"You'd come outside at the end of the day and you'd think you missed something. The sun had gone by. I felt like life was passing me by on the outside," said the
Now he paints outdoors, even in winter.
"You wear all the usual cold weather gear. It's like going ice fishing," he said.
If you are wearing mittens while painting you're not doing a lot of detailed work, but that's not the point of "plein air" or outdoors painting, which tends more towards impressionism, said Davis, who is judging Fresh Paint 2014, a six-day "plein air" art event that started Sunday in
"The point of plein air painting is not to get every brick in a building or every leaf on a tree, it's to capture something a little deeper," he said. That could be a mood or intensity the artist feels, he said.
Sunday afternoon was the "Quick Paint," where artists had two hours to make a painting, from
Also going on was the
This is the second year
In the first year, artists from
The rules are that all paintings must be completed within an eight-mile radius of
On one of the days some artists will be at the Carl Morsbach farm near Ella, which is just inside the eight-mile radius, she said.
From Monday through Friday the artists will be paining outdoors, rain or shine, she said.
Accola said one of her best paintings was completed under the hatchback of her car during a "plein air" competition.
This was the first year for the chalk event, and
Easker said it would break her heart "a little bit" if predicted rain washed away their portrait, but Ensign was prepared to part with the drawing. "I think the process is more important than the end product," he said.
On Friday, the last day of painting, the artists will submit up to four paintings. Awards include the Best of Show, Best Nocturne, Best Chippewa River Painting.
Activities during the week include an artist's social on Wednesday, a discussion and demonstration of after-dark painting by Davis. At
Knight can be reached at 715-830-5835, 800-236-7077 or email@example.com.
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