This is the attractive entry to the Van Wert Fair Grounds. I was drawn to this view when we first arrived Friday evening. Sadly, the crowd never saw the balloons fly as the stormy weather kept them grounded. Still, it was beautiful weather for Plein Air painting. This painting received first place.
Van Wert, Ohio had a balloon festival this past weekend. They also sponsored a Plein Air Competition, which my artist friend Michelle & I entered. This old building had been the bandstand ticket office. It placed 3rd in the competition.
When painting en plein air I’m drawn into a deeper sense of the beauty of the landscape. Capturing in paint some essence of God’s handiwork is an intriguing thrill. Shapes and colors change constantly via the elements, like a kaleidoscope turning as it is held up to the light. Sunlight and shadow, the movement of a breeze, makes painting en plein air so much more stimulating than painting from a photo.
I work to capture that flash of wonder the light reveals to me. Spontaneity contributes to the energy that comes through in my painting. My painting is a celebration of light and color. Light is a metaphor of Christ the creator. Light reveals color, exposing immediate substance. It reveals depth and detail. Light communicates relationships, revealing nuances that continuously change, yet have a timeless source. My Paintings are for sale in the sales gallery of Butler Institute of American Art & The Hoyt Art Center Gift Shop & on Etsy as "Pleinairimpressions". It is my privilege to be a participant in various juried artist shows, Denver Plein Air in Colorado, Ohio Plein Air Society, Butler Museum of American Art, & The Hoyt in New Castle, PA.