Sunday, August 5, 2012

Garden Color - Door County Plein Air

Garden Color (Quick Draw), 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2012, SOLD

The Door County Plein Air Festival ends with a "Quick Draw" event. This is where all the artists paint for two hours in one public, advertised location (about a 6 block radius). It starts and ends with a blow horn (imagine brushes poised in hands at the beginning and a mad dash to frame wet paintings in the back of cars at the end). A live auction of all the work immediately follows, right there, on the spot. Nerve-racking? Yes! But quite a finale it is! And most importantly, this auction and the whole festival raises funding for the Peninsula School of Art which offers fabulous art classes all year round. It's a very worthy cause. 

My week in Door County was wonderful... I was so, so honored to meet and paint with each of the incredible artists who participated. It was truly inspiring. Many thanks to everyone at the school who made it all come together!

Here I am, concentrating during the quick paint...

Bidders and Auctioneer getting ready for the live auction.

My amazingly supportive husband, Bill, came for the final weekend festivities
and our high school friends, Terri and Steve, joined us on Saturday.
Thanks for your support, guys! :)


Debbi Smith Rourke said...

What an exciting and inspiring time you had. Thanks for sharing your fabulous works!!! All just keeps on getting better and better. xoxo

Stephen Parker said...

So strong, yet so subtle. Amazing you did this in a quick draw. Really beautiful.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

How rewarding, Laurel.
Such fun.
Job well done with the floral part against the distant trees.

PS these captchas (prove you're not a robot) are killing me!

Unknown said...

Portrait Painting

Barbara Muir said...

Beautiful painting. Love your fancy hat and earrings while you paint. Good for your husband and friends. You all look awesome.


Sherry Schmidt said...

What an exciting event and beautiful painting! I'll get to participate in a Quick Draw some day. :-)