Sunday, September 11, 2005

3rd Annual World Wide Paint Out

I am at Niagara Falls, participating in the 3rd Annual World Wide Paint Out. We had sunny weather both days; unlike last year, the mist from the Falls did not wreak too much havoc on my work (which turned out to be a good thing anyway!) After Day One of painting, most of us gathered for a lively pizza party at J. Baldini's cool studio space. Meeting new and seeing old faces from last year was such a kick! On Saturday, a plethora of fine work in various mediums was exhibited at Tu Tu Tango, a lively, colourful space, comprised of a café and bar, with local fine art for sale on every inch of wall. WWPO works were displayed on easels for judging and public viewing. The wonderful staff kept us fed and watered - hors d'oeuvres were delicious.

It was a delight to be there with so many other plein air artists; I personally found the calibre of the soft pastel work shown was second to none. Absolutely breathtaking! We were a raucous group of artists indeed, and cheered the winners on with loud glee! Daniel Reed gave a spirited speech representing the IPAP Regional Ambassadors. Canadian Regional Editor for Plein Air Magazine John Stuart Price also spoke. A 50/50 draw was held to benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

I wish I had had more time to talk to everyone, Shawn Dell Joyce in particular. It was great seeing Jerry Markham and his wife Leah again - he and I are planning to paint snowscapes next January in the Canadian Rockies when I am out there next. Looking forward to it!