Local artists were joined by their brethren from places such as
The artists set up easels around the square and captured in oil and water colors many of the downtown's most distinguished structures. It was a unique take on an old phrase -- "painting the town."
The artists were among the usual Friday downtown bustle, and they added a festive atmosphere to the weekly Farmer's Market and daily courthouse square activities.
The commotion surrounding the art-in-progress couldn't break the concentration of this year's crop of painters, however, many of whom are seasoned veterans of showing off their talents in the open air.
The 59-year-old said he's previously painted in Plein-Air events in Hoosier cities such as
The same might be said for all the other accomplished painters scattered about the expanse of the downtown on Friday.
Husband and wife painting team
"Just enjoy it," Sarah said. "You want to have fun."
Dot sat at a small easel near the courthouse Friday afternoon, meticulously working on a portrait of a daisy-filled vase created with
"I paint a lot at school," she said, drawing in pencil the outlines of what soon became yellow daisy petals.
Dot said she loves flowers and painting and hopes to continue working in the arts when she grows up. She's particularly fond of flowers and was assisted throughout the afternoon by her grandmother,
As afternoon clouds moved over the city, the painters worked quickly to finish, with the end goal being a spot under a tent on the courthouse lawn provided by Main Street Greensburg.
Bontrager created three paintings Friday, including the flag-adorned faÇade of a home located off the square, a pink rose and the Courthouse Tower Tree.
The artist said she's been a part of each Decatur County Plein-Air Paint-Out, and has been painting since 2003.
"It comes pretty easy," Bontrager said of her inspiration Friday afternoon. "The more paint you put on a canvas, the easier it is. It's pretty fun."
The lead architect of this year's program,
The finished products of the 18 talented painters' day-long toil will be on display throughout the rest of the month at the Art on the
Smiley said the paintings will join a photography project that features stills of some of the better-known downtown buildings as part of the Second Friday on the Square showing at the gallery.
"It's a great opportunity for a non-artist to walk around and observe the artists while they're producing something," Stults said.
"You can see the kinds of skills the artists have, and the images that they create that they would like to put on display for others' viewing pleasure," the Council president added.
None of the projects in Friday's Plein-Air event were judged, as the focus remained on creating an inviting atmosphere for painters of all skill levels.
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