Last week I participated in Paint the Peninsula, a plein air painting competition based in Port Angeles, Washington. A juried group of 22 artists representing 11 states and two Canadian provinces were set loose to paint in oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic this stunningly beautiful corner of the United States. It was a great honor to be accepted into this prestigious group and to debut ink and watercolor as a plein air medium.
Each plein air event is slightly different, but essentially artists are given a set number of days to produce work and bring it back to the exhibition venue for judging in a final show. In this event we were encouraged to bring our work in each night so that the public could see the walls blossom with art as the week progressed.
Our painting area was all of the north Olympic Peninsula. There’s a tremendous variety of wonderful subjects within this area so I planned destinations that included architecture, farm scenes, beaches, rivers, forests and boatyards. I put in long hours, leaving each morning about 7:30 in the morning and not returning until 8:30 or 9 in the evening. Here are some of my favorites from the week:
And one day, a friend took me to her farm near Joyce where there was the most spectacular old barn.
I drew this one during our 93% eclipse. The light softened, but the shadows remained the same.
The Port Townsend boatyard is a favorite spot to draw old work boats out for repair.
Tucker enjoyed this day too as he had a large fenced in area and another dog to play with. Most of the time I try to find spots where I can park my van near my drawing subject so that he can watch over me, yet not disturb my concentration. Caught him napping against the window one day though.