chance getting caught in a downfall like those that'd been occurring all week long or "play it safe" and paint on the covered breezeway or porch or in the courtyard under a protective canopy of trees? The greathouse ruins amid the stately hilltop sugarmill beckoned ...but the only places to get a good view were exposed to the weather. The garden courtyard featuring a lovely lily pool surrounded by ferns and other greenery, a blooming frangipani, and a few turtles were really tempting. The breezeway held several cages of twittering, chirping birds. Were they asking us to memorialize them in a painting? Hmmm... We made our decisions, set up our work spaces, took photos, and started painting. We were all inspired!

No ruins.. no sugarmill, but great paintings! Our host agreed and gave us a hearty invitation to return to paint, anytime. We're planning to take you up on that, Jack. Thanks for a wonderful morning!

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