Sunday, October 5, 2014

Monadnock Workshop Report

I just finished up a two-day plein air painting workshop for the Monadnock Area Artists Association - a really "together" group!  Everything was well-organized, the thirteen students were eager and patient, and even though the first day we had torrential rain and were forced indoors, everyone stayed cheerful.  The group had arranged to base the workshop in the Westmoreland (NH) Town Hall, and it was a perfect space for a rainy day.

The second day, as so often happens after a strong cold front and the accompanying rain, dawned bright and sunny with a fall chill in the air.  Imagine Keats' "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness."   Morning mists gave way to intense sunshine and deep blue skies.  Our painting spot host for the day was Poocham Hill Vineyards - a beautiful hilltop farm with many barns and outbuildings, views, sugar maples and, of course, views of the mountains.  We couldn't have asked for a better location.

I would like to thank the MAAA for their hard work and also our lodging hosts, who are also artists, for providing a comfortable, quiet environment for us.  (If you'd like to stay at Mountain View Studio, you can visit the listing here.)

Here are some photos from the weekend plus a couple of my demonstrations, below.  In the morning we will be heading south.

Winery, 9x12 pastel

Poocham Hill Maple, 12x9 oil

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