So now, without paint on any one's face, I present to you... The Plein Air Painters of Pensacola. It occurred to me recently that we are a bit like the Gilligan's Island crew, in that we are from varied walks of life and persuasions but this one common interest unites us outdoors in regular episodes. We do have a Professor, but that's as far as I got with the casting. (He's the one trying to live down all the higher education by wearing a beard & his red shirt untucked) One morning at breakfast, after a little round-table inquiry, I found out that Betty (far right) illustrated children's books and cartoons. We have more educators and school administrators than anything else. The 3 that are closest to my age are still worker-bees, 2 are art teachers, so they don't get to paint most Fridays. The pretty lady in the pink (right) is my good friend Vada, she rides with me & never ceases to motivate me. [When I think of myself at age 85, I'm not sure I'll be up for all this. Just make sure someone sends canvas over to the house for me, please.] Nina (dark hair, front & center) is an experienced fine artist, has had her own gallery, and started our informal group by asking another to go out painting . (Nina and Rhoda's kids married.) I'm pictured below with Rhoda. The group owes a great debt of gratitude to Rhoda (& Kay) for not only being our liaison to the art community but for keeping communication ties within the group. That's basically what holds the group together, a weekly e-mail of where to meet for breakfast and directions to the painting location. To Rhoda... ~and the rest~ you'll never know how the crew has kept me afloat... "So join us here each week my friend, you're sure to get a smile...".
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Suit up. I'm taking you to the beach. Why are we not working today? On the morning of our Annual Show we never paint. We have a while to enjoy the waves, soak up some rays, get highlights the old way. The water is so clear... and warm. You picked a perfect day to visit! I've been wanting to show you around. This is Gulf Islands National Seashore, a U.S. Park. I can see my studio from here, on that distant shore, and there's the Big Lagoon State Park tower, where I did the paintings in my first two posts. [click pics for binoculars] This is the bridge that we painted under in the last post. We are crossing the Intercoastal Waterway, looking toward Grand Lagoon. On the horizon is the narrow strip of sand and the Gulf where we swam. You can see, there is nothing to stop the impact of a hurricane like Ivan from claiming all that it did here. Since my first post, nearly a year ago, I've talked about weekly excursions with the group...