Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Return to Mt. Welcome

The views and the gardens and the ruins and ... did I mention the views? We LOVED being invited back to paint on the Rasmussen's property and we really maximized the opportunity to produce some interesting paintings! After a short introduction by Tanja, we got right to work.. the most difficult part being the choosing of our painting subjects. We had a super clear day with a slight breeze... perfect for painting outdoors!

We had a good group for "Show and Tell": Jeanie joined us as we admired paintings by Sondra, Elizabeth, Pat P., Otella, Everyn, Emy, Carolyn, Roz, Kate, and me.

The dogs were great painting companions though they didn't seem too impressed during our "Show and Tell"! Could they have been miffed that we didn't include them in any of our paintings?

Barb showed us a painting she'd just finished and one still in the works.
Otella finished her plein air early so she zipped off a donation for our artistree and gave it to me, still wet on its canvas. After being cut it into 3" squares it made some really neat minis. Roz, Elizabeth and I had finished our minis too and they looked so neat I took a picture of some of them scattered together. I'll deliver them to Gallows Bay Frame this week for their framing.
I hope that this little preview of some of our minis helps to inspire you to paint some minis for our tree, too.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mt. Welcome

We enjoyed wonderful painting weather yesterday while painting on the Carl Rasmussen property where Tanja McPherson and her husband Kevin Sloan make their home. Breathtaking views and gorgeous landscaping captured our creativity and the morning sped by. Though there's only a handful of us right now, our Show and Tell was still a treat. Lunch at the Golden Rail was the perfect finale to a great morning!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Whim Whimsies

For the first time in weeks, our Friday morning weather was superb! It enhanced the magical ambiance involved in painting on the grounds of the St. Croix Landmarks Society's Whim Estate. This time we discovered that a new little gem has been added to the many historically accurate buildings located around the property: a cute little wooden cottage restored in the Victorian manner by some members of a quilting groups that meets there. We were all pleased with our morning's efforts, although Leslie bemoaned the fact that she'd spent so much time adding details to her drawing that she hadn't even gotten around to painting and I'd only finished half of my panarama.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fort Christiansvaern

Only three of us showed up to paint yesterday at the fort in Christiansted and lucky for us the rains kept away all morning and didn't reappear until during the afternoon. It was so good to get out into the fresh air! It seems that the chickens thought so too, as they clucked and squawked around the grounds quite robustly!