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Working against deadline to paint Frederick

June 22, 2014

By Courtney Mabeus, The Frederick News-Post, Md.

June 22--Glenn Souders added yellow specks to his canvas, giving a little pop of color in the shrubbery in front of what appeared to be a painting of an Italian villa taking shape.

"That's the feeling that I was trying to convey a little bit, though I've never been to Italy," said Souders, of Jefferson.

In actuality, Souders stood with an easel in front of the Carriage House and Slave Quarters on West Second Street as the clock ticked toward an important deadline Saturday morning. Souders was one of about 60 artists who joined the Easels in Frederick's Quick Draw competitoin, which gave participants two hours to finish a plein-air painting in a six-block radius of downtown Frederick early Saturday.

At the end of the event, each artist's work was judged by Anne Brown Blair, a painter from Nashville, Tennessee.

Souders, who participated in the event last year, said the deadline is the most challenging part. For this year, he chose a smaller canvas than the 12-by-12-inch one he used last year.

Plein-air painting is about working quick to capture a scene, including light, before it shifts, several of the day's artists said.

"When you're working from life, light changes constantly," he said.

Across the street from Souders, juried artist William Rogers was also painting the Carriage House. But his canvas also depicted Souders at work.

Rogers, of Nova Scotia, said he paints figures, and Souders provided a contrast against the gold-colored building.

"On a day like today, that's about as good as it gets," Rogers said as he added strokes of gray to a window.

Rogers' painting took an honorable mention among juried artists during judging and an art market at which painters sold their work Saturday afternoon.

Saturday's gray skies didn't seem to deter painters, who fanned out across downtown and Baker Park.

Dan Graziano, a juried artist from Maine, painted the second and third floors above Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts along West Patrick Street. He said he liked the building's dramatic perspective.

As an example of the need to work fast to correctly capture a scene, Graziano said he was trying to paint Bushwaller's earlier in the week when a truck pulled up in front "and obliterated my view."

Follow Courtney Mabeus on Twitter: @courtmabeus.


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