Sunday, May 23, 2010
The Maryland Mountain Plein Air Festival is right around the corner so I knew I needed to go scout out the area. I prefer not to go in "cold" to an event. I need time to wrap my mind around the possible landscape. I spent the morning driving around the county then called the organizer, Kelly Moran. She graciously invited me on a personal tour of the best places to paint. I not only saw the best places, met people, learned a lot of the history of the area, but also spent time with the witty dynamo - Kelly. Lots of fun!
By the time I was back to my hotel it was pouring...but should that stop me from painting? Nope. Good thing my shadebuddy covers my whole easel (but not me)...pastels hate rain.
I thought about what WK said on Friday. So when I began this painting of Cumberland in the rain and fog I began with what probably was an area of trees-left center, instead of the bridge or buildings. It was a total struggle, till it whispered to me.
More new WK tidbits tomorrow when I return home.