3rd Annual Camp Fire USA Invitational Paint Out - 2010

Just as it was the first year I was blessed to participate, this event was very well oraganized and a pleasure to paint in. This was the 2nd Annual Invitational Paint Out, held at the Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth. Twenty-nine artist participated in this years paintout competition. The top three winners were John Cook, Qiang Huang and Ted Clemens

The funds raised during this event support Camp Fire USA youth development programs in Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Johnson, Hood and Wise Counties. For more info, click here.

Below are some photos and artwork from the event.

Pillar Two
One of the many corner pillars in the gardens, this one
setting off in the edge of the woods, "Forgotten"

Easel Setup

Rose Garden

Pillar 1


SMiller Painting


Easel Setup

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Plein Air Ramblings...
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The French expression en plein air means "in the open air" and is most used to describe the act of painting outside in the environment. It is by far the most enjoyable painting experience. Most who try it once are hooked.

Part of the appeal for painting "en plein air" is the natural light. While painting from photos gives the artist more unrushed time, photos do not capture all the subtle colors and depth that can be observed in nature.

Usually, plein air paintings are done quickly, within a couple of hours and are painted on smaller panels or canvas, rarely no larger than a 12" x 16". The primary reason for the short time and small painting surface is the ever-changing light. Light and shadows will change dramatically in a 2 hours span of time.

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