My show at ArtSpeak Gallery during the Walkerville Art Walk & Rock was a great success. Everyone had great fun voting for their favorite painting. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been a couple of weeks since my show. I took the week after my show to get away and see my family. Now, I’m back at painting and preparing for future events.
I promised I would let the show participants know the outcome of their votes. There were a total of 419 votes cast over the two day event. I’ve separated them into three categories by the day and over all. Here are your favorites!
Two Day Overall winners
I think the next time I do this I will have people cast a ballot so that others are not swayed by the popular vote. However having said that, the final first place winner Roseland Water Hazard came out with a high count on both days.
Updates for August 2015
On Monday August 3rd, our weekly paint out location was at on of my favorite locations, Brock Park, Windsor, On.
I forgot my good camera, so I had to do my location shot with my less than stellar camera phone. Every painting I do is accompanied by an authenticity certificate and a photo of the work completed on location.
On Sunday August 9th I spent the day demonstrating Plein Air Painting at the Lost Arts Festival at the John R Park Homestead. The homestead is located on the north shore of Lake Erie just east of the village of Colchester. The day started off sunny with a warm breeze coming off the lake. Around 3:30 the weather started to cool off and the clouds rolled in. From noon until 4:00 the festival goers roamed the grounds learning how the voyageurs lived their nomadic lifestyle. There were spinners, weavers, tanners, and even paper makers demonstrating their skills. I will be writing an article about the event on my blog later this month, but for now here are my efforts of the day.
What’s in store the for the remainder of the month?
On Monday August 17th, I will be heading over to Dexter, Michigan to participate with 77 other professional and emerging Plein Air artists in the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival. This is a live friendly competition among outdoor painters. These festivals are a big thing in the US, with some events only being open to invited artists.
Last year I won second place in the quick paint of the Dexter event. The quick paint is a timed event where the artist has 3 hours to complete a framed work of art. The judge for last years event was the President of the Oil Painters of America. I painted 5 paintings during the event, and every one sold. I can only hope to do so well this year. It’s great to represent Windsor and Essex County in Michigan! I’ve also represented our area in Beloit, Wisconsin in 2013.
Above: Judge for the Dexter Plein Air Festival, internationally acclaimed artist Kenneth Cadwallade, current President of Oil Painters of America, and Elizabeth MacDonald with Elizabeth’s 2nd place winning quick paint entry “Paint Your Wagon”
For more on the 2014 Dexter plein air festival visit my article on the event here: http://paintpleinair.ca/2014/08/20/paint-dexter-plein-air-festival-2014/
It’s hard to believe it’s August and the schools will soon be a buzz with kids again. I hope you enjoy these wonderful days of warm weather. I will be sending out a monthly newsletter so that you can follow my painting journey. Should you subscribe, You should expect the next letter to arrive in your inbox sometime in September.
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Have a wonderful August!
Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald