I felt as though I had been working the entire summer for the events of last week. The Roxbury Arts Group held its annual Whet Paint/Inside Outside auction. RAG is a very dynamic arts organization for our larger community. The event is a big fundraiser for RAG and this year there were several important changes in the format, several for which I had been lobbying. Modifications included: all paintings had to have been completed in the seven days before the auction on Saturday; canvases and papers were stamped; artists had seven days to complete their work and would receive 30% of the final auction price.
East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters scheduled two paintouts and one unofficial paintout during the week. My students and I painted one other day and I helped them mat and present their two pieces each. I arranged for EBDRPAP members to be interviewed about plein air painting and Whet Paint on our new radio station, WROX 91.3 and finally, I was interviewed on Friday morning.
Saturday was the big day. I entered two watercolors. In past years I have entered either an oil or acrylic painting. Watercolors in our community, never gather the attention of oils or acrylics. However, both of mine sold so I was pleased.
My favorite is this watercolor of the assisted living home, Kirkside. This historical structure in the village of Roxbury, NY has a wide front porch and the residents gather each sunny day. I have been wanting to paint the activity and there was no better time. I painted a small study first to identify my problem areas and then the 1/2 page was completed in 30 min.
The second entry was of the barn and horses of a neighbor. see flicker